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, Nov. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$32,078,0101%3,841--$8,351$63,977,2201Disney
2Free Birds$5,027,32296%3,7360$1,346$26,606,4572Relativity Media
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$4,812,94142%3,187-158$1,510$75,643,0593Paramount
4Last Vegas$4,791,15649%3,08217$1,555$30,433,5782CBS Films
5Ender's Game$4,435,83253%3,4070$1,302$41,093,3122Lionsgate / Summit
6Gravity$3,854,62568%2,720-304$1,417$228,863,8286Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$2,871,25155%1,144734$2,510$15,474,7224Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$2,541,93460%2,646-375$961$89,310,7185Sony / Columbia
9About Time$1,925,98525%1,2001025$1,605$4,985,6932Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,282,742119%1,836-594$699$109,045,1347Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$568,68848%1,512-740$376$33,718,3244Sony / Screen Gems
12Escape Plan$357,73162%1,049-917$341$22,940,8254Lionsgate / Summit
13The Counselor$342,87346%1,022-2022$335$15,622,6693Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$488,20849%399269$1,224$2,482,6804Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$296,78173%429-233$692$15,674,4698Fox Searchlight
3Despicable Me 2$220,10095%3101$710$365,212,55519Universal
4We're the Millers$122,91563%358-197$343$149,607,79714Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prisoners$81,22165%225-240$361$60,220,4038Warner Bros.
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$77,03392%216-35$357$67,657,29714Fox
7Elysium$68,71450%192154$358$92,696,93714Sony / TriStar
8Insidious: Chapter 2$64,96452%229-324$284$83,016,7809FilmDistrict
9Machete Kills$63,04735%212-51$297$7,908,6175Open Road
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$62,76266%214-98$293$115,260,44613Weinstein Company
11Rush (2013)$55,76070%164-139$340$26,716,8548Universal
12Baggage Claim$49,20587%135-159$364$21,360,9397Fox Searchlight
13Grown Ups 2$39,91891%111-37$360$133,561,68718Sony / Columbia
14Diana$35,47340%10062$355$163,8602eOne Films US
15Runner Runner$17,05946%119-118$143$19,230,8676Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$275,42161%3526$7,869$801,0002Focus
2The Book Thief$46,10380%4--$11,526$71,7681Fox
3Don Jon$43,79357%92-89$476$24,046,5657Relativity Media
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$26,524103%74-169$358$2,149,4394High Top Releasing
5The Smurfs 2$24,826136%94-41$264$70,930,78915Sony / Columbia
6Turbo$24,220114%62-7$391$82,854,43717Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Wolverine$20,09172%77-42$261$132,411,30416Fox
8Pulling Strings$19,66292%76-33$259$5,762,5196Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Instructions Not Included$15,206104%52-84$292$44,180,96311Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Family (2013)$10,18468%57-30$179$36,616,8909Relativity Media
11Grace Unplugged$7,73020%37-44$209$2,475,7676Roadside Attractions
12Reaching for the Moon$7,01883%2--$3,509$10,8611Wolfe Releasing
13Spinning Plates$5,76468%60$961$54,0893The Film Arcade
14In a World...$5,51276%18-4$306$2,923,37914Roadside Attractions
15The Heat$4,54830%28-14$162$159,529,68220Fox
16The World's End$2,80621%9-7$312$25,981,21812Focus
17The Spectacular Now$2,39151%12-6$199$6,844,80315A24
18Big Sur$1,66285%5-8$332$28,5792Ketchup Entertainment
19Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,084-23%32$361$21,8303Cinepix
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$97019%3-2$323$52,1727Rialto Pictures
21Romeo and Juliet (2013)$948-79%21-1$45$1,123,9115Relativity Media
22Approved for Adoption$680-73%1--$680$3,1641GKIDS
23Linsanity$494-47%3-1$165$268,3196Ketchup Entertainment