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 Mon, Dec. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$2,051,152-79%3,7420$548$136,304,8183Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,943,642-70%4,1630$467$337,794,4843Lionsgate
3Out of the Furnace$500,820-59%2,101--$238$5,748,1841Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$397,478-68%3,074-212$129$194,108,6655Disney
5Homefront$343,244-62%2,5700$134$15,672,0742Open Road
6Delivery Man$319,661-64%2,905-131$110$25,086,9873Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$271,141-60%1,31682$206$12,271,8195Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$205,010-64%1,577-140$130$67,380,5154Universal
912 Years a Slave$130,374-57%1,082-83$120$35,149,4538Fox Searchlight
10Last Vegas$128,065-60%1,539-315$83$60,715,0076CBS Films
11Black Nativity$82,010-65%1,5259$54$6,486,7702Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$71,424-63%1,157-346$62$100,092,3377Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$33,612-54%1,007936$33$115,955,78717Weinstein Company
14Free Birds$26,001-78%1,202-1085$22$53,815,3466Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$233,688-59%8350$280$8,401,6643Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$153,479-61%73438$209$12,607,4726Focus
3Gravity$118,318-61%900-116$131$251,604,85110Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$51,427-60%11311$455$2,290,1844Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$49,863-58%640-167$78$103,550,4419Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$44,910-64%608-235$74$60,164,6256Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$44,576-49%5830$76$2,001,2472FilmDistrict
8About Time$22,610-62%266-65$85$15,023,9886Universal
9Despicable Me 2$13,860-72%252-19$55$367,171,81523Universal
10All Is Lost$13,739-53%147-7$93$5,499,9088Roadside Attractions
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$10,138-80%312-395$32$115,279,43311Sony / Columbia
12Don Jon$7,268-53%12599$58$24,368,05711Relativity Media
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,826-70%140-23$34$68,320,98418Fox
14Insidious: Chapter 2$4,093-68%122-18$34$83,533,48513FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$39,602-68%4--$9,901$445,0131CBS Films
2Enough Said$6,628-60%94-27$71$17,299,46912Fox Searchlight
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,600-71%40$1,650$187,7102Weinstein Company
4Escape Plan$3,519-64%81-60$43$24,613,6638Lionsgate / Summit
5The Family (2013)$3,130-62%96-34$33$36,862,10813Relativity Media
6Instructions Not Included$2,753-78%46-22$60$44,459,26215Lionsgate / Pantelion
7The Counselor$2,583-62%71-7$36$16,896,7107Fox
8Twice Born$706-86%10--$71$15,6531eOne Films US
9Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$163-75%6-50$27$341,5673Reliance Entertainment