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, Jun. 14 - Sun, Jun. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$113,080,000--4,207--$26,879$125,142,1241Warner Bros.
2This Is The End$20,500,000--3,055--$6,710$32,808,1351Sony / Columbia
3Now You See Me$10,320,000-46%3,08262$3,348$80,009,4433Lionsgate / Summit
4Fast & Furious 6$9,433,000-52%3,375-396$2,795$219,573,6254Universal
5The Purge$8,200,000-76%2,59155$3,165$51,844,8502Universal
6The Internship$7,000,000-60%3,39933$2,059$30,951,3612Fox
7Epic$6,000,000-49%3,151-443$1,904$95,428,6234Fox
8Star Trek Into Darkness$5,660,000-50%2,331-821$2,428$210,490,6945Paramount
9After Earth$3,750,000-65%2,432-969$1,542$54,214,0153Sony / Columbia
10Iron Man 3$2,908,000-49%1,649-702$1,763$399,610,2397Disney
11The Hangover Part III$2,735,000-63%1,901-1341$1,439$107,985,5524Warner Bros.
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,605,000-62%1,175-985$1,366$139,908,5416Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Before Midnight$1,525,912190%897845$1,701$3,198,1614Sony Pictures Classics
242 (2013)$639,00075%44474$1,439$93,734,36810Warner Bros.
3The Croods$570,000-21%368-46$1,549$182,651,09713Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Mud$492,500-58%405-175$1,216$19,568,1628Roadside Attractions
5Frances Ha$321,000-41%214-19$1,500$2,904,1665IFC Films
6The East$285,00025%11574$2,478$706,3053Fox Searchlight
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$216,000-42%259-63$834$234,148,53715Disney
8Oblivion (2013)$170,000-31%258-40$659$88,764,7109Universal
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$103,000-43%170-66$606$122,100,92712Paramount
10Scary Movie 5$81,000469%14190$574$31,524,25710Weinstein / Dimension
11Escape From Planet Earth$64,000-40%151-31$424$56,693,34718Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$210,001--5--$42,000$210,0011A24
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$162,580-5%2318$7,069$389,6142Roadside Attractions
3The Kings of Summer$142,000-33%6319$2,254$533,9443CBS Films
4Love Is All You Need$104,578-50%72-29$1,452$1,173,3877Sony Pictures Classics
5Fill the Void$87,23211%185$4,846$389,6304Sony Pictures Classics
6Stories We Tell$79,500-44%63-7$1,262$1,240,3036Roadside Attractions
7Kon-Tiki$69,000-39%70-5$986$1,204,4878Weinstein Company
8What Maisie Knew$52,941-65%51-71$1,038$899,9527Millenium Entertainment
920 Feet from Stardom$52,211--3--$17,404$52,2111RADiUS-TWC
10Dirty Wars$50,400-21%1410$3,600$139,1782IFC Films
11Pain and Gain$37,000-63%70-105$529$49,290,2918Paramount
12The Place Beyond the Pines$30,922-57%78-56$396$21,318,71712Focus
13Hannah Arendt$26,509-27%61$4,418$153,0143Zeitgeist Films
14Pandora's Promise$20,421--16--$1,276$21,3451Abramorama
15The Iceman$16,089-76%30-37$536$1,901,0157Millennium Entertainment
16Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$11,624-54%14-15$830$472,4997eOne Films US
17We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$10,884-70%11-14$989$159,3004Focus World
18Wish You Were Here (2013)$5,444-79%6-5$907$41,1892eOne Films US
19So Young$5,000--3--$1,667$5,0001China Lion Film
20Call Me Kuchu$3,200--1--$3,200$3,2001Cinedigm