'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, Dec. 6 - Sun, Dec. 8

Wide (1000+)

1Frozen (2013)$31,616,230-53%3,7420$8,449$134,253,6663Disney
2The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$26,185,886-65%4,1630$6,290$335,850,8423Lionsgate
3Out of the Furnace$5,220,288--2,101--$2,485$5,247,3641Relativity Media
4Thor: The Dark World$4,811,545-57%3,074-212$1,565$193,711,1875Disney
5Delivery Man$3,742,544-45%2,905-131$1,288$24,767,3263Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$3,428,440-50%2,5700$1,334$15,328,8302Open Road
7The Book Thief$2,625,623-46%1,31682$1,995$12,000,6785Fox
8The Best Man Holiday$2,609,890-68%1,577-140$1,655$67,175,5054Universal
9Last Vegas$1,265,334-53%1,539-315$822$60,586,9426CBS Films
1012 Years a Slave$1,146,959-50%1,082-83$1,060$35,019,0798Fox Searchlight
11Black Nativity$1,026,757-72%1,5259$673$6,404,7602Fox Searchlight
12Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$820,378-54%1,157-346$709$100,020,9137Paramount
13Free Birds$342,419-81%1,202-1085$285$53,789,3456Relativity Media
14Lee Daniels' The Butler$265,019529%1,007936$263$115,922,17517Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Philomena$2,195,341-40%8350$2,629$8,167,9763Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,505,669-40%73438$2,051$12,453,9936Focus
3Gravity$1,211,279-53%900-116$1,346$251,486,53310Warner Bros.
4Nebraska$521,279-29%11311$4,613$2,238,7574Paramount Vantage
5Captain Phillips$510,201-56%640-167$797$103,500,5789Sony / Columbia
6Ender's Game$483,974-60%608-235$796$60,119,7156Lionsgate / Summit
7Oldboy (2013)$301,455-66%5830$517$1,956,6712FilmDistrict
8About Time$220,780-41%266-65$830$15,001,3786Universal
9The Christmas Candle$171,709-56%306-46$561$1,909,6424EchoLight Studios
10Despicable Me 2$171,360-50%252-19$680$367,157,95523Universal
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$163,130-58%312-395$523$115,269,29511Sony / Columbia
12All Is Lost$106,529-45%147-7$725$5,486,1698Roadside Attractions
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$54,795-49%140-23$391$68,316,15818Fox
14Don Jon$51,760134%12599$414$24,360,78911Relativity Media
15Insidious: Chapter 2$49,099-45%122-18$402$83,529,39213FilmDistrict
16Ram-Leela$40,249-76%2040$197$2,674,1344Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Inside Llewyn Davis$405,411--4--$101,353$405,4111CBS Films
2R... Rajkumar$124,669--91--$1,370$124,6691Eros International
3The Great Beauty$89,819-32%307$2,994$396,9434Janus Films
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$75,394-11%40$18,849$181,1102Weinstein Company
5Blue Is the Warmest Color$75,205-34%78-16$964$1,784,6327IFC Films
6Narco Cultura$66,4932846%4645$1,446$81,9003Cinedigm
7Enough Said$64,855-47%94-27$690$17,292,84112Fox Searchlight
8Escape Plan$37,169-22%81-60$459$24,610,1448Lionsgate / Summit
9Kill Your Darlings$36,720-46%72-2$510$827,5518Sony Pictures Classics
10The Armstrong Lie$36,35013%7746$472$243,9875Sony Pictures Classics
11Instructions Not Included$35,285-46%46-22$767$44,456,50915Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Family (2013)$28,369-47%96-34$296$36,858,97813Relativity Media
13Blue Jasmine$27,360-27%352$782$32,785,74720Sony Pictures Classics
14Hubble 3D$24,896-49%121$2,075$41,483,483195Warner Bros. / IMAX
15The Punk Singer$24,566-1%1613$1,535$61,9592IFC Films
16Bettie Page Reveals All$23,631183%2119$1,125$42,1713Music Box Films
17The Counselor$23,251-23%71-7$327$16,894,1277Fox
18Space Station 3D$16,537-39%51$3,307$89,539,722608IMAX
19Monsters University$16,400-57%75-22$219$268,472,40825Disney
20The Saratov Approach$16,046-62%270$594$1,444,9199Purdie Distribution
21Twice Born$14,947--10--$1,495$14,9471eOne Films US
22Inequality for All$12,711456%145$908$1,181,55811RADiUS-TWC
23Baggage Claim$12,574-37%420$299$21,549,73711Fox Searchlight
24Turbo$12,016-49%35-4$343$83,024,90021Fox / DreamWorks Animation
25Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$11,401-34%82$1,425$78,3483IFC Films
26Wadjda$9,859-31%16-5$616$1,355,31713Sony Pictures Classics
27Spinning Plates$8,563--6--$1,427$99,1277The Film Arcade
28Sweet Dreams (2013)$7,975526%75$1,139$17,4726International Film Circuit
29Muscle Shoals$6,562-49%13-7$505$647,19711Magnolia Pictures
30To the Arctic 3D$5,91810%101$592$13,691,49886Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Singh Saab the Great$5,758-81%540$107$223,6603Eros International
32The Heat$5,6350%18-7$313$159,578,35224Fox
33The Last Days on Mars$4,608--3--$1,536$4,6081Magnolia / Magnet
34Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$4,284-17%10$4,284$14,2382Cinema Guild
35Let the Fire Burn$4,2702272%32$1,423$53,39810Zeitgeist Films
36Austenland$3,199-61%11-5$291$2,144,01117Sony Pictures Classics
37Journey to the South Pacific$3,196-61%10$3,196$14,7832IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
38Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$2,933-94%6-50$489$341,4043Reliance Entertainment
39Paradise: Hope$2,664--1--$2,664$2,6641Strand Releasing
4020 Feet from Stardom$2,592-1%104$259$4,779,60826RADiUS-TWC
41A Touch of Sin$2,53042%32$843$99,66510Kino Lorber
42Born to Be Wild 3D$2,2467%61$374$23,109,181140Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Runner Runner$2,131-55%16-7$133$19,316,64610Fox
44The Ghosts in Our Machine$1,962--1--$1,962$20,3445Ghosts Media Inc.
45Under the Sea 3D$1,881-37%62$314$33,682,283252Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Deep Sea 3D$1,626-70%1-3$1,626$45,994,071406Warner Bros. / IMAX
47Breakfast with Curtis$1,601--1--$1,601$2,3751Abramorama / Bond 360
48I Am Divine$1,396-56%3-2$465$49,3009The Film Collaborative
49When Comedy Went to School$1,089-19%3-1$363$229,00919International Film Circuit
50Faust$1,041-62%32$347$34,3764Leisure Time Features
51The Pervert's Guide to Ideology$948-50%1-1$948$49,8986Zeitgeist Films
52Rising From Ashes$919--1--$919$37,67319First Run Features
53Museum Hours$86117%20$431$548,69924Cinema Guild
54Short Term 12$859-82%4-2$215$1,006,28416Cinedigm
55Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$673--1--$673$42,89236Cinema Guild
56La Maison de la Radio$563--1--$563$8,06014Kino Lorber
57Caught in the Web$313-13%21$157$1,0672levelFILM / Vitagraph