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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Mar. 30 - Sun, Apr. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$61,100,000-60%4,1370$14,769$251,032,8382Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$34,200,000--3,545--$9,647$34,200,0001Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$19,000,000--3,603--$5,273$19,000,0001Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$15,000,000-27%3,14827$4,765$93,052,6243Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$8,013,120-39%3,264-413$2,455$189,560,9205Universal
6John Carter$2,005,000-60%2,397-815$836$66,209,3394Disney
7Act of Valor$1,006,000-51%1,239-980$812$67,749,4946Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$915,000-53%1,007-780$909$16,520,4814Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$1,274,00081%483359$2,638$3,170,9794CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$835,000-38%908-432$920$98,480,2078Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$825,000-57%903-1162$914$53,371,7765Warner Bros.
4October Baby$778,642-54%387-3$2,012$3,101,39323IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
5Safe House$776,385-45%729-601$1,065$123,878,1158Universal
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$675,00015%513259$1,316$2,689,0783Paramount Vantage
7Casa de mi Padre$602,000-49%439-36$1,371$5,023,5993Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Friends With Kids$472,500-43%306-252$1,544$6,338,3754Roadside Attractions
9This Means War$425,000-57%575-613$739$53,084,2897Fox
10The Vow$335,000-60%514-744$652$123,478,2168Sony / Screen Gems
11The Artist$291,000-39%315-261$924$43,557,77319Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$253,000-70%321-300$788$34,384,8326Lionsgate
13A Separation$240,807-27%199-62$1,210$6,465,74914Sony Pictures Classics
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$220,000-10%222-26$991$132,363,49616Fox
15Silent House (2012)$185,843-71%325-877$572$12,381,7204Open Road
16The Iron Lady$184,000-28%284-43$648$29,416,79314Weinstein Company
17The Woman in Black$147,000-26%179-1$821$53,939,9769CBS Films
18Hugo$130,000-48%174-109$747$73,688,56019Paramount
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$100,000-45%150-50$667$209,232,47216Paramount
20Big Miracle$86,700-30%170-54$510$20,104,6059Universal
21Wanderlust$78,300-44%116-119$675$17,259,7506Universal
22One For the Money$64,000-13%102-49$627$26,397,16110Lionsgate
23The Grey$58,872-50%2040$289$51,472,64510Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Raid: Redemption$284,25033%4632$6,179$596,1962Sony Pictures Classics
2Footnote$252,76762%6037$4,213$618,0914Sony Pictures Classics
3Bully (2012)$115,000--5--$23,000$115,0001Weinstein Company
4We Need to Talk About Kevin$76,026-21%67-13$1,135$1,471,30217Oscilloscope
5In Darkness$46,137-23%50-1$923$863,8268Sony Pictures Classics
6Being Flynn$42,597-44%40-33$1,065$480,3545Focus
7Intruders$40,456--33--$1,226$40,4561Millennium Entertainment
8Gone$38,000-51%61-122$623$11,590,6376Summit
9Undefeated$31,56315%16-1$1,973$424,1117Weinstein Company
10W.E.$20,0627%213$955$491,7059Weinstein Company
11Coriolanus$18,400-19%16-3$1,150$599,80011Weinstein Company
12Rampart$16,869-45%30-37$562$859,9048Millennium Entertainment
13The Island President$15,600--2--$7,800$19,5041IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Turn Me On, Dammit!$11,515--2--$5,758$11,5151New Yorker Films
15My Week with Marilyn$7,197-46%12-32$600$14,597,35019Weinstein Company