'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, Dec. 16 - Sun, Dec. 18

Wide (1000+)

1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$39,637,079--3,703--$10,704$39,637,0791Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$23,244,744--3,723--$6,244$23,244,7441Fox
3New Year's Eve$7,310,413-44%3,5050$2,086$24,716,1672Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Sitter$4,608,681-53%2,7522$1,675$17,929,9872Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$4,197,893-46%2,958-646$1,419$266,327,9745Lionsgate / Summit
7Arthur Christmas$3,554,286-45%2,929-343$1,213$38,501,6314Sony / Columbia
8The Muppets$3,520,926-50%2,808-520$1,254$70,994,5714Disney
9Jack and Jill$1,228,843-60%1,910-877$643$70,506,6296Sony / Columbia
10Happy Feet Two$1,077,329-71%1,780-1060$605$58,909,8735Warner Bros.
11Tower Heist$901,025-62%1,315-754$685$75,788,7407Universal
12Immortals$851,371-65%1,216-1083$700$81,889,3766Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$12,785,204--425--$30,083$13,385,2041Paramount
2Young Adult$3,403,159997%986978$3,451$3,843,0832Paramount
3The Descendants$3,268,357-25%8782$3,723$28,645,9095Fox Searchlight
4My Week with Marilyn$591,385-24%2440$2,424$6,087,1304Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$465,209-71%757-1086$615$142,775,4028Paramount / DreamWorks
6J. Edgar$386,494-67%703-852$550$35,718,8976Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$193,092-28%281-61$687$71,330,86013Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$175,064-63%202-268$867$34,413,0797Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$163,354-53%273-81$598$36,732,6948Fox
10Melancholia$133,914-42%131-14$1,022$2,243,2066Magnolia Pictures
11Footloose (2011)$123,74677%25352$489$51,292,77610Paramount
12Courageous$102,879-47%101-90$1,019$33,514,22812Sony / TriStar
13Margin Call$98,178-45%121-27$811$5,114,6879Roadside Attractions
14Paranormal Activity 3$91,616-36%206-96$445$103,783,4789Paramount
15Real Steel$80,352-39%155-51$518$83,737,28211Disney / DreamWorks
16The Help$72,053-32%156-56$462$169,345,70519Disney / DreamWorks
17Like Crazy$57,513-65%100-62$575$3,292,9588Paramount Vantage
18Midnight in Paris$53,678-53%116-79$463$56,293,47431Sony Pictures Classics
19The Three Musketeers (2011)$50,210-42%123-45$408$20,315,3249Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$456,77747%1612$28,549$879,5482Focus
2Shame$307,2548%5130$6,025$1,231,2953Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$287,367-3%171$16,904$1,327,5204Weinstein Company
4A Dangerous Method$150,85596%1713$8,874$719,8574Sony Pictures Classics
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$108,303-6%250$4,332$460,0484Warner Bros.
6Carnage (2011)$79,795--5--$15,959$79,7951Sony Pictures Classics
7The Way$79,295-36%93-27$853$3,988,53311Producers Distribution Agency
8Moneyball$75,535-50%98-110$771$74,317,36313Sony / Columbia
9Born to Be Wild 3D$57,088-8%490$1,165$14,786,94537Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Skin I Live In$51,798-53%71-38$730$2,942,23010Sony Pictures Classics
11The Ides of March$45,589-62%72-115$633$40,567,82411Sony / Columbia
12Drive (2011)$41,947-13%56-14$749$34,746,35314FilmDistrict
13Hubble 3D$36,4477%200$1,822$30,081,07492Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$28,828-19%54-7$534$176,740,65020Fox
15Take Shelter$27,608-42%58-5$476$1,627,47012Sony Pictures Classics
16Le Havre$24,258-37%21-2$1,155$358,7069Janus Films
17The Lion King 3D$23,694-11%32-6$740$94,197,68914Disney
18Martha Marcy May Marlene$21,602-58%39-33$554$2,870,2779Fox Searchlight
19The Women on the 6th Floor$18,684-20%12-1$1,557$428,09711Strand Releasing
20Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$13,903344%83$1,738$208,2769Submarine Deluxe
21The Rum Diary$12,429-58%30-33$414$13,100,0428FilmDistrict
22Pastorela$10,616-66%19-25$559$156,7843Lionsgate / Pantelion
23Tomboy (2011)$9,881-14%90$1,098$89,7535Dada Films
24Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$9,800132%90$1,089$4,433,633843D Entertainment
25Mozart's Sister$9,421-44%10-6$942$669,08118Music Box Films
26Under the Sea 3D$9,190-30%8-2$1,149$30,204,281149Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Cook County$7,579--5--$1,516$7,5791Hanover House
28The Big Year$7,546-13%250$302$7,204,13810Fox
29Young Goethe In Love$7,298-42%80$912$93,2117Music Box Films
30Into the Abyss$6,389-60%17-13$376$216,2626IFC Films
31Crazy Wisdom$6,381105%42$1,595$43,1064Alive Mind Cinema
32The Guard$6,341-38%12-3$528$5,325,09021Sony Pictures Classics
33The Interrupters$6,282377%32$2,094$267,76321Cinema Guild
34Eames: The Architect and the Painter$5,614-65%6-5$936$123,3695First Run Features
35Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$5,014-56%70$716$80,4876Variance Films
36Blackthorn$4,5357%94$504$182,09711Magnolia Pictures
37Sleeping Beauty (2011)$4,529-24%40$1,132$29,0043IFC Films
38Amigo$3,489191%32$1,163$178,28518Variance Films
39The Man Nobody Knew$3,410-45%3-3$1,137$166,27713First Run Features
40My Reincarnation$3,12169%31$1,040$38,0118Long Shot Factory
41Outrage$3,082-62%70$440$26,1593Magnolia / Magnet
42House of Tolerance$2,91237%30$971$19,3274IFC Films
43London River$2,145105%21$1,073$3,7192Cinema Libre
44Khodorkovsky$1,759-70%10$1,759$25,4803Kino Lorber
45Rid of Me$1,660--1--$1,660$5,3825Submarine Entertainment
46Addiction Incorporated$1,629--1--$1,629$3,6831Variance Films
47El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,628136%21$814$193,61321Alive Mind Cinema
48The Conquest$1,276--1--$1,276$161,4456Music Box Films
49The Mill and the Cross$1,045-46%3-1$348$259,72114Kino Lorber
50The Whale$1,0283%10$1,028$57,98615Paladin
51American Teacher$994--2--$497$32,28012First Run Features
52Jane's Journey$982--1--$982$19,55714First Run Features
53Higher Ground$84718%3-2$282$836,50317Sony Pictures Classics
54Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$789-65%1-1$789$838,23524International Film Circuit
55I Melt With You$670-75%20$335$4,7952Magnolia Pictures
56Charlotte Rampling: The Look$645-32%10$645$12,6647Kino Lorber
57Littlerock$581--1--$581$17,07919Variance Films
58Inni$572-66%1-3$572$116,3988Cinema Purgatorio
59Revenge of the Electric Car$470-83%1-2$470$150,3079Area23a
60Summer (2011 re-issue)$349-56%10$349$37,80428The Film Desk
61Hell and Back Again$346-14%10$346$34,63711Docurama Films
623 (2010)$288--2--$144$59,77414Strand Releasing
63Answers to Nothing$157-82%1-6$157$22,0293Roadside Attractions
64Restless (2011)$141-79%1-2$141$163,14114Sony Pictures Classics
65Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$80-84%10$80$18,16922The Film Desk
66Paul Goodman Changed My Life$17-97%1-1$17$24,3339Zeitgeist Films