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 Tue, Jun. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$11,848,0648%4,004--$2,959$105,296,7351Disney
2World War Z$7,981,1684%3,607--$2,213$82,068,3681Paramount
3Man of Steel$5,197,42915%4,2070$1,235$219,812,7452Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$2,286,88715%3,0550$749$62,356,8062Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$1,374,74524%2,823-259$487$96,937,7394Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$665,22517%2,417-958$275$229,851,3755Universal
7The Purge$572,01513%2,201-390$260$60,682,3203Universal
8The Internship$571,72724%1,916-1483$298$39,374,0053Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$479,91722%1,565-766$307$217,649,8686Paramount
10Epic$319,10729%1,994-1157$160$101,614,5605Fox
11After Earth$161,54627%1,166-1266$139$57,670,8984Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$341,39612%650645$525$2,988,7042A24
2Iron Man 3$236,86214%924-725$256$403,603,0898Disney
3The Croods$115,07142%324-44$355$183,762,49814Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Great Gatsby (2013)$106,45119%362-813$294$141,796,2077Warner Bros.
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$102,32611%206183$497$1,419,6083Roadside Attractions
6The Hangover Part III$95,21517%530-1371$180$110,190,4405Warner Bros.
7The East$48,08913%19580$247$1,298,7174Fox Searchlight
842 (2013)$46,35518%325-119$143$94,290,98311Warner Bros.
9Mud$43,32413%213-192$203$20,288,1029Roadside Attractions
10Oblivion (2013)$23,11516%201-57$115$89,064,85510Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$19,93413%177-24$113$98,630,17614FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$16,35929%139-31$118$122,292,14213Paramount
13The Big Wedding$15,18214%141-24$108$21,642,3509Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$13,6145%134-7$102$31,700,25311Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$11,40936%138-13$83$56,804,02219Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$21,48924%652$331$800,0014CBS Films
2To the Arctic 3D$9,17167%520$176$12,873,09762Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kon-Tiki$8,35214%53-17$158$1,317,8949Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$8,24120%300$275$22,863,407116Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Place Beyond the Pines$6,01846%53-23$114$21,393,44713Focus
6Stories We Tell$5,8828%33-30$178$1,342,7587Roadside Attractions
7The Sapphires$5,18331%29-10$179$2,369,37814Weinstein Company
8Girl Rising$4,87046%16--$304$1,429,12716Gathr Films
9Pain and Gain$4,40436%50-20$88$49,341,3969Paramount
10Unfinished Song$3,4339%2--$1,717$32,3171Weinstein Company
11Lost and Found in Armenia$1,9661%1-1$1,966$106,8463High Top Releasing
12Quartet$1,896-40%294$65$18,386,86124Weinstein Company
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$772-11%8-6$97$491,9498eOne Films US
14Made in Cleveland$402-44%5--$80$8,1331Striped Entertainment
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$203-1%3-3$68$45,6653eOne Films US
16Tiger Eyes$182-62%2-4$91$25,8293Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$137-23%3-4$46$297,21411Freestyle Releasing
18Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$88-34%17--$5$6,4151High Top Releasing