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, Oct. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$2,021,657-30%3,336--$606$39,781,7091Paramount
2Gravity$1,431,067-22%3,707-113$386$204,427,2444Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$874,028-26%3,143123$278$72,874,9653Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$556,189-30%3,044--$183$9,844,0021Fox
5Carrie (2013)$459,863-22%3,1570$146$27,669,0382Sony / Screen Gems
6Escape Plan$370,077-30%2,8830$128$18,939,4822Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$234,288-21%3,111-491$75$101,635,2805Sony / Columbia
8Prisoners$92,310-27%1,347-813$69$59,440,1796Warner Bros.
9The Fifth Estate$72,443-17%1,7690$41$3,074,4182Disney / DreamWorks
10Insidious: Chapter 2$51,521-10%1,229-436$42$82,298,7787FilmDistrict
11Machete Kills$49,835-8%1,253-1285$40$7,421,8663Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$186,272-13%123104$1,514$3,989,6102Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$150,461-20%83578$180$13,531,9516Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$64,295-27%677-520$95$26,073,1546Universal
4We're the Millers$60,626-10%786-95$77$148,745,80112Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$51,858-29%969-1042$54$19,000,9784Fox
6Don Jon$49,469-27%540-574$92$23,672,8705Relativity Media
7Baggage Claim$33,274-21%594-271$56$20,951,1165Fox Searchlight
8I'm in Love with a Church Girl$30,961-27%4581$68$1,827,7652High Top Releasing
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$29,103-26%444-158$66$114,837,96311Weinstein Company
10Despicable Me 2$20,845-15%379-16$55$364,320,66517Universal
11Pulling Strings$15,078-29%315-123$48$5,629,7164Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Instructions Not Included$14,923-25%301-174$50$44,010,2019Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$11,062-25%303-47$37$67,262,67012Fox
14The Family (2013)$10,510-15%218-265$48$36,518,1957Relativity Media
15The Wolverine$8,766-13%164-43$53$132,272,54814Fox
16Grace Unplugged$8,067-13%208-105$39$2,392,7544Roadside Attractions
17Riddick$6,245-20%156-97$40$42,018,8508Universal
18Turbo$3,608-12%108-41$33$82,742,37815Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$2,9588%100-13$30$137,395,17415Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$56,358-8%8276$687$820,8452Roadside Attractions
2Romeo and Juliet (2013)$6,028-42%91-370$66$1,092,8613Relativity Media
3The Heat$3,092-24%80-23$39$159,479,16118Fox
4Linsanity$2,836197%8-1$355$257,2744Ketchup Entertainment
5The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$2,21721%49-98$45$493,0513Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
6The World's End$1,926-8%26-14$74$25,961,59610Focus
7The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,92356%149$137$36,1005Rialto Pictures
8In a World...$1,907-4%32-15$60$2,884,94812Roadside Attractions
9Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,635-11%1--$1,635$11,5001Cinepix
10Fruitvale Station$1,576240%16-4$99$16,098,29816Weinstein Company
11Haute Cuisine$1,456-12%14-7$104$216,1966Weinstein Company
12Thanks for Sharing$1,268-56%11-3$115$1,064,3556Roadside Attractions
13We Are What We Are (2013)$1,0348%175$61$79,7325eOne Films US
14The Spectacular Now$803-21%24-30$33$6,833,34113A24