'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 Mon, Jun. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$2,493,995-49%2,697--$925$20,064,9501Universal
2Shrek Forever After$2,425,885-70%4,38619$553$185,655,3383Paramount / DreamWorks
3Killers (2010)$1,584,513-60%2,859--$554$17,421,7791Lionsgate
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$1,530,775-63%3,6460$420$61,152,4962Disney
5Sex and the City 2$1,427,000-57%3,4450$414$74,556,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
7Iron Man 2$802,229-64%3,007-797$267$292,232,0995Paramount
8Splice$788,000-58%2,450--$322$8,173,0001Warner Bros
9Robin Hood$571,780-63%2,599-774$220$95,067,7904Universal
10Letters to Juliet$363,245-56%1,962-863$185$43,701,0814Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Just Wright$77,037-58%518-677$149$20,270,8154Fox Searchlight
2Date Night$75,631-55%658-468$115$95,410,0839Fox
3How to Train Your Dragon$44,274-70%343-482$129$213,927,41711Paramount / DreamWorks
4Raajneeti$41,000-83%111--$369$878,0001UTV Communications
6A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$28,000-45%294-597$95$62,440,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid$26,083-56%244-39$107$63,093,16212Fox
8City Island$23,462-73%177-24$133$5,295,90612Anchor Bay
9MacGruber$18,585-36%177-2369$105$8,479,5803Universal / Rogue
10Hot Tub Time Machine$18,000-50%203-161$89$50,232,00011MGM
11The Losers$18,000-53%206123$87$23,416,0007Warner Bros.
12Clash of the Titans (2010)$15,000-53%134-91$112$161,578,00010Warner Bros.
14Shutter Island$10,460-53%152-49$69$127,978,86516Paramount
15The Ghost Writer$9,134-65%14789$62$15,450,21016Summit
16The Back-up Plan$9,061-62%153-238$59$36,802,7197CBS Films
17Furry Vengeance$7,332-63%125-122$59$16,620,1246Summit
18Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$5,859-56%105-72$56$60,078,45510Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$66,000-10%47-1$1,404$7,627,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Solitary Man$12,909-73%2216$587$452,7983Anchor Bay
3Under the Sea 3D$12,00033%17-1$706$22,321,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Princess Kaiulani$6,878-55%25-13$275$715,1104Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$5,372-53%81-27$66$88,670,49217Fox
7The Tooth Fairy$3,037-44%46-30$66$59,998,04220Fox
8The Secret of Kells$2,714-67%24-1$113$573,20114GKIDS
9The Square (2010)$1,441-65%172$85$308,4199Apparition
10Letters to God$193-65%9-5$21$2,843,0839Vivendi
11The Joneses$141-70%7-1$20$1,438,7348Roadside Attractions