'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, Apr. 18 - Sun, Apr. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$25,587,056-38%3,825-113$6,689$200,501,5103Disney
2Heaven is for Real$22,522,221--2,417--$9,318$29,556,4141Sony / TriStar
3Rio 2$22,159,742-44%3,97527$5,575$75,045,1222Fox
4Transcendence$10,886,386--3,455--$3,151$10,886,3861Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House 2$8,843,875--2,310--$3,829$8,843,8751Open Road
6Draft Day$5,713,076-42%2,7810$2,054$19,360,8632Lionsgate / Summit
7Divergent$5,611,624-24%2,486-624$2,257$133,776,4915Lionsgate / Summit
8Oculus$5,156,880-57%2,6480$1,947$21,146,2712Relativity Media
11God's Not Dead$4,646,762-16%1,796-64$2,587$48,172,0755Freestyle / Pure Flix
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,415,528-16%1,280-187$2,668$44,964,9297Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

12 States$1,073,898--135--$7,955$1,073,8981UTV Motion Pictures
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,057,265-54%929-1332$1,138$48,307,8185Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$788,223-58%780-1221$1,011$107,164,8047Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Under the Skin (2014)$422,60750%176122$2,401$1,041,4753A24
5The LEGO Movie$399,466-20%340-270$1,175$252,259,05611Warner Bros.
6Non-Stop (2014)$379,270-49%360-402$1,054$90,147,1308Universal
7The Raid 2$363,672-62%539-415$675$2,219,2614Sony Pictures Classics
8The Lunchbox$349,66323%15829$2,213$2,220,6098Sony Pictures Classics
9Need For Speed$294,059-57%258-355$1,140$42,648,9426Disney / DreamWorks
10Son of God$270,704-9%503-402$538$59,437,0418Fox
11Le Week-End$266,8206%1494$1,791$1,587,5416Music Box Films
12Frozen (2013)$258,894-33%290-54$893$399,877,96722Disney
13300: Rise of an Empire$232,168-47%265-260$876$105,481,7457Warner Bros.
14Bad Words$164,770-72%223-540$739$7,563,0886Focus
15Dom Hemingway$144,675106%12987$1,122$300,0143Fox Searchlight
16The Monuments Men$143,996-18%221-44$652$77,495,40511Sony / Columbia
17RoboCop (2014)$115,511-23%175-19$660$57,735,25910Sony / Columbia
18The Nut Job$110,117-41%201-60$548$64,015,09314Open Road
19Cesar Chavez$83,240-71%117-188$711$5,391,2874Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Sabotage (2014)$81,182-78%130-621$624$10,353,4434Open Road
21Make Your Move$81,172--142--$572$81,1721High Top Releasing
22Gravity$71,447-47%145-57$493$273,980,13229Warner Bros.
233 Days to Kill$66,94569%11027$609$30,539,4219Relativity Media
24About Last Night$63,486370%10983$582$48,569,01810Sony / Screen Gems
25Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$46,002-45%114-21$404$15,925,7296Lionsgate
26Philomena$30,258-43%101-56$300$37,638,92222Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$184,46331%370$4,985$816,4643Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Fading Gigolo$180,801--5--$36,160$180,8011Millennium Entertainment
3The Railway Man$164,252166%2622$6,317$252,4022Weinstein Company
4Finding Vivian Maier$132,84634%3919$3,406$491,2414IFC Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$116,94433%1713$6,879$247,1162Sony Pictures Classics
6Journey to the South Pacific$80,78410%151$5,386$2,135,70521IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
7Hubble 3D$78,67142%184$4,371$43,650,259214Warner Bros. / IMAX
8That Demon Within$77,130--17--$4,537$77,1301China Lion Film
9Joe (2014)$74,457-30%480$1,551$226,9512Roadside Attractions
1050 to 1$58,970-25%56-39$1,053$600,1105Ten Furlongs
