'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, Oct. 7 - Sun, Oct. 9

Wide (1000+)

1Real Steel$27,319,677--3,440--$7,942$27,319,6771Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$10,470,143--2,199--$4,761$10,470,1431Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$9,131,091-34%3,478-37$2,625$49,040,7363Warner Bros.
4Moneyball$7,453,989-38%3,01825$2,470$49,207,1673Sony / Columbia
6Courageous$4,867,876-47%1,1610$4,193$16,160,0322Sony / TriStar
7The Lion King 3D$4,598,606-57%2,267-73$2,028$86,008,5954Disney
8Dream House$4,475,525-45%2,6643$1,680$14,467,4902Universal
9What's Your Number?$3,126,782-42%3,0119$1,038$10,382,8002Fox
10Contagion$2,942,322-40%2,250-494$1,308$69,026,5435Warner Bros.
12Killer Elite$2,201,362-55%2,411-575$913$21,646,9293Open Road
13The Help$1,945,048-36%2,064-441$942$162,652,3639Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$1,842,563-44%1,330-644$1,385$30,107,8854FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Smurfs$512,05652%515104$994$139,381,79911Sony / Columbia
2Laugh at My Pain$467,823-36%248-30$1,886$6,929,7605CodeBlack Entertainment
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$405,86149%407155$997$379,750,74713Warner Bros.
4Captain America: The First Avenger$311,753-29%303-47$1,029$175,805,85312Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$295,891-45%382-209$775$174,937,80310Fox
6Cars 2$284,613-26%2627$1,086$190,462,89816Disney
7The Debt$248,929-60%358-245$695$30,564,7666Focus
8Colombiana$227,769-44%245-167$930$36,206,2177Sony / TriStar
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$202,241-49%222-183$911$83,120,91411Warner Bros.
10Warrior (2011)$170,753-63%319-388$535$13,427,8545Lionsgate
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$158,889-56%365-345$435$37,763,5338Weinstein Company
12Zookeeper$147,469-30%198-55$745$80,112,56014Sony / Columbia
13Cowboys & Aliens$147,290-21%206-35$715$99,768,67111Universal
14Midnight in Paris$130,882-28%119-21$1,100$54,905,64321Sony Pictures Classics
15The Guard$119,125-38%124-33$961$4,646,79611Sony Pictures Classics
16Horrible Bosses$101,021-41%142-80$711$117,388,06914Warner Bros. / New Line
17I Don't Know How She Does It$100,112-75%240-505$417$9,486,4774Weinstein Company
18Straw Dogs (2011)$87,594-79%181-693$484$10,324,4414Sony / Screen Gems
19Transformers: Dark of the Moon$82,901-59%143-65$580$352,358,77915Paramount / DreamWorks
20Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$70,221-46%114-102$616$23,820,0767FilmDistrict
21Shark Night 3D$66,288-53%145-147$457$18,595,9886Relativity Media
22Sarah's Key$58,670-47%113-26$519$6,882,89312Weinstein Company
23Restless (2011)$33,46460%12683$266$117,6024Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

