'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. 20 - Sun, Sep. 22

Wide (1000+)

1Prisoners$20,817,053--3,260--$6,386$20,817,0531Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$13,801,818-66%3,155106$4,375$60,157,0782FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$7,000,722-50%3,0910$2,265$25,641,2442Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$4,603,177--2,008--$2,292$4,603,1771Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$4,558,271-16%3,003-235$1,518$138,064,5687Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,193,123-24%2,931-308$1,431$106,341,2376Weinstein Company
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,776,271-6%1,473-165$1,206$64,248,0827Fox
10Elysium$1,466,321-30%1,392-328$1,053$90,790,0307Sony / TriStar
11Despicable Me 2$1,360,4206%1,004-2$1,355$360,730,82012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$1,130,536-54%1,706-594$663$28,450,5264Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$650,370-42%1,047-529$621$30,654,9015Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

1Instructions Not Included$5,396,68811%97845$5,518$33,958,4134Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$3,093,998--318--$9,730$3,093,9981Warner Bros.
3Blue Jasmine$1,212,206-25%847-146$1,431$29,605,7019Sony Pictures Classics
4The World's End$716,329-45%833-410$860$25,223,6425Focus
52 Guns$650,480-25%752-156$865$74,468,1458Universal
6Thanks for Sharing$536,591--269--$1,995$536,5911Roadside Attractions
7The Smurfs 2$533,021-16%596-97$894$69,583,6928Sony / Columbia
8The Wolverine$458,114-19%462-78$992$130,884,9169Fox
9The Conjuring$417,477-30%561-115$744$136,625,07510Warner Bros. / New Line
10Turbo$408,594-5%333-20$1,227$81,637,92910Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Spectacular Now$383,070-46%571-199$671$6,402,1368A24
12This Is The End$323,754-59%527-806$614$101,099,11415Sony / Columbia
13Monsters University$303,958-16%314-68$968$265,840,98814Disney
14The Heat$274,048-3%310-26$884$158,674,18013Fox
15Grown Ups 2$250,661-15%258-36$972$131,331,96011Sony / Columbia
16The Grandmaster$240,136-50%473-232$508$6,296,5535Weinstein Company
17In a World...$236,044-18%1440$1,639$2,406,2417Roadside Attractions
18Austenland$231,352-30%234-40$989$1,526,0066Sony Pictures Classics
19The Way, Way Back$215,951-26%324-97$667$21,168,56912Fox Searchlight
20Getaway$199,145-71%515-863$387$10,405,9734Warner Bros.
21You're Next$198,226-65%532-578$373$18,317,1355Lionsgate
22World War Z$187,174-41%203-77$922$202,136,14514Paramount
23Salinger$182,218315%138134$1,320$358,1073Weinstein Company
24Pacific Rim$176,108-23%202-52$872$101,453,41411Warner Bros.
25Kick-Ass 2$100,505-60%201-142$500$28,751,7156Universal
27Red 2$97,823-24%178-31$550$52,770,87710Lionsgate / Summit
28The Ultimate Life$96,442-60%184-228$524$1,261,3543High Top Releasing
29The Lone Ranger$94,751-28%138-58$687$89,146,11012Disney
30Jobs$90,353-53%152-87$594$16,052,6286Open Road
31Now You See Me$81,145-36%133-38$610$117,698,89417Lionsgate / Summit
32Fruitvale Station$43,557-42%103-34$423$15,962,23711Weinstein Company
33Closed Circuit$36,349-83%105-308$346$5,733,3104Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

