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, Sep. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$1,181,365-28%3,107--$380$23,256,6001Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$756,438-18%3,3300$227$93,744,2294Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$637,401-17%3,4450$185$125,600,6685Warner Bros. / New Line
4Elysium$304,528-18%2,241-298$136$86,061,7535Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$222,865-16%1,520-33$147$22,472,6683Focus
6This Is The End$203,004-14%2,1612127$94$99,474,53813Sony / Columbia
7Planes$198,407-10%3,033-226$65$79,727,2355Disney
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$157,523-25%2,519-599$63$28,371,4833Sony / Screen Gems
9Getaway$151,231-23%2,1355$71$9,171,6702Warner Bros.
102 Guns$128,150-15%1,165-246$110$72,467,6956Universal
11You're Next$121,221-15%1,902-535$64$17,293,1753Lionsgate
12One Direction: This Is Us$114,679-40%2,7350$42$24,371,3482Sony / TriStar
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$100,402-26%2,045-348$49$60,110,2145Fox
14Despicable Me 2$63,010-20%1,050-234$60$357,768,32510Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$460,252-10%717369$642$21,917,9612Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$101,794-14%80455$127$5,271,8383Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$94,158-14%8700$108$5,307,0102Focus
4The Spectacular Now$68,9802%41530$166$4,971,0836A24
5The Wolverine$61,569-21%698-290$88$129,607,5657Fox
6The Conjuring$53,159-12%716-187$74$135,355,2748Warner Bros. / New Line
7Kick-Ass 2$49,650-29%662-984$75$28,263,3704Universal
8Jobs$41,312-23%502-800$82$15,652,8374Open Road
9The Way, Way Back$40,778-4%550-104$74$20,524,88610Fox Searchlight
10The Ultimate Life$40,374-21%412--$98$792,8891High Top Releasing
11World War Z$39,713-10%374-873$106$201,480,80012Paramount
12The Smurfs 2$31,735-31%949-417$33$68,284,3986Sony / Columbia
13The Heat$30,280-12%350-43$87$157,986,71111Fox
14In a World...$28,4261%10211$279$1,745,6035Roadside Attractions
15Pacific Rim$26,575-17%307-94$87$100,944,2269Warner Bros.
16Monsters University$25,277-8%596-1293$42$265,067,07012Disney
17Turbo$21,880-1%358-80$61$80,680,4028Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Now You See Me$16,125-3%205-34$79$117,433,60415Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$12,67212%188-106$67$15,794,6309Weinstein Company
20Red 2$12,520-21%250-11$50$52,483,8608Lionsgate / Summit
21R.I.P.D.$10,860-8%1810$60$33,317,2108Universal
22Man of Steel$9,1551%201-83$46$290,951,71113Warner Bros.
23Paranoia$5,412-43%178-214$30$7,212,8794Relativity Media
24Star Trek Into Darkness$5,176-14%106-852$49$228,773,45017Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salinger$6,769-4%4--$1,692$107,2291Weinstein Company
2Satyagraha$6,263-51%79-4$79$696,0102UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$3,528-47%53-40$67$5,233,4925UTV Motion Pictures
4Populaire$2,28921%3--$763$21,3431Weinstein Company
5Epic$2,12620%56-24$38$107,497,64016Fox
6Passion$1,9483%13-1$150$77,3302eOne Films US
7Unfinished Song$1,83134%214$87$1,652,08312Weinstein Company
8Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,754100%1--$1,754$12,1861Rialto Pictures
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,66819%196$88$4,283,41414Roadside Attractions
10Stories We Tell$840-27%9--$93$1,594,04718Roadside Attractions
11Savannah$46448%50$93$30,7983Ketchup Entertainment
12The Servant (2013 re-issue)$287116%1-1$287$37,2027Rialto Pictures
13Mud$18525%4-2$46$21,589,88720Roadside Attractions
14Girl Most Likely$99450%2--$50$1,378,5758Roadside Attractions
15Underdogs (2013)$92100%10$92$34,9904Freestyle Releasing