'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, Aug. 27 - Sun, Aug. 29

Wide (1000+)

1Takers$20,512,304--2,206--$9,298$20,512,3041Sony / Screen Gems
2The Last Exorcism$20,366,613--2,874--$7,087$20,366,6131Lionsgate
3The Expendables$9,527,937-44%3,398128$2,804$82,040,1833Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$6,815,555-44%3,10826$2,193$60,531,3263Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$6,285,712-38%3,181-291$1,976$99,018,1724Sony / Columbia
6Vampires Suck$5,221,780-57%3,2330$1,615$27,834,2562Fox
7Inception$4,876,356-38%2,070-331$2,356$270,519,9207Warner Bros.
8Nanny McPhee Returns$4,714,215-44%2,79814$1,685$16,991,2852Universal
9The Switch (2010)$4,583,481-46%2,0175$2,272$16,410,0092Miramax
10Piranha 3D$4,302,878-57%2,49121$1,727$18,266,8892Weinstein Company
11Lottery Ticket$3,854,303-64%1,9730$1,954$17,284,6412Warner Bros.
12Despicable Me$2,859,680-39%1,833-403$1,560$236,276,0858Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$2,505,555-52%1,566-1254$1,600$26,166,9453Universal
14Salt$1,883,890-25%1,168-626$1,613$113,260,6446Sony / Columbia
15Dinner for Schmucks$1,779,540-49%1,501-648$1,186$69,204,3725Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

