'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. 27 - Sun, Jan. 29

Wide (1000+)

1The Grey$19,665,101--3,185--$6,174$19,665,1011Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$12,352,802-51%3,0780$4,013$44,978,4152Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$11,515,790--2,737--$4,207$11,515,7901Lionsgate
4Red Tails$10,370,323-45%2,57361$4,030$33,750,1182Fox
5Man on a Ledge$8,001,932--2,998--$2,669$8,001,9321Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$6,980,448-31%2,6300$2,654$20,941,7026Warner Bros.
8The Descendants$6,405,285170%2,0011441$3,201$58,703,29911Fox Searchlight
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$5,307,807-40%2,145-480$2,475$41,110,1383Disney
10Haywire$4,002,760-52%2,4412$1,640$15,281,9622Relativity Media
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$3,473,878-37%1,654-865$2,100$202,565,2037Paramount
12The Iron Lady$3,204,641-13%1,244168$2,576$17,519,1235Weinstein Company
13Joyful Noise$3,188,393-46%2,021-714$1,578$26,675,9033Warner Bros.
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,472,141-45%1,530-955$1,616$182,211,0577Warner Bros.
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$2,190,290-38%1,202-705$1,822$98,185,4036Sony / Columbia
16War Horse$2,003,261-36%1,861-664$1,076$75,618,6526Disney / DreamWorks
17Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,782,185-42%1,070-1000$1,666$127,041,5077Fox
18We Bought a Zoo$1,468,347-47%1,089-976$1,348$71,705,8786Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Artist$3,315,08940%897235$3,696$16,744,18710Weinstein Company
3The Adventures of Tintin$1,343,536-39%702-638$1,914$74,268,2776Paramount
4Agneepath$1,140,464--132--$8,640$1,213,0961Eros International
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,099,927-38%410-321$2,683$20,165,0688Focus
6Albert Nobbs$696,166--245--$2,841$746,4171Roadside Attractions
7The Devil Inside$642,384-76%722-1485$890$52,690,1364Paramount
8A Dangerous Method$549,02243%365260$1,504$4,067,20410Sony Pictures Classics
9Happy Feet Two$391,886-8%309-22$1,268$63,088,72011Warner Bros.
10My Week with Marilyn$338,5534%186-39$1,820$12,595,90510Weinstein Company
11Puss in Boots (2011)$334,653-6%270-22$1,239$148,139,80814Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$307,903-10%253-30$1,217$73,350,66912Sony / Columbia
13The Muppets$212,903-19%206-79$1,034$87,314,42610Disney
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$164,711-47%191-179$862$280,536,13511Lionsgate / Summit
15Tower Heist$129,635-27%174-46$745$78,009,15513Universal
16The Sitter$122,898-14%145-46$848$30,200,9658Fox
17J. Edgar$108,870251%208162$523$37,161,39512Warner Bros.
