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

DateDayDay no.Top 10 GrossLW%Total Daily GrossTop movie of the day
Dec 16Tue350$7,237,38125%$8,162,923Exodus: Gods and Kings
Dec 15Mon349$6,023,60333%$6,862,240Exodus: Gods and Kings
Dec 14Sun348$18,973,0167%$21,101,212Exodus: Gods and Kings
Dec 13Sat347$31,765,6711%$35,406,116Exodus: Gods and Kings
Dec 12Fri346$23,069,45122%$25,451,988Exodus: Gods and Kings
Dec 18Thu352$14,910,261217%$15,777,330The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Dec 17Wed351$29,413,896538%$30,349,387The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Dec 04Thu338$6,486,272-76%$7,103,072The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Dec 03Wed337$6,523,598-82%$7,126,153The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Dec 11Thu345$4,697,657-28%$5,331,877The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Dec 01Mon335$7,101,157-54%$7,667,633The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Dec 02Tue336$8,634,566-59%$9,303,717The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Dec 10Wed344$4,609,389-29%$5,295,628The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Dec 09Tue343$5,789,646-33%$6,581,770The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Dec 08Mon342$4,515,534-36%$5,194,497The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Dec 07Sun341$17,759,121-41%$19,793,349The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Dec 06Sat340$31,380,030-47%$34,861,957The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Dec 05Fri339$18,964,767-70%$21,159,698The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1