'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. 20 - Sun, Jul. 22

Wide (1000+)

1The Dark Knight Rises$160,887,295--4,404--$36,532$160,887,2951Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$20,416,978-56%3,8865$5,254$88,840,2842Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$10,887,111-69%3,753-565$2,901$228,611,4253Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$10,011,610-55%3,214-89$3,115$180,431,4254Universal
6Magic Mike$4,291,432-52%2,606-484$1,647$101,966,4594Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$2,253,074-60%1,540-464$1,463$60,289,6224Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,350,946-63%1,261-1024$1,071$207,626,2017Paramount / DreamWorks
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$1,148,494-70%1,123-1609$1,023$22,612,7063Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1Moonrise Kingdom$1,831,471-51%895-29$2,046$36,087,9599Focus
2To Rome with Love$1,420,891-42%552-192$2,574$11,107,9935Sony Pictures Classics
3Dark Shadows$1,209,814433%412173$2,936$78,620,97411Warner Bros.
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$763,443-3%12948$5,918$2,855,1424Fox Searchlight
5Marvel's The Avengers$620,411-56%495-252$1,253$615,058,42512Disney
6Snow White and the Huntsman$427,405-58%409-268$1,045$152,589,3158Universal
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$416,791-36%288-54$1,447$43,852,77112Fox Searchlight
9Rock of Ages$282,9454%32267$879$37,966,4356Warner Bros. / New Line
10Men in Black 3$260,264-70%266-231$978$175,476,7279Sony / Columbia
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$184,370-76%266-389$693$36,485,3915Fox
12The Hunger Games$182,237-35%190-22$959$405,227,71118Lionsgate
13People Like Us$164,645-79%227-734$725$11,814,2854Disney / DreamWorks
14Bernie$161,686-25%1041$1,555$8,368,79413Millennium Entertainment
15Safety Not Guaranteed$157,160-54%124-58$1,267$2,940,6897FilmDistrict
17The Pirates! Band of Misfits$114,019-35%189-43$603$30,724,02213Sony / Columbia
18What to Expect When You're Expecting$113,425-36%192-29$591$40,954,15810Lionsgate
19Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$86,005-40%167-1$515$213,949,50521Universal
20The Dictator$47,796-54%105-56$455$59,617,06810Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Intouchables$313,547-12%918$3,446$7,072,7029Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$187,486-10%520$3,606$5,968,74614Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cocktail (2012)$172,174-73%960$1,793$1,027,1212Eros International
4Take This Waltz$131,654-11%6921$1,908$833,6344Magnolia Pictures
5That's My Boy$71,942-77%84-88$856$36,931,0896Sony / Columbia
6Bol Bachchan$70,192-69%46-52$1,526$1,155,6953Fox International Pictures
7Your Sister's Sister$66,690-57%65-36$1,026$1,356,6646IFC Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$61,3433%330$1,859$20,080,16268Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Three Stooges$53,445-49%53-19$1,008$44,160,31215Fox
10The Queen of Versailles$51,326--3--$17,109$51,3261Magnolia Pictures
11Hubble 3D$49,604-22%13-1$3,816$33,726,544123Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Trishna$42,03344%1613$2,627$84,6672IFC Films
142016: Obama's America$33,1825%43$8,296$80,1342Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Mirror Mirror$28,945-43%59-32$491$64,829,63717Relativity Media
16Under the Sea 3D$23,681-15%8-2$2,960$31,933,976180Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Hysteria$22,94675%357$656$1,698,19310Sony Pictures Classics
18For Greater Glory$22,423-59%33-9$679$5,557,7248ARC Entertainment
19Damsels in Distress$20,980261%5950$356$970,11516Sony Pictures Classics
20Headhunters$17,209-3%17-3$1,012$1,152,23013Magnolia Pictures
21Neil Young Journeys$17,2014%112$1,564$84,0954Sony Pictures Classics
22Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$15,939-37%100$1,594$5,833,5011153D Entertainment
23The Magic of Belle Isle$15,58569%7-1$2,226$46,4883Magnolia Pictures
24Easy Money (2012)$14,665-41%20$7,333$52,0512Weinstein Company
25A Cat In Paris$13,514-22%180$751$231,2818GKIDS
26Dark Horse$12,818106%104$1,282$101,4887Vitagraph
27Elena (2012)$11,999-6%71$1,714$175,23310Zeitgeist Films
28Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$10,920--1--$10,920$10,9201Tribeca Film
29The Well-Digger's Daughter$10,273--3--$3,424$10,2731Kino Lorber
30The Imposter$10,202-54%10$10,202$41,7432Indomina Releasing
31Where Do We Go Now?$9,160-33%12-1$763$491,62511Sony Pictures Classics
32Unforgivable$9,05844%3-1$3,019$90,4474Strand Releasing
3330 Beats$8,624--15--$575$8,6241Roadside Attractions
34Monsieur Lazhar$8,569-47%8-2$1,071$1,935,45239Music Box Films
35The Obama Effect$7,122-92%21-4$339$103,9612ARC Entertainment
36Ballplayer: Pelotero$5,784-72%5-5$1,157$35,8652Strand Releasing
37The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$5,514182%1-2$5,514$1,110,67718Music Box Films
38Jiro Dreams of Sushi$4,967-51%5-3$993$2,527,41920Magnolia Pictures
39The Invisible War$4,950198%43$1,238$47,9125Cinedigm
40Crazy Wisdom$3,64524%21$1,823$78,31035Alive Mind Cinema
41Red Lights (2012)$2,648-74%20$1,324$17,1562Millennium Entertainment
42Union Square (2012)$2,527-82%2-2$1,264$26,8902Dada Films
43Darling Companion$2,460513%62$410$776,97914Sony Pictures Classics
44Oslo, August 31st$2,341--1--$2,341$65,5529Strand Releasing
45I Wish$2,285-46%52$457$124,76711Magnolia Pictures
46Kumare$2,234-57%20$1,117$59,6705Kino Lorber
47Bel Ami$2,08447%1-1$2,084$117,2107Magnolia Pictures
48Marley$1,971-45%2-4$986$1,393,49014Magnolia Pictures
49Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,76914%21$885$114,87317New Yorker Films
50Gerhard Richter Painting$1,557-29%10$1,557$237,49119Kino Lorber
51Paul Williams Still Alive$1,187221%10$1,187$35,1907Abramorama
52Elles$1,151-78%3-2$384$153,86013Kino Lorber
53Beyond the Black Rainbow$1,114-33%40$279$54,26910Magnolia / Magnet
54Hide Away$1,044--1--$1,044$29,6049Joule Films
55China Heavyweight$1,007-14%43$252$8,0793Zeitgeist Films
56Pink Ribbons, Inc.$815320%20$408$19,7048First Run Features
57The Salt of Life$781-53%10$781$315,30721Zeitgeist Films
58Alps$780-70%1-1$780$4,9922Kino Lorber
59Runaway Slave$745-85%10$745$11,5933Rocky Mountain Pictures
60Payback (2012)$730--1--$730$17,28913Zeitgeist Films
61The Color Wheel$525-20%21$263$15,67210Cinema Conservancy
62Nobody Else But You$350-80%1-2$350$24,62511First Run Features
63FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$231-52%20$116$109,76212International Film Circuit
64Crazy Eyes$84-93%1-1$84$6,1063Strand Releasing