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. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$13,939,346-18%2,903--$4,802$30,895,4631Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$10,027,47534%3,820-183$2,625$268,595,5953Universal
3Turbo$8,507,43728%3,806--$2,235$24,838,1421Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$7,850,70322%3,4910$2,249$73,795,3142Sony / Columbia
5Red 2$6,892,4619%3,016--$2,285$13,241,7671Lionsgate / Summit
6Pacific Rim$6,357,89835%3,28510$1,935$63,361,6262Warner Bros.
7R.I.P.D.$4,605,995-4%2,852--$1,615$9,425,8751Universal
8The Heat$3,843,31835%2,689-439$1,429$126,656,3984Fox
9World War Z$2,107,17736%2,066-937$1,020$185,398,6535Paramount
10Monsters University$2,054,46236%2,186-956$940$247,559,3825Disney
11The Lone Ranger$1,799,61636%2,273-1631$792$80,029,4493Disney
12White House Down$1,022,72843%1,454-1112$703$67,788,8494Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$744,86448%1,050-1100$709$284,430,3806Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$959,08154%304225$3,155$3,975,2913Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$833,15826%748-144$1,114$29,405,5973Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$480,97735%622-772$773$94,087,0146Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$280,40224%351--$799$506,1521Roadside Attractions
5Now You See Me$181,74236%333-517$546$114,289,9298Lionsgate / Summit
6Star Trek Into Darkness$164,20349%250-153$657$225,008,41410Paramount
7Epic$153,95931%319-33$483$105,486,0369Fox
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$130,61429%302177$432$143,562,00711Warner Bros.
9Fast & Furious 6$129,73531%279-113$465$237,027,7609Universal
10The Internship$93,81936%202-31$464$43,519,5617Fox
11The Croods$84,89135%212-31$400$185,977,34618Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12After Earth$78,28240%189-49$414$59,692,9288Sony / Columbia
13The Purge$49,14024%156-23$315$64,023,8557Universal
14The Hangover Part III$44,39134%202-63$220$111,847,7039Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$284,71224%3427$8,374$1,106,7152Weinstein Company
2Unfinished Song$70,90861%88-3$806$1,029,0565Weinstein Company
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$62,22659%95-43$655$3,788,5657Roadside Attractions
4Mud$42,91667%77-36$557$21,213,98613Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$27,77332%38-59$731$5,607,3696A24
6The East$15,44757%31-40$498$2,199,1398Fox Searchlight
7The Kings of Summer$15,34930%35-21$439$1,278,1438CBS Films
842 (2013)$13,04218%85-20$153$94,992,10115Warner Bros.
9Pain and Gain$11,83850%70-80$169$49,726,16513Paramount
10Copperhead$9,08419%3631$252$138,1674Brainstorm Media
11Stories We Tell$7,86118%22-6$357$1,509,74611Roadside Attractions
12Kon-Tiki$3,87230%9-12$430$1,463,93813Weinstein Company
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,4932368%41$623$515,94812eOne Films US
14Scary Movie 5$1,09876%8-25$137$32,013,44715Weinstein / Dimension
15The Sapphires$867127%10-5$87$2,447,40618Weinstein Company
16Escape From Planet Earth$485104%7-48$69$57,011,56523Weinstein Company
17Not Today$71-42%10$71$317,89115Freestyle Releasing