Grosses

'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Down Sharply from Wednesday, But Still #1 on Thursday with $9.96MDecember 19, 2014 12:55 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in $9.96 million on Thursday. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was down a sharp 59 percent from Wednesday's performance. The large daily percentage decline on Thursday isn't the greatest initial sign going forward, though it should be noted that such a large percentage of Wednesday's reported gross coming from Tuesday night shows does inflate Thursday's percentage decrease a bit. In comparison, 2002's The Two Towers fell 47 percent on its first Thursday to gross $13.88 million. With a two-day start of $34.41 million, The Battle of the Five Armies is running 14 percent behind the $40.04 million take of The Two Towers. At its current pace, The Battle of the Five Armies appears headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $85 million.

Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings held steady in second place with $1.22 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down 7 percent from Wednesday. Exodus: Gods and Kings placed in second for the week (behind The Battle of the Five Armies) with a seven-day start of $30.84 million. While that was on the low end of pre-release expectations, the film is off to an underwhelming start with its price tag in mind and has been displaying early signs of being significantly front-loaded for a December release.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in $1.09 million to remain in third. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise increased 6 percent over Wednesday and was down a healthy 24 percent from last Thursday. Mockingjay - Part 1 placed in third for the week with $17.28 million. That represented a 38 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week total to $281.48 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 is now $18.52 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the day with $0.502 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up 9 percent from Wednesday and down only 2 percent from last Thursday. Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the week with $9.11 million. That was down 30 percent from the previous week and brings the film's 23-day total to an underwhelming $60.65 million.

Paramount's Top Five continued to claim sixth place with $0.439 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down 2 percent from Wednesday. Top Five rounded out the week's top five with a seven-day start of $8.89 million, which was on the low end of expectations. The film will be playing in 1,307 locations this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Jun. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$28,733,991-6%4,004--$7,176$59,207,0901Disney
2World War Z$22,619,334-10%3,607--$6,271$47,816,2131Paramount
3Man of Steel$16,211,39729%4,2070$3,853$197,549,3572Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$4,850,50818%3,0550$1,588$53,766,7192Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$3,124,25632%2,823-259$1,107$92,076,5534Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$2,006,11034%2,417-958$830$227,192,1255Universal
7The Purge$1,364,62014%2,201-390$620$58,580,6103Universal
8The Internship$1,339,00024%1,916-1483$699$37,356,4703Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$1,303,11150%1,565-766$833$215,785,1276Paramount
10Epic$712,04133%1,994-1157$357$100,502,8585Fox
11After Earth$374,44235%1,166-1266$321$57,094,9824Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$926,99720%924-725$1,003$402,643,0428Disney
2The Bling Ring$671,003-10%650645$1,032$1,755,0362A24
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$306,31546%206183$1,487$988,7233Roadside Attractions
4The Hangover Part III$292,37020%530-1371$552$109,831,9255Warner Bros.
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$241,39347%362-813$667$141,403,3587Warner Bros.
6The Croods$194,92127%324-44$602$183,411,61914Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The East$154,63960%19580$793$1,093,9954Fox Searchlight
8Mud$131,52360%213-192$617$20,109,0869Roadside Attractions
942 (2013)$101,52324%325-119$312$94,129,52811Warner Bros.
10Oblivion (2013)$55,27534%201-57$275$88,981,53510Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$51,82749%177-24$293$98,552,97114FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$35,44237%139-31$255$122,233,83613Paramount
13Scary Movie 5$32,49930%134-7$243$31,648,21511Weinstein / Dimension
14The Big Wedding$28,23927%141-24$200$21,591,7019Lionsgate
15Escape From Planet Earth$16,52133%138-13$120$56,769,77719Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$52,76354%652$812$717,6684CBS Films
2Kon-Tiki$19,28767%53-17$364$1,286,7269Weinstein Company
3Stories We Tell$18,13375%33-30$549$1,317,6517Roadside Attractions
4To the Arctic 3D$13,143102%520$253$12,853,37962Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Unfinished Song$12,540145%2--$6,270$17,6601Weinstein Company
6The Place Beyond the Pines$11,29224%53-23$213$21,374,11713Focus
7Pain and Gain$9,31626%50-20$186$49,326,1489Paramount
8The Sapphires$7,89657%29-10$272$2,353,82814Weinstein Company
9Born to Be Wild 3D$5,367-46%300$179$22,844,840116Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Quartet$4,76634%294$164$18,377,08524Weinstein Company
11Lost and Found in Armenia$2,90423%1-1$2,904$100,5883High Top Releasing
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,481187%8-6$310$487,2908eOne Films US
13Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$1,58229%17--$93$4,4311High Top Releasing
14Made in Cleveland$1,44332%5--$289$6,1341Striped Entertainment
15Not Today$1,1101%3-4$370$295,87611Freestyle Releasing
16Wish You Were Here (2013)$91670%3-3$305$44,7153eOne Films US
17Girl Rising$57054%16--$36$1,418,36716Gathr Films
18Tiger Eyes$4184%2-4$209$25,0413Freestyle Releasing
19Camp (2013)$68-59%1-1$68$324,91618Freestyle Releasing