'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 Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 18 - Sun, Jun. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Toy Story 3$110,307,189--4,028--$27,385$110,307,1891Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$29,876,295-46%3,6630$8,156$107,130,2392Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$14,405,318-44%3,5449$4,065$50,427,5882Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$6,105,000-39%2,592-110$2,355$47,844,0003Universal
5Shrek Forever After$5,620,398-64%3,207-661$1,753$223,076,9255Paramount / DreamWorks
6Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$5,566,464-14%2,605-503$2,137$80,800,5744Disney
7Jonah Hex$5,379,000--2,825--$1,904$5,379,0001Warner Bros.
8Killers (2010)$5,035,755-37%2,619-240$1,923$39,302,4113Lionsgate
9Iron Man 2$2,872,252-36%1,612-693$1,782$304,210,3297Paramount
11Sex and the City 2$2,411,000-56%1,680-1070$1,435$90,170,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
12Robin Hood$1,423,000-46%1,046-849$1,360$102,080,0006Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Splice$932,000-68%944-1506$987$15,569,0003Warner Bros
2Letters to Juliet$790,430-53%806-525$981$48,591,4096Summit
3Raavan$480,703--119--$4,040$480,7031Reliance Big Pictures
4Please Give$475,33467%272169$1,748$2,657,8748Sony Pictures Classics
5Solitary Man$426,92715%10754$3,990$1,424,9935Anchor Bay
6Date Night$360,904-40%345-85$1,046$96,883,25711Fox
7The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$282,288-19%1664$1,701$4,942,58210Sony Pictures Classics
8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$258,499-20%146-28$1,771$8,296,83214Music Box
9Clash of the Titans (2010)$248,000-25%267-66$929$162,385,00012Warner Bros.
10The Bounty Hunter$212,574-40%174-62$1,222$66,754,01714Sony / Columbia
11City Island$181,855-31%133-26$1,367$5,937,64514Anchor Bay
12Just Wright$167,876-48%158-121$1,063$21,085,7566Fox Searchlight
13How to Train Your Dragon$167,083-49%213-68$784$214,764,29813Paramount / DreamWorks
14Death at a Funeral (2010)$149,389120%16195$928$42,365,76810Sony / Screen Gems
15The Last Song$136,960-10%199-11$688$62,589,68412Disney
16A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$120,00064%228103$526$62,734,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
17Furry Vengeance$112,078-36%235-33$477$17,060,7948Summit
18The Back-up Plan$93,26617%16654$562$37,050,5819CBS Films
19Alice in Wonderland (2010)$83,057-42%140-83$593$334,089,39416Disney
21Diary of a Wimpy Kid$75,645-51%146-56$518$63,547,66614Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Winter's Bone$351,316314%3935$9,008$474,3282Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$265,00011%502$5,300$8,633,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$226,20238%2821$8,079$472,7742IFC
4Cyrus$181,716--4--$45,429$181,7161Fox Searchlight
5I Am Love$121,504--8--$15,188$121,5041Magnolia
6Micmacs$99,050-11%515$1,942$572,4514Sony Classics
8Harry Brown$86,402-30%64-3$1,350$1,499,3668Samuel Goldwyn
9Exit Through the Gift Shop$84,121-27%41-2$2,052$2,524,13910Producers Distribution Agency
10Raajneeti$76,000-72%56-68$1,357$1,436,0003UTV Communications
11Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$66,77250%129$5,564$241,1792Sony Pictures Classics
13Mother and Child$54,789-34%530$1,034$667,4197Sony Pictures Classics
158: The Mormon Proposition$42,566--16--$2,660$42,5661Red Flag Releasing
16Under the Sea 3D$35,000-5%150$2,333$22,499,00071Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Magnificent Desolation$24,000248%52$4,800$33,134,000248IMAX
19Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$23,422-8%150$1,561$547,76814Zeitgeist
20La Mission$23,000-26%173$1,353$977,00011Screen Media
22The Losers$20,000-64%31-96$645$23,581,0009Warner Bros.
