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 Sun, Jun. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$23,222,379-19%4,004--$5,800$82,429,4691Disney
2World War Z$18,595,621-18%3,607--$5,155$66,411,8341Paramount
3Man of Steel$12,528,796-23%4,2070$2,978$210,078,1532Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$4,315,447-11%3,0550$1,413$58,082,1662Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$2,380,425-24%2,823-259$843$94,456,9784Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$1,426,030-29%2,417-958$590$228,618,1555Universal
7The Purge$1,023,465-25%2,201-390$465$59,604,0753Universal
8Star Trek Into Darkness$992,498-24%1,565-766$634$216,777,6256Paramount
9The Internship$983,396-27%1,916-1483$513$38,339,8663Fox
10Epic$545,642-23%1,994-1157$274$101,048,5005Fox
11After Earth$287,258-23%1,166-1266$246$57,382,2404Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$588,108-12%650645$905$2,343,1442A24
2Iron Man 3$514,762-44%924-725$557$403,157,8048Disney
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$236,716-23%206183$1,149$1,225,4393Roadside Attractions
4The Great Gatsby (2013)$197,155-18%362-813$545$141,600,5137Warner Bros.
5The Hangover Part III$181,847-38%530-1371$343$110,013,7725Warner Bros.
6The Croods$154,906-21%324-44$478$183,566,52514Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The East$114,047-26%19580$585$1,208,0424Fox Searchlight
8Mud$97,282-26%213-192$457$20,206,3689Roadside Attractions
942 (2013)$75,911-25%325-119$234$94,205,43911Warner Bros.
10Oblivion (2013)$40,200-27%201-57$200$89,021,73510Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$39,686-23%177-24$224$98,592,65714FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$29,220-18%139-31$210$122,263,05613Paramount
13Scary Movie 5$25,452-22%134-7$190$31,673,66711Weinstein / Dimension
14The Big Wedding$22,170-21%141-24$157$21,613,8719Lionsgate
15Escape From Planet Earth$14,469-12%138-13$105$56,784,24619Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$43,452-18%652$668$761,1204CBS Films
2Kon-Tiki$15,487-20%53-17$292$1,302,2139Weinstein Company
3Stories We Tell$13,802-24%33-30$418$1,331,4537Roadside Attractions
4The Place Beyond the Pines$9,181-19%53-23$173$21,383,29813Focus
5Unfinished Song$8,068-36%2--$4,034$25,7281Weinstein Company
6Pain and Gain$7,596-18%50-20$152$49,333,7449Paramount
7The Sapphires$6,409-19%29-10$221$2,360,23714Weinstein Company
8To the Arctic 3D$5,070-61%520$98$12,858,44962Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Quartet$4,702-1%294$162$18,381,78724Weinstein Company
10Born to Be Wild 3D$3,471-35%300$116$22,848,311116Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$3,02022%8-6$378$490,3108eOne Films US
12Girl Rising$2,560349%16--$160$1,420,92716Gathr Films
13Lost and Found in Armenia$2,346-19%1-1$2,346$102,9343High Top Releasing
14Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$1,76311%17--$104$6,1941High Top Releasing
15Not Today$1,023-8%3-4$341$296,89911Freestyle Releasing
16Made in Cleveland$877-39%5--$175$7,0111Striped Entertainment
17Wish You Were Here (2013)$552-40%3-3$184$45,2673eOne Films US
18Tiger Eyes$122-71%2-4$61$25,1633Freestyle Releasing
19Camp (2013)$60-12%1-1$60$324,97618Freestyle Releasing