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 Wed, Dec. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$8,103,172--3,450--$2,349$8,103,1720Paramount
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$4,855,421-23%3,903--$1,244$90,998,2531Warner Bros. / New Line
3Frozen (2013)$1,790,607-12%3,615-127$495$170,193,8884Disney
4The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,243,105-18%3,563-600$349$361,589,9634Lionsgate
5Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$809,906-23%2,194--$369$18,858,9271Lionsgate
6Thor: The Dark World$273,905-20%1,923-1151$142$199,163,7326Disney
7Out of the Furnace$232,592-27%2,1010$111$10,415,5692Relativity Media
8Homefront$148,236-42%1,250-1320$119$19,117,8443Open Road
9Delivery Man$139,596-38%1,502-1403$93$28,665,6474Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$255,924-7%8350$306$11,852,7004Weinstein Company
2The Book Thief$202,685-24%987-329$205$15,627,5376Fox
3Dallas Buyers Club$110,685-21%478-256$232$14,677,2907Focus
4Nebraska$109,328-8%250137$437$3,710,7635Paramount Vantage
5The Best Man Holiday$83,750-21%670-907$125$69,324,2655Universal
612 Years a Slave$77,113-23%414-668$186$36,635,5369Fox Searchlight
7Gravity$76,769-27%503-397$153$253,052,84211Warner Bros.
8Last Vegas$48,771-34%726-813$67$61,948,8497CBS Films
9Captain Phillips$30,171-15%323-317$93$104,116,94110Sony / Columbia
10Ender's Game$20,980-21%331-277$63$60,595,3067Lionsgate / Summit
11All Is Lost$19,928-12%263116$76$5,770,6429Roadside Attractions
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$16,452-41%456-701$36$100,640,0328Paramount
13Despicable Me 2$13,78012%212-40$65$367,391,86024Universal
14About Time$13,195-23%120-146$110$15,240,1037Universal
15Escape Plan$11,187-21%16786$67$24,758,1739Lionsgate / Summit
16Black Nativity$9,248-48%146-1379$63$6,920,6213Fox Searchlight
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$7,7111%175-137$44$115,434,19912Sony / Columbia
18Free Birds$7,399-55%283-919$26$54,011,7997Relativity Media
19Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,685-2%123-17$30$68,388,57719Fox
20Oldboy (2013)$3,641-35%151-432$24$2,176,9473FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$88,787-12%6--$14,798$1,039,4051Sony / Columbia
2Her (2013)$58,423--6--$9,737$58,4230Warner Bros.
3Saving Mr. Banks$50,595-7%15--$3,373$574,6991Disney
4Inside Llewyn Davis$35,5972%1511$2,373$1,018,7732CBS Films
5Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$8,326154%40$2,082$256,4933Weinstein Company
6Enough Said$5,85319%72-22$81$17,379,07913Fox Searchlight
7Don Jon$5,6035%92-33$61$24,439,22612Relativity Media
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,844-3%61-946$63$116,109,87618Weinstein Company
9Insidious: Chapter 2$2,790-11%99-23$28$83,583,30714FilmDistrict
10The Counselor$2,537-17%60-11$42$16,930,8848Fox
11The Family (2013)$2,220-1%56-40$40$36,894,22514Relativity Media