'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. 14 - Sun, Oct. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Real Steel$16,291,655-40%3,4400$4,736$51,731,4562Disney / DreamWorks
2Footloose (2011)$15,556,113--3,549--$4,383$15,556,1131Paramount
3The Thing (2011)$8,493,665--2,996--$2,835$8,493,6651Universal
4The Ides of March$7,108,846-32%2,1990$3,233$21,763,2352Sony / Columbia
5Dolphin Tale$6,233,185-32%3,286-192$1,897$58,560,1664Warner Bros.
6Moneyball$5,456,730-27%2,840-178$1,921$57,668,9884Sony / Columbia
8Courageous$3,305,238-32%1,21453$2,723$21,282,8283Sony / TriStar
9The Big Year$3,251,884--2,150--$1,513$3,251,8841Fox
10The Lion King 3D$2,792,403-39%1,970-297$1,417$90,536,3185Disney
11Dream House$2,465,220-45%2,172-492$1,135$18,384,5903Universal
12Contagion$1,811,190-38%1,684-566$1,076$71,999,5036Warner Bros.
14The Help$1,187,684-39%1,267-797$937$164,905,97210Disney / DreamWorks
15What's Your Number?$1,145,159-63%1,282-1729$893$12,950,9263Fox
16Killer Elite$1,031,220-53%1,431-980$721$23,763,7244Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Drive (2011)$1,116,149-39%703-627$1,588$32,113,4555FilmDistrict
2The Smurfs$440,526-14%370-145$1,191$140,037,80712Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$284,548-30%330-77$862$380,235,40014Warner Bros.
4Laugh at My Pain$272,941-42%188-60$1,452$7,362,8456CodeBlack Entertainment
5The Way$250,734127%10269$2,458$413,8512Producers Distribution Agency
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$238,361-19%273-109$873$175,306,81211Fox
7Captain America: The First Avenger$233,254-25%246-57$948$176,173,78713Paramount
8Cars 2$212,215-25%2653$801$190,785,74517Disney
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$201,41127%311-54$648$38,036,3739Weinstein Company
10The Debt$171,857-31%200-158$859$30,875,2627Focus
11Cowboys & Aliens$140,385-5%2082$675$99,968,83112Universal
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$131,606-35%162-60$812$83,344,81412Warner Bros.
13Midnight in Paris$129,387-1%107-12$1,209$55,107,08222Sony Pictures Classics
14Zookeeper$110,995-25%155-43$716$80,282,85715Sony / Columbia
15Colombiana$100,691-56%132-113$763$36,390,4938Sony / TriStar
16Warrior (2011)$68,436-60%135-184$507$13,572,5436Lionsgate
17Shark Night 3D$40,241-39%115-30$350$18,656,1457Relativity Media
18I Don't Know How She Does It$34,153-66%107-133$319$9,570,4805Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Breakaway$223,924-37%31-17$7,223$1,481,7353Alliance Films
2The Skin I Live In$223,119--6--$37,187$223,1191Sony Pictures Classics
3Take Shelter$116,302124%2413$4,846$272,5213Sony Pictures Classics
4The Guard$106,717-10%94-30$1,135$4,824,66112Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$97,464-6%490$1,989$13,506,24428Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Labios Rojos$73,476--67--$1,097$73,4761Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Le Bonheur des Autres$71,63222%312$2,311$162,3032Entertainment One Films
8Weekend$68,47239%2410$2,853$258,0024IFC Films
9Munger Road$63,08424%3223$1,971$175,1053Freestyle Releasing
10Machine Gun Preacher$56,848-49%43-50$1,322$412,9944Relativity Media
11Hubble 3D$55,953-3%20-4$2,798$29,214,33883Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Horrible Bosses$54,405-46%85-57$640$117,485,39215Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Greatest Miracle$53,824--13--$4,140$53,8241Undefined
14Sarah's Key$45,844-22%86-27$533$6,974,40913Weinstein Company
15Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$43,081-39%80-34$539$23,886,4498FilmDistrict
16Love Crime$41,57013%28-1$1,485$413,1367IFC Films
17War of the Arrows$40,685--16--$2,543$40,6853CJ Entertainment
18Rascals$40,155-76%610$658$261,1562Eros Entertainment
19The Women on the 6th Floor$39,98250%148$2,856$84,5042Strand Releasing
20Fireflies in the Garden$36,884--5--$7,377$36,8841Independent
21The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$34,679-30%224$1,576$84,7612IFC Films
22Mozart's Sister$33,53629%285$1,198$370,1029Music Box Films
23Blackthorn$29,72695%2113$1,416$55,0062Magnolia Pictures
24Higher Ground$29,04453%5319$548$741,9798Sony Pictures Classics
25Senna$28,83210%24-7$1,201$1,529,83610Producers Distribution Agency
26Silenced$28,354--1--$28,354$28,3541CJ Entertainment
27Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$25,196-22%22-5$1,145$450,3327Indomina Media
28Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$24,857-38%37-7$672$153,5653Magnolia / Magnet
