'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. 6 - Sun, Sep. 8

Wide (1000+)

2Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,401,729-44%3,3300$2,523$91,403,1064Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$7,695,027-39%3,4450$2,234$123,613,9315Warner Bros. / New Line
5One Direction: This Is Us$4,046,455-74%2,7350$1,480$23,936,9652Sony / TriStar
6Elysium$3,141,332-51%2,241-298$1,402$85,118,5995Sony / TriStar
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,425,539-46%2,045-348$1,186$59,773,3055Fox
8Blue Jasmine$2,347,694-41%1,069-110$2,196$25,108,5807Sony Pictures Classics
9The World's End$2,314,494-54%1,520-33$1,523$21,784,1113Focus
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$2,207,000-60%2,519-599$876$27,851,2043Sony / Screen Gems
11Getaway$2,191,484-51%2,1355$1,026$8,680,1632Warner Bros.
12This Is The End$1,901,8251753%2,1612127$880$98,847,91213Sony / Columbia
13You're Next$1,584,541-61%1,902-535$833$16,907,0323Lionsgate
14Despicable Me 2$1,459,505-47%1,050-234$1,390$357,558,31510Universal
152 Guns$1,409,635-47%1,165-246$1,210$72,077,4206Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Instructions Not Included$8,149,2894%717369$11,366$20,360,8932Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$1,030,576-58%80455$1,282$4,959,0063Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$938,153-62%8700$1,078$5,023,6672Focus
4The Smurfs 2$902,227-54%949-417$951$68,177,4266Sony / Columbia
5The Wolverine$748,594-56%698-290$1,072$129,411,1337Fox
6The Conjuring$722,327-49%716-187$1,009$135,185,9858Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Spectacular Now$682,221-39%41530$1,644$4,775,7366A24
8The Ultimate Life$659,912--412--$1,602$659,9121High Top Releasing
9Kick-Ass 2$635,525-67%662-984$960$28,094,5604Universal
10The Way, Way Back$459,205-38%550-104$835$20,409,13310Fox Searchlight
11Monsters University$452,119-71%596-1293$759$264,989,13612Disney
12World War Z$438,482-65%374-873$1,172$201,359,01912Paramount
13Turbo$429,027-43%358-80$1,198$80,613,7488Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Jobs$409,016-66%502-800$815$15,524,1284Open Road
15Grown Ups 2$374,699-53%355-116$1,055$130,648,7219Sony / Columbia
16The Heat$364,680-46%350-43$1,042$157,896,66611Fox
17Pacific Rim$345,796-56%307-94$1,126$100,860,3909Warner Bros.
18In a World...$280,775-16%10211$2,753$1,669,0325Roadside Attractions
19Now You See Me$194,032-49%205-34$946$117,386,29015Lionsgate / Summit
20The Lone Ranger$193,857-52%231-23$839$88,818,15810Disney
21Red 2$163,584-55%250-11$654$52,443,3148Lionsgate / Summit
23Man of Steel$120,814-58%201-83$601$290,925,47113Warner Bros.
24White House Down$116,547-52%168-38$694$72,997,13811Sony / Columbia
25Fruitvale Station$107,444-44%188-106$572$15,760,4879Weinstein Company
26Iron Man 3$79,236-58%124-36$639$408,992,27219Disney
27Star Trek Into Darkness$59,751-92%106-852$564$228,756,23217Paramount
28Paranoia$57,603-67%178-214$324$7,192,9604Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Austenland$168,091-12%586$2,898$732,2784Sony Pictures Classics
2Adore$119,806--57--$2,102$119,8061Exclusive Media
3Satyagraha$102,986-75%79-4$1,304$673,1372UTV Motion Pictures
4Short Term 12$93,5322%2610$3,597$319,2083Cinedigm
5Salinger$86,956--4--$21,739$86,9561Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$66,095-72%53-40$1,247$5,220,9265UTV Motion Pictures
7Winnie Mandela$61,847--32--$1,933$61,8471RLJ / Image Entertainment
8Afternoon Delight$56,377106%2523$2,255$94,9582The Film Arcade
920 Feet from Stardom$52,293-37%53-5$987$4,488,66513RADiUS-TWC
10Blackfish$42,808-53%60-22$713$1,929,7618Magnolia Pictures
11Drinking Buddies$42,110-7%186$2,339$143,8343Magnolia Pictures
12Ain't Them Bodies Saints$39,119-41%443$889$289,2544IFC Films
13The Attack$35,591-38%16-1$2,224$1,625,70712Cohen Media Group
15Hubble 3D$29,302-57%132$2,254$40,620,839182Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Still Mine$20,86539%205$1,043$1,042,4149IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
17The Internship$16,59317%17-3$976$44,665,96314Fox
18Passion$16,226-52%13-1$1,248$71,8462eOne Films US
19Populaire$15,690--3--$5,230$15,6901Weinstein Company
