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 Thu, Nov. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Last Vegas$1,396,793-1%3,065--$456$22,430,7361CBS Films
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,266,607-4%3,3459$379$67,446,6262Paramount
3Ender's Game$1,249,688-17%3,407--$367$33,751,3001Lionsgate / Summit
4Gravity$880,797-2%3,024-683$291$222,714,4925Warner Bros.
5Free Birds$721,08029%3,736--$193$19,016,4511Relativity Media
6Captain Phillips$636,437-2%3,021-122$211$85,182,0164Sony / Columbia
7The Counselor$246,517-21%3,0440$81$15,045,0372Fox
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$241,98746%2,430-681$100$107,176,1806Sony / Columbia
9Carrie (2013)$183,990-12%2,252-905$82$32,765,6173Sony / Screen Gems
10Escape Plan$142,785-22%1,966-917$73$22,362,8353Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$396,347-7%410287$967$10,745,5813Fox Searchlight
2About Time$115,5555%175--$660$1,517,6731Universal
3Enough Said$100,3390%662-173$152$15,205,6767Fox Searchlight
4All Is Lost$60,7563%13048$467$1,667,6013Roadside Attractions
5Machete Kills$50,86624%263-990$193$7,799,0354Open Road
6We're the Millers$44,2804%555-231$80$149,409,43013Warner Bros. / New Line
7Rush (2013)$31,815-9%303-374$105$26,628,2697Universal
8Prisoners$29,295-8%465-882$63$60,090,0127Warner Bros.
9Despicable Me 2$23,0950%309-70$75$364,879,30518Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$22,1081%312-132$71$115,159,77412Weinstein Company
11Don Jon$20,798-6%181-359$115$23,974,9046Relativity Media
12Insidious: Chapter 2$17,182-15%553-676$31$82,909,1098FilmDistrict
13Baggage Claim$12,439-13%294-300$42$21,285,3886Fox Searchlight
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$12,09521%251-52$48$67,540,06513Fox
15I'm in Love with a Church Girl$11,2782%243-215$46$2,109,8433High Top Releasing
16Runner Runner$10,124-8%237-732$43$19,202,1625Fox
17Instructions Not Included$5,372-19%136-165$40$44,158,31710Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Wolverine$5,289-1%119-45$44$132,379,50615Fox
19Pulling Strings$4,169-12%109-206$38$5,732,6015Lionsgate / Pantelion

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$21,761-3%9--$2,418$354,3841Focus
2Diana$8,083-10%38--$213$103,1031eOne Films US
3Linsanity$5,381274%4-4$1,345$266,8945Ketchup Entertainment
4The Family (2013)$5,224-1%87-131$60$36,600,6308Relativity Media
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,36162%22-69$153$1,118,4114Relativity Media
6Turbo$2,9777%69-39$43$82,818,87516Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Big Sur$2,52114%13--$194$26,0201Ketchup Entertainment
8Grace Unplugged$2,46311%81-127$30$2,461,6105Roadside Attractions
9The Heat$2,389-8%42-38$57$159,521,62419Fox
10The Spectacular Now$2,360178%18-6$131$6,840,82814A24
11In a World...$1,970-24%22-10$90$2,914,74213Roadside Attractions
12The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,543-4%5-9$309$50,3876Rialto Pictures
13The World's End$1,177-8%16-10$74$25,976,10111Focus
14Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$5601900%10$560$19,3302Cinepix
15Torn$218-20%2--$109$18,2023The Film Collective