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. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,445,8341%2,933--$834$35,256,8131Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,978,3173%3,32565$595$78,240,1992Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,745,148-42%3,046--$573$4,751,4020Sony / Screen Gems
4Planes$1,444,22218%3,71614$389$51,024,6952Disney
5Elysium$1,262,640-1%3,2840$384$61,953,9382Sony / TriStar
6Kick-Ass 2$896,775-9%2,940--$305$18,153,1351Universal
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$848,3308%2,872-159$295$43,146,4532Fox
8The Smurfs 2$686,56523%2,114-1753$325$59,816,1183Sony / Columbia
92 Guns$552,500-2%2,210-818$250$61,994,1703Universal
10Jobs$533,0110%2,381--$224$9,143,2871Open Road
11Despicable Me 2$461,38011%1,564-831$295$348,100,4207Universal
12The Wolverine$420,026-4%1,715-1152$245$122,595,6764Fox
13The Conjuring$363,319-10%2,001-649$182$129,610,7085Warner Bros. / New Line
14Paranoia$296,8420%2,459--$121$4,937,0421Relativity Media
15Grown Ups 2$141,7575%1,016-1086$140$128,044,6316Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Turbo$111,26910%584-1187$191$78,142,0035Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2The Way, Way Back$92,8699%430-350$216$18,220,9437Fox Searchlight
3The Heat$81,2700%554-797$147$155,847,8788Fox
4Pacific Rim$81,1072%444-536$183$98,772,3596Warner Bros.
5Fruitvale Station$66,4412%477-351$139$14,909,0776Weinstein Company
6Red 2$63,8333%715-859$89$51,258,8895Lionsgate / Summit
7Man of Steel$59,2366%365-61$162$289,875,97610Warner Bros.
8World War Z$57,0545%307-198$186$198,540,0219Paramount
9Chennai Express$52,992-16%190-6$279$4,299,8502UTV Motion Pictures
10Star Trek Into Darkness$27,3083%210-46$130$227,271,48814Paramount
11Now You See Me$24,1904%134-9$181$116,096,82712Lionsgate / Summit
12R.I.P.D.$22,6254%181-297$125$32,524,7505Universal
13Epic$16,3781%168-54$97$107,279,34113Fox
14Fast & Furious 6$11,2556%141-50$80$238,497,87513Universal
15The Croods$9,877-6%114-28$87$187,033,56722Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16The Internship$9,5827%100-36$96$44,589,84511Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$50,291-2%5536$914$1,285,1783A24
2In a World...$29,025-2%3734$784$448,7852Roadside Attractions
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$7,65912%88-47$87$144,840,41915Warner Bros.
4Pain and Gain$7,328-5%8667$85$49,872,73117Paramount
5Unfinished Song$6,68328%43-10$155$1,593,7899Weinstein Company
6Girl Rising$5,790--7--$827$1,523,02824Gathr Films
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$5,102-14%36-17$142$4,239,53411Roadside Attractions
8Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$3,037-7%32-45$95$32,244,0517Lionsgate / Summit
9Mud$1,607-5%28-16$57$21,573,99017Roadside Attractions
10The Bling Ring$1,38240%18-22$77$5,829,04610A24
11The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,05816%1--$1,058$17,9404Rialto Pictures
12Underdogs (2013)$878-2%4--$220$23,1581Freestyle Releasing
13Inch'Allah$34657%1--$346$456,2531eOne Films US
14Stories We Tell$301-51%8-2$38$1,579,55115Roadside Attractions
15Girl Most Likely$123-32%2-10$62$1,375,1925Roadside Attractions