'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, Sep. 14 - Sun, Sep. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Resident Evil: Retribution$21,052,227--3,012--$6,989$21,052,2271Sony / Screen Gems
2Finding Nemo 3D$16,687,773--2,904--$5,746$16,687,7731Disney
3The Possession$5,766,378-38%2,86026$2,016$41,133,4903Lionsgate
4Lawless$4,348,377-28%3,063-75$1,420$30,270,1313Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 2$3,146,001-36%2,896-364$1,086$80,405,9805Lionsgate
7The Words$2,861,273-40%2,8010$1,022$9,141,1582CBS Films
8The Bourne Legacy$2,852,475-28%2,170-596$1,315$107,794,1356Universal
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,598,636-29%2,415-302$1,076$46,372,2845Disney
10The Campaign$2,418,163-28%2,002-540$1,208$82,870,3196Warner Bros.
11The Dark Knight Rises$2,182,449-32%1,581-406$1,380$441,053,0789Warner Bros.
122016: Obama's America$1,988,294-40%1,876-141$1,060$30,037,36110Rocky Mountain Pictures
13Hope Springs (2012)$1,825,180-35%1,946-491$938$60,475,2816Sony / Columbia
14Last Ounce of Courage$1,585,994--1,407--$1,127$1,585,9941Rocky Mountain Pictures
15Premium Rush$1,270,910-45%1,339-843$949$18,834,7824Sony / Columbia
16The Cold Light of Day$847,366-54%1,5110$561$3,279,5502Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Arbitrage$2,002,165--197--$10,163$2,002,1651Roadside Attractions
2Barfi!$1,061,713--132--$8,043$1,061,7131UTV Communications
3Marvel's The Avengers$593,991-24%442-767$1,344$622,217,21020Disney
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$581,581-30%541-222$1,075$157,893,66310Fox
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$509,343-38%591-340$862$47,342,1307Fox
6Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$390,093-77%32255$1,211$2,825,4622Paramount
7Sparkle (2012)$381,863-51%494-379$773$24,008,9575Sony / TriStar
8Ted (2012)$378,120-31%411-104$920$217,431,88012Universal
9Robot & Frank$378,101-25%2086$1,818$2,573,0065IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
10Hit and Run$365,135-66%651-1159$561$13,321,8164Open Road
11The Amazing Spider-Man$355,140-37%328-88$1,083$261,102,26011Sony / Columbia
12Sleepwalk With Me$345,71323%11845$2,930$1,265,0564IFC Films
13Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$289,015-24%306-39$944$215,604,24315Paramount / DreamWorks
14Total Recall (2012)$276,506-41%303-199$913$58,074,6257Sony / Columbia
15For A Good Time, Call...$270,44125%10751$2,527$815,4733Focus
16The Intouchables$254,347-16%180-14$1,413$11,940,92217Weinstein Company
17Beasts of the Southern Wild$243,551-32%212-57$1,149$10,660,98412Fox Searchlight
18Step Up Revolution$220,52816%26870$823$34,753,5888Lionsgate / Summit
19Moonrise Kingdom$189,986-17%157-43$1,210$44,931,56917Focus
20Stolen (2012)$183,125--141--$1,299$183,1251Millennium Entertainment
21Celeste and Jesse Forever$145,796-59%152-289$959$2,903,5417Sony Pictures Classics
22Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$103,331-28%160-7$646$65,623,12812Lionsgate
23The Watch$87,693-41%1383$635$34,140,1158Fox
24Magic Mike$49,163-47%115-87$428$113,665,03112Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Master$736,311--5--$147,262$736,3111Weinstein Company
3Searching For Sugar Man$101,263-12%341$2,978$1,042,9708Sony Pictures Classics
5To the Arctic 3D$87,18011%520$1,677$8,526,62822Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Queen of Versailles$80,205-23%61-12$1,315$2,135,1619Magnolia Pictures
7To Rome with Love$69,634-35%85-12$819$16,430,98913Sony Pictures Classics
8The Imposter$61,426-10%303$2,048$679,13010Indomina Releasing
9The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$60,844-26%80-34$761$46,185,49820Fox Searchlight
10Slaughter Creek$49,392--16--$3,087$49,3921Nocturnal Features
11The Apparition$46,248-73%68-208$680$4,836,4144Warner Bros.
