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 Thu, Aug. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs 2$4,356,891-16%3,866--$1,127$9,560,8710Sony / Columbia
2The Wolverine$4,327,4530%3,924--$1,103$73,313,8501Fox
3The Conjuring$2,582,1964%3,022119$854$94,929,7532Warner Bros. / New Line
4Despicable Me 2$2,320,1558%3,291-529$705$316,277,4654Universal
5Grown Ups 2$1,590,5995%3,258-233$488$108,250,2063Sony / Columbia
6Turbo$1,523,6145%3,238-568$471$63,078,6432Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Red 2$1,081,7282%3,0160$359$39,503,1392Lionsgate / Summit
8Pacific Rim$989,0484%2,602-683$380$88,390,7183Warner Bros.
9The Heat$844,3921%2,136-553$395$144,841,0625Fox
10R.I.P.D.$757,190-3%2,611-241$290$28,072,2402Universal
11Fruitvale Station$453,205-1%1,0641030$426$8,251,9043Weinstein Company
12Monsters University$371,1022%1,144-1042$324$257,161,6916Disney
13World War Z$293,8110%1,440-626$204$194,073,9626Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$450,0654%886582$508$10,822,3274Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$189,050-6%591--$320$2,462,8641CBS Films
3The Lone Ranger$158,6342%828-1445$192$86,104,7074Disney
4Man of Steel$92,4585%501-549$185$287,214,8237Warner Bros.
5White House Down$87,2300%516-938$169$71,077,9535Sony / Columbia
6Epic$59,8032%279-40$214$106,422,57710Fox
7This Is The End$58,741-4%223-399$263$95,900,4227Sony / Columbia
8Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$52,774-8%498-250$106$31,761,4434Lionsgate / Summit
9Now You See Me$47,2658%215-118$220$115,168,1369Lionsgate / Summit
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$44,3650%271-31$164$144,333,50112Warner Bros.
11Fast & Furious 6$44,0553%267-12$165$237,791,13010Universal
12Star Trek Into Darkness$35,5245%180-70$197$225,744,02711Paramount
13The Croods$31,665-3%187-25$169$186,510,21119Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Internship$31,3100%197-5$159$44,047,5128Fox
15Girl Most Likely$21,8975%227-124$96$1,308,1612Roadside Attractions
16The Purge$16,555-4%1571$105$64,333,9058Universal
17The Hangover Part III$10,9465%147-55$74$112,061,38410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$14,096-6%82-6$172$1,321,3076Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$12,93412%71-24$182$4,044,8418Roadside Attractions
3Mud$8,799-9%61-16$144$21,411,23314Roadside Attractions
4The Bling Ring$5,63710%34-4$166$5,750,3607A24
5Kon-Tiki$4,02113%145$287$1,503,01514Weinstein Company
6The Servant (2013 re-issue)$2,63139%1--$2,631$15,9701Rialto Pictures
7Pain and Gain$2,54812%35-35$73$49,777,70614Paramount
8The East$2,4014%20-11$120$2,254,9019Fox Searchlight
9Stories We Tell$86515%14-8$62$1,542,42012Roadside Attractions
10Copperhead$372-13%2-34$186$163,3245Brainstorm Media