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 Wed, Jul. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs 2$5,203,980--3,866--$1,346$5,203,9800Sony / Columbia
2The Wolverine$4,339,978-27%3,924--$1,106$68,986,3971Fox
3The Conjuring$2,488,067-17%3,022119$823$92,347,5572Warner Bros. / New Line
4Despicable Me 2$2,139,150-22%3,291-529$650$313,957,3104Universal
5Grown Ups 2$1,520,570-16%3,258-233$467$106,659,6073Sony / Columbia
6Turbo$1,451,381-33%3,238-568$448$61,555,0292Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Red 2$1,064,821-19%3,0160$353$38,421,4112Lionsgate / Summit
8Pacific Rim$955,576-23%2,602-683$367$87,401,6703Warner Bros.
9The Heat$836,777-16%2,136-553$392$143,996,6705Fox
10R.I.P.D.$783,335-30%2,611-241$300$27,315,0502Universal
11Fruitvale Station$459,493-17%1,0641030$432$7,798,6993Weinstein Company
12Monsters University$365,419-29%1,144-1042$319$256,790,5896Disney
13World War Z$293,825-33%1,440-626$204$193,780,1516Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$431,483-6%886582$487$10,372,2624Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$201,170-22%591--$340$2,273,8141CBS Films
3The Lone Ranger$155,782-38%828-1445$188$85,946,0734Disney
4Man of Steel$88,288-28%501-549$176$287,122,3657Warner Bros.
5White House Down$87,546-39%516-938$170$70,990,7235Sony / Columbia
6This Is The End$61,229-29%223-399$275$95,841,6817Sony / Columbia
7Epic$58,730-9%279-40$211$106,362,77410Fox
8Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$57,398-33%498-250$115$31,708,6694Lionsgate / Summit
9The Great Gatsby (2013)$44,320-5%271-31$164$144,289,13612Warner Bros.
10Now You See Me$43,592-18%215-118$203$115,120,8719Lionsgate / Summit
11Fast & Furious 6$42,695-9%267-12$160$237,747,07510Universal
12Star Trek Into Darkness$33,928-12%180-70$188$225,708,50311Paramount
13The Croods$32,666-6%187-25$175$186,478,54619Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Internship$31,433-2%197-5$160$44,016,2028Fox
15Girl Most Likely$20,895-18%227-124$92$1,286,2642Roadside Attractions
16The Purge$17,2250%1571$110$64,317,3508Universal
17The Hangover Part III$10,425-8%147-55$71$112,050,43810Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$14,9656%82-6$183$1,307,2116Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$11,558-12%77-18$150$4,031,9078Roadside Attractions
3Mud$9,631-13%73-4$132$21,402,43414Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$5,141-28%34-4$151$5,744,7237A24
5Kon-Tiki$3,5460%145$253$1,498,99414Weinstein Company
6The East$2,29813%20-11$115$2,252,5009Fox Searchlight
7Pain and Gain$2,278-8%35-35$65$49,775,15814Paramount
8The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,8979%1--$1,897$13,3391Rialto Pictures
9Stories We Tell$751-24%14-8$54$1,541,55512Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$427-26%2-34$214$162,9525Brainstorm Media