1Breakaway$354,306-35%480$7,381$1,066,5082Alliance Films
2Rascals$168,082--61--$2,755$168,0821Eros Entertainment
3Machine Gun Preacher$112,56633%9360$1,210$291,1983Relativity Media
4The Way$110,418--33--$3,346$110,4181Producers Distribution Agency
5Born to Be Wild 3D$104,093-7%490$2,124$13,336,19727Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Le Bonheur des Autres$58,765--29--$2,026$58,7651Entertainment One Films
7Hubble 3D$57,59819%24-2$2,400$29,115,97682Warner Bros. / IMAX
81911$55,850--33--$1,692$55,8501Variance Films
9Seven Days in Utopia$53,315-37%77-58$692$4,289,4686Visio Entertainment
10Take Shelter$52,0020%118$4,727$126,2232Sony Pictures Classics
11Munger Road$51,07440%98$5,675$98,8612Freestyle Releasing
12The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$49,456--18--$2,748$49,4561IFC Films
13Weekend$49,3422%148$3,524$162,6943IFC Films
14The Hedgehog$41,479-14%293$1,430$676,9178NeoClassics Films
15Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$40,992-52%8-3$5,124$156,7232Nocturnal Features
16Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$39,776-25%4413$904$111,3422Magnolia / Magnet
17Love Crime$36,847-21%298$1,271$348,7176IFC Films
18Mr. Popper's Penguins$36,778-47%68-35$541$68,181,94017Fox
19Thunder Soul$34,440108%3724$931$120,6513Roadside Attractions
20Bad Teacher$32,554-93%64-290$509$100,292,85616Sony / Columbia
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$32,270-40%27-7$1,195$409,2116Indomina Media
22Final Destination 5$30,599-60%61-83$502$42,575,7189Warner Bros. / New Line
23Our Idiot Brother$28,178-56%67-69$421$24,657,7287Weinstein Company
24Mausam$27,966-73%960$291$712,8263Eros International
25The Women on the 6th Floor$26,636--6--$4,439$26,6361Strand Releasing
26Senna$26,220-40%31-1$846$1,310,9699Producers Distribution Agency
27Mozart's Sister$25,925-20%235$1,127$322,0568Music Box Films
28Fright Night (2011)$23,77542%22-1$1,081$18,114,1598Disney / DreamWorks
29Under the Sea 3D$21,4678%100$2,147$29,887,823139Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Higher Ground$18,977-61%34-17$558$701,0527Sony Pictures Classics
31Dirty Girl$17,859--9--$1,984$17,8591Weinstein Company
32Apollo 18$17,124-67%46-68$372$17,520,1676Weinstein Company
33The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$16,702-49%8-1$2,088$161,3135IFC Films
34Circumstance$16,163-21%18-5$898$371,9637Roadside Attractions
35Blackthorn$15,254--8--$1,907$15,2541Magnolia Pictures
36The Mill and the Cross$13,777-34%81$1,722$102,1174Kino Lorber
37Margaret$13,12974%1412$938$24,9502Fox Searchlight
38The Whistleblower$12,335-46%30-4$411$1,074,89210IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39The Tree of Life$9,872-44%11-18$897$13,279,56620Fox Searchlight
40Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$9,132-52%100$913$4,289,620743D Entertainment
41Brighton Rock (2011)$8,466-37%23-1$368$200,7217IFC Films
42The Man Nobody Knew$7,497-46%30$2,499$47,7173First Run Features
43Muran$7,413-55%7-3$1,059$27,2082UTV Communications
44Mysteries of Lisbon$7,278-11%50$1,456$100,59210Music Box Films
45Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$6,930-16%62$1,155$140,0046Music Box Films
46Point Blank$6,850-64%16-8$428$661,72011Magnolia / Magnet
47Puncture$6,700-34%51$1,340$55,9863Millennium Entertainment
48American Teacher$5,860-3%1-1$5,860$16,7252First Run Features
49Space Station 3D$5,698-25%10$5,698$84,316,636495IMAX
50Finding Joe$5,511-37%21$2,756$17,0392Balcony Releasing
51The Interrupters$4,902-1%61$817$209,13011Cinema Guild
52Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$4,629-72%7-5$661$592,95214International Film Circuit
53Limelight (2011)$4,460-29%10$4,460$32,8843Magnolia Pictures
54The Names of Love$4,222-19%2-9$2,111$492,62016Music Box Films
55The Future$3,933-55%15-1$262$544,78711Roadside Attractions
56Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,920-62%2-1$1,960$225,50616Abramorama
57Amigo$3,661--5--$732$139,0498Variance Films
58Hell and Back Again$3,413--1--$3,413$4,8091Docurama Films
59A Bird of the Air$3,146289%21$1,573$8,8993Paladin
603 (2010)$2,99591%3-3$998$35,0704Strand Releasing
61Page One: Inside the New York Times$2,75913%3-4$920$1,065,15117Magnolia Pictures
62The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$2,680598%21$1,340$20,2645The Film Desk
63Turtle: The Incredible Journey$2,445278%43$611$378,67116Hannover House
64Life, Above All$2,32531%92$258$119,68813Sony Pictures Classics
65Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$2,320-76%90$258$13,6342UTV Communications
66El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,248-72%3-4$749$135,30611Alive Mind Cinema
67People v. The State of Illusion$2,246-29%10$2,246$38,3335IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
68Incendiary: The Willingham Case$2,058-50%31$686$18,1143Truly Indie
69Happy, Happy$1,962-68%2-5$981$27,7464Magnolia Pictures
70The Sons of Tennessee Williams$1,492--1--$1,492$1,4921First Run Features
72Where Soldiers Come From$1,353-83%30$451$26,7125International Film Circuit
73Jig$1,283--1--$1,283$183,79017Screen Media Films
74Magic Trip$1,178-61%4-1$295$145,05610Magnolia Pictures
75The Tree$1,107-69%3-3$369$58,67513Zeitgeist Films
76Bill Cunningham New York$976179%10$976$1,502,68330Zeitgeist Films
77Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$946-86%4-2$237$10,5242Freestyle Releasing
78Shaolin$913--1--$913$64,3275Variance Films
79Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$8105%2-2$405$1,192,10614Sony Pictures Classics
80The Whale$757-83%1-1$757$20,5425Paladin
81My Joy$702-66%10$702$3,7562Kino Lorber
82Rapt$652152%31$217$41,58414Lorber Films
83Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$600-74%20$300$19,4154International Film Circuit
84Jane's Journey$555-42%20$278$15,1374First Run Features
85The Last Circus$512-69%2-3$256$35,4788Magnolia / Magnet
86Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$442--1--$442$244,66956Collective Eye
87Special Treatment$351--1--$351$7,2377First Run Features
88Project Nim$250-86%6-1$42$399,00114Roadside Attractions
89WAR: Women Art Revolution$178-78%10$178$51,06719Zeitgeist Films