1Phata Poster Nikla Hero$260,188--94--$2,768$260,1881Eros International
2Generation Iron$245,000--55--$4,455$245,0001The Vladar Company
3Enough Said$232,800--4--$58,200$286,5341Fox Searchlight
4Rush (2013)$187,289--5--$37,458$187,2891Universal
5Short Term 12$129,071-17%7512$1,721$702,3675Cinedigm
6Grand Masti$73,307-67%640$1,145$362,5602Eros International
7Wadjda$66,56661%96$7,396$204,3942Sony Pictures Classics
8Paranoia$61,15165%8817$695$7,329,4316Relativity Media
9My Lucky Star$47,006--23--$2,044$47,0061China Lion Film
10Hubble 3D$39,74733%141$2,839$40,740,695184Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Drinking Buddies$36,052-33%334$1,092$288,5155Magnolia Pictures
12C.O.G.$32,677--20--$1,634$32,6771Screen Media / Focus World
13Museum Hours$31,62054%191$1,664$460,98413Cinema Guild
14You Will Be My Son$29,14498%2115$1,388$152,5106Cohen Media Group
15The Short Game$28,434--20--$1,422$28,4341Phase 4 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
16Populaire$27,882-27%205$1,394$106,2473Weinstein Company
17Jewtopia$26,371--16--$1,648$26,3711Le Petit Canyon Productions
18Chennai Express$21,853-28%20-10$1,093$5,294,8537UTV Motion Pictures
19Snake and Mongoose$20,93664%126$1,745$129,2697Rocky Mountain Pictures
20Adore$19,646-69%32-20$614$302,0203Exclusive Media
21Good Ol' Freda$18,51427%114$1,683$51,4423Magnolia Pictures
22Ain't Them Bodies Saints$17,040-43%434$396$371,1776IFC Films
23The Attack$16,451-42%151$1,097$1,700,40914Cohen Media Group
24Still Mine$15,654-36%19-4$824$1,105,79311IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
25Ip Man: The Final Fight$15,514--14--$1,108$15,5141Well Go USA
26Haute Cuisine$15,387--3--$5,129$15,3871Weinstein Company
27Space Station 3D$13,7984%30$4,599$89,017,893597IMAX
28Blackfish$12,965-60%28-16$463$2,019,25410Magnolia Pictures
29Blue Caprice$12,525-7%98$1,392$30,6432IFC Films
30Unfinished Song$12,50459%236$544$1,681,32414Weinstein Company
31The Patience Stone$12,32043%158$821$106,4106Sony Pictures Classics
32Hannah Arendt$11,34566%61$1,891$676,23617Zeitgeist Films
33Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$10,84869%184$603$4,305,58916Roadside Attractions
34Mademoiselle C$10,280-28%71$1,469$33,8532Cohen Media Group
35A Single Shot$10,020--10--$1,002$10,0201Tribeca Film
36To the Arctic 3D$9,96237%11-1$906$13,537,31075Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Born to Be Wild 3D$8,65858%90$962$22,970,546129Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Jerusalem 3D$7,668--1--$7,668$8,6301National Geographic
39Under the Sea 3D$6,27416%80$784$33,608,513241Warner Bros. / IMAX
40When Comedy Went to School$5,919145%84$740$160,8218International Film Circuit
41Before Midnight$5,644-47%10-11$564$8,095,92818Sony Pictures Classics
42Satyagraha$5,359-78%9-26$595$736,8264UTV Motion Pictures
43Afternoon Delight$5,052-85%12-27$421$174,4964The Film Arcade
44Deep Sea 3D$4,696-37%2-6$2,348$45,878,619395Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Renoir$4,434-45%2-1$2,217$2,291,04726IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
46Touchy Feely$4,382-51%50$876$26,9713Magnolia Pictures
47Zaytoun$4,100--2--$2,050$4,1001Strand Releasing
48The Hunt$3,056-51%8-2$382$602,58511Magnolia Pictures
49Prince Avalanche$2,403-62%7-5$343$182,6147Magnolia Pictures
50Fill the Void$2,4011665%97$267$1,770,76718Sony Pictures Classics
51The Act of Killing$2,185-90%11-8$199$431,83510Drafthouse Films
52Drug War$2,147--4--$537$120,8569Variance Films / Well Go USA
53I'm So Excited$2,116-67%90$235$1,355,29213Sony Pictures Classics
54Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$2,101-80%2-1$1,051$20,1782Icarus Films
55Rising From Ashes$2,051-56%3-2$684$31,5378First Run Features
56Passion$1,878-69%4-8$470$91,1864eOne Films US
57Jayne Mansfield's Car$1,858-80%6-5$310$14,2762Anchor Bay Films
58Terms and Conditions May Apply$1,810--4--$453$46,17311Variance Films
59Men at Lunch$1,530--1--$1,530$1,5301First Run Features
60The Wall$1,445-48%1-1$1,445$38,67417Music Box Films
61Savannah$1,195-62%4-2$299$36,7465Ketchup Entertainment
62Spark: A Burning Man Story$1,047--2--$524$120,0596Paladin / Film Buff
63Stories We Tell$984232%51$197$1,597,01020Roadside Attractions
64Love Is All You Need$862-65%3-2$287$1,629,87621Sony Pictures Classics
65Viola$739-56%10$739$17,90011Cinema Guild
66The Trials of Muhammad Ali$718-33%10$718$11,9115Kino Lorber
67M (2013 re-issue)$717--1--$717$35,27428Kino Lorber
68Informant$704-76%20$352$5,1662Music Box Films
69Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$498-48%30$166$105,03012Magnolia Pictures
70Our Nixon$485-81%2-2$243$17,8424Cinedigm
71Free the Mind$482--1--$482$125,44121International Film Circuit
72I Spit on Your Grave 2$441--1--$441$4411Anchor Bay Films
73Computer Chess$367-55%20$184$94,69410Kino Lorber
74Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$366-66%10$366$150,40723Kino Lorber
75Il Futuro$323-87%1-2$323$8,6453Strand Releasing
76Leviathan (2013)$262-37%10$262$74,79430Cinema Guild
77Approaching Midnight$249-1%21$125$2,4854Monterey Media
78Europa Report$232-77%1-3$232$121,3478Magnolia / Magnet
79I Declare War$178-21%32$59$14,5664Drafthouse Films
80√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$170-3%31$57$21,47616Magnolia Pictures
81A Hijacking$163-91%2-1$82$409,43314Magnolia Pictures