23The Square (2010)$18,59938%12-5$1,550$353,34811Apparition
24Princess Kaiulani$18,111-48%16-10$1,132$808,7256Roadside Attractions
25Let It Rain$16,290--2--$8,145$16,2901IFC
26Kings of the Evening$16,07044%51$3,214$50,90319Indican Pictures
27Holy Rollers$16,014-35%13-1$1,232$240,67021First Independent Pictures
28Stonewall Uprising$15,729--4--$3,932$21,4051First Run Features
29Chloe$15,20062%27-7$563$3,060,72813Sony Pictures Classics
30The City of Your Final Destination$15,000-42%15-4$1,000$383,00010Screen Media Films
31Breathless (2010 re-issue)$14,000-18%40$3,500$138,0004Rialto
32Mademoiselle Chambon$13,757-34%72$1,965$118,5974Lorber
33Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$12,707-45%6-2$2,118$250,5867Kino International
34Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$12,000-56%26-17$462$88,744,00019Fox
35The Secret of Kells$11,121-35%15-5$741$620,35716GKIDS
36The Killer Inside Me$11,083--1--$11,083$11,0831IFC Films
37The Joneses$10,380200%7-1$1,483$1,456,85610Roadside Attractions
38Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$10,092--1--$10,092$10,0921The Film Desk
39Only the Brave (2010)$8,616-12%3-1$2,872$118,2654Indican Pictures
40OSS 117: Lost in Rio$5,047-40%4-2$1,262$70,62162Music Box
41John Rabe$4,507-13%4-2$1,127$38,5945Strand
42Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$4,493-26%3-2$1,498$23,217,726142National Geographic
43Touching Home$4,300--4--$1,075$111,0008CFI
44The Little Traitor$4,278-32%1-1$4,278$348,66928Westchester Films
45The Good, the Bad, the Weird$4,05797%62$676$123,49711IFC
46Looking for Eric$4,043-36%10-1$404$52,4616IFC
47The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$3,833-39%100$383$177,5508IFC
48The Father of My Children$3,828-76%4-3$957$137,2265IFC Films
49Casino Jack and the United States of Money$3,689-45%7-2$527$168,4417Magnolia
50The Lottery$3,671-78%32$1,224$22,2592Variance Films
51The Oath$3,127-3%20$1,564$28,1297Zeitgeist
52Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$2,984-43%1-1$2,984$31,9163Indican Pictures
53The Nature of Existence$2,977--1--$2,977$2,9771Walking Shadows
54Survival of the Dead$2,800139%84$350$87,9064Magnolia / Magnet
55The Tooth Fairy$2,600-43%11-2$236$60,020,00022Fox
56Sweetgrass$2,547-61%4-2$637$185,96639Cinema Guild
57Best Worst Movie$2,544-47%1-1$2,544$55,2319Area23a
58Racing Dreams$2,338--2--$1,169$43,5335Hanover House
59Ajami$2,33112%3-2$777$602,22640Kino International
60Cropsey$1,805--2--$903$21,6503Cinema Purgatorio
61The Eclipse$1,789-58%5-4$358$132,39013Magnolia
62Space Station 3D$1,700113%1-2$1,700$81,957,000427IMAX
63The Girl on the Train (2010)$1,63073%20$815$205,28622Strand Releasing
64A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$1,342-52%2-2$671$2,080,33617Sony Classics
65A Town Called Panic$1,088--1--$1,088$161,62427Zeitgeist Films
66Everyone Else$1,073-77%2-3$537$66,84153Cinema Guild
67The Last Station$921-34%31$307$6,616,97423Sony Pictures Classics
68Dancing Across Borders$912--3--$304$65,06012First Run
69October Country$820--1--$820$26,18519International Film Circuit
70After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$714-56%2-1$357$11,5385Variance Films
71Harlan: In the Shadow of Jew Suss$460-90%1-2$460$54,30561Zeitgeist
72The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$384--1--$384$451,68921First Run Features
73Departures$368-64%10$368$1,542,98956Regent Releasing