'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, Sep. 3 - Sun, Sep. 5

Wide (1000+)

1The American$13,177,790--2,823--$4,668$16,321,5751Focus
3Takers$10,876,732-47%2,2060$4,931$37,327,5572Sony / Screen Gems
4The Last Exorcism$7,341,976-64%2,8740$2,555$32,114,3602Lionsgate
5Going the Distance (2010)$6,884,964--3,030--$2,272$6,884,9641Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Expendables$6,620,133-31%3,3980$1,948$92,187,9034Lionsgate
7The Other Guys$5,287,889-16%2,607-574$2,028$106,754,1005Sony / Columbia
8Eat Pray Love$4,800,758-30%2,663-445$1,803$68,904,7924Sony / Columbia
9Inception$4,572,249-6%1,704-366$2,683$277,145,5038Warner Bros.
10Nanny McPhee Returns$3,533,925-25%2,708-90$1,305$22,399,9003Universal
11Vampires Suck$3,196,167-39%2,434-799$1,313$32,494,8243Fox
12The Switch (2010)$3,119,557-32%1,885-132$1,655$21,494,6973Miramax
13Despicable Me$2,984,0154%1,600-233$1,865$240,434,9659Universal
14Piranha 3D$2,432,258-43%1,789-702$1,360$22,528,0653Weinstein Company
15Lottery Ticket$2,151,388-44%1,310-663$1,642$20,509,0853Warner Bros.
16Toy Story 3$1,944,80192%1,520920$1,279$408,100,17412Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,553,475-38%807-759$1,925$28,835,3854Universal
3Salt$1,257,471-33%705-463$1,784$115,218,4687Sony / Columbia
4Get Low$1,204,465-27%560-10$2,151$5,403,3976Sony Pictures Classics
5Dinner for Schmucks$1,031,661-42%804-697$1,283$70,923,1746Paramount / DreamWorks
6Step Up 3D$794,628-35%434-467$1,831$41,083,5405Disney
7Grown Ups$602,662125%383120$1,574$160,047,47211Sony / Columbia
8Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$466,048-31%455-368$1,024$42,032,2446Warner Bros.
9The Sorcerer's Apprentice$447,51669%35745$1,254$61,623,5278Disney
10The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$434,120-16%396-80$1,096$298,687,34110Summit
11The Kids Are All Right$393,425-25%239-103$1,646$19,790,6479Focus
12The Last Airbender$321,488-23%257-49$1,251$131,058,41910Paramount
13Hubble 3D$278,1196%123-28$2,261$14,992,57225Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Ramona and Beezus$265,647-17%305-49$871$25,205,0487Fox
15The Karate Kid (2010)$246,132-1%227-28$1,084$176,238,16513Sony / Columbia
16The Girl Who Played With Fire$236,420-20%157-19$1,506$6,577,8199Music Box
17Shrek Forever After$195,3581%179-28$1,091$238,319,04316Paramount / DreamWorks
18Charlie St. Cloud$155,110-27%220-113$705$30,966,9006Universal
19Knight and Day$136,333-25%142-87$960$76,203,92211Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Mao's Last Dancer$338,17913%9520$3,560$1,676,1893Samuel Goldwyn
2We Are Family$296,907--78--$3,807$296,9071UTV Communications
3Cairo Time$173,596-5%557$3,156$857,0975IFC
4The Tillman Story$136,399331%2419$5,683$260,4793Weinstein Company
5Winter's Bone$117,359-17%90-27$1,304$5,608,96313Roadside Attractions
6Animal Kingdom$111,583-10%5617$1,993$536,5054Sony Pictures Classics
7What If...$106,3959%6914$1,542$289,0793Five & Two Pictures
8Mesrine: Killer Instinct$91,376-40%346$2,688$307,4532Music Box
9Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$74,449--31--$2,402$74,4491Music Box
10Under the Sea 3D$63,69418%160$3,981$24,090,39582Warner Bros. / IMAX
11I Am Love$63,555-2%49-3$1,297$4,673,07312Magnolia
12The A-Team$58,938-12%54-38$1,091$77,179,35713Fox
13Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$53,379-50%93-64$574$90,684,97615Disney
14Flipped$50,905-28%282$1,818$751,0465Warner Bros.
