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, Jan. 11 - Sun, Jan. 13

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$24,000,000790%2,9372877$8,172$29,480,8074Sony / Columbia
2A Haunted House$18,817,000--2,160--$8,712$18,817,0001Open Road
3Gangster Squad$16,710,000--3,103--$5,385$16,710,0001Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$11,065,000-45%3,0122$3,674$125,399,1223Weinstein Company
5Les Miserables (2012)$10,127,000-37%2,92723$3,460$119,205,7203Universal
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,080,000-48%3,012-743$3,015$278,124,1875Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$6,314,00017%2,027126$3,115$152,579,06010Disney / DreamWorks
8Parental Guidance$6,100,000-37%2,957-411$2,063$60,650,3043Fox
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$5,150,000-76%2,6595$1,937$30,751,7402Lionsgate
10Jack Reacher$4,970,000-46%2,707-581$1,836$72,778,3304Paramount
11This is 40$4,500,000-46%2,320-611$1,940$61,568,9554Universal
12The Guilt Trip$1,975,000-55%1,606-706$1,230$34,537,8974Paramount
13Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,665,000-58%1,127-976$1,477$30,534,4864Disney
14Promised Land (2012)$1,316,151-68%1,647-29$799$6,920,8523Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$5,000,00038%81065$6,173$41,305,7059Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$2,685,000-5%757-208$3,547$94,781,1528Fox
3The Impossible$2,550,000-7%808236$3,156$6,864,0894Lionsgate / Summit
4Skyfall$1,570,000-49%823-484$1,908$299,363,21310Sony / Columbia
5Argo$1,240,00057%621319$1,997$111,644,98414Warner Bros.
6Rise of The Guardians$1,000,000-63%905-602$1,105$98,685,0938Paramount / DreamWorks
7Hyde Park on Hudson$704,619-32%24624$2,864$4,294,4236Focus
8Wreck-It Ralph$650,000-45%476-233$1,366$179,371,77311Disney
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$645,000-53%542-283$1,190$290,174,5789Lionsgate / Summit
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$455,000-65%430-387$1,058$11,765,9184Paramount
11Anna Karenina (2012)$220,661-39%144-19$1,532$11,938,8239Focus
12Flight$151,000-41%150-100$1,007$92,744,66111Paramount
13Red Dawn (2012)$113,000-38%225-27$502$44,040,8068FilmDistrict
14Pitch Perfect$99,000-23%154-11$643$64,796,94316Universal
15Hitchcock$83,800-45%1279$660$5,643,2968Fox Searchlight
16The Perks of Being A Wallflower$64,000-21%1002$640$17,578,76917Lionsgate / Summit
17Not Fade Away$41,000-85%177-388$232$574,7874Paramount Vantage
18Playing For Keeps (2012)$34,000-36%107-32$318$12,905,6456FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$270,575352%1512$18,038$651,8514Sony Pictures Classics
2Rust and Bone$197,87121%7940$2,505$1,155,0398Sony Pictures Classics
3Quartet$50,033--2--$25,017$50,0331Weinstein Company
4Chasing Ice$44,787--42--$1,066$940,34910Submarine Deluxe
5Searching For Sugar Man$27,1742%22-4$1,235$3,096,12825Sony Pictures Classics
6Holy Motors$16,788--13--$1,291$588,09913Indomina Releasing
7The Other Son$10,720-38%8-5$1,340$1,220,80712Cohen Media Group
8West of Memphis$2,935-62%2-2$1,468$46,4143Sony Pictures Classics
9Let My People Go!$2,299--1--$2,299$2,2991Zeitgeist Films