20The Croods$14,363-70%26-19$552$187,150,63825Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21Space Station 3D$13,122-28%30$4,374$88,958,458595IMAX
22Museum Hours$11,899-45%13-1$915$392,14711Cinema Guild
23Therese (2013)$11,521-45%5-3$2,304$101,9443MPI Pictures
24Unfinished Song$11,23578%214$535$1,647,75412Weinstein Company
25The Hunt$11,2272%110$1,021$585,3669Magnolia Pictures
26Una Noche$10,554-33%61$1,759$65,2333IFC Films
27Before Midnight$10,450-35%16-2$653$8,067,72516Sony Pictures Classics
28When Comedy Went to School$10,137-37%9-3$1,126$148,4176International Film Circuit
29Hannah Arendt$9,9055%80$1,238$650,32915Zeitgeist Films
30The Patience Stone$8,80968%116$801$77,7264Sony Pictures Classics
31I'm So Excited$8,3485%8-3$1,044$1,337,54411Sony Pictures Classics
32Contempt (2013 re-issue)$8,322--1--$8,322$8,3221Rialto Pictures
33Prince Avalanche$8,198-46%14-9$586$163,7275Magnolia Pictures
34To the Arctic 3D$7,832-53%11-2$712$13,512,42373Warner Bros. / IMAX
35You Will Be My Son$7,406-74%4-2$1,852$96,2074Cohen Media Group
36Born to Be Wild 3D$7,295-59%101$730$22,953,198127Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,254126%196$382$4,279,34814Roadside Attractions
38Deep Sea 3D$7,244-39%8-1$906$45,861,867393Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Under the Sea 3D$7,188-59%103$719$33,590,407239Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Good Ol' Freda$6,798--1--$6,798$6,7981Magnolia Pictures
41Love Is All You Need$6,34443%63$1,057$1,622,26619Sony Pictures Classics
42Cutie and the Boxer$6,268-73%7-5$895$124,3874RADiUS-TWC
43Stories We Tell$5,271457%95$586$1,591,10718Roadside Attractions
44Red Obsession$5,060--2--$2,530$5,0601Area23a / FilmBuff
45Hell Baby$4,980--10--$498$4,9801Millennium Entertainment
46The Act of Killing$4,894-50%13-2$376$391,5328Drafthouse Films
47Fire in the Blood$4,856--1--$4,856$4,8561International Film Circuit
48Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$4,230--3--$1,410$40,21023Cinema Guild
49Frances Ha$4,067-50%51$813$4,063,23817IFC Films
50Europa Report$3,473143%63$579$118,6006Magnolia / Magnet
51Touchy Feely$3,447--2--$1,724$3,4471Magnolia Pictures
52I Give It a Year$3,30175%40$825$27,9205Magnolia Pictures
53Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$2,98329%31$994$33,42813First Run Features
54Savannah$2,9462%50$589$29,6733Ketchup Entertainment
55Fill the Void$2,754-11%6-1$459$1,764,29616Sony Pictures Classics
56The Bling Ring$2,72446%60$454$5,841,04613A24
57Il Futuro$2,583--1--$2,583$2,5831Strand Releasing
58Our Nixon$2,566-58%2-1$1,283$11,8422Cinedigm
59Out of the Clear Blue Sky$2,344--1--$2,344$2,3441Area23a
60A Hijacking$1,980-43%3-2$660$404,40912Magnolia Pictures
61La Maison de la Radio$1,410--1--$1,410$2,4481Kino Lorber
62Crystal Fairy$1,324-51%7-2$189$190,7049IFC Films
63The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,322-82%1-1$1,322$36,6687Rialto Pictures
64Rising From Ashes$1,033--2--$517$21,9466First Run Features
65Leviathan (2013)$976--2--$488$73,79228Cinema Guild
66Mud$931-57%4-2$233$21,589,30720Roadside Attractions
67Paradise: Faith$828-8%31$276$5,9593Strand Releasing
68Girl Most Likely$79652%21$398$1,378,4268Roadside Attractions
69√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$674296%54$135$20,41414Magnolia Pictures
70I Declare War$646-93%3-11$215$13,5802Drafthouse Films
71More Than Honey$614169%21$307$69,14313Kino Lorber
72Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$570--2--$285$2,2294First Run Features
73Underdogs (2013)$503-78%10$503$34,8104Freestyle Releasing
74Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$4561371%32$152$102,18210Magnolia Pictures
75The Citizen$368--1--$368$3681Monterey Media
76You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$355--1--$355$17,05814Kino Lorber
77Computer Chess$295-47%10$295$93,0288Kino Lorber
78Free the Mind$279-94%2-2$140$119,66019International Film Circuit
79Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$226--1--$226$111,79421Kino Lorber
80The Trials of Muhammad Ali$136-93%10$136$8,8983Kino Lorber
81Approaching Midnight$91-92%1-5$91$1,8682Monterey Media
82A Band Called Death$65-87%1-1$65$123,98511Drafthouse Films