15The Concert$45,001-14%200$2,250$439,2467Weinstein Company
16Soul Kitchen$43,422255%156$2,895$111,3703IFC
17The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$38,059-25%18-3$2,114$413,6015National Geographic
19Lebanon$31,32112%173$1,842$192,12247Sony Pictures Classics
20Restrepo$29,801-27%33-4$903$1,172,86111National Geographic
21Peepli Live$29,695-51%26-19$1,142$748,1284UTV Communications
23A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$27,330--5--$5,466$27,3301Sony Pictures Classics
24Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$25,884-29%18-3$1,438$485,1947NeoClassics
25The Extra Man$23,705-9%284$847$369,4626Magnolia
26Last Train Home$20,418--1--$20,418$20,4181Zeitgeist Films
27The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$18,006-20%24-5$750$10,014,65025Music Box
28Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$15,5792%24-4$649$1,619,66913Sony Pictures Classics
29Cyrus$14,874-9%26-6$572$7,378,45812Fox Searchlight
30A Film Unfinished$14,203-30%50$2,841$119,6823Oscilloscope
31Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$13,452-2%72$1,922$194,8067Arthouse Films
33Micmacs$11,80636%229$537$1,205,74815Sony Classics
34My Dog Tulip$11,550--1--$11,550$16,4221New Yorker Films
35Exit Through the Gift Shop$11,423-11%5-4$2,285$3,215,53221Producers Distribution Agency
36Solitary Man$10,232-6%245$426$4,337,37816Anchor Bay
37Change of Plans$9,278-40%20$4,639$33,3372IFC
38The Disappearance of Alice Creed$8,888-15%6-1$1,481$144,4205Anchor Bay
39La Soga$8,700-49%5-7$1,740$159,39247-57 Releasing
40Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$7,635-6%164$477$2,918,65513IFC
41The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$6,980-7%12-1$582$6,346,00621Sony Pictures Classics
43Life During Wartime$6,363-56%8-6$795$256,0997IFC
44Date Night$6,045-41%11-2$550$98,710,29022Fox
45White Wedding (2009)$5,859--4--$1,465$5,8591Dada Films
46The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$5,646232%1-20$5,646$103,20422International Film Circuit
47Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$5,101-19%9-1$567$361,70011Sony Pictures Classics
48Winnebago Man$4,674-37%70$668$138,8699Kino International
49The People I've Slept With$3,94315%21$1,972$16,3834People Pictures
50Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$3,2561202%32$1,085$364,49318Kino International
51Army of Crime$3,143-28%20$1,572$24,8133Lorber
52The Milk of Sorrow$3,02258%21$1,511$6,4162Olive Films
53Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$2,85897%21$1,429$50,65411Kino International
54Spoken Word$2,546393%20$1,273$26,6227Variance
55Mademoiselle Chambon$2,508-72%5-6$502$313,52415Lorber
56The Nature of Existence$2,297-49%20$1,149$46,74512Walking Shadows
57Please Give$2,105-93%13-32$162$4,020,90619Sony Pictures Classics
58Princess Kaiulani$1,88981%32$630$874,79817Roadside Attractions
59Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$1,425--1--$1,425$23,294,011153National Geographic
60Two in the Wave$1,289--1--$1,289$27,82416Lorber Films
61The Little Traitor$1,275--1--$1,275$374,52339Westchester Films
62Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,053-47%1-1$1,053$672,36025Zeitgeist
63Countdown to Zero$1,0110%51$202$253,3907Magnolia
64Mother and Child$975-41%2-2$488$1,100,26218Sony Pictures Classics
65Mugabe and the White African$964--1--$964$6,4497First Run
66The Sicilian Girl$789-43%2-1$395$23,6745Music Box
67John Rabe$578--1--$578$56,18516Strand
68Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$45080%10$450$67,66514Indican Pictures
69Everyone Else$31396%10$313$93,60064Cinema Guild
70Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$88--1--$88$12,5104First Run Features