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, Oct. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$23,001,35332%3,575--$6,434$40,486,1711Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,966,046112%4,0010$2,491$53,716,2252Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$3,048,0799%3,026--$1,007$5,834,6591Fox
4Prisoners$2,550,05947%3,236-54$788$46,465,4393Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$1,950,26039%2,30811$845$17,044,4643Universal
6Baggage Claim$1,938,45156%2,0303$955$14,239,4592Fox Searchlight
7Insidious: Chapter 2$1,862,48658%2,607-513$714$73,918,6034FilmDistrict
8Don Jon$1,715,88821%2,4220$708$15,052,8072Relativity Media
9We're the Millers$766,50662%1,606-799$477$144,529,6489Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Family (2013)$690,35757%2,023-871$341$34,237,0014Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$557,32460%1,563-499$357$112,082,4198Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$1,010,35667%437210$2,312$4,850,6423Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$876,02515%387--$2,264$1,634,8121Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$746,37479%858-90$870$40,580,1766Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$376,1588%511--$736$723,1311Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$296,20820%589284$503$2,583,3102Picturehouse
6Battle of the Year$253,23777%907-1101$279$8,342,5203Sony / Screen Gems
7Riddick$246,45068%795-1031$310$41,052,4455Universal
8Despicable Me 2$230,37598%485-263$475$362,297,38514Universal
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$203,20692%513-494$396$65,864,2089Fox
10Grown Ups 2$186,69174%335-55$557$132,364,24313Sony / Columbia
11Besharam$148,36021%217--$684$388,2971Reliance Entertainment
12Planes$126,416114%376-1050$336$88,062,6749Disney
13Turbo$95,119116%222-60$428$82,154,12912Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Wolverine$81,66755%241-88$339$131,542,71011Fox
15Elysium$77,32756%222-340$348$92,170,6839Sony / TriStar
16The Wizard of Oz 3D$70,653179%246-59$287$5,340,9213Warner Bros.
17Red 2$62,71932%20393$309$53,004,89012Lionsgate / Summit
182 Guns$61,05056%200-203$305$75,217,58010Universal
19The Conjuring$57,00668%202-136$282$137,135,03612Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Heat$56,85456%182-69$312$159,109,34115Fox
21The Smurfs 2$53,14859%156-197$341$70,036,21810Sony / Columbia
22The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$30,41151%146-183$208$31,148,3337Sony / Screen Gems
23The World's End$27,35443%131-150$209$25,821,8957Focus
24The Way, Way Back$15,14344%131-27$116$21,379,39714Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$33,878-23%9--$3,764$77,7701Ketchup Entertainment
2Pacific Rim$27,46952%92-48$299$101,710,68613Warner Bros.
3In a World...$25,41952%78-43$326$2,689,6089Roadside Attractions
4This Is The End$20,33130%97-108$210$101,457,67217Sony / Columbia
5World War Z$19,60662%75-85$261$202,340,04816Paramount
6The Spectacular Now$19,01132%58-84$328$6,731,26310A24
7Haute Cuisine$14,77269%6046$246$97,3633Weinstein Company
8One Direction: This Is Us$14,50480%60-168$242$28,862,6906Sony / TriStar
9Thanks for Sharing$13,41352%65-186$206$1,001,2993Roadside Attractions
10The Grandmaster$12,98245%35-108$371$6,558,4307Weinstein Company
11Fruitvale Station$10,46563%7634$138$16,042,77913Weinstein Company
12Populaire$6,40966%5834$111$147,6265Weinstein Company
13A.C.O.D.$5,804-19%3--$1,935$12,9451The Film Arcade
14Salinger$5,56050%21-113$265$552,3575Weinstein Company
15You're Next$4,01158%45-67$89$18,425,0997Lionsgate
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,46415%21$1,732$16,0862Rialto Pictures
17We Are What We Are (2013)$3,34960%86$419$22,8342eOne Films US
18Nothing Left to Fear$2,151-43%5--$430$5,9101Anchor Bay Films
19All Is Bright$1,65121%10--$165$3,0151Anchor Bay Films
20The Ultimate Life$1,183-11%9-38$131$1,325,4695High Top Releasing
21C.O.G.$87631%4-5$219$52,9213Screen Media / Focus World
22The Last Day of August$81913%1--$819$1,5441Striped Entertainment
23Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$418-38%6-2$70$4,325,94318Roadside Attractions
24Stories We Tell$3179%2-2$159$1,598,83622Roadside Attractions