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, Nov. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$3,565,731-32%3,841--$928$104,964,8771Disney
2Last Vegas$987,395-15%3,08217$320$37,166,7722CBS Films
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$691,513-21%3,187-158$217$81,811,5673Paramount
4Ender's Game$602,781-19%3,4070$177$46,929,8002Lionsgate / Summit
5Gravity$562,260-15%2,720-304$207$233,704,4656Warner Bros.
612 Years a Slave$537,442-18%1,144734$470$19,738,9404Fox Searchlight
7Captain Phillips$435,734-15%2,646-375$165$92,693,5075Sony / Columbia
8About Time$372,125-17%1,2001025$310$7,727,8032Universal
9Free Birds$350,956-23%3,7360$94$33,519,1542Relativity Media
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$91,084-22%1,836-594$50$110,966,1577Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$80,851-19%1,512-740$53$34,389,6344Sony / Screen Gems
12The Counselor$77,726-18%1,022-2022$76$16,160,2163Fox
13Escape Plan$67,411-33%1,049-917$64$23,500,1454Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$113,067-4%399269$283$3,197,8704Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$54,551-6%429-233$127$16,030,3748Fox Searchlight
3We're the Millers$27,154-4%358-197$76$149,775,05014Warner Bros. / New Line
4Despicable Me 2$24,800-6%3101$80$365,502,42019Universal
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,421-15%214-98$72$115,358,16013Weinstein Company
6Prisoners$13,567-37%225-240$60$60,327,1468Warner Bros.
7Machete Kills$13,101-41%212-51$62$7,995,6605Open Road
8Diana$11,593-12%10062$116$232,1552eOne Films US
9Rush (2013)$11,480-18%164-139$70$26,796,4348Universal
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$7,589-21%216-35$35$67,763,01514Fox
11Insidious: Chapter 2$7,318-7%229-324$32$83,082,6049FilmDistrict
12Baggage Claim$4,907-16%135-159$36$21,406,7947Fox Searchlight
13Runner Runner$4,529-1%119-118$38$19,257,3336Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$57,288-8%3526$1,637$1,200,8802Focus
2Don Jon$11,641-23%92-89$127$24,121,3047Relativity Media
3The Book Thief$7,97811%4--$1,995$134,9621Fox
4Pulling Strings$4,123-1%76-33$54$5,798,7026Lionsgate / Pantelion
5The Wolverine$3,668-5%77-42$48$132,440,67316Fox
6I'm in Love with a Church Girl$3,138-15%74-169$42$2,182,6334High Top Releasing
7The Family (2013)$2,84713%57-30$50$36,632,3349Relativity Media
8Linsanity$2,7461638%3-1$915$273,3936Ketchup Entertainment
9Turbo$2,060-25%62-7$33$82,889,25617Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Instructions Not Included$2,012-37%52-84$39$44,206,07411Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Reaching for the Moon$1,8627%2--$931$20,4771Wolfe Releasing
12Grace Unplugged$882-17%37-44$24$2,485,6876Roadside Attractions
13The Heat$765-5%28-14$27$159,534,89920Fox
14In a World...$651-37%18-4$36$2,930,43614Roadside Attractions
15Romeo and Juliet (2013)$642-83%21-1$31$1,129,7335Relativity Media
16The World's End$6080%9-7$68$25,984,81112Focus
17The Spectacular Now$472-16%12-6$39$6,848,11215A24
18Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$41868%32$139$24,4103Cinepix
19Big Sur$398-45%5-8$80$31,7972Ketchup Entertainment
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$347144%1-4$347$53,1937Rialto Pictures