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, Dec. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,809,345-2%4,1630$435$343,831,9973Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$1,715,5140%3,7420$458$142,204,0733Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$405,8211%3,074-212$132$195,425,6895Disney
4Out of the Furnace$374,574-14%2,1012097$178$7,148,4621Relativity Media
5Homefront$318,186-8%2,5700$124$16,800,8692Open Road
6Delivery Man$301,057-5%2,905-131$104$26,122,6843Disney / DreamWorks
7The Book Thief$279,779-4%1,31682$213$13,201,7685Fox
812 Years a Slave$176,06025%1,082-83$163$35,631,6888Fox Searchlight
9The Best Man Holiday$173,470-8%1,577-140$110$67,964,0054Universal
10Last Vegas$133,0620%1,539-315$86$61,151,2226CBS Films
11Black Nativity$71,036-9%1,5259$47$6,734,4862Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$57,715-15%1,157-346$50$100,295,5927Paramount
13Lee Daniels' The Butler$38,1213%1,007936$38$116,072,62517Weinstein Company
14Free Birds$17,848-10%1,202-1085$15$53,881,0336Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$290,1007%8350$347$9,262,9783Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$164,5420%73438$224$13,126,8656Focus
3Gravity$139,1907%900-116$155$252,033,60810Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$63,87313%11311$565$2,465,9994Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$58,3794%640-167$91$103,726,8589Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$42,534-9%608-235$70$60,306,5926Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$34,540-16%5830$59$2,129,0132FilmDistrict
8About Time$25,27012%266-65$95$15,101,1136Universal
9All Is Lost$17,78221%147-7$121$5,547,0698Roadside Attractions
10Despicable Me 2$11,340-18%252-19$45$367,212,05023Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,139-1%312-395$29$115,310,34611Sony / Columbia
12Don Jon$7,257-8%12599$58$24,391,68411Relativity Media
13Insidious: Chapter 2$4,1361%122-18$34$83,546,01913FilmDistrict
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,785-4%140-23$27$68,333,31818Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inside Llewyn Davis$34,544-8%4--$8,636$553,5321CBS Films
2Enough Said$6,74214%94-27$72$17,319,89112Fox Searchlight
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$6,66811%40$1,667$205,9952Weinstein Company
4Escape Plan$4,0370%81-60$50$24,627,0958Lionsgate / Summit
5The Family (2013)$3,6810%96-34$38$36,873,71713Relativity Media
6The Counselor$3,026-8%71-7$43$16,906,6607Fox
7Instructions Not Included$2,323-15%46-22$51$44,467,20615Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Twice Born$839-18%10--$84$18,2951eOne Films US
9Linsanity$459-82%1-2$459$298,17810Ketchup Entertainment
10Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$19247%6-50$32$342,1833Reliance Entertainment