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 Sun, Sep. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$4,847,216-46%3,260--$1,487$20,817,0531Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$2,669,014-59%3,155106$846$60,157,0782FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$1,674,944-48%3,0910$542$25,641,2442Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$1,094,668-48%2,008--$545$4,603,1771Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$1,005,951-54%3,003-235$335$138,064,5687Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,002,141-51%2,931-308$342$106,341,2376Weinstein Company
7Riddick$997,260-39%3,022-95$330$37,164,9103Universal
8Planes$787,861-43%2,446-293$322$86,392,0297Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$476,615-47%1,473-165$324$64,248,0827Fox
10Despicable Me 2$391,560-43%1,004-2$390$360,730,82012Universal
11Elysium$371,070-46%1,392-328$267$90,790,0307Sony / TriStar
12One Direction: This Is Us$291,343-45%1,706-594$171$28,450,5264Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$164,233-47%1,047-529$157$30,654,9015Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,917,179-9%97845$1,960$33,958,4134Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$1,059,737-17%318--$3,333$3,093,9981Warner Bros.
3The Smurfs 2$170,069-38%596-97$285$69,583,6928Sony / Columbia
4The World's End$168,079-50%833-410$202$25,223,6425Focus
52 Guns$154,160-49%752-156$205$74,468,1458Universal
6Thanks for Sharing$129,243-46%269--$480$536,5911Roadside Attractions
7The Wolverine$115,556-46%462-78$250$130,884,9169Fox
8Turbo$112,409-45%333-20$338$81,637,92910Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Conjuring$92,312-53%561-115$165$136,625,07510Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Spectacular Now$92,074-49%571-199$161$6,402,1368A24
11This Is The End$80,397-44%527-806$153$101,099,11415Sony / Columbia
12The Grandmaster$68,432-36%473-232$145$6,296,5535Weinstein Company
13The Heat$58,152-57%310-26$188$158,674,18013Fox
14Grown Ups 2$53,676-58%258-36$208$131,331,96011Sony / Columbia
15In a World...$51,314-57%1440$356$2,406,2417Roadside Attractions
16World War Z$49,501-43%203-77$244$202,136,14514Paramount
17Salinger$48,612-39%138134$352$358,1073Weinstein Company
18Pacific Rim$47,929-41%202-52$237$101,453,41411Warner Bros.
19Getaway$47,405-48%515-863$92$10,405,9734Warner Bros.
20The Way, Way Back$45,490-58%324-97$140$21,168,56912Fox Searchlight
21You're Next$42,870-56%532-578$81$18,317,1355Lionsgate
22Kick-Ass 2$27,135-40%201-142$135$28,751,7156Universal
23Jobs$26,650-31%152-87$175$16,052,6286Open Road
24R.I.P.D.$26,425-44%151-13$175$33,592,41510Universal
25Red 2$21,519-52%178-31$121$52,770,87710Lionsgate / Summit
26The Ultimate Life$20,923-52%184-228$114$1,261,3543High Top Releasing
27Now You See Me$19,755-47%133-38$149$117,698,89417Lionsgate / Summit
28Fruitvale Station$11,356-44%103-34$110$15,962,23711Weinstein Company
29Closed Circuit$9,006-46%105-308$86$5,733,3104Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$60,630-45%4--$15,158$286,5341Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$49,634-31%5--$9,927$187,2891Universal
3Paranoia$13,492-49%8817$153$7,329,4316Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$7,418-47%20--$371$32,6771Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$7,366-42%205$368$106,2473Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$5,681-40%20-10$284$5,294,8537UTV Motion Pictures
7Haute Cuisine$4,689-29%3--$1,563$15,3871Weinstein Company
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,39510%184$244$4,305,58916Roadside Attractions
9Unfinished Song$2,916-50%236$127$1,681,32414Weinstein Company
10Satyagraha$1,323-51%9-26$147$736,8264UTV Motion Pictures
11Afternoon Delight$1,031-58%12-27$86$174,4964The Film Arcade
12Passion$406-42%4-8$102$91,1864eOne Films US
13Savannah$404-6%4-2$101$36,7465Ketchup Entertainment
14Jayne Mansfield's Car$397-56%6-5$66$14,2762Anchor Bay Films
15I Spit on Your Grave 2$14558%1--$145$4411Anchor Bay Films
16Stories We Tell$75-89%51$15$1,597,01020Roadside Attractions