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.
|1||Bad Boys II||$46,523,303||--||3,186||--||$14,602||$46,523,303||1||Sony / Columbia|
|2||Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl||$34,034,851||-27%||3,359||90||$10,132||$133,007,778||2||Disney|
|3||The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen||$10,158,428||-56%||3,002||0||$3,384||$42,531,400||2||Fox|
|4||Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines||$9,327,246||-52%||3,404||-100||$2,740||$127,893,907||3||Warner Bros.|
|7||Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde||$6,122,892||-49%||3,205||-170||$1,910||$75,455,954||3||MGM|
|8||How to Deal||$5,809,960||--||2,319||--||$2,505||$5,809,960||1||New Line|
|9||Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle||$3,810,937||-47%||2,261||-941||$1,686||$89,235,179||4||Sony / Columbia|
|10||28 Days Later||$2,541,660||-40%||1,310||-86||$1,940||$33,399,128||4||Fox Searchlight|