'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. 22 - Sun, Jul. 24

Wide (1000+)

1Captain America: The First Avenger$65,058,524--3,715--$17,512$65,058,5241Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$47,422,212-72%4,3750$10,839$273,539,2812Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$18,622,150--2,926--$6,364$18,622,1501Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$12,051,735-43%3,375-542$3,571$325,841,1854Paramount / DreamWorks
5Horrible Bosses$11,884,319-33%3,104-30$3,829$82,566,7033Warner Bros. / New Line
6Zookeeper$8,702,055-29%3,215-267$2,707$59,206,2553Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$5,655,857-33%2,668-581$2,120$176,375,2955Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$5,162,046-34%2,4050$2,146$17,594,2972Disney
9Bad Teacher$2,610,925-49%2,034-625$1,284$94,365,6885Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$1,019,475-62%1,035-1252$985$34,327,4054Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Midnight in Paris$1,804,662-4%621-85$2,906$44,783,20610Sony Pictures Classics
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$935,068-32%591-411$1,582$63,500,8206Fox
4Super 8$760,042-61%658-801$1,155$124,235,1027Paramount
5Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$670,258-30%1000$6,703$2,003,9302Eros International
6The Tree of Life$555,573-11%230-5$2,416$11,038,1509Fox Searchlight
7Monte Carlo$475,973-64%360-809$1,322$21,772,5884Fox
9Green Lantern (2011)$381,612-72%421-552$906$113,920,2096Warner Bros.
10X-Men: First Class$348,046-45%295-175$1,180$144,210,3648Fox
12Kung Fu Panda 2$317,481-31%250-104$1,270$160,776,0839Paramount / DreamWorks
13Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$311,464-37%246-127$1,266$238,021,77310Disney
14Rio (2011)$304,210-6%210-31$1,449$142,579,55115Fox
15The Hangover Part II$298,592-41%275-180$1,086$252,459,3099Warner Bros.
16Buck$266,508-12%123-14$2,167$2,679,2306IFC Films
17A Better Life$215,376-36%182-34$1,183$1,413,9605Summit
18Fast Five$169,650-21%174-38$975$209,445,77513Universal
19Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$136,277-5%190-24$717$14,660,0057Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Born to Be Wild 3D$247,04528%480$5,147$9,719,34316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Le Sens de l'humour$218,580-30%87-2$2,512$2,085,3813Alliance Films
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$200,33349%6137$3,284$411,1332Fox Searchlight
4Singham$161,064--50--$3,221$161,0641Reliance Big Pictures
5Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$145,2565%5432$2,690$595,7283Sony Pictures Classics
6The Trip (2011)$129,61237%465$2,818$1,269,9257IFC Films
7Hubble 3D$121,4176%27-4$4,497$27,020,08971Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Tabloid$121,05733%3117$3,905$263,5232IFC Films
9Sarah's Key$115,708--5--$23,142$115,7081Weinstein Company
10Page One: Inside the New York Times$95,671-25%652$1,472$762,6846Magnolia Pictures
11Terri$87,67913%366$2,436$372,1934IDP/ATO Pictures
12Another Earth$77,740--4--$19,435$77,7401Fox Searchlight
13Water for Elephants$66,121-25%91-29$727$58,594,03414Fox
14Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$57,000171%87$7,125$130,8373International Film Circuit
15Cave of Forgotten Dreams$54,4108%38-10$1,432$5,032,51513IFC Films
16Project Nim$50,1452%19-3$2,639$171,2273Roadside Attractions
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$49,136-5%100$4,914$3,667,749633D Entertainment
18Under the Sea 3D$47,76132%13-1$3,674$29,275,057128Warner Bros. / IMAX
19A Little Help$44,870--24--$1,870$44,8701Freestyle Releasing
20Incendies$40,36114%29-9$1,392$6,708,35914Sony Pictures Classics
22Delhi Belly$35,947-66%25-42$1,438$1,501,7654UTV Communications
23Something Borrowed$29,322-61%47-27$624$39,026,18612Warner Bros.