11Jodorowsky's Dune$38,902-8%318$1,255$306,8505Sony Pictures Classics
12The Unknown Known$33,589-47%49-31$685$225,5613RADiUS-TWC
13Particle Fever$33,129-20%230$1,440$655,4267Abramorama / Bond 360
14Frankie & Alice$29,870-77%43-128$695$674,1513Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
1512 Years a Slave$25,972-21%53-11$490$56,614,63327Fox Searchlight
16Pompeii$25,101-39%64-29$392$23,219,7489Sony / TriStar
17Nymphomaniac: Volume II$24,560-64%301$819$242,9393Magnolia Pictures
18The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$22,84323%84$2,855$60,1843Zeitgeist Films
19Nymphomaniac: Volume I$20,204-63%26-23$777$697,1865Magnolia Pictures
20Watermark$18,803127%85$2,350$42,8613eOne Films US
21Tim's Vermeer$18,621-6%28-1$665$1,598,89112Sony Pictures Classics
22Dancing in Jaffa$17,70268%97$1,967$36,4382IFC Films
23The Wind Rises$17,558-29%18-7$975$5,127,3609Disney
24Ernest & Celestine$13,870-44%31-8$447$241,9548GKIDS
25Alan Partridge$12,6537%114$1,150$82,2343Magnolia Pictures
26Rob the Mob$11,983-60%13-17$922$174,9275Millennium Entertainment
27Under the Sea 3D$11,26886%70$1,610$33,871,520271Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Godzilla: The Japanese Original$10,903--1--$10,903$10,9031Rialto Pictures
3013 Sins$9,261--45--$206$9,2611RADiUS-TWC
31Dallas Buyers Club$8,634-51%14-19$617$27,289,11625Focus
32The Face of Love$7,768-66%13-19$598$328,7267IFC Films
33Cuban Fury$7,493-87%8-71$937$90,3102eOne Films US
34Gloria (2014)$6,922-41%13-11$532$2,083,11813Roadside Attractions
35To the Arctic 3D$6,7792%51$1,356$13,984,851105Warner Bros. / IMAX
36Hateship Loveship$6,4647%32$2,155$14,7932IFC Films
37Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$6,254--3--$2,085$25,44221Cinema Guild
38Tasting Menu$6,010--5--$1,202$6,0101Magnolia Pictures
39Kid Cannabis$5,565--10--$557$5,5651Well Go USA
40Main Tera Hero$5,343-88%770$69$274,5793Eros International
41Child's Pose$5,041179%42$1,260$87,3349Zeitgeist Films
42Veronica Mars$4,749-44%15-8$317$3,319,1096Warner Bros.
43American Mustang$4,658--1--$4,658$43,77514Vitagraph / Just Media
44Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$4,177-56%62$696$144,87011Kino Lorber
45The Retrieval$3,912--1--$3,912$23,1236Variance Films
46Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$3,843-55%7-9$549$301,7249IFC Films
47Manakamana$3,635--1--$3,635$3,6351Cinema Guild
48August: Osage County$3,252-58%16-11$203$37,726,51217Weinstein Company
49Hank and Asha$3,176-49%21$1,588$10,5442FilmRise Releasing
50Gabrielle (2014)$3,024--1--$3,024$3,0241eOne Films US
51Born to Be Wild 3D$2,536-49%9-2$282$23,281,512159Warner Bros. / IMAX
52Big Men$2,168--2--$1,084$41,9776Abramorama
53The Final Member$2,064--7--$295$2,0641Drafthouse Films
54Sweet Dreams (2013)$1,73879%1-2$1,738$49,26225International Film Circuit
55No God, No Master$1,632--2--$816$2,8544Monterey Media
56Half the Road$1,613--2--$807$1,6131First Run Features
57The Great Beauty$1,549-72%4-1$387$2,852,40023Janus Films
58The Invisible Woman$1,083-44%1-6$1,083$1,226,03617Sony Pictures Classics
59Cheap Thrills$1,004-76%5-5$201$57,9625Drafthouse Films
60The Missing Picture$77242%2-1$386$41,1235Strand Releasing
61When Comedy Went to School$542--1--$542$367,91338International Film Circuit
62It Felt Like Love$285--1--$285$29,0985Variance Films
63Redwood Highway$233677%21$117$2632Monterey Media
6420 Feet from Stardom$150-69%1-1$150$4,941,72745RADiUS-TWC