2Get Low$1,640,176130%570424$2,878$3,633,4515Sony Pictures Classics
3Step Up 3D$1,227,816-61%901-691$1,363$39,715,3044Disney
4Toy Story 3$1,010,710-34%600-130$1,685$405,659,22111Disney
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$675,231-60%823-757$820$41,279,2445Warner Bros.
6The Kids Are All Right$522,172-36%342-62$1,527$19,149,7018Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$514,653-9%476-81$1,081$298,027,7529Summit
8The Last Airbender$418,754122%30683$1,368$130,590,2569Paramount
9Ramona and Beezus$320,050-21%354-34$904$24,817,3556Fox
10The Girl Who Played With Fire$296,518-21%1765$1,685$6,184,3268Music Box
11Grown Ups$267,350-37%263-161$1,017$159,372,00610Sony / Columbia
12The Sorcerer's Apprentice$264,319-44%312-160$847$61,075,2787Disney
13Hubble 3D$263,530-25%1510$1,745$14,558,69124Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Karate Kid (2010)$248,539-34%255-59$975$175,908,76312Sony / Columbia
15Charlie St. Cloud$213,100-55%333-314$640$30,749,8755Universal
16Shrek Forever After$192,638-31%207-25$931$238,053,79015Paramount / DreamWorks
17Knight and Day$182,311-30%229-48$796$75,986,16410Fox
19Winter's Bone$140,868-34%117-13$1,204$5,426,06412Roadside Attractions
20Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$106,901-39%157-29$681$90,586,62314Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Mao's Last Dancer$299,69150%7542$3,996$1,193,8132Samuel Goldwyn
2Nick Saban: Gamechanger$188,786--26--$7,261$188,7861Flashlight
3Cairo Time$182,40938%4817$3,800$604,7384IFC
4Mesrine: Killer Instinct$152,873--28--$5,460$152,8731Music Box
5Animal Kingdom$123,59422%3917$3,169$372,5113Sony Pictures Classics
6What If...$97,91897%5532$1,780$162,7682Five & Two Pictures
7Flipped$70,38842%26-3$2,707$671,1094Warner Bros.
8The A-Team$66,992-38%92-59$728$77,096,45912Fox
9I Am Love$64,776-42%52-31$1,246$4,535,78611Magnolia
10Peepli Live$60,265-63%45-25$1,339$704,7743UTV Communications
11Under the Sea 3D$54,107-27%160$3,382$23,983,85981Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Concert$52,199-2%200$2,610$370,2816Weinstein Company
13The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$51,060-7%214$2,431$349,3624National Geographic
15Restrepo$40,812-31%37-7$1,103$1,123,81810National Geographic
17Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$36,221-36%21-6$1,725$447,8026NeoClassics
18The Tillman Story$31,670-39%51$6,334$108,0852Weinstein Company
19Please Give$29,840141%4527$663$4,010,32018Sony Pictures Classics
20Lebanon$28,016-18%14-1$2,001$143,14046Sony Pictures Classics
21The Extra Man$26,107-57%24-9$1,088$334,6645Magnolia
22The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$22,580-46%29-12$779$9,980,95624Music Box
23A Film Unfinished$20,296-40%51$4,059$91,4982Oscilloscope
24La Soga$16,988-53%12-8$1,416$144,43237-57 Releasing
25Cyrus$16,261-52%32-24$508$7,353,11511Fox Searchlight
26Change of Plans$15,378--2--$7,689$15,3781IFC
27Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$15,339-63%28-19$548$1,594,53312Sony Pictures Classics
28Life During Wartime$14,348-24%14-1$1,025$242,5916IFC
29Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$13,781-42%51$2,756$173,3146Arthouse Films
30Exit Through the Gift Shop$12,769-34%9-1$1,419$3,200,41420Producers Distribution Agency
31Soul Kitchen$12,224-42%97$1,358$44,3882IFC
32Solitary Man$10,881-44%190$573$4,313,17815Anchor Bay
33The Disappearance of Alice Creed$10,506-32%7-1$1,501$129,2014Anchor Bay
34Date Night$10,205-32%13-10$785$98,700,49421Fox
35Mademoiselle Chambon$8,970-34%11-1$815$307,42014Lorber
36Micmacs$8,6982%13-11$669$1,187,75114Sony Classics
37Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$8,107-60%12-18$676$2,905,49012IFC
38The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$7,497-20%134$577$6,330,41120Sony Pictures Classics
39Winnebago Man$7,447-35%70$1,064$131,7008Kino International
41Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$6,314-37%10-9$631$351,73110Sony Pictures Classics
42Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$4,980-49%10$4,980$43,78311The Film Desk
43The Nature of Existence$4,5271886%21$2,264$42,51811Walking Shadows
44Army of Crime$4,367-46%2-1$2,184$19,0212Lorber
45Patrik, Age 1.5$4,275-76%4-5$1,069$50,9904Here Films
47Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,228-60%4-2$1,057$283,62714Rialto
48Circle$3,926--2--$1,963$3,9261Indican Pictures
49Around a Small Mountain$3,604--3--$1,201$24,5578Cinema Guild
50The People I've Slept With$3,437--1--$3,437$11,1383People Pictures
51Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,969-68%2-3$985$669,81324Zeitgeist
52The Milk of Sorrow$1,914--1--$1,914$1,9141Olive Films
53The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,702--21--$81$97,55821International Film Circuit
54Mother and Child$1,665-21%4-9$416$1,098,39617Sony Pictures Classics
55Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,453820%10$1,453$47,30410Kino International
56Daniel and Ana$1,400--1--$1,400$1,4001Strand
57The Sicilian Girl$1,37818%31$459$21,0334Music Box
58The Law$1,21410%10$1,214$17,35110Oscilloscope
59Orlando (2010 re-issue)$1,07939%3-2$360$55,4126Sony Pictures Classics
61Princess Kaiulani$1,045-10%10$1,045$871,86916Roadside Attractions
62Countdown to Zero$1,011-83%4-2$253$251,7286Magnolia
63Stonewall Uprising$732632%10$732$119,40711First Run Features
64City Island$649-63%1-3$649$6,670,71224Anchor Bay
65Tales From Earthsea$589-94%1-4$589$48,0433Disney
66Spoken Word$516-81%2-1$258$23,7466Variance
67Crude$499--1--$499$170,29551First Run
68Kings of the Evening$350-35%10$350$98,68229Indican Pictures
69Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$250-79%10$250$348,29017Kino International
70Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$250--1--$250$66,90113Indican Pictures
71Everyone Else$160-91%10$160$92,85963Cinema Guild