'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, Oct. 5 - Sun, Oct. 7

Wide (1000+)

1Taken 2$49,514,769--3,661--$13,525$49,514,7691Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$27,053,395-36%3,3523$8,071$76,711,9272Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$14,846,830188%2,7702435$5,360$21,693,0382Universal
4Looper$12,116,001-42%2,9931$4,048$40,216,6522Sony / TriStar
6End of Watch$4,004,071-49%2,370-410$1,689$32,850,0173Open Road
7Trouble with the Curve$3,829,153-47%3,003-209$1,275$29,668,9763Warner Bros.
8House at the End of the Street$3,756,023-47%2,720-363$1,381$27,589,1673Relativity Media
9Finding Nemo 3D$1,624,536-60%1,746-893$930$39,038,9974Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$1,158,066-61%1,361-1020$851$41,008,7964Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$1,016,157-61%2,5172$404$4,483,6702Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Master$1,861,703-31%8648$2,155$12,337,0324Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,566,52642%221119$7,088$3,348,8653Lionsgate / Summit
3The Dark Knight Rises$674,436-15%575-80$1,173$445,369,64112Warner Bros.
4Dredd 3D$645,241-73%831-1726$776$12,695,6553Lionsgate
5Arbitrage$641,365-26%244-11$2,629$6,055,9814Roadside Attractions
6The Possession$623,500-54%821-797$759$48,391,3836Lionsgate
7The Bourne Legacy$344,630-56%482-342$715$112,275,3059Universal
8Lawless$326,661-62%611-892$535$37,001,4606Weinstein Company
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$300,232-22%300-87$1,001$159,473,26213Fox
10The Odd Life of Timothy Green$270,781-58%534-653$507$50,199,9208Disney
12Hope Springs (2012)$213,355-50%439-252$486$63,327,3099Sony / Columbia
13The Oranges$198,461--110--$1,804$198,4611IDP/ATO Pictures
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$177,072-7%257-75$689$48,252,59610Fox
15The Campaign$175,836-64%303-327$580$86,265,3719Warner Bros.
162016: Obama's America$173,495-58%249-326$697$33,349,94113Rocky Mountain Pictures
17The Expendables 2$167,624-68%313-502$536$84,370,3588Lionsgate
18Barfi!$163,237-49%110-17$1,484$2,692,1614UTV Communications
20Ted (2012)$146,795-16%187-38$785$218,344,09515Universal
21The Amazing Spider-Man$123,472-44%145-59$852$261,939,21414Sony / Columbia
22Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$101,462-32%155-48$655$216,233,75418Paramount / DreamWorks
23Total Recall (2012)$83,735-48%167-72$501$58,877,96910Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1English Vinglish$745,414--88--$8,471$745,4141Eros International
3The Intouchables$106,046-22%84-37$1,262$12,639,13920Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$103,02514%520$1,981$8,965,55925Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Paperboy$102,706--11--$9,337$102,7061Millennium Entertainment
6Sleepwalk With Me$94,186-38%95-25$991$2,031,4557IFC Films
7Searching For Sugar Man$86,563-9%381$2,278$1,435,23411Sony Pictures Classics
8Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$85,039-6%184$4,724$330,6703IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
10Robot & Frank$64,616-35%70-46$923$3,167,7008IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
11Unconditional$59,400-72%92-139$646$1,005,8003Veracity Moving Pictures
12Moonrise Kingdom$54,896-17%9210$597$45,382,15720Focus
13Premium Rush$51,354-61%77-131$667$20,013,3227Sony / Columbia
14Hubble 3D$45,94070%140$3,281$34,624,225134Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Beasts of the Southern Wild$41,115-41%51-18$806$11,101,49815Fox Searchlight
16Last Ounce of Courage$39,061-75%93-204$420$3,310,4394Rocky Mountain Pictures
17Thaandavam$37,953-69%21-24$1,807$183,6612UTV Communications
18V/H/S$36,402--16--$2,275$36,4021Magnolia / Magnet
19Born to Be Wild 3D$34,64029%330$1,050$20,980,94679Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Liberal Arts$31,649-36%29-3$1,091$210,8164IFC Films
21Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$30,953--12--$2,579$30,9531Roadside Attractions
22The Watch$29,604-10%32-14$925$34,331,90511Fox
23Detropia$29,2657%110$2,660$218,3785Loki Films
24The Queen of Versailles$23,898-36%31-7$771$2,333,80512Magnolia Pictures
25To Rome with Love$21,864-39%15-8$1,458$16,626,25116Sony Pictures Classics
26My Uncle Rafael$19,384-57%3-2$6,461$210,1563Rocky Mountain Pictures
27The Apparition$16,626-56%38-27$438$4,930,7987Warner Bros.
