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 Mon, Aug. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,845,504-61%3,110177$593$53,606,1292Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,436,383-58%3,445120$417$92,723,7013Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$917,979-64%3,378-338$272$60,517,8883Disney
4The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$902,731-63%3,118--$290$14,991,0901Sony / Screen Gems
5The World's End$808,471-63%1,551--$521$9,620,2611Focus
6Elysium$787,724-61%2,913-371$270$69,667,9423Sony / TriStar
7You're Next$632,248-59%2,437--$259$7,652,4441Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$552,891-63%2,730-350$203$48,974,0603Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$530,100-58%2,9455$180$23,056,5452Universal
10The Smurfs 2$429,114-49%1,852-497$232$63,009,4844Sony / Columbia
112 Guns$340,585-63%1,841-630$185$65,694,5804Universal
12Despicable Me 2$336,480-57%1,402-416$240$351,037,6158Universal
13Jobs$324,523-57%2,3810$136$12,333,8242Open Road
14The Wolverine$269,622-61%1,449-609$186$125,349,0855Fox
15The Conjuring$218,622-55%1,355-646$161$131,887,6146Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$150,842-53%2,4590$61$6,401,1352Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$79,468-59%15499$516$1,983,8804A24
2Grown Ups 2$73,277-63%620-621$118$129,018,5257Sony / Columbia
3Turbo$68,784-65%470-289$146$78,854,2296Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Heat$57,532-54%409-282$141$156,450,2989Fox
5Pacific Rim$53,439-51%260-184$206$99,228,4197Warner Bros.
6The Way, Way Back$49,702-51%302-155$165$18,677,7998Fox Searchlight
7World War Z$45,637-48%239-68$191$198,900,57810Paramount
8Now You See Me$40,103-58%246112$163$116,473,85313Lionsgate / Summit
9Red 2$36,657-59%389-326$94$51,641,7826Lionsgate / Summit
10Man of Steel$36,054-63%303-62$119$290,265,87611Warner Bros.
11Fruitvale Station$35,175-54%392-85$90$15,220,4247Weinstein Company
12Chennai Express$32,856-70%144-46$228$4,720,6083UTV Motion Pictures
13R.I.P.D.$17,005-68%179-24$95$32,748,5006Universal
14Star Trek Into Darkness$15,247-50%144-66$106$227,393,09115Paramount
15Epic$6,128-74%115-53$53$107,362,73314Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$30,467-61%7538$406$763,2463Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$17,043-58%7--$2,435$149,6601Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$5,390-66%98-43$55$238,555,70014Universal
4Unfinished Song$3,315-40%27-16$123$1,614,56510Weinstein Company
5The Croods$2,793-78%69-45$40$187,076,49023Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,308-28%27-9$85$4,254,56612Roadside Attractions
7Savannah$1,570-56%14--$112$17,1691Ketchup Entertainment
8Mud$756-60%16-12$47$21,582,64218Roadside Attractions
9Stories We Tell$632-41%6-2$105$1,583,66516Roadside Attractions
10Underdogs (2013)$575-58%2-2$288$29,1042Freestyle Releasing
11Girl Most Likely$290-6%1-1$290$1,376,4166Roadside Attractions
12Inch'Allah$173-51%21$87$458,0582eOne Films US
13Pain and Gain$103-83%22-64$5$49,875,03618Paramount