12Detropia$42,054141%54$8,411$68,1792Loki Films
13Ruby Sparks$41,713-24%70-6$596$2,435,7658Fox Searchlight
14Keep the Lights On$31,978-42%50$6,396$112,0242Music Box Films
15Wild Horse, Wild Ride$31,500177%2116$1,500$52,2004Screen Media Films
16Safety Not Guaranteed$30,417-13%46-8$661$3,921,38815FilmDistrict
17Hubble 3D$29,62135%16-1$1,851$34,435,550131Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Liberal Arts$27,435--4--$6,859$27,4351IFC Films
192 Days In New York$26,886-47%23-11$1,169$559,5296Magnolia Pictures
20Farewell, My Queen$26,822-28%28-8$958$1,297,05710Cohen Media Group
2110 Years$22,707--3--$7,569$22,7071Anchor Bay Films
22Bangkok Revenge$22,116--22--$1,005$22,1161China Lion Film
23Chicken With Plums$21,855127%1712$1,286$141,8265Sony Pictures Classics
24Cosmopolis$21,829-50%31-14$704$743,6365Entertainment One Films
26Little White Lies$20,728-37%140$1,481$172,1194MPI Media
27Born to Be Wild 3D$20,242-18%330$613$20,853,20076Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Compliance$20,075-41%17-4$1,181$268,3485Magnolia Pictures
29Branded$18,159-92%80-227$227$343,0692Roadside Attractions
30Beloved (2012)$13,348-6%60$2,225$119,6085IFC Films
31The Eye of the Storm$12,082-53%92$1,342$49,6572Sycamore Entertainment
32Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$11,751-24%16-8$734$473,1048IFC Films
33Toys in the Attic$11,615-42%14-13$830$38,0332Hannover House
34Bernie$11,175-15%10-8$1,118$9,203,19221Millennium Entertainment
35Red Hook Summer$9,953-64%13-16$766$318,1736Variance Films
36Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$9,078-51%22-17$413$37,516,01313Fox
37Hello I Must Be Going$8,570-64%20$4,285$40,1092Oscilloscope
38Take This Waltz$7,7805%12-1$648$1,228,36112Magnolia Pictures
39Somewhere Between$7,500--1--$7,500$24,3554Long Shot Factory
40Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$6,598--1--$6,598$6,5981Rialto Pictures
41The Bullet Vanishes$6,539-71%4-9$1,635$109,2113China Lion Film
42Girl Model$5,849-15%54$1,170$14,9432First Run Features
43Step Up to the Plate$5,643--2--$2,822$5,6431Cinema Guild
44The Well-Digger's Daughter$5,150-69%8-5$644$286,8359Kino Lorber
45Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$4,722229%10$4,722$154,02519Rialto Pictures
46Neil Young Journeys$4,66911%111$424$199,71112Sony Pictures Classics
47Under the Sea 3D$4,45513%5-3$891$32,342,268188Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Little Birds$4,027230%21$2,014$16,5903Millenium Entertainment
49360$3,39269%3-2$1,131$97,7797Magnolia Pictures
50Mugamoodi$3,369-75%3-14$1,123$98,1103UTV Communications
51Death by China$3,292--3--$1,097$19,8795Area23a
52Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,252--4--$813$151,39937Cinema Guild
53Unforgivable$3,173-76%4-2$793$141,80912Strand Releasing
54Hysteria$3,109-38%5-2$622$1,787,13318Sony Pictures Classics
55Elena (2012)$3,102205%21$1,551$219,06118Zeitgeist Films
56Painted Skin: The Resurrection$2,965-24%30$988$49,7995Well Go USA
57The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$2,705-94%8-273$338$1,064,2773Kenn Viselman Presents
58Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$2,044-79%7-15$292$3,367,8886ARC Entertainment
59Planet of Snail$1,563194%21$782$10,6948Cinema Guild
60Oslo, August 31st$1,560-30%1-1$1,560$100,71317Strand Releasing
61[REC] 3: Genesis$1,444-52%4-4$361$5,1862Magnolia / Magnet
625 Broken Cameras$1,280--2--$640$68,33216Kino Lorber
63Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,250182%31$417$83,76514Music Box Films
64The Ambassador$1,244-67%3-5$415$27,5033Drafthouse Films
65OC87$1,14480%1-1$1,144$43,10817Fisher Klingenstein Films
66Neighboring Sounds$1,130-59%21$565$40,3774Cinema Guild
67China Heavyweight$1,086--3--$362$10,48111Zeitgeist Films
68Kumare$1,023-80%2-3$512$123,28613Kino Lorber
69Monsieur Lazhar$875--2--$438$2,002,95847Music Box Films
70We Won't Grow Old Together$837--1--$837$9,39515The Film Desk
71Turn Me On, Dammit!$698249%21$349$124,44325New Yorker Films
72Snowman's Land$656--1--$656$6561Music Box Films
73Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$621--1--$621$31,45220New Yorker Films
74Klown$545-5%10$545$68,5598Drafthouse Films
75Joker$386-98%3-40$129$169,1373UTV Communications
76You've Been Trumped$385--2--$193$16,3427International Film Circuit
77Hermano$230-43%3-1$77$29,8584Music Box Films
78The Invisible War$190-73%1-1$190$59,39213Cinedigm