'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, Jan. 17 - Sun, Jan. 19

Wide (1000+)

1Ride Along$41,516,170--2,663--$15,590$41,516,1701Universal
2Lone Survivor$22,058,815-42%2,989114$7,380$72,868,9364Universal
3The Nut Job$19,423,000--3,427--$5,668$19,423,0001Open Road
4Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$15,451,981--3,387--$4,562$15,451,9811Paramount
5Frozen (2013)$11,771,854-20%2,979-260$3,952$332,403,2159Disney
6American Hustle$9,866,36319%2,204-425$4,477$115,697,5546Sony / Columbia
7Devil's Due$8,308,220--2,544--$3,266$8,308,2201Fox
8August: Osage County$7,364,7213%2,0511146$3,591$17,953,9914Weinstein Company
9The Wolf of Wall Street$7,069,383-20%1,930-591$3,663$89,845,9814Paramount
10Her (2013)$4,034,417-25%1,7290$2,333$15,033,8445Warner Bros.
11Saving Mr. Banks$3,915,229-40%2,449-222$1,599$75,159,5266Disney
12The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$3,704,957-54%1,815-1260$2,041$248,524,8026Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Legend Of Hercules$3,397,143-62%2,1040$1,615$14,372,7942Lionsgate / Summit
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,451,181-44%1,328-434$1,846$417,450,9739Lionsgate
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,167,773-63%1,731-1281$1,252$122,099,1225Paramount
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$1,400,117-78%1,569-1314$892$31,333,2253Paramount
17The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$1,300,023-70%1,037-1547$1,254$55,095,8414Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

1Gravity$1,867,037345%944789$1,978$258,277,70616Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$1,539,838469%761647$2,023$40,644,13614Fox Searchlight
3Philomena$1,261,381-9%505-102$2,498$24,023,8659Weinstein Company
4Inside Llewyn Davis$1,006,164-47%585-144$1,720$11,044,4257CBS Films
5Dallas Buyers Club$941,207292%419294$2,246$17,813,22012Focus
6Nebraska$883,2080%408-113$2,165$9,657,92510Paramount Vantage
7Captain Phillips$523,771449%903789$580$105,641,43315Sony / Columbia
847 Ronin$449,345-73%343-1016$1,310$37,598,2204Universal
9Walking With Dinosaurs$319,608-77%454-885$704$34,296,2545Fox
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$292,644-11%256-8$1,143$118,427,18617Sony / Columbia
11The Book Thief$226,893-42%190-113$1,194$20,157,29311Fox
12Thor: The Dark World$191,424-39%185-72$1,035$204,233,18611Disney
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$170,371-84%391-649$436$52,222,0896Lionsgate
14Grudge Match$155,183-92%408-1597$380$29,059,2874Warner Bros.
15Last Vegas$124,946-30%194-46$644$63,603,32112CBS Films
16Free Birds$118,975-25%199-33$598$55,274,79512Relativity Media
17Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$86,265-36%154-38$560$101,963,47413Paramount
18Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$80,491-71%122-241$660$7,976,8778Weinstein Company
19Lee Daniels' The Butler$64,566-29%119-17$543$116,529,31723Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Great Beauty$136,98491%5416$2,537$1,271,22210Janus Films
2The Past$97,24024%3013$3,241$376,6235Sony Pictures Classics
3The Invisible Woman$87,09297%2617$3,350$279,4964Sony Pictures Classics
4Delivery Man$52,265-34%79-54$662$30,069,1309Disney / DreamWorks
5Hubble 3D$47,68278%155$3,179$42,185,784201Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Blue Jasmine$45,056154%2812$1,609$33,145,52026Sony Pictures Classics
7Out of the Furnace$42,031206%9760$433$11,264,4877Relativity Media
8All Is Lost$40,34410%62-7$651$6,177,18914Roadside Attractions
9The Saratov Approach$20,373-37%22-3$926$1,663,26715Purdie Distribution
10Space Station 3D$17,437-10%31$5,812$89,867,124614IMAX
11Like Father, Like Son (2014)$16,044--2--$8,022$16,0441IFC Films
12Blue Is the Warmest Color$15,020-37%12-4$1,252$2,143,42513IFC Films
13The Best Offer$12,874454%65$2,146$19,5603IFC Films
14Journey to the South Pacific$10,79933%40$2,700$104,3358IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
15Maidentrip$9,068--1--$9,068$16,3265First Run Features
16Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$8,607-39%24-9$359$68,549,22624Fox
17American Mustang$7,906--1--$7,906$7,9061Vitagraph / Just Media
18Generation War$7,386--1--$7,386$10,0701Music Box Films
19Big Bad Wolves$6,342--6--$1,057$6,3421Magnolia / Magnet
20To the Arctic 3D$6,235-15%81$779$13,765,58592Warner Bros. / IMAX
21In Bloom$5,208-44%20$2,604$19,1882Big World Pictures
22Under the Sea 3D$5,16465%40$1,291$33,724,531258Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Contempt (2013 re-issue)$5,013--2--$2,507$39,19920Rialto Pictures
24Kill Your Darlings$4,794-42%122$400$1,014,11314Sony Pictures Classics
25Life of a King$4,231--16--$264$4,2311Millennium Entertainment
26The Rocket (2013)$3,775-18%53$755$11,1802Kino Lorber
27Fire in the Blood$3,494--3--$1,165$22,39020International Film Circuit
28The Armstrong Lie$3,474-66%9-3$386$367,50711Sony Pictures Classics
29Bettie Page Reveals All$3,160-6%5-1$632$95,8239Music Box Films
30A Touch of Sin$3,023-22%71$432$139,72816Kino Lorber
31Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?$2,969--3--$990$2,9691Film Movement
32Born to Be Wild 3D$2,820-34%71$403$23,136,467146Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Wadjda$2,433-25%8-1$304$1,422,17619Sony Pictures Classics
34Muscle Shoals$2,336-35%116$212$681,61317Magnolia Pictures
35Indigo Children$1,829--1--$1,829$1,8291Striped Entertainment
36More Than Honey$1,368--1--$1,368$77,37332Kino Lorber
37Personal Tailor$1,088-88%1-3$1,088$374,2855China Lion Film
38The Act of Killing$9456%2-2$473$465,68227Drafthouse Films
39Return to Nuke 'Em High: Volume 1$678-79%10$678$4,7352Anchor Bay Films
40Here Comes the Devil$5673%1-1$567$4,5346Magnolia / Magnet
41Sweet Dreams (2013)$482-16%32$161$27,78612International Film Circuit
42Computer Chess$98--1--$98$101,61727Kino Lorber