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. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$14,951,629-28%4,163--$3,592$222,116,0561Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$11,037,812-27%3,742--$2,950$26,541,9001Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$2,054,146-12%3,286-555$625$175,619,7903Disney
4Delivery Man$1,437,48210%3,036--$473$12,520,5421Disney / DreamWorks
5Homefront$1,400,066-2%2,570--$545$2,825,1780Open Road
6The Best Man Holiday$1,383,37513%1,785-239$775$54,915,5552Universal
7The Book Thief$818,09713%1,2341205$663$3,000,0593Fox
8Black Nativity$673,25354%1,516--$444$1,110,1930Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$562,33926%1,963-1274$286$55,906,1474CBS Films
10Gravity$511,37013%1,016-1544$503$247,142,8618Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$375,4525%1,165-246$322$30,850,2046Fox Searchlight
12Free Birds$374,140-52%2,287-1223$164$51,431,7314Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$371,665-6%1,619-1571$230$97,013,2095Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$431,61215%753--$573$961,4181Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$383,3745%690506$556$7,698,5284Focus
3Captain Phillips$234,47217%807-1819$291$101,575,9517Sony / Columbia
4Ender's Game$206,286-7%843-2393$245$58,166,4524Lionsgate / Summit
5Oldboy (2013)$184,431-13%583--$316$397,2830FilmDistrict
6Nebraska$90,42811%10298$887$748,3662Paramount Vantage
7About Time$79,4409%376-904$211$14,289,6234Universal
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$42,732-51%707-938$60$114,646,8689Sony / Columbia
9Despicable Me 2$39,295-50%271-34$145$366,592,32021Universal
10All Is Lost$24,026-5%349-134$69$5,080,2456Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$16,379-14%121-272$135$17,073,53510Fox Searchlight
12Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$15,695-32%112--$140$276,8921Reliance Entertainment
13We're the Millers$15,149-21%164-139$92$150,271,93516Warner Bros. / New Line
14Prisoners$13,400-20%203-152$66$60,870,18010Warner Bros.
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$12,352-48%163-52$76$68,132,66016Fox
16Insidious: Chapter 2$11,127-32%140-27$79$83,369,31511FilmDistrict
17The Family (2013)$8,148-15%130100$63$36,755,71711Relativity Media
18Escape Plan$7,837-8%141-546$56$24,507,9986Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$7,094-32%6821$104$44,341,50113Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,759-13%71-105$81$115,599,06315Weinstein Company
3The Counselor$4,929-7%78-403$63$16,826,6385Fox
4Don Jon$4,323-5%36-12$120$24,275,7529Relativity Media
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$3,549496%12-17$296$1,160,6617Relativity Media
6Baggage Claim$2,056-11%42-66$49$21,512,4219Fox Searchlight
7The World's End$9009%6-2$150$25,999,09514Focus
8Runner Runner$821-21%23-53$36$19,307,7728Fox
9In a World...$660-32%90$73$2,957,50016Roadside Attractions
10Diana$53154%26-57$20$335,3604eOne Films US
11Grace Unplugged$159-61%10-19$16$2,506,4688Roadside Attractions
12Linsanity$9655%1--$96$284,4908Ketchup Entertainment