'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, Nov. 19 - Sun, Nov. 21

Wide (1000+)

1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$125,017,372--4,125--$30,307$125,017,3721Warner Bros.
2Megamind$16,012,831-45%3,779-170$4,237$109,313,4293Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$13,005,855-43%3,2092$4,053$41,867,7692Fox
4Due Date$8,912,182-42%3,229-136$2,760$72,431,5943Warner Bros.
5The Next Three Days$6,542,779--2,564--$2,552$6,542,7791Lionsgate
6Morning Glory (2010)$5,200,233-43%2,54426$2,044$19,823,1362Paramount
7Skyline$3,560,985-70%2,8833$1,235$17,772,7602Universal / Rogue
8Red (2010)$2,483,043-50%2,034-844$1,221$83,589,9656Summit
9For Colored Girls$2,299,956-65%1,216-911$1,891$34,439,6533Lionsgate
11Paranormal Activity 2$945,460-68%1,101-1302$859$83,583,2305Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1Fair Game (2010)$1,455,81943%386211$3,772$3,724,5463Summit
2The Social Network$935,677-47%571-517$1,639$89,244,4648Sony / Columbia
3127 Hours$916,533109%10886$8,486$1,902,3363Fox Searchlight
4Saw 3D$846,029-70%806-1170$1,050$45,287,1754Lionsgate
5Jackass 3D$737,351-67%687-920$1,073$116,094,4426Paramount
6Life As We Know It$536,379-59%558-681$961$51,630,9627Warner Bros.
8The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$401,819-23%179-15$2,245$3,433,1164Music Box
9Inside Job$338,938-29%185-65$1,832$2,139,3937Sony Pictures Classics
10Hereafter$285,230-78%403-1288$708$32,185,4466Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$269,335-26%268-5$1,005$249,169,37520Universal
12The Town$209,488-52%165-210$1,270$90,982,26910Warner Bros.
13Alpha and Omega$195,780173%252129$777$24,803,07310Lionsgate
14Conviction$175,913-71%190-303$926$6,437,7076Fox Searchlight
15Inception$153,650-34%198-64$776$292,068,09519Warner Bros.
16Toy Story 3$125,155-40%204-37$614$414,806,93223Disney
17Waiting for 'Superman'$109,011-49%118-86$924$6,130,4669Paramount Vantage
18Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$103,727-33%185-64$561$52,316,0759Fox
19Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$79,295-53%138-102$575$54,470,1529Warner Bros.
20Easy A$64,902-60%105-92$618$57,646,63010Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$149,241-23%571$2,618$18,355,28936Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Today's Special$90,639--1--$90,639$90,6391Alerion
3You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$62,162-40%44-31$1,413$3,033,7649Sony Pictures Classics
4Golmaal 3$59,096-77%860$687$1,132,1923Eros
5Tamara Drewe$51,86089%3413$1,525$331,0787Sony Pictures Classics
6You Again$41,541-51%93-60$447$25,328,5049Disney
7Made in Dagenham$37,563--3--$12,521$37,5631Sony Pictures Classics
8Mao's Last Dancer$36,487-36%42-13$869$4,734,67714Samuel Goldwyn
9White Material$34,613--3--$11,538$34,6131IFC
10Stone$34,321-54%55-32$624$1,711,8317Relativity / Overture
11Under the Sea 3D$34,293-33%13-1$2,638$24,856,63293Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Nowhere Boy$33,976-49%60-51$566$1,394,4587Weinstein Company
13Monsters (2010)$29,952-38%19-6$1,576$181,4344Magnolia
14Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$26,690-21%177$1,570$185,3466Zeitgeist Films
15Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$26,161-13%172$1,539$97,0393Magnolia
16Four Lions$25,031-38%140$1,788$139,0963Drafthouse Films
17Let Me In$22,284-60%85-58$262$12,114,8228Relativity / Overture
18It's Kind of a Funny Story$21,367-52%46-21$465$6,350,0587Focus
19Tiny Furniture$16,384-23%10$16,384$49,4202IFC
20Waste Land$14,52476%83$1,816$57,0974Arthouse Films
21Cool It$10,734-60%421$256$52,9352Roadside Attractions
22Never Let Me Go$10,555-57%18-14$586$2,353,34610Fox Searchlight
25Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$9,5552%30$3,185$23,424,567164National Geographic
26Catfish$9,555-60%13-12$735$3,221,15310Universal / Rogue
27Kings of Pastry$9,511125%4-1$2,378$164,75710First Run
28Animal Kingdom$9,503176%157$634$1,000,69015Sony Pictures Classics
29My Dog Tulip$8,622235%129$719$123,22112New Yorker Films
30Welcome to the Riley's$8,329-38%6-1$1,388$115,5474Samuel Goldwyn
31The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$7,860-51%7-2$1,123$648,70516National Geographic
32Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$7,603-4%21$3,802$22,1432Film Desk
33Last Train Home$7,076-24%60$1,179$250,77812Zeitgeist Films
34Get Low$7,033-56%16-10$440$9,080,26517Sony Pictures Classics
35William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$6,510--1--$6,510$10,6121Oscilloscope
36Enter the Void$6,504-45%7-1$929$286,9259IFC Films
37The Salvation Poem$6,279-61%5-6$1,256$441,1446CanZion Films
38Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$6,23359%62$1,039$144,84011Lorber
39Wild Target$6,073-12%72$868$64,6924Freestyle
41The Girl Who Played With Fire$5,23343%142$374$7,628,62020Music Box
42Jack Goes Boating$4,982-54%18-16$277$521,92210Relativity / Overture
43Inspector Bellamy$4,862-53%20$2,431$78,2724IFC Films
44Mademoiselle Chambon$4,18995%41$1,047$517,52926Lorber
46Marwencol$3,744-58%32$1,248$30,9257Cinema Guild
47The Trouble with Terkel$3,244-34%2-2$1,622$26,34835Indican
48Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$2,903-43%30$968$41,5594Variance Films
49What If...$2,727-67%5-7$545$756,54514Five & Two Pictures
50The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$2,475-59%21$1,238$136,14233International Film Circuit
51The Tillman Story$2,286-73%11-10$208$788,85414Weinstein Company
52Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$2,24457%50$449$256,48412Music Box
54I Am Love$1,988-12%3-1$663$5,002,41123Magnolia
55Enemies of the People$1,861-77%1-5$1,861$45,05217International Film Circuit
56Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,679-59%20$840$68,00622Kino International
57Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,564-37%62$261$525,36113Music Box
59Lebanon$1,46878%4-3$367$364,29258Sony Pictures Classics
60The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$1,21557%50$243$10,087,57936Music Box
61A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,033-39%60$172$185,59712Sony Pictures Classics
62Winter's Bone$1,007-59%4-6$252$6,225,41424Roadside Attractions
63Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$920--1--$920$53,90723The Film Desk
64Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$877-50%10$877$7,8163Variance Films
65The Sicilian Girl$848--1--$848$70,90516Music Box
66Hideaway (2009)$629--2--$315$30,82911Strand
67Army of Crime$519-62%1-2$519$34,48114Lorber
68The Kids Grow Up$189-85%10$189$10,2414Shadow Distribution
69Restrepo$119-87%10$119$1,330,05822National Geographic