24The Double Hour$29,14742%20-2$1,457$1,426,69215IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25Bride Flight$25,974-7%170$1,528$365,1277Music Box Films
26Turtle: The Incredible Journey$25,84174%124$2,153$258,3835Hannover House
27The Undefeated (2011)$24,664-62%144$1,762$101,3822Cinedigm
28Submarine$21,376141%184$1,188$426,9048Weinstein Company
29Space Station 3D$20,020--1--$20,020$84,008,246484IMAX
30Life, Above All$15,57113%105$1,557$39,1682Sony Pictures Classics
31Passione: A Musical Adventure$14,44112%40$3,610$115,0715Abramorama
32Queen to Play$13,88610%123$1,157$448,57917Zeitgeist Films
33Gerry (2011)$13,267-34%11-12$1,206$1,888,6776Entertainment One Films
34Bill Cunningham New York$11,13414%60$1,856$1,436,71019Zeitgeist Films
35Trollhunter$10,305-1%211$491$193,3877Magnolia / Magnet
36The Names of Love$9,788-57%8-4$1,224$180,0495Music Box Films
37The Myth of the American Sleepover$8,700--1--$8,700$8,7001IFC Films
38Meek's Cutoff$6,796-50%5-8$1,359$948,50616Oscilloscope
39In a Better World$6,512-24%8-2$814$947,86717Sony Pictures Classics
40If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$6,272-9%50$1,254$45,1015Oscilloscope
41Everything Must Go$5,99916%9-3$667$2,686,76611Roadside Attractions
42The Conspirator$5,95422%100$595$11,529,67415Roadside Attractions
43The Tree$5,89318%42$1,473$12,8242Zeitgeist Films
44Rapt$5,79119%32$1,930$25,8683Lorber Films
45Winter in Wartime$5,2301889%54$1,046$537,02919Sony Pictures Classics
46Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$5,051--1--$5,051$7,5781The Film Desk
47The Woman with the 5 Elephants$4,988--1--$4,988$6,6771Cinema Guild
4813 Assassins$4,818-31%8-9$602$784,98613Magnolia / Magnet
49The Last Mountain$3,848-52%3-2$1,283$105,2828Dada Films
50Viva Riva!$3,641929%43$910$50,4927Music Box Films
51Road to Nowhere$3,609247%51$722$33,3277Monterey Media
52The Sleeping Beauty$3,234-9%20$1,617$19,4653Strand Releasing
53The Perfect Host$2,488164%31$829$20,5344Magnolia Pictures
54Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$2,283-71%2-3$1,142$247,2355Abramorama
55Rejoice and Shout$2,255-52%4-3$564$85,9798Magnolia Pictures
56Trigun: Badlands Rumble$2,113-48%20$1,057$48,2573Eleven Arts
57The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,107-35%3-1$702$147,28817Lorber Films
58Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,047--2--$1,024$229,62045Collective Eye
59Hobo with a Shotgun$1,966-6%50$393$698,26512Magnolia / Magnet
60The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$1,942-42%1-1$1,942$43,1295Rialto Pictures
61The Arbor$1,511130%21$756$15,99613Strand Releasing
62Bbuddah...Hoga Terra Baap$1,405--5--$281$325,5934Viva Entertainment
63Small Town Murder Songs$1,187-56%2-1$594$29,0629Monterey Media
6435 and Ticking$1,078-68%3-2$359$93,03210Image Entertainment
65Hesher$1,004-58%2-1$502$380,20911Wrekin Hill Entertainment
66Salvation Boulevard$968-87%2-2$484$14,0482IFC Films
67Poetry$853--1--$853$351,01124Kino International
68Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$83066%10$830$180,79821Strand Releasing
69Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$816--1--$816$46,65328Kino International
70Summer (2011 re-issue)$801--1--$801$26,3047The Film Desk
71Into Eternity$600-15%1-2$600$53,69825International Film Circuit
72Potiche$520-32%10$520$1,614,33518Music Box Films
73Daylight (2011)$519-46%10$519$2,0522Cinema Purgatorio
74Double Dhamaal$470--2--$235$543,3225Reliance Big Pictures
76Circo$351--1--$351$73,44017First Run Features
77Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$329--1--$329$30,08511First Run Features
78The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$262-65%2-2$131$630,55314Sony Pictures Classics
79Film Socialisme$215-92%1-1$215$27,1778Lorber Films
80Blank City$202-74%10$202$116,03716Insurgent Releasing
81The Music Never Stopped$193--4--$48$255,77319Roadside Attractions