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, Dec. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$18,024,194-26%3,903--$4,618$73,645,1971Warner Bros. / New Line
2Frozen (2013)$7,326,112-28%3,716-26$1,972$164,772,2114Disney
3Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$3,913,649-38%2,194--$1,784$16,007,6341Lionsgate
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$3,819,214-34%3,563-600$1,072$357,503,6634Lionsgate
5Thor: The Dark World$812,386-33%2,264-810$359$198,245,7446Disney
6Out of the Furnace$687,839-30%2,1010$327$9,574,4402Relativity Media
7Delivery Man$525,232-36%2,041-864$257$28,091,5754Disney / DreamWorks
8The Book Thief$504,554-27%1,158-158$436$14,936,4476Fox
9Homefront$503,066-28%2,102-468$239$18,507,1553Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$554,789-21%8350$664$11,083,4574Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$342,495-31%574-160$597$14,301,1347Focus
3The Best Man Holiday$295,040-31%922-655$320$69,019,6955Universal
4Nebraska$271,391-27%250137$1,086$3,378,4515Paramount Vantage
512 Years a Slave$225,210-25%497-585$453$36,364,5139Fox Searchlight
6Gravity$215,379-32%503-397$428$252,779,06511Warner Bros.
7Last Vegas$173,526-31%726-813$239$61,757,9757CBS Films
8Captain Phillips$78,669-38%323-317$244$104,017,03410Sony / Columbia
9Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$73,316-37%456-701$161$100,563,4508Paramount
10Ender's Game$60,895-35%331-277$184$60,520,8317Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$48,081-28%263116$183$5,706,4319Roadside Attractions
12Black Nativity$45,662-22%260-1265$176$6,878,0973Fox Searchlight
13Despicable Me 2$41,255-42%223-29$185$367,355,88524Universal
14Free Birds$30,947-38%283-919$109$53,982,5927Relativity Media
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$30,529-36%175-137$174$115,412,36812Sony / Columbia
16Escape Plan$29,019-27%16786$174$24,721,5829Lionsgate / Summit
17About Time$28,555-26%143-123$200$15,196,8787Universal
18Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$13,316-39%123-17$108$68,378,13319Fox
19Oldboy (2013)$11,301-7%151-432$75$2,162,5933FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$261,461-2%6--$43,577$740,4551Sony / Columbia
2Saving Mr. Banks$125,975-22%15--$8,398$413,3731Disney
3Inside Llewyn Davis$118,812-16%1511$7,921$910,3172CBS Films
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$12,285-5%40$3,071$241,0793Weinstein Company
5Enough Said$11,916-37%72-22$166$17,363,90713Fox Searchlight
6Don Jon$10,775-6%92-33$117$24,423,14112Relativity Media
7Insidious: Chapter 2$7,651-45%99-23$77$83,574,83114FilmDistrict
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$7,389-36%61-946$121$116,098,90718Weinstein Company
9The Counselor$4,900-27%60-11$82$16,923,0428Fox
10The Family (2013)$4,413-25%56-40$79$36,887,95014Relativity Media
11Big Sur$30416%2--$152$35,9277Ketchup Entertainment
12Linsanity$30-17%2--$15$298,25011Ketchup Entertainment