28The House I Live In$16,453--2--$8,227$16,4531Abramorama
29Chicken With Plums$14,06585%2415$586$199,9818Sony Pictures Classics
30For A Good Time, Call...$13,273-75%43-41$309$1,243,9616Focus
31The Other Dream Team$12,991-34%75$1,856$37,2212The Film Arcade
32How To Survive A Plague$12,019-26%70$1,717$77,5783IFC Films
33Hit and Run$11,027-73%51-81$216$13,746,5507Open Road
34The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$10,639-59%18-14$591$46,343,53423Fox Searchlight
35Heroine$10,297-86%18-79$572$593,3443UTV Communications
36Vulgaria$10,167-67%9-7$1,130$53,2322China Lion Film
37Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,956--1--$8,956$8,9561Oscilloscope
38Safety Not Guaranteed$7,552-40%24-10$315$3,993,91118FilmDistrict
39Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$6,761--1--$6,761$6,7611Drafthouse Films
40Keep the Lights On$6,641-29%3-2$2,214$183,7775Music Box Films
41Under the Sea 3D$6,56269%5-2$1,312$32,384,633191Warner Bros. / IMAX
42The Well-Digger's Daughter$6,191-19%6-5$1,032$315,64112Kino Lorber
432 Days In New York$6,178-17%145$441$610,5439Magnolia Pictures
44Wild Horse, Wild Ride$5,737-25%7-1$820$103,1587Screen Media Films
45Celeste and Jesse Forever$5,388-71%15-19$359$3,068,93210Sony Pictures Classics
4610 Years$5,236-87%21-42$249$201,1464Anchor Bay Films
47Ruby Sparks$4,723-50%10-7$472$2,509,47711Fox Searchlight
49Farewell, My Queen$4,073-27%8-4$509$1,335,49513Cohen Media Group
50Backwards$3,645-79%1-8$3,645$61,4653Dada Films
51Neil Young Journeys$3,64491%5-4$729$213,61215Sony Pictures Classics
52Death by China$3,1369%20$1,568$29,9938Area23a
53Head Games$2,705-17%52$541$8,6963Variance Films
54The Revisionaries$2,608--1--$2,608$2,6081Kino Lorber
55Somewhere Between$2,420-58%2-1$1,210$53,8367Long Shot Factory
56Compliance$2,169-65%7-8$310$307,6728Magnolia Pictures
57Monsieur Lazhar$1,966--2--$983$2,009,04150Music Box Films
58Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,94022%20$970$163,31722Rialto Pictures
59Bel Borba Aqui$1,869--1--$1,869$2,5071Abramorama
60Toys in the Attic$1,839-77%4-2$460$63,0155Hannover House
615 Broken Cameras$1,639461%10$1,639$72,45519Kino Lorber
62Now, Forager$1,539--1--$1,539$3,2691Argot Pictures
63Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,530-11%6-1$255$3,376,9059ARC Entertainment
65Unforgivable$1,274-24%10$1,274$147,67515Strand Releasing
66Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$1,127--2--$564$86,21717Music Box Films
67Red Hook Summer$949-74%3-3$316$333,1999Variance Films
68The Waiting Room$780-89%40$195$17,8572International Film Circuit
69The Eye of the Storm$733-82%1-1$733$74,5755Sycamore Entertainment
70Trade of Innocents$588--1--$588$5881Monterey Media
71Radio Unnameable$96-97%10$96$18,3563Kino Lorber
7217 Girls$81-98%1-4$81$12,4463Strand Releasing
73Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$57--1--$57$3,20010Kino Lorber