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, Jul. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$17,433,06530%4,0036$4,355$215,367,0252Universal
2Grown Ups 2$14,619,533-10%3,491--$4,188$30,931,3551Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$12,733,493-13%3,275--$3,888$27,296,4271Warner Bros.
4The Heat$5,720,65933%3,128-56$1,829$108,372,3223Fox
5The Lone Ranger$4,720,87535%3,9040$1,209$68,173,5122Disney
6Monsters University$4,304,70930%3,142-597$1,370$234,760,6244Disney
7World War Z$3,750,13035%3,003-313$1,249$174,195,1824Paramount
8White House Down$2,549,56736%2,566-656$994$61,236,5823Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$1,944,84143%2,150-755$905$279,477,8775Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$1,124,70631%1,394-710$807$90,774,0335Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$1,914,28619%89216$2,146$24,895,1212Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$555,75639%850-756$654$112,933,6867Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$295,93356%403-162$734$224,160,8339Paramount
4Fast & Furious 6$233,24033%392-225$595$236,394,0108Universal
5Epic$189,61327%352-76$539$104,730,0798Fox
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$112,32356%138-32$814$3,450,7086Roadside Attractions
7After Earth$108,10934%238-32$454$59,298,6677Sony / Columbia
8The Croods$102,24733%243-26$421$185,553,30917Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Internship$90,07533%233-146$387$43,160,5516Fox
10The Hangover Part III$78,18929%265-73$295$111,590,3638Warner Bros.
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$65,84236%125-60$527$143,164,59110Warner Bros.
12The Purge$64,44031%179-77$360$63,785,6456Universal
13Mud$60,16766%1132$532$21,030,97812Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$29,89449%150-20$199$49,638,15212Paramount
1542 (2013)$25,38837%105-77$242$94,910,90414Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$480,55157%7960$6,083$1,530,5012Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$138,8009%7--$19,829$266,2451Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$107,26273%9121$1,179$714,9174Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$63,30837%97-62$653$5,409,7535A24
5The East$41,23961%71-31$581$2,099,0317Fox Searchlight
6The Kings of Summer$30,32746%565$542$1,185,8447CBS Films
7Scary Movie 5$29,89436%33-10$906$31,930,03314Weinstein / Dimension
8Escape From Planet Earth$23,21830%55-7$422$56,937,16522Weinstein Company
9Stories We Tell$10,56367%281$377$1,475,28910Roadside Attractions
10Kon-Tiki$7,72146%21-3$368$1,436,27412Weinstein Company
11G.I. Joe: Retaliation$6,77243%41-22$165$122,505,75116Paramount
12The Sapphires$3,59822%150$240$2,436,07217Weinstein Company
13Copperhead$2,217150%5-10$443$118,1773Brainstorm Media
14Revelation Road 2$2,023124%5--$405$2,9261Freestyle Releasing
15Not Today$1,97054%1-1$1,970$316,39314Freestyle Releasing
16Pawn Shop Chronicles$1,524-21%15--$102$3,4601Anchor Bay Films
17Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$1,47412%31$491$506,98011eOne Films US