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 Sun, Nov. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$34,505,044-34%4,163--$8,289$158,074,2861Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$3,776,482-41%3,713-128$1,017$167,917,1233Disney
3The Best Man Holiday$3,020,680-47%2,04117$1,480$50,360,5102Universal
4Delivery Man$1,826,736-45%3,036--$602$7,944,9771Disney / DreamWorks
5Free Birds$1,693,247-34%3,071-439$551$48,657,0734Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$1,084,690-45%2,926-311$371$53,884,8244CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$832,544-46%2,625-565$317$95,434,6295Paramount
8Gravity$826,965-45%1,845-715$448$245,407,7598Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$760,682-40%1,47463$516$29,426,9476Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$539,450-39%2,035-1201$265$57,195,5794Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$440,572-48%1,656-970$266$100,705,8347Sony / Columbia
12About Time$320,250-41%1,050-230$305$13,822,5584Universal
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$298,227-29%1,121-524$266$114,228,3189Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$696,560-43%666482$1,046$6,374,0584Focus
2All Is Lost$100,462-39%347-136$290$4,944,7026Roadside Attractions
3Despicable Me 2$94,420-44%295-10$320$366,375,65021Universal
4Enough Said$57,597-53%233-160$247$16,989,90710Fox Searchlight
5Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$53,502-36%112--$478$199,4631Reliance Entertainment
6Escape Plan$34,138-42%267-420$128$24,460,0136Lionsgate / Summit
7Prisoners$33,422-41%255-100$131$60,805,08610Warner Bros.
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$31,384-39%185-30$170$68,062,80716Fox
9Insidious: Chapter 2$28,939-41%18518$156$83,312,58711FilmDistrict
10We're the Millers$27,458-48%195-108$141$150,208,28516Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Family (2013)$16,910-38%12696$134$36,719,25311Relativity Media
12The Counselor$16,840-40%129-352$131$16,797,9195Fox
13Carrie (2013)$16,666-47%210-723$79$35,266,6196Sony / Screen Gems
14Elysium$15,642-30%114-67$137$93,050,11716Sony / TriStar
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$13,722-47%124-52$111$115,570,23415Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$180,497-35%7041$2,579$1,307,5123Fox
2Nebraska$88,721-41%2824$3,169$515,3682Paramount Vantage
3Frozen (2013)$84,194-9%1--$84,194$243,3901Disney
4Philomena$37,834-34%4--$9,459$128,4351Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$22,714-4%8033$284$44,305,90313Lionsgate / Pantelion
6I'm in Love with a Church Girl$12,465-46%17-38$733$2,380,4056High Top Releasing
7Don Jon$7,745-45%36-12$215$24,257,0909Relativity Media
8Baggage Claim$4,567-60%46-62$99$21,503,6839Fox Searchlight
9Diana$2,735-17%26-57$105$331,6354eOne Films US
10Runner Runner$1,739-34%38-38$46$19,303,8398Fox
11In a World...$1,503-46%90$167$2,954,64816Roadside Attractions
12Grace Unplugged$1,189-27%10-19$119$2,505,4408Roadside Attractions
13Linsanity$966--1--$966$284,3328Ketchup Entertainment
14The World's End$840-63%6-2$140$25,996,22514Focus
15Reaching for the Moon$528-47%108$53$38,6153Wolfe Releasing
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$472-47%1--$472$58,3419Rialto Pictures
17Romeo and Juliet (2013)$81-79%12-17$7$1,153,9387Relativity Media
18Big Sur$70-64%10$70$34,4614Ketchup Entertainment