'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. 11 - Sun, Oct. 13

Wide (1000+)

1Gravity$43,188,256-23%3,66085$11,800$122,323,1752Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$25,718,314--3,020--$8,516$25,718,3141Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$13,774,742-34%3,874-127$3,556$77,611,4193Sony / Columbia
4Machete Kills$3,837,183--2,538--$1,512$3,837,1831Open Road
5Runner Runner$3,770,288-51%3,0260$1,246$14,159,2462Fox
6Prisoners$3,635,392-37%2,855-381$1,273$53,590,2714Warner Bros.
7Insidious: Chapter 2$2,720,492-30%2,156-451$1,262$78,517,5095FilmDistrict
8Rush (2013)$2,385,655-47%2,130-178$1,120$22,222,9244Universal
9Don Jon$2,369,453-43%1,996-426$1,187$20,170,6033Relativity Media
10Baggage Claim$2,033,062-50%1,320-710$1,540$18,230,5403Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$1,101,318-31%1,150-456$958$146,525,20510Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$583,845-62%1,050-973$556$35,808,1945Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

1Enough Said$1,911,256-13%606169$3,154$8,162,8554Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$1,270,218-49%42841$2,968$4,244,6862Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$1,041,966-43%711-147$1,465$42,716,4547Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$623,672-49%980-583$636$113,544,4439Weinstein Company
5Grace Unplugged$524,548-47%502-9$1,045$1,748,6562Roadside Attractions
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$520,116--461--$1,128$520,1161Relativity Media
7Despicable Me 2$505,6154%434-51$1,165$363,060,13015Universal
8Monsters University$356,823-15%235-15$1,518$267,047,97817Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$354,549-18%404-109$878$66,475,60210Fox
10Grown Ups 2$270,576-30%261-74$1,037$132,827,60514Sony / Columbia
12The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$254,279--147--$1,730$254,2791Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
13The Smurfs 2$250,918125%268112$936$70,333,62611Sony / Columbia
15Blue Jasmine$230,428-34%190-99$1,213$31,672,81012Sony Pictures Classics
16Metallica Through The Never$215,211-69%289-300$745$3,178,8503Picturehouse
17The Wolverine$178,959-1%227-14$788$131,844,93412Fox
18Turbo$160,060-22%187-35$856$82,445,35413Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19Battle of the Year$142,173-74%210-697$677$8,792,6564Sony / Screen Gems
202 Guns$116,185-11%166-34$700$75,422,68511Universal
21Red 2$105,670-29%168-35$629$53,215,97913Lionsgate / Summit
22The Heat$96,227-21%139-43$692$159,279,40116Fox
23Parkland$92,438-70%133-124$695$528,0152Exclusive Media
24Elysium$87,792-48%140-82$627$92,370,04510Sony / TriStar
25Besharam$81,631-78%126-91$648$644,1722Reliance Entertainment
26The Conjuring$68,003-43%145-57$469$137,274,46413Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

