'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, Feb. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gnomeo and Juliet$6,261,707-5%3,01420$2,078$56,436,2492Disney
2Unknown (2011)$3,596,626-42%3,043--$1,182$25,453,0151Warner Bros.
3I Am Number Four$3,305,961-41%3,154--$1,048$22,755,8541Disney / DreamWorks
4Just Go With It$3,102,798-44%3,5480$875$64,136,9882Sony / Columbia
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,056,255-25%3,11813$980$51,236,9372Paramount
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,434,223-46%2,821--$863$18,735,0261Fox
7The King's Speech$1,534,367-30%2,086-177$736$104,775,87313Weinstein Company
8The Eagle$687,559-40%2,2960$299$15,840,2422Focus
9The Roommate$558,567-47%2,160-374$259$33,061,8733Sony / Screen Gems
10No Strings Attached$496,764-45%1,966-790$253$66,490,0845Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$475,215-39%1,465-607$324$164,603,2399Paramount
12The Green Hornet$413,594-21%1,265-825$327$95,600,5026Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$182,193-48%1,048-1159$174$31,574,6844Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$343,533-38%759-290$453$88,322,33311Paramount
2Black Swan$281,128-37%656-413$429$101,817,99112Fox Searchlight
4The Mechanic$191,185-42%952-934$201$28,077,2084CBS Films
5Cedar Rapids$178,849-40%10287$1,753$1,490,7752Fox Searchlight
6Yogi Bear$159,37415%725-386$220$97,442,59110Warner Bros.
7Barney's Version$137,618--322--$427$4,602,7546Sony Pictures Classics
8Biutiful$113,813-40%157-34$725$3,151,2778Roadside Attractions
9TRON: Legacy$110,572--312-52$354$170,552,08310Disney
10Megamind$93,132-1%214-38$435$148,337,53716Paramount / DreamWorks
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$87,344-29%321-88$272$293,989,13814Warner Bros.
12The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$87,178-3%264-29$330$103,462,69511Fox
13127 Hours$80,398-28%240-119$335$17,492,60716Fox Searchlight
14Blue Valentine (2010)$72,283-35%235-158$308$8,901,9278Weinstein Company
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$59,246-2%235-73$252$42,233,5219Fox
16Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$55,726--108--$516$778,2202Shorts International
17The Company Men$55,484-40%242-35$229$3,581,7385Weinstein Company
18Little Fockers$47,025-44%285-139$165$147,682,6859Universal
19The Illusionist (2010)$40,070--106--$378$1,507,8599Sony Pictures Classics
20The Tourist$36,895-37%224--$165$67,276,02311Sony / Columbia
21The Dilemma$27,835-43%293-949$95$48,249,5756Universal
22Another Year$21,290--121--$176$2,536,2228Sony Pictures Classics
23The Social Network$20,534-33%113-65$182$96,780,55521Sony / Columbia
24From Prada to Nada$17,655-53%128-124$138$2,828,1464Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Unstoppable (2010)$9,765-49%105-42$93$81,478,43515Fox
26Season of the Witch$5,717-42%132-44$43$24,535,2047Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$53,811-12%502$1,076$21,800,16749Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$20,719-60%65--$319$184,8721UTV Communications
3The Last Lions$15,512--4--$3,878$68,8561National Geographic
4Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$12,585--8--$1,573$66,3151Vitagraph
5Rabbit Hole$12,243-38%78-34$157$1,987,08510Lionsgate
6Somewhere (2010)$7,679-37%29-3$265$1,731,2019Focus
7Inside Job$7,618--24--$317$3,977,50920Sony Pictures Classics
9Winter's Bone$4,288-32%20-6$214$6,425,77837Roadside Attractions
10Poetry$4,066--3--$1,355$50,2812Kino International
11Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$3,709-26%21$1,855$37,9032Phase 4 Films
12The Way Back$3,547--15--$236$2,677,4015Newmarket Films
13Space Station 3D$3,000--5--$600$82,812,201462IMAX
14The Housemaid (Hanyo)$2,585--6--$431$90,0105IFC Films
15Kaboom$2,552--6--$425$66,5734IFC Films
16Immigration Tango$2,464-48%30--$82$16,8961Roadside Attractions
17Carancho$1,924--4--$481$32,3022Strand Releasing
18Casino Jack$1,862--12--$155$951,24610IDP/ATO Pictures
19Cold Weather$1,729--3--$576$47,9283IFC Films
20What Women Want (2011)$1,611--3--$537$119,5043China Lion Film
21Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,564--7--$223$169,3024Variance Films
22Made in Dagenham$1,556--15--$104$1,018,80214Sony Pictures Classics
23The Other Woman (2011)$840--5--$168$14,9293IFC
24Orgasm Inc.$757--3--$252$19,2582First Run Features
25I Love You Phillip Morris$757-52%9-14$84$1,946,89412Roadside Attractions
26When We Leave (Die Fremde)$713--1--$713$19,6314Olive Films
27Zero Bridge$623--1--$623$5,2441The Film Desk
28Putty Hill$609--1--$609$5,4771Cinema Guild
29The Salvation Poem$571--4--$143$593,72819CanZion Films
30What If...$558--1--$558$814,90627Five & Two Pictures
31Vanishing on 7th Street$530--1--$530$3,4281Magnolia / Magnet
32Tiny Furniture$470--6--$78$389,80415IFC
33Night Catches Us$452--4--$113$75,79512Magnolia
34Kings of Pastry$350--1--$350$312,30323First Run
35Brotherhood (2010)$346-79%1--$346$8,2191Phase 4 Films
36All Good Things$335--4--$84$537,67712Magnolia Pictures
37Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$331--3--$110$91,1157First Run Features
38Four Lions$313--6--$52$304,13716Drafthouse Films
39Now & Later$292--1--$292$1,8081Cinema Libre
40The Time That Remains$291--2--$146$32,0797IFC
41Every Day$252--0----$30,9006Image Entertainment
42The Strange Case of Angelica$171--1--$171$36,9018Cinema Guild
43Tamara Drewe$155--4--$39$559,71120Sony Pictures Classics
44Marwencol$136--3--$45$97,37320Cinema Guild
45The Tempest$134--3--$45$277,64911Disney
46Animal Kingdom$130--2--$65$1,041,21228Sony Pictures Classics
47My Dog Tulip$114--1--$114$209,07925New Yorker Films
48Bhutto$85--3--$28$86,57612First Run Features
49Get Low$84--4--$21$9,176,55330Sony Pictures Classics
51Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$66--1--$66$105,23435Kino International