'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, May. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, May. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
3Fast Five$5,917,080181%3,793131$1,560$155,163,2803Universal
4Priest (2011)$5,632,212--2,864--$1,967$5,632,2121Sony / Screen Gems
5Something Borrowed$2,297,465108%2,9040$791$20,943,9772Warner Bros.
6Jumping the Broom$1,996,760172%2,0350$981$20,690,5742Sony / TriStar
7Rio (2011)$1,608,618269%2,929-329$549$118,576,7585Fox
8Water for Elephants$1,167,262108%2,425-189$481$45,543,0424Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$616,757184%1,449-432$426$48,634,9064Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$489,255263%1,468-313$333$37,895,4236Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$166,65818%1,276-1229$131$7,578,2513Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, May. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Source Code$236,255103%626-304$377$51,632,7777Summit
3Everything Must Go$221,551--218--$1,016$221,5511Roadside Attractions
5The Conspirator$112,73281%370-87$305$10,140,8385Roadside Attractions
6The Lincoln Lawyer$100,175125%345-95$290$55,814,5609Lionsgate
7Limitless$99,189102%298-81$333$77,304,2979Relativity Media
8Scream 4$91,46621%426-907$215$37,323,6785Weinstein Company
9Win Win$91,294107%248-20$368$8,620,3369Fox Searchlight
10Jane Eyre (2011)$88,28271%2480$356$9,722,36010Focus
13Arthur (2011)$71,145241%344-11$207$32,401,8136Warner Bros.
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$65,600423%311-28$211$51,409,9218Fox
15The Adjustment Bureau$59,860228%164-51$365$62,186,82511Universal
16Battle: Los Angeles$53,640--225-4$238$83,138,43510Sony / Columbia
17The Beaver$42,056317%10583$401$192,4132Summit
18Go For It!$33,831--218--$155$33,8311Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Your Highness$32,560231%148-16$220$21,494,3406Universal
21Sucker Punch$24,02660%139-71$173$36,270,5388Warner Bros.
22Red Riding Hood$15,921114%100-56$159$37,569,59410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, May. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$104,59650%57-2$1,835$4,598,1386Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$32,5929%342$959$24,748,64761Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Just Go With It$17,401--89-44$196$102,988,94814Sony / Columbia
4The King's Speech$12,63889%71-19$178$138,685,09125Weinstein Company
5Beastly$7,91597%46-30$172$27,836,46111CBS Films
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$5,799346%5029$116$1,312,4356Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$5,021150%38-14$132$37,874,59713Fox
8Cedar Rapids$3,648147%12-10$304$6,837,27514Fox Searchlight
9Dum Maaro Dum$3,479120%20-13$174$543,6354Fox Searchlight
10Kill the Irishman$3,2375%13-10$249$1,123,25110Anchor Bay Films
11Skateland$1,842--2--$921$1,8421Freestyle Releasing
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$1,746-92%34-430$51$1,178,3983Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13The Company Men$1,081-43%11-24$98$4,436,14317Weinstein Company
14Biutiful$1,06418%11-5$97$5,078,26820Roadside Attractions
15Miral$81455%50$163$369,3008Weinstein Company
16The Music Never Stopped$497141%5-2$99$238,4559Roadside Attractions
17Meet Monica Velour$392--1--$392$27,1856Anchor Bay Films