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, Nov. 8 - Sun, Nov. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$86,109,000--3,841--$22,418$86,109,0001Disney
2Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$11,300,000-44%3,187-158$3,546$78,746,6263Paramount
3Free Birds$11,180,000-29%3,7360$2,993$30,196,4512Relativity Media
4Last Vegas$11,100,000-32%3,08217$3,602$33,530,7362CBS Films
5Ender's Game$10,250,000-62%3,4070$3,009$44,001,3002Lionsgate / Summit
6Gravity$8,405,000-34%2,720-304$3,090$231,119,4926Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$6,600,00038%1,144734$5,769$17,345,5814Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$5,800,000-31%2,646-375$2,192$90,982,0165Sony / Columbia
9About Time$5,172,000381%1,2001025$4,310$6,689,6732Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,800,000-33%1,836-594$1,525$109,976,1807Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$1,275,000-61%1,512-740$843$34,040,6174Sony / Screen Gems
12Escape Plan$810,000-64%1,049-917$772$23,172,8354Lionsgate / Summit
13The Counselor$785,000-77%1,022-2022$768$15,830,0373Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$1,203,130111%401271$3,000$2,870,7314Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$625,000-42%429-233$1,457$15,830,6768Fox Searchlight
3Despicable Me 2$456,0008%3101$1,471$365,335,30519Universal
4Planes$231,000-13%261-28$885$89,616,86814Disney
5Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$170,000-19%216-35$787$67,710,06514Fox
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$141,000-27%214-98$659$115,300,77413Weinstein Company
7Insidious: Chapter 2$137,000-66%229-324$598$83,046,1099FilmDistrict
8Rush (2013)$126,000-63%164-139$768$26,754,2698Universal
9Baggage Claim$104,000-57%135-159$770$21,389,3887Fox Searchlight
10Diana$85,27826%10062$853$188,3812eOne Films US

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$629,038141%3526$17,973$983,4222Focus
2Blue Is the Warmest Color$254,00013%7134$3,577$750,6513IFC Films
3The Book Thief$108,000--4--$27,000$108,0001Fox
4Don Jon$89,000-48%92-89$967$24,063,9047Relativity Media
5Kill Your Darlings$87,00730%3213$2,719$335,8604Sony Pictures Classics
6Blue Jasmine$78,390-30%60-34$1,307$32,515,62616Sony Pictures Classics
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$56,000-71%74-169$757$2,165,8434High Top Releasing
8Wadjda$52,975-44%59-25$898$1,231,3099Sony Pictures Classics
9Pulling Strings$44,000-37%76-33$579$5,776,6016Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Instructions Not Included$38,000-65%52-84$731$44,196,31711Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Armstrong Lie$30,904--5--$6,181$30,9041Sony Pictures Classics
12Inequality for All$23,797-54%37-30$643$1,124,0007RADiUS-TWC
13Grace Unplugged$18,650-58%37-44$504$2,480,2606Roadside Attractions
14Spinning Plates$12,79811%60$2,133$57,6963The Film Arcade
15American Promise$9,325--3--$3,108$78,1144Rada Film Group
16Go for Sisters$8,000--2--$4,000$8,0001Variance Films
17The World's End$6,645-23%9-7$738$25,982,74612Focus
18The Square (2013)$6,644--2--$3,322$47,0543Netflix Originals
19At Berkeley$6,075--2--$3,038$6,0751Zipporah Films
20The Spectacular Now$5,413104%12-6$451$6,846,24115A24
2120 Feet from Stardom$5,079-52%4-5$1,270$4,752,53722RADiUS-TWC
22The Broken Circle Breakdown$5,047--2--$2,524$13,5692Tribeca Film
23Seasons of Gray$4,740-37%6-2$790$70,5944EchoLight Studios
24Approved for Adoption$3,776--1--$3,776$3,7761GKIDS
25After Tiller$3,20026%51$640$66,2758Oscilloscope
26Mother of George$2,40097%40$600$145,4429Oscilloscope
27Caucus$2,300--1--$2,300$8,7483Bonfire Films of America
28These Birds Walk$2,000-63%21$1,000$10,8482Oscilloscope