'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 Sat, Feb. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Feb. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Roommate$6,874,5697%2,534--$2,713$13,299,2761Sony / Screen Gems
3The King's Speech$3,999,69273%2,58427$1,548$82,133,51411Weinstein Company
4No Strings Attached$3,924,38033%3,05028$1,287$50,256,3683Paramount
5The Green Hornet$3,197,98581%3,033-491$1,054$86,086,1944Sony / Columbia
6The Rite$2,734,63441%2,9850$916$22,783,3262Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Mechanic$2,606,42345%2,7041$964$19,108,3762CBS Films
8True Grit (2010)$2,566,91778%2,902-218$885$154,273,6967Paramount
9The Dilemma$1,730,01053%2,545-360$680$45,154,0054Universal
10Black Swan$1,694,69958%1,977-338$857$95,253,09010Fox Searchlight
11The Fighter$1,564,52576%1,662-252$941$82,013,7479Paramount
12Yogi Bear$1,226,002177%1,807-326$678$94,785,7618Warner Bros.
14TRON: Legacy$735,397100%1,040-465$707$168,498,1878Disney
15Little Fockers$670,72577%1,355-696$495$146,352,5857Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Feb. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$676,37049%899-17$752$15,460,32514Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$377,95450%45035$840$7,113,1696Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$344,67769%2615$1,321$1,897,4872Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Country Strong$321,00560%948-339$339$19,721,2247Sony / Screen Gems
5Biutiful$303,84863%179120$1,697$1,272,0146Roadside Attractions
6The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$286,743113%514-218$558$102,452,0909Fox
7The Company Men$282,53468%23120$1,223$2,200,8703Weinstein Company
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$256,155128%495-158$517$41,506,8497Fox
9Megamind$205,402115%290-10$708$147,380,07314Paramount / DreamWorks
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$197,542104%365-100$541$292,682,19712Warner Bros.
11Season of the Witch$144,74983%492-618$294$24,181,6145Relativity Media
12The Social Network$130,39376%294-73$444$96,357,66919Sony / Columbia
13The Tourist$80,45551%231-197$348$66,821,2729Sony / Columbia
14The Way Back$70,03555%145-450$483$2,506,1483Newmarket Films
15Unstoppable (2010)$68,70269%202-48$340$81,182,56813Fox
16Rabbit Hole$57,22058%1317$437$1,694,3908Lionsgate
17Burlesque$40,64352%178-60$228$39,420,28911Sony / Screen Gems
18Fair Game (2010)$25,69543%149109$172$9,464,92414Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Feb. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$54,03283%485$1,126$21,194,11547Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Somewhere (2010)$28,28353%46-14$615$1,590,8627Focus
3Winter's Bone$19,987101%347$588$6,348,72735Roadside Attractions
4Faster (2010)$17,08073%87-27$196$23,219,21311CBS Films
5Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$14,60888%42-33$348$560,5523UTV Communications
6Love and Other Drugs$12,61030%46-71$274$32,325,78211Fox
7The Heart Specialist$10,50996%56-63$188$1,093,8514Freestyle
8I Love You Phillip Morris$9,04953%39-10$232$1,914,04510Roadside Attractions
9Waiting for Forever$4,40758%3--$1,469$7,1931Freestyle
10Summer Wars$2,088156%41$522$77,0447GKIDS