'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, May. 2 - Sun, May. 4

Wide (1000+)

1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$91,608,337--4,324--$21,186$91,608,3371Sony / Columbia
2The Other Woman (2014)$14,407,264-42%3,23833$4,449$47,552,7362Fox
3Heaven is for Real$8,601,509-40%2,930225$2,936$65,503,9183Sony / TriStar
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$7,774,269-52%3,179-441$2,446$237,155,4805Disney
5Rio 2$7,711,952-44%3,314-389$2,327$106,582,2284Fox
6Brick Mansions$3,691,672-61%2,6470$1,395$15,628,9882Relativity Media
7Divergent$2,182,283-40%1,639-427$1,331$142,669,0097Lionsgate / Summit
8The Quiet Ones$1,994,670-49%2,0270$984$6,755,7022Lionsgate
9God's Not Dead$1,765,906-37%1,330-270$1,328$55,561,3087Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Draft Day$1,382,280-50%1,354-726$1,021$26,426,0474Lionsgate / Summit
12Transcendence$1,173,020-72%1,775-1680$661$21,366,2303Warner Bros.
13A Haunted House 2$1,075,668-66%1,328-982$810$16,124,4633Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,777,513-28%884-137$2,011$51,548,9459Fox Searchlight
3Oculus$761,099-65%884-997$861$26,702,3654Relativity Media
4The Railway Man$502,556-13%1648$3,064$1,629,3544Weinstein Company
5Fading Gigolo$482,84761%11073$4,390$1,124,9223Millennium Entertainment
6RoboCop (2014)$404,440329%23184$1,751$58,317,50412Sony / Columbia
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$402,961-27%410-58$983$108,548,0629Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Lunchbox$262,841-18%149-16$1,764$3,081,44710Sony Pictures Classics
9Muppets Most Wanted$260,271-54%376-189$692$49,779,2167Disney
10The LEGO Movie$228,911-36%220-83$1,041$253,106,87513Warner Bros.
11Under the Skin (2014)$169,412-38%125-33$1,355$1,838,4195A24
12Non-Stop (2014)$152,530-25%218-34$700$90,716,20010Universal
13Walking with the Enemy$126,735-62%127-131$998$615,6782Liberty Studios
14300: Rise of an Empire$121,045-48%235-90$515$106,036,1809Warner Bros.
15Frozen (2013)$116,922-38%179-48$653$400,344,85824Disney
16The Monuments Men$109,930-5%145-21$758$77,842,89713Sony / Columbia
17Need For Speed$96,849-43%133-54$728$43,045,2798Disney / DreamWorks
18The Nut Job$49,745-51%101-59$493$64,238,76716Open Road
19Son of God$31,692-55%126-85$252$59,631,57510Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Only Lovers Left Alive$192,320-4%6714$2,870$786,3614Sony Pictures Classics
22 States$180,100-59%96-41$1,876$2,023,3863UTV Motion Pictures
3Finding Vivian Maier$151,2723%9030$1,681$926,0096IFC Films
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$134,838-5%370$3,644$1,326,5355Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Belle$106,578--4--$26,645$106,5781Fox Searchlight
7Le Week-End$96,415-36%90-39$1,071$2,003,0088Music Box Films
8Blue Ruin$73,628126%6053$1,227$121,4862RADiUS-TWC
9Journey to the South Pacific$65,519-23%14-2$4,680$2,424,70223IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
10Ida (2014)$55,438--3--$18,479$55,4381Music Box Films
11Hubble 3D$49,844-7%191$2,623$43,888,213216Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Jodorowsky's Dune$45,260-7%6120$742$459,9717Sony Pictures Classics
13The German Doctor$44,08329%149$3,149$94,0972IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Cesar Chavez$42,084-2%9752$434$5,550,8666Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Jerusalem 3D$41,406--18--$2,300$3,990,88333National Geographic
16Walk of Shame$39,751--51--$779$39,7511Focus World
17The Raid 2$29,270-64%38-33$770$2,552,7516Sony Pictures Classics
18Particle Fever$27,368-37%19-3$1,440$765,9719Abramorama / Bond 360
193 Days to Kill$27,228-35%64-21$425$30,655,53811Relativity Media
20Joe (2014)$26,846-30%39-2$688$341,3334Roadside Attractions
21The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$26,364-9%13-1$2,028$149,1595Zeitgeist Films
22Dancing in Jaffa$25,2498%2310$1,098$101,2574IFC Films
23Dom Hemingway$24,804-62%47-72$528$496,3025Fox Searchlight
24Sabotage (2014)$23,824-34%60-15$397$10,471,6886Open Road
25Gravity$19,331-51%65-40$297$274,084,95131Warner Bros.
