'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. 13 - Sun, Jul. 15

Wide (1000+)

1Ice Age: Continental Drift$46,629,259--3,881--$12,015$46,629,2591Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$34,628,104-44%4,3180$8,019$200,500,3512Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$22,410,855-30%3,30347$6,785$159,257,2503Universal
6Magic Mike$9,021,123-42%3,090-30$2,919$91,841,1983Warner Bros.
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$5,584,027-45%2,004-157$2,786$55,611,7213Lionsgate
8Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$3,800,607-47%2,7322$1,391$18,653,5442Paramount
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,669,675-51%2,285-576$1,606$203,901,3976Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

1Moonrise Kingdom$3,704,507-18%92440$4,009$32,483,0028Focus
2To Rome with Love$2,469,235-20%744-62$3,319$8,587,8624Sony Pictures Classics
3Marvel's The Avengers$1,398,754-35%747-378$1,872$613,660,48611Disney
4Snow White and the Huntsman$1,022,270-42%677-475$1,510$151,630,8007Universal
6Men in Black 3$875,835-48%497-382$1,762$174,787,8988Sony / Columbia
7People Like Us$793,313-64%961-1094$826$11,194,5363Disney / DreamWorks
8Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$767,753-61%655-1002$1,172$35,915,8424Fox
9The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$651,051-12%342-17$1,904$43,040,82711Fox Searchlight
10Safety Not Guaranteed$339,23434%18273$1,864$2,621,8246FilmDistrict
11That's My Boy$309,444-50%172-228$1,799$36,723,4995Sony / Columbia
12The Hunger Games$279,755-11%212-16$1,320$404,864,65117Lionsgate
13Rock of Ages$271,991-57%255-446$1,067$37,559,9865Warner Bros. / New Line
15Dark Shadows$226,926-26%239-64$949$77,268,18810Warner Bros.
16Bernie$215,932-14%103-10$2,096$8,106,28012Millennium Entertainment
17What to Expect When You're Expecting$176,230-15%221-15$797$40,729,8809Lionsgate
18The Pirates! Band of Misfits$174,655-29%232-25$753$30,466,67212Sony / Columbia
19Your Sister's Sister$153,8211%1016$1,523$1,215,7375IFC Films
20Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$143,6358%168-7$855$213,745,89520Universal
21The Dictator$103,450-28%161-25$643$59,504,4279Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Beasts of the Southern Wild$790,535111%8162$9,760$1,692,6753Fox Searchlight
2Cocktail (2012)$647,956--96--$6,750$647,9561Eros International
3The Intouchables$356,33331%8323$4,293$3,581,4888Weinstein Company
4Bol Bachchan$228,752-57%980$2,334$1,004,1742Fox International Pictures
5To the Arctic 3D$207,585-15%520$3,992$5,522,81413Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Take This Waltz$147,306-3%482$3,069$629,0253Magnolia Pictures
7The Three Stooges$105,596106%72-4$1,467$44,053,04214Fox
8The Obama Effect$83,896--25--$3,356$83,8961ARC Entertainment
9Farewell, My Queen$72,100--4--$18,025$72,1001Cohen Media Group
10Hubble 3D$63,4341%141$4,531$33,608,970122Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Born to Be Wild 3D$59,402-3%330$1,800$19,958,30267Warner Bros. / IMAX
12For Greater Glory$54,84416%423$1,306$5,494,6147ARC Entertainment
13Mirror Mirror$50,829-20%91-28$559$64,757,06416Relativity Media
142016: Obama's America$31,610--1--$31,610$31,6101Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Trishna$29,140--3--$9,713$29,1401IFC Films
16Under the Sea 3D$27,77924%104$2,778$31,872,457179Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$25,44932%100$2,545$5,800,3301143D Entertainment
