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 Tue, Oct. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$2,900,2303%3,336--$869$37,760,0521Paramount
2Gravity$1,844,12523%3,707-113$497$202,996,1774Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$1,188,07232%3,143123$378$72,000,9373Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$796,89323%3,044--$262$9,287,8131Fox
5Carrie (2013)$592,55917%3,1570$188$27,209,1752Sony / Screen Gems
6Escape Plan$528,94133%2,8830$183$18,569,4052Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$298,126-6%3,111-491$96$101,400,9925Sony / Columbia
8Prisoners$126,43334%1,347-813$94$59,347,8696Warner Bros.
9The Fifth Estate$87,34132%1,7690$49$3,001,9752Disney / DreamWorks
10Insidious: Chapter 2$57,3212%1,229-436$47$82,247,2577FilmDistrict
11Machete Kills$54,16810%1,253-1285$43$7,372,0313Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$213,88210%123104$1,739$3,803,3382Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$187,73334%83578$225$13,381,4906Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$88,01037%677-520$130$26,008,8596Universal
4Runner Runner$73,07729%969-1042$75$18,949,1204Fox
5Don Jon$67,65025%540-574$125$23,623,4015Relativity Media
6We're the Millers$67,36220%786-95$86$148,685,17512Warner Bros. / New Line
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$42,36412%4581$92$1,796,8042High Top Releasing
8Baggage Claim$42,01911%594-271$71$20,917,8425Fox Searchlight
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$39,21046%444-158$88$114,808,86011Weinstein Company
10Despicable Me 2$24,635-7%379-16$65$364,299,82017Universal
11Pulling Strings$21,21213%315-123$67$5,614,6384Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Instructions Not Included$20,0175%301-174$67$43,995,2789Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$14,709-7%303-47$49$67,251,60812Fox
14The Family (2013)$12,40427%218-265$57$36,507,6857Relativity Media
15The Wolverine$10,0675%164-43$61$132,263,78214Fox
16Grace Unplugged$9,28012%208-105$45$2,384,6874Roadside Attractions
17Riddick$7,79511%156-97$50$42,012,6058Universal
18Turbo$4,114-17%108-41$38$82,738,77015Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$2,73724%100-13$27$137,392,21615Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$61,16716%8276$746$764,4872Roadside Attractions
2Romeo and Juliet (2013)$10,41682%91-370$114$1,086,8333Relativity Media
3The Heat$4,04448%80-23$51$159,476,06918Fox
4Thanks for Sharing$2,873195%11-3$261$1,063,0876Roadside Attractions
5The World's End$2,10114%26-14$81$25,959,67010Focus
6In a World...$1,9912%32-15$62$2,883,04112Roadside Attractions
7Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,83980%1--$1,839$9,8651Cinepix
8The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$1,83111%49-98$37$490,8343Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Haute Cuisine$1,66365%14-7$119$214,7406Weinstein Company
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,2324%149$88$34,1775Rialto Pictures
11The Spectacular Now$1,0132%24-30$42$6,832,53813A24
12We Are What We Are (2013)$960-13%175$56$78,6985eOne Films US
13Linsanity$95438%8-1$119$254,4384Ketchup Entertainment
14Fruitvale Station$464-39%16-4$29$16,096,72216Weinstein Company