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. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolverine$18,191,631-12%3,924--$4,636$38,847,4031Fox
2The Conjuring$8,440,55615%3,022119$2,793$77,506,4862Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$6,395,84031%3,476-344$1,840$301,650,8604Universal
4Turbo$5,437,84432%3,8093$1,428$52,014,9272Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$4,563,35623%3,258-233$1,401$98,444,0303Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$3,857,51842%3,0160$1,279$32,257,7792Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$3,062,51939%2,602-683$1,177$81,754,5523Warner Bros.
8The Heat$2,849,96936%2,384-305$1,195$139,345,8965Fox
9R.I.P.D.$2,408,27527%2,850-2$845$22,798,5052Universal
10Fruitvale Station$1,781,58923%1,0641030$1,674$4,911,4403Weinstein Company
11World War Z$1,134,43140%1,440-626$788$191,806,0346Paramount
12Monsters University$1,096,24336%1,470-716$746$254,514,3466Disney
13The Lone Ranger$703,44444%1,267-1006$555$84,829,5984Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$1,417,32445%886582$1,600$8,027,6234Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$537,371-9%591--$909$1,127,5731CBS Films
3White House Down$393,10343%676-778$582$70,393,4895Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$308,47845%501-549$616$286,579,9327Warner Bros.
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$294,79324%498-250$592$31,285,5134Lionsgate / Summit
6This Is The End$193,53930%270-352$717$95,456,7917Sony / Columbia
7Fast & Furious 6$128,16043%267-12$480$237,521,45510Universal
8Epic$127,78435%289-30$442$106,098,96210Fox
9Now You See Me$118,67040%215-118$552$114,897,2619Lionsgate / Summit
10Star Trek Into Darkness$113,67372%180-70$632$225,532,69311Paramount
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$105,15025%271-31$388$144,077,76612Warner Bros.
12The Internship$80,79728%197-5$410$43,865,6518Fox
13Girl Most Likely$80,28948%227-124$354$1,159,4722Roadside Attractions
14The Croods$73,61736%194-18$379$186,332,35619Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15After Earth$67,64745%167-22$405$59,994,6339Sony / Columbia
16The Purge$46,31531%1571$295$64,229,5108Universal
17The Hangover Part III$27,14040%147-55$185$111,997,04010Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$47,28944%82-6$577$1,233,0206Weinstein Company
2Mud$34,06254%73-4$467$21,350,67414Roadside Attractions
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$30,27653%77-18$393$3,972,2398Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$18,83251%34-4$554$5,707,9227A24
5The East$9,27551%20-11$464$2,240,9479Fox Searchlight
6Pain and Gain$5,93750%35-35$170$49,763,40214Paramount
7Kon-Tiki$4,080-14%145$291$1,482,85014Weinstein Company
8The Servant (2013 re-issue)$3,32861%1--$3,328$5,3931Rialto Pictures
9Stories We Tell$1,383-6%14-8$99$1,537,10212Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$1,05022%2-34$525$160,6465Brainstorm Media