18Easy Money (2012)$24,684--2--$12,342$27,7831Weinstein Company
19The Imposter$22,379--1--$22,379$22,3791Indomina Releasing
20The Lucky One (2012)$20,853-53%41-31$509$60,443,23713Warner Bros.
21Ballplayer: Pelotero$20,628--10--$2,063$20,6281Strand Releasing
22Headhunters$17,740-28%20-5$887$1,123,94412Magnolia Pictures
23A Cat In Paris$17,21819%186$957$208,7507GKIDS
24Neil Young Journeys$16,57151%94$1,841$56,5153Sony Pictures Classics
25Monsieur Lazhar$16,1142%10-3$1,611$1,919,84938Music Box Films
26Chernobyl Diaries$14,897-20%23-15$648$18,112,9298Warner Bros.
27Union Square (2012)$14,406--4--$3,602$14,4061Dada Films
28Where Do We Go Now?$13,5791%135$1,045$475,18210Sony Pictures Classics
29Hysteria$13,105-41%28-7$468$1,667,7779Sony Pictures Classics
30Elena (2012)$12,707200%63$2,118$156,2079Zeitgeist Films
31Red Lights (2012)$10,340--2--$5,170$10,3401Millennium Entertainment
32Jiro Dreams of Sushi$10,166-3%8-3$1,271$2,518,24519Magnolia Pictures
33The Magic of Belle Isle$9,244-11%85$1,156$24,9242Magnolia Pictures
34Unforgivable$6,312-61%4-2$1,578$77,4783Strand Releasing
35Dark Horse$6,22631%63$1,038$85,7626Vitagraph
36Damsels in Distress$5,805-38%9-6$645$947,18515Sony Pictures Classics
375 Broken Cameras$5,7004900%10$5,700$55,6097Kino Lorber
38Elles$5,232102%51$1,046$151,24812Kino Lorber
39Kumare$5,1442%21$2,572$53,7304Kino Lorber
40Runaway Slave$4,901--1--$4,901$9,3812Rocky Mountain Pictures
41Crooked Arrows$4,866-12%9-2$541$1,830,4759Branded/Peck Films
42Natural Selection$4,655697%32$1,552$52,80818Cinema Guild
43I Wish$4,196-10%3-1$1,399$120,39910Magnolia Pictures
44Marley$3,556-55%6-2$593$1,388,80913Magnolia Pictures
45Crazy Wisdom$2,946--1--$2,946$71,29434Alive Mind Cinema
46The Woman in the Fifth$2,681-32%4-2$670$112,4985IDP/ATO Pictures
47Alps$2,628--2--$1,314$2,6281Kino Lorber
48Gerhard Richter Painting$2,184225%1-1$2,184$233,93718Kino Lorber
49The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$1,95228%31$651$1,105,04117Music Box Films
50Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,744--1--$1,744$136,82910Rialto Pictures
51Nobody Else But You$1,727-47%30$576$23,84710First Run Features
52Teri Meri Kahani$1,668-92%940$18$781,1964Eros International
53The Invisible War$1,661-26%1-3$1,661$42,9624Cinedigm
54Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,658-35%4-1$415$52,6149Magnolia / Magnet
55The Salt of Life$1,650--1--$1,650$313,70820Zeitgeist Films
56Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,552-42%1-2$1,552$108,51416New Yorker Films
57Bel Ami$1,421-72%2-3$711$114,3716Magnolia Pictures
58China Heavyweight$1,168-69%10$1,168$6,2672Zeitgeist Films
59Crazy Eyes$1,157-64%20$579$5,4622Strand Releasing
60The Fairy$706--1--$706$36,65721Kino Lorber
61Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$668-38%2-1$334$14,0759Music Box Films
62The Color Wheel$654126%10$654$14,6329Cinema Conservancy
63Bonsai$571--1--$571$16,78710Strand Releasing
64Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$521-80%30$174$60,3095Music Box Films
65How To Grow A Band$502--1--$502$12,45114International Film Circuit
66FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$484-85%2-1$242$109,53111International Film Circuit
67Darling Companion$401-81%40$100$774,19013Sony Pictures Classics
68The Turin Horse$377-74%20$189$54,06723Cinema Guild
69Paul Williams Still Alive$370-54%10$370$33,1206Abramorama
70Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$254--1--$254$20,84352The Film Desk
71Pink Ribbons, Inc.$194-85%20$97$18,7627First Run Features