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, Aug. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$9,922,5050%3,025--$3,280$19,859,6301Universal
2The Wolverine$8,625,43533%3,9240$2,198$88,420,8212Fox
3The Smurfs 2$7,104,43429%3,866--$1,838$22,188,8841Sony / Columbia
4The Conjuring$5,163,34520%3,11593$1,658$104,404,4683Warner Bros. / New Line
5Despicable Me 2$4,153,06534%3,207-269$1,295$323,525,2855Universal
6Grown Ups 2$3,296,96532%3,075-183$1,072$114,044,5034Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$2,575,63239%2,985-824$863$67,513,7163Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Red 2$2,347,18045%2,755-261$852$43,468,0483Lionsgate / Summit
9The Heat$1,993,50043%2,074-310$961$148,225,2796Fox
10Pacific Rim$1,804,32441%1,803-799$1,001$91,477,8504Warner Bros.
11The Way, Way Back$1,215,16851%1,001115$1,214$12,841,6355Fox Searchlight
12Fruitvale Station$1,099,71046%1,08622$1,013$10,102,3374Weinstein Company
13R.I.P.D.$979,33535%1,703-1147$575$29,775,3503Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1World War Z$743,55844%912-528$815$195,333,7577Paramount
2Monsters University$575,33844%879-591$655$258,137,4107Disney
3The Lone Ranger$271,06734%553-714$490$86,577,8235Disney
4The To Do List$243,37822%585-6$416$2,906,0802CBS Films
5White House Down$212,67354%353-323$602$71,429,1326Sony / Columbia
6Star Trek Into Darkness$193,34937%300120$644$226,078,61812Paramount
7Man of Steel$189,62738%304-197$624$287,542,3118Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$115,75342%168-102$689$96,097,5718Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$111,95737%206-9$543$115,361,76710Lionsgate / Summit
10Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$104,16334%214-284$487$31,943,1175Lionsgate / Summit
11Epic$92,53734%255-34$363$106,584,08111Fox
12Fast & Furious 6$92,01043%230-37$400$237,947,54011Universal
13The Great Gatsby (2013)$71,12429%228-43$312$144,459,87213Warner Bros.
14The Internship$60,81927%172-25$354$44,156,4079Fox
15The Croods$56,63029%162-32$350$186,610,61420Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16After Earth$49,51742%146-21$339$60,232,86410Sony / Columbia
17The Purge$35,64035%132-25$270$64,395,9309Universal
18The Hangover Part III$16,36044%103-44$159$112,089,10011Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$69,307-1%4--$17,327$139,1831A24
2Unfinished Song$36,85152%68-14$542$1,382,3647Weinstein Company
3Mud$26,51253%62-11$428$21,455,03515Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$22,46253%58-19$387$4,082,0109Roadside Attractions
5Girl Most Likely$18,08572%36-191$502$1,336,7833Roadside Attractions
6The Bling Ring$10,12554%395$260$5,767,0408A24
7Stories We Tell$6,08192%173$358$1,551,67013Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$3,49950%9-5$389$1,508,84415Weinstein Company
9Pain and Gain$3,47245%20-15$174$49,783,57615Paramount
10Copperhead$1,61922%20$810$166,2666Brainstorm Media