26Bad Words$18,292-62%40-74$457$7,719,1578Focus
27Godzilla: The Japanese Original$17,7471796%98$1,972$40,8873Rialto Pictures
28Decoding Annie Parker$16,781--13--$1,291$16,7811eOne Films US
29The Wind Rises$14,282-10%260$549$5,177,16811Disney
30Alan Partridge$11,418-60%18-4$634$140,4825Magnolia Pictures
3150 to 1$10,729-49%16-7$671$664,5897Ten Furlongs
32On My Way$10,668-2%94$1,185$295,6788Cohen Media Group
33Philomena$10,661-27%22-11$485$37,692,01324Weinstein Company
34The M Word$10,458--10--$1,046$10,4581Rainbow Releasing
35Bicycling with Molière$10,262163%43$2,566$17,7152Strand Releasing
36Nymphomaniac: Volume I$9,401-34%15-1$627$740,4717Magnolia Pictures
37Tim's Vermeer$9,147-30%11-12$832$1,644,05314Sony Pictures Classics
3812 Years a Slave$8,337-51%20-12$417$56,667,87029Fox Searchlight
39Rob the Mob$8,122142%84$1,015$192,0027Millennium Entertainment
40Under the Sea 3D$7,4363%124$620$33,911,950273Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Hateship Loveship$7,408-27%15-1$494$39,8194IFC Films
42To the Arctic 3D$7,11610%93$791$14,021,570107Warner Bros. / IMAX
43Beneath the Harvest Sky$6,988-58%80$874$28,1162Tribeca Film
44That Demon Within$6,783-76%5-7$1,357$161,6253China Lion Film
45Nymphomaniac: Volume II$6,758-61%15-16$451$298,3065Magnolia Pictures
46For a Woman$6,530--2--$3,265$6,5301Film Movement
47For No Good Reason$5,96232%64$994$12,9282Sony Pictures Classics
48Watermark$5,449-52%11-5$495$76,7985eOne Films US
49Documented$5,422--1--$5,422$5,4221CNN Films
51Gloria (2014)$4,670-24%90$519$2,099,69215Roadside Attractions
52Just a Sigh$3,65281%31$1,217$59,4617Distrib Films
53Young and Beautiful$3,214-30%10$3,214$11,6042IFC Films
54The Jewish Cardinal$2,662--3--$887$121,93117Film Movement
55Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,639-38%1-1$2,639$40,50413Rialto Pictures
56Born to Be Wild 3D$2,328-44%8-3$291$23,304,433161Warner Bros. / IMAX
57The Unknown Known$2,125-75%15-7$142$262,6135RADiUS-TWC
58Ilo Ilo$2,108--1--$2,108$33,7375Film Movement
5920 Feet from Stardom$1,75698%21$878$4,944,88947RADiUS-TWC
60The Invisible Woman$1,4389%42$360$1,231,29119Sony Pictures Classics
61Manakamana$1,423-9%10$1,423$10,5993Cinema Guild
62No God, No Master$1,305109%31$435$4,9886Monterey Media
63Redwood Highway$1,216835%32$405$1,6934Monterey Media
64More Than the Rainbow$1,082--1--$1,082$1,0821First Run Features
65August: Osage County$1,051-81%3-4$350$37,738,40019Weinstein Company
66Bright Days Ahead$916-81%1-3$916$9,0592Tribeca Film
67Mistaken for Strangers$78522%1-1$785$137,4606Abramorama
68Sweet Dreams (2013)$750--1--$750$51,59927International Film Circuit
69Gabrielle (2014)$634-29%10$634$5,5343eOne Films US
70Big Men$589--1--$589$43,1918Abramorama
71American Mustang$482-68%10$482$48,70016Vitagraph / Just Media
72Stranger By the Lake$461-33%2-2$231$324,89115Strand Releasing
73Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$417--1--$417$012Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
74Cheap Thrills$293--1--$293$59,1147Drafthouse Films
75The Protector 2$270--1--$270$2701Magnolia / Magnet
76Tasting Menu$206-13%10$206$9,4593Magnolia Pictures
77The Missing Picture$156-97%1-4$156$49,0347Strand Releasing
78The Final Member$36-99%1-9$36$10,9493Drafthouse Films