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
201052 (Dec 24 - Dec 26) - 2010$124,133,496-51%$139,736,698-48%Little Fockers
199352 (Dec 24 - Dec 26) - 1993$48,362,667-37%$54,612,228-34%The Pelican Brief
198552 (Dec 27 - Dec 29) - 1985$52,846,764-27%$58,468,245-32%Rocky IV
199952 (Dec 24 - Dec 26) - 1999$88,770,395-30%$100,195,204-28%Any Given Sunday
200452 (Dec 24 - Dec 26) - 2004$111,670,983-30%$135,053,663-28%Meet the Fockers
199152 (Dec 27 - Dec 29) - 1991$85,311,681-16%$91,127,937-25%Hook
198852 (Dec 23 - Dec 25) - 1988$45,178,641-14%$49,304,018-17%Rain Man
199652 (Dec 27 - Dec 29) - 1996$90,054,297-11%$109,550,687-11%Michael (1996)
198752 (Dec 25 - Dec 27) - 1987$52,551,174-7%$59,611,649-9%Three Men and a Baby
199252 (Dec 25 - Dec 27) - 1992$76,273,419-11%$83,350,045-9%A Few Good Men
200252 (Dec 27 - Dec 29) - 2002$149,049,278-1%$179,513,110-2%The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
199852 (Dec 25 - Dec 27) - 1998$126,491,9145%$139,091,0730%Patch Adams
200352 (Dec 26 - Dec 28) - 2003$159,258,3207%$186,482,1614%The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
200852 (Dec 26 - Dec 28) - 2008$169,982,2578%$199,277,4367%Marley & Me
200652 (Dec 29 - Dec 31) - 2006$134,145,3149%$161,847,2738%Night at the Museum
201352 (Dec 27 - Dec 29) - 2013$167,837,9748%$197,167,1579%The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
201152 (Dec 30 - Jan 01) - 2011$134,488,4758%$154,774,80611%Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
200552 (Dec 30 - Jan 01) - 2005$123,335,53210%$149,702,53711%The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
198652 (Dec 26 - Dec 28) - 1986$56,414,6107%$65,194,02612%The Golden Child
200752 (Dec 28 - Dec 30) - 2007$157,924,18818%$186,072,59215%National Treasure: Book of Secrets
201252 (Dec 28 - Dec 30) - 2012$155,214,54715%$181,394,64117%The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
200152 (Dec 28 - Dec 30) - 2001$150,672,02720%$182,545,24919%The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
199552 (Dec 29 - Dec 31) - 1995$100,933,28528%$123,226,12926%Toy Story
199752 (Dec 26 - Dec 28) - 1997$120,127,26033%$138,728,46027%Titanic
200952 (Dec 25 - Dec 27) - 2009$255,143,91150%$269,785,28535%Avatar
198452 (Dec 28 - Dec 30) - 1984$72,719,62557%$86,153,96847%Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
199052 (Dec 28 - Dec 30) - 1990$101,778,08347%$120,722,56750%Home Alone
200052 (Dec 29 - Dec 31) - 2000$125,712,28742%$153,868,29154%Cast Away
198352 (Dec 30 - Jan 01) - 1983$46,357,13940%$58,438,26961%Terms of Endearment
198952 (Dec 29 - Dec 31) - 1989$69,247,41153%$80,392,70963%The War of the Roses
199452 (Dec 30 - Jan 01) - 1994$78,786,50863%$97,747,85079%Dumb and Dumber