'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.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Jan. 16 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 16 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paul Blart: Mall Cop$9,791,591--3,144--$3,114$9,791,5911Sony / Columbia
2Notorious (2009)$8,308,616--1,637--$5,076$8,308,6161Fox Searchlight
3My Bloody Valentine 3D$8,228,760--2,534--$3,247$8,228,7601Lionsgate
4Gran Torino$6,282,337155%2,972164$2,114$57,280,4832Warner Bros.
5Hotel for Dogs$4,340,729--3,271--$1,327$4,340,7291Paramount / DreamWorks
6Bride Wars$3,752,636194%3,2282$1,163$29,579,8332Fox
7The Unborn (2009)$3,350,494301%2,3592$1,420$26,588,2392Universal / Rogue
8Defiance (2008)$2,708,87941087%1,7891787$1,514$3,051,0803Paramount Vantage
9Marley & Me$1,672,921142%2,952-526$567$128,081,1404Fox
10The Curious Case of Benjamin Button$1,568,464118%2,223-724$706$98,591,3434Paramount