29Under the Sea 3D$22,5375%9-1$2,504$29,925,421140Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$22,483386%136$1,729$618,39915International Film Circuit
31The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$22,38534%124$1,865$195,1306IFC Films
321911$21,537-61%20-13$1,077$108,3482Variance Films
33Mr. Popper's Penguins$20,038-46%38-30$527$68,218,04118Fox
34Seven Days in Utopia$19,260-64%41-36$470$4,332,7147Visio Entertainment
35Our Idiot Brother$17,648-37%41-26$430$24,690,3608Weinstein Company
36The Mill and the Cross$17,23625%91$1,915$129,4245Kino Lorber
37Trespass (2011)$16,816--10--$1,682$16,8161Millennium Entertainment
38The Whistleblower$16,68935%23-7$726$1,100,77311IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39Circumstance$16,5152%191$869$400,1608Roadside Attractions
40The Man Nobody Knew$15,179102%30$5,060$67,7054First Run Features
41Apollo 18$13,091-24%18-28$727$17,540,1327Weinstein Company
42Limelight (2011)$12,863188%43$3,216$49,3614Magnolia Pictures
43Filth to Ashes Flesh to Dust$10,752-74%80$1,344$190,9953Nocturnal Features
44Finding Joe$10,28287%53$2,056$30,4883Balcony Releasing
45The Interrupters$10,193108%60$1,699$226,74812Cinema Guild
46Dirty Girl$9,873-45%101$987$38,8802Weinstein Company
47Fright Night (2011)$9,301-61%15-7$620$18,126,2489Disney / DreamWorks
48Restless (2011)$9,213-72%25-101$369$145,6305Sony Pictures Classics
49Texas Killing Fields$8,772--3--$2,924$8,7721Anchor Bay Films
50Point Blank$8,45523%13-3$650$678,46812Magnolia / Magnet
51Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$7,232-21%100$723$4,300,064753D Entertainment
52Thunder Soul$6,997-80%12-25$583$139,6024Roadside Attractions
53Turtle: The Incredible Journey$6,353160%40$1,588$385,02417Hannover House
54Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$6,162-11%60$1,027$150,5337Music Box Films
55Brighton Rock (2011)$6,015-29%13-10$463$211,8508IFC Films
56The Tree of Life$5,740-42%6-5$957$13,292,16721Fox Searchlight
57America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments$5,599--3--$1,866$7,2211PMK*BNC
58El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$5,156129%74$737$141,78212Alive Mind Cinema
59Passione: A Musical Adventure$4,92426%20$2,462$235,48717Abramorama
60Back Door Channels$4,824--3--$1,608$8,9895Fisher Klingenstein Films
61The Future$4,77121%161$298$551,81312Roadside Attractions
62OKA!$4,461--1--$4,461$4,4611Dada Films
633 (2010)$4,20640%41$1,052$40,6695Strand Releasing
65Margaret$4,153-68%6-8$692$40,3343Fox Searchlight
66Life, Above All$4,13878%101$414$125,61014Sony Pictures Classics
67Happy, Happy$4,124110%42$1,031$32,9725Magnolia Pictures
68Mausam$4,112-85%960$43$725,9664Eros International
69Hell and Back Again$3,5975%21$1,799$11,0572Docurama Films
70The Names of Love$3,363-20%75$480$498,27017Music Box Films
71The Whale$3,183320%21$1,592$23,9476Paladin
72Magic Trip$2,858143%62$476$148,15711Magnolia Pictures
73Puncture$2,619-61%2-3$1,310$61,7734Millennium Entertainment
74Mysteries of Lisbon$2,240-69%61$373$106,83711Music Box Films
75People v. The State of Illusion$2,058-8%10$2,058$42,2026IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
76The Last Circus$1,817255%42$454$37,2959Magnolia / Magnet
77Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$1,696--8--$212$5,7022Kino Lorber
78Amigo$1,654-55%50$331$144,5849Variance Films
79Incendiary: The Willingham Case$1,418-31%2-1$709$21,8824Truly Indie
80The Tree$1,25313%1-2$1,253$60,43914Zeitgeist Films
81Film Socialisme$1,066--1--$1,066$32,86220Lorber Films
82Bill Cunningham New York$1,0083%10$1,008$1,505,32831Zeitgeist Films
83Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$89611%42$224$1,193,21215Sony Pictures Classics
84The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$685-74%1-1$685$23,1286The Film Desk
85Where Soldiers Come From$567-58%1-2$567$29,2006International Film Circuit
86The Sons of Tennessee Williams$533-64%10$533$2,8522First Run Features
88Aurora$273--1--$273$5,33416Cinema Guild
89Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$235--2--$118$41,03710Lorber Films
90WAR: Women Art Revolution$22225%10$222$51,53020Zeitgeist Films
91A Bird of the Air$205-93%1-1$205$10,1524Paladin
92Chalet Girl$192--1--$192$1921IFC Films
93Project Nim$150-40%3-3$50$399,79215Roadside Attractions
94American Teacher$104-98%10$104$24,4533First Run Features
95Page One: Inside the New York Times$58-98%1-2$58$1,067,02818Magnolia Pictures