1Inequality for All$152,81810%8039$1,910$558,5893RADiUS-TWC
2The Saratov Approach$137,226--23--$5,966$212,5261Purdie Distribution
3The Face Reader$117,454-26%190$6,182$360,5742Pan Media & Entertainment
4Wadjda$105,418-12%473$2,243$616,1045Sony Pictures Classics
5Generation Iron$75,770-43%34-36$2,229$631,3674The Vladar Company
6Escape From Tomorrow$63,297--30--$2,110$63,2971Producers Distribution Agency
7Linsanity$51,693-48%167$3,231$184,3782Ketchup Entertainment
8Muscle Shoals$50,419201%1410$3,601$95,2353Magnolia Pictures
9In a World...$45,025-22%54-24$834$2,780,74110Roadside Attractions
10You're Next$44,769434%8742$515$18,474,2688Lionsgate
11The Summit$42,665104%3426$1,255$76,8732IFC Films
12Austenland$41,950-23%52-13$807$1,901,1169Sony Pictures Classics
13A.C.O.D.$34,09479%1815$1,894$60,5332The Film Arcade
14Pacific Rim$33,403-47%52-40$642$101,785,48214Warner Bros.
15Hubble 3D$32,821110%132$2,525$40,913,443187Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The World's End$32,142-49%73-58$440$25,902,9208Focus
17The Wizard of Oz 3D$30,225-81%50-196$605$5,493,1814Warner Bros.
18Space Station 3D$28,791103%30$9,597$89,150,927600IMAX
19Haute Cuisine$24,633-27%30-30$821$153,0944Weinstein Company
20The Way, Way Back$23,198-31%63-68$368$21,425,33615Fox Searchlight
21The Spectacular Now$19,343-55%33-25$586$6,777,90911A24
22Short Term 12$18,999-41%30-6$633$908,6408Cinedigm
23A Touch of Sin$18,334-8%64$3,056$49,5752Kino Lorber
24We Are What We Are (2013)$16,27297%135$1,252$47,5103eOne Films US
25Fruitvale Station$11,343-52%41-35$277$16,072,92414Weinstein Company
26When Comedy Went to School$11,09948%122$925$192,52111International Film Circuit
27You Will Be My Son$10,948-36%10-4$1,095$221,2059Cohen Media Group
28On the Job$9,558-73%8-14$1,195$161,2173Well Go USA
29Salinger$9,510-33%16-5$594$575,7756Weinstein Company
30Born to Be Wild 3D$8,73742%94$971$23,013,600132Warner Bros. / IMAX
31The Grandmaster$7,808-74%16-19$488$6,585,4518Weinstein Company
32To the Arctic 3D$7,55230%101$755$13,575,37678Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Ghost Team One$7,345--15--$490$7,3451The Film Arcade
34Thanks for Sharing$7,179-77%16-49$449$1,032,4814Roadside Attractions
35As I Lay Dying$7,143--1--$7,143$7,1431Millenium Entertainment
36CBGB$7,11182%32$2,370$11,1872XLrator Media
37Good Ol' Freda$6,71540%11-3$610$104,3826Magnolia Pictures
38Deep Sea 3D$6,46317%20$3,232$45,900,643398Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Russian Ark (2013 re-issue)$6,430--1--$6,430$27,9696Kino Lorber
40Still Mine$5,688-13%10-6$569$1,154,46614IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
41Under the Sea 3D$5,5706%60$928$33,629,261244Warner Bros. / IMAX
42God Loves Uganda$5,530--1--$5,530$5,5301Variance Films
43Broadway Idiot$5,514--1--$5,514$5,5141FilmBuff
44Populaire$5,354-64%21-37$255$166,9056Weinstein Company
45Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$5,278-61%2-10$2,639$81,9833AMC Entertainment
46Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$4,236--1--$4,236$4,2361First Run Features
47Bad Milo!$4,101-9%9-2$456$12,3462Magnolia / Magnet
48The Patience Stone$3,860-29%204$193$130,0609Sony Pictures Classics
49Blackfish$3,56821%132$274$2,063,31213Magnolia Pictures
50Museum Hours$3,325-50%7-5$475$516,03116Cinema Guild
51Blue Caprice$3,094-70%16-20$193$86,7495IFC Films
52Trouble Every Day (2013 re-issue)$2,984--1--$2,984$2,9841The Film Desk
53Murder 11$2,214-73%20$1,107$19,1672Indican Pictures
54Drinking Buddies$1,876-20%71$268$328,6428Magnolia Pictures
55Dislecksia: The Movie$1,701-23%10$1,701$5,1722Area23a
56The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,683-75%20$842$18,8303Rialto Pictures
57Cassadaga$1,678--3--$559$1,6781Archstone Distribution
58Free the Mind$1,631-9%3-1$544$139,00724International Film Circuit
59Ip Man: The Final Fight$1,6011%10$1,601$36,0414Well Go USA
60I Used to Be Darker$1,542-73%20$771$14,1393Strand Releasing
61I'm So Excited$1,435299%72$205$1,359,79616Sony Pictures Classics
62Prince Avalanche$1,368-62%4-8$342$193,33610Magnolia Pictures
63Shepard & Dark$1,216487%21$608$5,8363Music Box Films
64Zaytoun$1,083-88%2-7$542$26,3624Strand Releasing
65The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,074-76%6-3$179$30,4708Kino Lorber
66The Citizen$872-83%4-2$218$22,0546Monterey Media
67The Institute$843-72%20$422$6,2962Argot Pictures
68Touchy Feely$780-64%3-1$260$35,0226Magnolia Pictures
69Leviathan (2013)$761--1--$761$75,97633Cinema Guild
70Rising From Ashes$747--2--$374$35,52511First Run Features
71Before Midnight$615-55%4-1$154$8,110,62121Sony Pictures Classics
72The Act of Killing$4410%40$110$443,20313Drafthouse Films
73C.O.G.$242-88%1-3$242$55,3014Screen Media / Focus World
74Fire in the Blood$14832%10$148$10,2036International Film Circuit
75Terms and Conditions May Apply$101-91%30$34$48,75514Variance Films