18Real Steel$85,846-36%123-39$698$85,371,42817Disney / DreamWorks
19Immortals$69,740-43%117-52$596$83,396,58312Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1A Separation$266,62558%3118$8,601$878,5785Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$193,42542%3525$5,526$1,056,7086IFC Films
3Shame$168,488-31%80-15$2,106$3,281,7139Fox Searchlight
4Carnage (2011)$122,582-57%70-178$1,751$2,187,1217Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$116,22816%450$2,583$15,843,65843Warner Bros. / IMAX
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$70,250-5%103$7,025$287,1738Oscilloscope
7Young Adult$57,157-59%87-63$657$16,193,3628Paramount
8Coriolanus$50,636-17%123$4,220$142,8872Weinstein Company
9Moneyball$50,233-14%81-29$620$75,605,49219Sony / Columbia
10Pariah (2011)$44,411-32%14-7$3,172$570,4205Focus
11The Darkest Hour$42,767-77%87-214$492$21,171,2486Summit
12Hubble 3D$40,91319%221$1,860$30,803,77398Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Viral Factor$40,222-36%220$1,828$147,8462China Lion Film
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$39,352-21%113$3,577$4,686,498903D Entertainment
15New Year's Eve$33,013-76%62-203$532$54,260,4238Warner Bros. / New Line
16In Time$32,476-44%58-39$560$37,508,85314Fox
17Melancholia$29,875-39%23-29$1,299$2,963,24112Magnolia Pictures
18Under the Sea 3D$24,1388%113$2,194$30,463,808155Warner Bros. / IMAX
19All's Well Ends Well 2012$23,250--20--$1,163$23,2501China Lion Film
20An Inconsistent Truth$20,733--1--$20,733$20,7331Rocky Mountain Pictures
21The Flowers of War$19,423-60%13-17$1,494$191,6032Wrekin Hill Entertainment
22Midnight in Paris$19,16548%207$958$56,473,06537Sony Pictures Classics
23Vettai$15,830-54%7-14$2,261$175,0593UTV Communications
24Drive (2011)$13,397-50%23-10$582$35,037,18520FilmDistrict
25Declaration of War$12,791--6--$2,132$12,7911IFC Films
26In the Land of Blood and Honey$12,449-52%11-3$1,132$226,0446FilmDistrict
27Le Havre$12,1999%11-3$1,109$534,80315Janus Films
28Crazy Horse$9,91124%21$4,956$26,9242Zipporah Films
29The Help$9,72232%21-1$463$169,613,39825Disney / DreamWorks
30The Way$8,168-61%12-16$681$4,391,53817Producers Distribution Agency
31The Women on the 6th Floor$7,613-33%5-2$1,523$549,36217Strand Releasing
32The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$7,15352%10$7,153$17,5672First Run Features
33Young Goethe In Love$6,7367%91$748$132,09013Music Box Films
34The Mill and the Cross$5,39810%3-1$1,799$308,43020Kino Lorber
35Martha Marcy May Marlene$5,194-15%10-7$519$2,975,90415Fox Searchlight
36The Skin I Live In$4,710-62%12-5$393$3,156,33416Sony Pictures Classics
37Tomboy (2011)$4,249-23%9-1$472$113,76111Dada Films
38Sing Your Song$3,82236%42$956$25,3503S2BN Films
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,72245%32$1,241$46,9764Cinema Guild
40Outrage$2,892163%2-1$1,446$44,4169Magnolia / Magnet
41How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$2,759--1--$2,759$7,0581First Run Features
42Addiction Incorporated$2,48213%20$1,241$16,9927Variance Films
43The Conquest$2,473--3--$824$177,50712Music Box Films
44El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,010--1--$2,010$213,16727Alive Mind Cinema
45Blackthorn$2,0022%41$501$199,65217Magnolia Pictures
46The Guard$1,680-57%4-5$420$5,358,14827Sony Pictures Classics
47Take Shelter$1,361-82%4-12$340$1,720,44218Sony Pictures Classics
48Amigo$1,267--1--$1,267$182,86424Variance Films
49Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,248--2--$624$93,37712Variance Films
50Paul Goodman Changed My Life$1,207--2--$604$31,51015Zeitgeist Films
51Margin Call$1,042-87%1-13$1,042$5,351,94115Roadside Attractions
53Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$812-35%10$812$852,66730International Film Circuit
54Jane's Journey$602-17%21$301$26,70920First Run Features
55Garbo: The Spy$592363%21$296$28,19511First Run Features
56The Whale$553--1--$553$68,08321Paladin
57Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$437-70%20$219$272,49615Submarine Deluxe
58My Reincarnation$414-78%1-1$414$72,55314Long Shot Factory
59Crazy Wisdom$35420%10$354$51,93010Alive Mind Cinema
60Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$134-74%1-1$134$39,65820International Film Circuit
61The Interrupters$98-53%10$98$275,48727Cinema Guild
62Man on a Mission$30-99%1-4$30$8,0903First Run Features