'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, Jan. 14 - Sun, Jan. 16

Wide (1000+)

1The Green Hornet$33,526,876--3,584--$9,355$33,526,8761Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$17,816,230--2,940--$6,060$17,816,2301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$11,004,755-25%3,459335$3,181$126,216,6504Paramount
4The King's Speech$9,186,20343%1,543785$5,953$44,710,0628Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$8,342,6483%2,328744$3,584$73,211,0067Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$7,194,865-47%3,394-281$2,120$134,280,8904Universal
7TRON: Legacy$5,679,858-44%2,439-574$2,329$156,918,4545Disney
8Yogi Bear$5,365,547-19%2,702-586$1,986$82,115,6195Warner Bros.
9The Fighter$5,101,140-27%2,414-114$2,113$65,745,8046Paramount
10Season of the Witch$4,606,584-57%2,82711$1,629$18,104,3242Relativity Media
12Country Strong$3,682,375-50%1,4240$2,586$13,287,5094Sony / Screen Gems
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,324,393-49%1,704-1110$1,364$98,067,1296Fox
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,118,591-54%1,666-1298$1,272$37,647,0144Fox
15The Tourist$1,680,709-55%1,420-1022$1,184$64,259,6556Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,399,204-41%941-566$1,487$289,803,4729Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$1,386,77697%230190$6,029$2,847,2613Weinstein Company
3Megamind$661,523141%341-34$1,940$145,416,60811Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Heart Specialist$473,062--422--$1,121$473,0621Freestyle
5How Do You Know$399,617-79%615-1287$650$29,940,2565Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$360,057-45%322-281$1,118$94,702,14916Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$321,06926%34197$942$100,064,63911Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$276,301151%10066$2,763$958,1165Lionsgate
9Burlesque$264,5313%29567$897$38,633,0178Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$243,256-29%303-95$803$80,392,10310Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$154,845-47%166-46$933$31,970,2788Fox
12Red (2010)$140,008-30%206-55$680$90,065,33214Summit
14Life As We Know It$88,487-42%132-56$670$53,273,36115Warner Bros.
15Despicable Me$63,010-47%137-41$460$251,476,98528Universal
16Morning Glory (2010)$54,578-43%127-51$430$30,982,32910Paramount
17For Colored Girls$27,258432%11190$246$37,714,86011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Yamla Pagla Deewana$504,116--84--$6,001$504,1161Eros International
2Barney's Version$362,524--42--$8,632$1,094,6341Sony Pictures Classics
3Somewhere (2010)$251,11354%5336$4,738$982,9304Focus
4127 Hours$162,933-25%76-12$2,144$11,073,51811Fox Searchlight
5Hubble 3D$145,8236%48-6$3,038$20,763,56844Warner Bros. / IMAX
6I Love You Phillip Morris$131,010-40%95-5$1,379$1,659,0327Roadside Attractions
7Casino Jack$120,934-23%608$2,016$611,2945IDP/ATO Pictures
8Another Year$111,80628%136$8,600$450,0953Sony Pictures Classics
9No One Killed Jessica$99,269-56%45-3$2,206$372,3572UTV Communications
10Made in Dagenham$93,6238%8929$1,052$758,3459Sony Pictures Classics
11The Illusionist (2010)$60,47283%74$8,639$254,2654Sony Pictures Classics
12Fair Game (2010)$45,080-38%79-24$571$9,320,83311Summit
13Faster (2010)$41,061-20%77-2$533$23,001,2068CBS Films
14Inside Job$34,820-38%28-18$1,244$3,613,23815Sony Pictures Classics
15The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$29,68414%37-5$802$5,116,33912Music Box
16All Good Things$24,242-44%29-1$836$422,3947Magnolia Pictures
17The Warrior's Way$23,853-19%7745$310$5,636,6557Relativity Media
18Down for Life$23,176--5--$4,635$23,1761B.D.Fox Independent
19Space Station 3D$15,163--2--$7,582$82,581,545457IMAX
20Paranormal Activity 2$13,542-60%40-50$339$84,747,72713Paramount
21Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$13,434-76%41-54$328$55,668,07017Warner Bros.
22Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$13,405-28%50$2,681$40,2264Saint Juste International
23Jackass 3D$13,362-66%22-48$607$117,222,00714Paramount
24Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$12,377-32%10$12,377$49,9582First Run Features
25Every Day$9,857--3--$3,286$9,8571Image Entertainment
26Mesrine: Killer Instinct$9,7861696%97$1,087$544,94721Music Box
27Tiny Furniture$9,556-51%12-7$796$335,16010IFC
28Four Lions$9,507-21%132$731$273,31711Drafthouse Films
30Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$9,491-4%83$1,186$352,68614Zeitgeist Films
31Waste Land$8,848539%31$2,949$114,26012Arthouse Films
32White Material$8,789-54%13-8$676$287,0139IFC
33Summer Wars$7,137-48%9-5$793$53,6324GKIDS
34Winter's Bone$6,16229%71$880$6,263,18832Roadside Attractions
35The Tempest$5,74918%52$1,150$249,7976Disney
36The Salvation Poem$5,676-3%10$5,676$506,37414CanZion Films
37Ong Bak 3$5,648--3--$1,883$5,6481Magnolia
38Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$5,641--1--$5,641$5,6411Kino International
39Marwencol$4,92637%62$821$74,45315Cinema Guild
40Bhutto$3,999-69%3-1$1,333$58,6227First Run Features
41The Time That Remains$3,449-47%10$3,449$13,6332IFC
42The Strange Case of Angelica$3,436-39%20$1,718$27,7403Cinema Guild
43Kings of Pastry$3,419-69%40$855$295,69218First Run
44Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,114-9%20$1,557$23,496,830172National Geographic
46Feed the Fish$3,008-32%3-1$1,003$96,6889Strand
47The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,53221%30$844$700,95724National Geographic
48A Somewhat Gentle Man$2,506--1--$2,506$2,5061Strand Releasing
49Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$2,405-25%5-1$481$179,91111Magnolia
50William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$2,057417%21$1,029$36,3749Oscilloscope
51My Dog Tulip$1,996-85%1-3$1,996$176,97120New Yorker Films
52Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,868412%86$234$265,25920Music Box
53Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$1,768--1--$1,768$57,29012Variance Films
54Enemies of the People$1,581--3--$527$49,56025International Film Circuit
56Night Catches Us$1,355-52%3-1$452$61,7197Magnolia
57Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,236-30%1-1$1,236$24,07111Variance Films
58Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$1,229--3--$410$163,35119Lorber
59Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$1,066-80%5-7$213$235,1467Oscilloscope
60Plastic Planet$740--1--$740$7401First Run Features
61Tees Maar Khan$293-98%4-34$73$1,076,2664UTV Communications
62Red Hill$293-78%10$293$20,89811Strand
63Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$214-97%1-1$214$90,70730Kino International