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. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$28,401,259-10%4,1630$6,822$282,087,7632Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$25,343,182-6%3,7423741$6,773$78,725,3182Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$4,461,6880%3,286-427$1,358$184,558,9004Disney
4The Best Man Holiday$3,339,565-1%1,717-324$1,945$61,629,0253Universal
5Delivery Man$2,776,3021%3,0360$914$18,033,3692Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$2,711,0393%2,570--$1,055$8,168,3181Open Road
7The Book Thief$1,888,648-1%1,2341164$1,531$6,789,8194Fox
8Black Nativity$1,490,981-4%1,516--$983$4,160,8781Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$1,081,643-1%1,854-1072$583$58,085,5275CBS Films
10Gravity$1,009,830-6%1,016-829$994$249,227,6679Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$915,1672%1,165-309$786$32,666,7467Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$740,3432%1,503-1122$493$98,479,9996Paramount
13Free Birds$640,480-24%2,287-784$280$52,913,1415Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,443,5728%835831$1,729$3,737,8182Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$979,755-3%69630$1,408$9,693,5295Focus
3Ender's Game$478,363-7%843-1192$567$59,160,6345Lionsgate / Summit
4Captain Phillips$451,373-10%807-849$559$102,526,7218Sony / Columbia
5Oldboy (2013)$326,373-4%583--$560$1,061,9671FilmDistrict
6Nebraska$279,776-1%10274$2,743$1,309,4773Paramount Vantage
7About Time$148,9502%331-719$450$14,584,2135Universal
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$146,047-5%707-414$207$114,945,99610Sony / Columbia
9Despicable Me 2$136,8551%271-24$505$366,864,73022Universal
10All Is Lost$75,9847%154-193$493$5,259,5727Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$50,2429%121-112$415$17,169,95011Fox Searchlight
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$42,187-1%163-22$259$68,217,45917Fox
13We're the Millers$41,43315%164-31$253$150,349,42817Warner Bros. / New Line
14Insidious: Chapter 2$38,89021%140-45$278$83,440,30112FilmDistrict
15Prisoners$38,64317%203-52$190$60,941,80411Warner Bros.
16The Family (2013)$21,78113%1304$168$36,796,81912Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$20,05015%141-126$142$24,545,5247Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$36,67019%4--$9,168$67,3701Weinstein Company
2Instructions Not Included$25,87417%68-12$381$44,389,40414Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$20,91426%56-56$373$314,4172Reliance Entertainment
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$17,57311%71-53$248$115,632,51716Weinstein Company
5The Counselor$12,05610%78-51$155$16,849,6856Fox
6Don Jon$7,7761%26-10$299$24,291,19010Relativity Media
7In a World...$1,840-1%5-4$368$2,961,19317Roadside Attractions
8Runner Runner$1,7270%23-15$75$19,311,2209Fox
9Reaching for the Moon$1,570-19%43$393$42,5984Wolfe Releasing
10The World's End$1,5368%60$256$26,002,05715Focus
11Linsanity$440221%3--$147$285,0679Ketchup Entertainment
12Contempt (2013 re-issue)$24619%1--$246$32,75713Rialto Pictures
13Romeo and Juliet (2013)$22140%120$18$1,161,0408Relativity Media
14Grace Unplugged$2009%4-6$50$2,506,8529Roadside Attractions
15Big Sur$506%21$25$34,7065Ketchup Entertainment