'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, Jul. 16 - Sun, Jul. 18

Wide (1000+)

1Inception$62,785,337--3,792--$16,557$62,785,3371Warner Bros.
2Despicable Me$32,803,660-42%3,50125$9,370$118,434,5552Universal
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$17,619,622--3,504--$5,028$24,708,0591Disney
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$13,420,480-58%4,001-467$3,354$264,791,8973Summit
5Toy Story 3$11,998,276-43%3,177-576$3,777$362,965,3785Disney
6Grown Ups$9,911,016-37%3,074-389$3,224$129,165,3574Sony / Columbia
7The Last Airbender$7,755,153-53%2,805-398$2,765$115,138,6073Paramount
9Knight and Day$3,608,021-53%1,925-703$1,874$69,117,4004Fox
10The Karate Kid (2010)$2,288,707-57%1,532-926$1,494$169,290,6756Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Cyrus$1,093,313-15%446246$2,451$5,084,1865Fox Searchlight
2The Girl Who Played With Fire$679,533-25%13931$4,889$2,018,2912Music Box
3Iron Man 2$561,74043%36229$1,552$310,018,59011Paramount
4The A-Team$461,023-74%428-808$1,077$75,207,2066Fox
5I Am Love$415,112-17%14029$2,965$2,662,0515Magnolia
6Winter's Bone$347,380-24%12115$2,871$3,064,0526Roadside Attractions
7Standing Ovation$343,125--625--$549$343,1251Rocky Mountain
8Shrek Forever After$280,374-44%240-221$1,168$234,393,5839Paramount / DreamWorks
10Letters to Juliet$240,193-29%27231$883$52,129,85810Summit
11How to Train Your Dragon$237,392-25%228-26$1,041$217,387,99717Paramount / DreamWorks
12Solitary Man$181,861-57%146-26$1,246$3,850,7969Anchor Bay
13Get Him to the Greek$174,015-76%287-155$606$60,009,7707Universal
14Robin Hood$174,015-40%226-74$770$104,839,03010Universal
15Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$170,670-33%112-3$1,524$2,305,9076IFC
16Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$139,396-60%141-134$989$89,317,8528Disney
17Date Night$133,391-29%166-39$804$98,258,66415Fox
18Killers (2010)$120,635-55%166-103$727$46,090,7807Lionsgate
19Splice$65,749-50%117-87$562$16,920,1927Warner Bros

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Kids Are All Right$1,064,359116%3831$28,009$1,813,8662Focus
2Hubble 3D$284,26111%530$5,363$10,855,30818Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$113,507-2%558$2,064$942,9636Sony Pictures Classics
4Sex and the City 2$100,469-52%97-59$1,036$94,936,6568Warner Bros. / New Line
5Restrepo$96,5113%316$3,113$412,7464National Geographic
6Jonah Hex$92,983130%46-19$2,021$10,192,0145Warner Bros.
7Grease Sing-a-Long$87,83645%219$4,183$225,7632Paramount
8The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$84,294-44%70-21$1,204$9,512,44218Music Box
9The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$79,827-39%81-29$986$6,023,87714Sony Pictures Classics
10Under the Sea 3D$72,92029%130$5,609$22,969,60675Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Please Give$50,642-60%64-36$791$3,800,86312Sony Pictures Classics
12Exit Through the Gift Shop$38,367-17%254$1,535$2,958,98214Producers Distribution Agency
13City Island$36,730-56%49-16$750$6,573,59218Anchor Bay
14Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$35,440-13%236$1,541$230,4894Sony Pictures Classics
15Clash of the Titans (2010)$34,992-58%67-63$522$163,192,11416Warner Bros.
16Micmacs$34,849-38%505$697$1,013,6858Sony Classics
17I Hate Luv Storys$32,463-74%35-44$928$826,5613UTV
18Just Wright$30,414-43%56-24$543$21,476,68610Fox Searchlight
20Winnebago Man$17,7068%53$3,541$39,9512Kino International
21Mother and Child$17,106-56%27-17$634$1,036,65611Sony Pictures Classics
22South of the Border$15,749-33%70$2,250$138,9924Cinema Libre
25Diary of a Wimpy Kid$15,059-53%28-23$538$63,916,63218Fox
26The Back-up Plan$12,288-66%25-36$492$37,481,24213CBS Films
27Harry Brown$12,214-57%24-9$509$1,783,70212Samuel Goldwyn
28The Killer Inside Me$11,894-14%9-5$1,322$168,2045IFC Films
29God of Vampires$8,960-33%80$1,120$46,6253Nocturnal Features
30Valhalla Rising$7,905--1--$7,905$7,9051IFC
31To the Sea$7,668--1--$7,668$9,6401Film Movement
32Breathless (2010 re-issue)$7,192-64%3-1$2,397$213,8848Rialto
33Stonewall Uprising$7,092-50%6-4$1,182$100,6985First Run Features
34Let It Rain$6,785--2--$3,393$79,7735IFC
35Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$6,463-26%3-1$2,154$301,17211Kino International
36Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$5,508--3--$1,836$45,6317Indican Pictures
37Love Ranch$5,378-70%7-1$768$124,2223E1 Entertainment
38[REC] 2$4,815-41%72$688$16,8612Magnolia
40Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$3,981--1--$3,981$3,9811Flicker Alley
41The City of Your Final Destination$3,162-63%6-4$527$463,80214Screen Media Films
42Everyone Else$3,093450%21$1,547$78,61957Cinema Guild
43Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$2,875-75%3-6$958$617,62118Zeitgeist
44Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,734-6%30$911$23,252,663146National Geographic
45Udaan$2,715--2--$1,358$2,7151UTV Communications
46The Square (2010)$2,695-13%4-1$674$404,89815Apparition
47Holy Rollers$2,686-57%3-2$895$299,78425First Independent Pictures
48La Mission$2,617-88%3-22$872$1,048,03115Screen Media
49Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$2,528-57%1-1$2,528$36,1014Kino International
50Princess Kaiulani$2,492-55%3-3$831$855,35510Roadside Attractions
51Around a Small Mountain$2,280-57%21$1,140$11,4982Cinema Guild
52Mademoiselle Chambon$2,274-56%2-2$1,137$184,4898Lorber
53The Secret of Kells$2,185-33%6-4$364$686,46020GKIDS
54Best Worst Movie$2,118-68%10$2,118$77,58513Area23a
55The Little Traitor$1,963-14%10$1,963$369,04532Westchester Films
56Sweetgrass$1,823181%1-1$1,823$199,85043Cinema Guild
57Cropsey$1,233-62%41$308$35,4567Cinema Purgatorio
58U2 3D$1,056--1--$1,056$10,336,350130National Geographic
59Le combat dans l'ile (2009 re-issue)$981--1--$981$47,46258The Film Desk
60The Nature of Existence$972-55%2-1$486$17,1765Walking Shadows
61The Living Wake$930--1--$930$12,05510Mangusta Productions
62Small Change (2009 re-issue)$664--1--$664$30,27634The Film Desk
638: The Mormon Proposition$632--1--$632$99,8515Red Flag Releasing
64Great Directors$533-78%20$267$12,5093Paladin
65OSS 117: Lost in Rio$486-62%20$243$87,06866Music Box
66John Rabe$481-85%1-2$481$52,4149Strand
67Videocracy$478--1--$478$23,02723Lorber Films
68A Town Called Panic$4296%10$429$165,34931Zeitgeist Films
69Behind the Burly Q$362-69%1-1$362$18,65913First Run Features
70Spring Fever$223--1--$223$1,8477Strand