'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. 18 - Mon, Jan. 21

Wide (1000+)

2Zero Dark Thirty$18,600,381-24%2,9469$6,314$56,945,1385Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$12,740,379154%2,5231713$5,050$56,699,64910Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$10,128,178-41%3,1030$3,264$33,238,2382Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House$9,472,030-48%2,1600$4,385$31,085,2072Open Road
6Broken City$9,459,459--2,620--$3,610$9,459,4591Fox
7Django Unchained$9,216,113-17%2,516-496$3,663$139,334,8484Weinstein Company
8Les Miserables (2012)$9,013,605-7%2,579-348$3,495$131,571,6254Universal
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,623,310-17%2,323-689$3,282$288,613,0516Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Last Stand$7,213,327--2,913--$2,476$7,213,3271Lionsgate
11Lincoln$6,678,2285%2,174147$3,072$161,814,30711Disney / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$5,632,836-7%2,337-620$2,410$67,657,9904Fox
13Life of Pi$4,207,18656%1,256499$3,350$100,044,4919Fox
14Jack Reacher$2,685,905-44%1,707-1000$1,573$76,863,2385Paramount
15This is 40$2,297,685-47%1,232-1088$1,865$65,178,6855Universal
16Wreck-It Ralph$2,050,610212%1,312836$1,563$181,557,91412Disney
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,429,933-73%1,474-1185$970$33,622,8713Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Impossible$3,012,18219%88678$3,400$10,728,7475Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$2,717,033116%756135$3,594$115,238,58715Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$1,143,895-26%507-316$2,256$301,030,96911Sony / Columbia
4Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,035,120-40%565-562$1,832$31,975,6355Disney
5Rise of The Guardians$825,783-22%474-431$1,742$99,762,1469Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Guilt Trip$724,746-62%642-964$1,129$35,817,3305Paramount
7Hotel Transylvania$496,75640%237-15$2,096$147,211,39417Sony / Columbia
8Hyde Park on Hudson$488,688-19%194-52$2,519$4,930,2217Focus
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$402,989-38%306-236$1,317$290,783,01210Lionsgate / Summit
11Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$272,232-41%265-165$1,027$12,222,2385Paramount
12Here Comes the Boom$264,92725%209-19$1,268$44,712,69215Sony / Columbia
13Rust and Bone$264,34341%16889$1,573$1,501,8859Sony Pictures Classics
14Red Dawn (2012)$264,330145%24924$1,062$44,337,2689FilmDistrict
15Anna Karenina (2012)$192,750-16%117-27$1,647$12,262,64410Focus
16Promised Land (2012)$144,622-89%134-1513$1,079$7,556,7084Focus
17Taken 2$125,607-14%156-34$805$139,674,08316Fox
19Pitch Perfect$85,615-16%125-29$685$64,912,84317Universal
20Hitchcock$82,954-12%122-5$680$5,788,2099Fox Searchlight
21Dabangg 2$1,107-72%1660$7$2,505,3475Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Amour$446,07774%3621$12,391$1,217,7725Sony Pictures Classics
2Quartet$346,121635%3230$10,816$418,1982Weinstein Company
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$182,8332785%7167$2,575$11,487,86930Fox Searchlight
4LUV$102,203--45--$2,271$102,2031Indomina Media
5To the Arctic 3D$100,99446%520$1,942$10,888,20240Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Perks of Being A Wallflower$63,189-5%73-27$866$17,671,12818Lionsgate / Summit
7The Sessions$51,846-10%628$836$5,802,27114Fox Searchlight
8Hubble 3D$51,42636%171$3,025$35,989,914149Warner Bros. / IMAX
9A Royal Affair$49,334291%389$1,298$751,59511Magnolia Pictures
10Born to Be Wild 3D$45,69890%300$1,523$21,787,67994Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Cloud Atlas$34,722-53%58-104$599$27,098,58013Warner Bros.
12Searching For Sugar Man$34,09131%275$1,263$3,140,48326Sony Pictures Classics
1356 Up$32,03581%42$8,009$91,5013First Run Features
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$30,1866%40-8$755$161,276,53928Fox
15The Master$21,286-4%14-2$1,520$16,048,22119Weinstein Company
16Playing For Keeps (2012)$20,790-36%58-49$358$12,938,5267FilmDistrict
17A Late Quartet$18,868-38%14-3$1,348$1,444,79812Entertainment One / RKO
18Space Station 3D$18,06037%42$4,515$87,004,334562IMAX
19Deep Sea 3D$14,66633%41$3,667$45,308,573360Warner Bros. / IMAX
20The House I Live In$12,551435%53$2,510$199,25416Abramorama
21The Rabbi's Cat$12,343--7--$1,763$19,3237GKIDS
22West of Memphis$9,572238%97$1,064$57,4164Sony Pictures Classics
23Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$9,23449%70$1,319$985,14518IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
24Not Fade Away$8,517-79%56-121$152$607,3275Paramount Vantage
25Killing Them Softly$6,270-66%12-19$523$14,953,9868Weinstein Company
26Somewhere Between$6,108-1%32$2,036$203,55322Long Shot Factory
27Under the Sea 3D$5,64849%74$807$32,513,828206Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$5,530--1--$5,530$5,5301Kino Lorber
29Any Day Now$5,203-42%7-8$743$157,8136Music Box Films
30Let My People Go!$3,59461%32$1,198$7,0832Zeitgeist Films
31The Waiting Room$3,377540%32$1,126$180,63817International Film Circuit
32Brief Reunion$3,085--2--$1,543$3,0851Striped Entertainment
33Robot & Frank$2,921-78%10-16$292$3,325,03823IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
345 Broken Cameras$1,777--1--$1,777$77,38434Kino Lorber
35Orchestra of Exiles$1,640--1--$1,640$26,35013First Run Features
36Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,512-66%1-1$1,512$42,82212Zeitgeist Films
37The Invisible War$1,361--4--$340$64,01031Cinedigm
38Deadfall (2012)$1,322812%21$661$65,8047Magnolia Pictures
39Brooklyn Castle$1,292-41%31$431$207,71214Producers Distribution Agency
40Officer Down$1,184--1--$1,184$1,1841Anchor Bay Films
41Django (2012 re-issue)$1,181222%20$591$20,3525Rialto Pictures
42Wagner & Me$1,058-35%1-1$1,058$31,8857First Run Features
43The Law in These Parts$748--1--$748$11,97610Cinema Guild
44Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$566-2%10$566$7,74011APD/Cinema Conservancy
45A Dark Truth$424-78%1-2$424$4,4423Magnolia Pictures
46California Solo$334-79%10$334$15,3688Strand Releasing
47North Sea Texas$332--1--$332$25,85012Strand Releasing
48The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$205-20%10$205$6,8597Indican Pictures
49Storage 24$72--1--$72$721Magnolia / Magnet
50Neighboring Sounds$32--1--$32$48,00622Cinema Guild