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.

Weekend domestic gross

YearWeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
201351 (Dec 20 - Dec 22) - 2013$134,837,79240%$143,556,53830%The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
201251 (Dec 21 - Dec 23) - 2012$96,513,334-12%$110,629,462-14%The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
201151 (Dec 23 - Dec 25) - 2011$110,237,310-12%$128,118,423-5%Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
201051 (Dec 17 - Dec 19) - 2010$124,993,526-1%$134,637,218-2%TRON: Legacy
200951 (Dec 18 - Dec 20) - 2009$126,343,34263%$137,772,68657%Avatar
200851 (Dec 19 - Dec 21) - 2008$77,420,414-47%$88,028,857-44%Yes Man
200751 (Dec 21 - Dec 23) - 2007$146,797,48342%$157,225,57531%National Treasure: Book of Secrets
200651 (Dec 22 - Dec 24) - 2006$103,143,9489%$120,390,3258%Night at the Museum
200551 (Dec 23 - Dec 25) - 2005$94,746,4620%$111,401,9394%King Kong (2005)
200451 (Dec 17 - Dec 19) - 2004$95,110,623-27%$106,675,590-25%Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
200351 (Dec 19 - Dec 21) - 2003$129,618,8612%$141,775,130-2%The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
200251 (Dec 20 - Dec 22) - 2002$127,079,408-1%$145,102,6264%The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
200151 (Dec 21 - Dec 23) - 2001$128,406,7417%$140,141,4804%The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
200051 (Dec 22 - Dec 24) - 2000$119,798,50464%$134,819,96167%Cast Away
199951 (Dec 17 - Dec 19) - 1999$72,834,1474%$80,922,58810%Stuart Little
199851 (Dec 18 - Dec 20) - 1998$70,003,534-23%$73,576,252-22%You've Got Mail
199751 (Dec 19 - Dec 21) - 1997$91,235,17328%$94,270,30719%Titanic
199651 (Dec 20 - Dec 22) - 1996$71,080,62115%$79,004,6672%Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
199551 (Dec 22 - Dec 24) - 1995$62,071,2425%$77,543,8865%Waiting to Exhale
199451 (Dec 23 - Dec 25) - 1994$58,893,44216%$73,959,30837%The Santa Clause
199351 (Dec 17 - Dec 19) - 1993$50,725,691-5%$53,916,692-3%The Pelican Brief
199251 (Dec 18 - Dec 20) - 1992$53,341,2885%$55,700,1597%A Few Good Men
199151 (Dec 20 - Dec 22) - 1991$50,723,975-6%$52,228,033-18%Hook
199051 (Dec 21 - Dec 23) - 1990$54,061,66944%$63,316,15739%Home Alone
198951 (Dec 22 - Dec 24) - 1989$37,598,6880%$45,530,90415%Christmas Vacation
198851 (Dec 16 - Dec 18) - 1988$37,672,2801%$39,693,328-5%Twins
198751 (Dec 18 - Dec 20) - 1987$37,379,8244%$41,644,8476%Eddie Murphy Raw
198651 (Dec 19 - Dec 21) - 1986$36,055,0255%$39,469,7514%The Golden Child
198551 (Dec 20 - Dec 22) - 1985$34,245,727-23%$38,107,431-28%Rocky IV
198451 (Dec 21 - Dec 23) - 1984$44,624,61650%$52,802,13243%Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
198351 (Dec 23 - Dec 25) - 1983$29,670,592-9%$36,878,6995%Sudden Impact