'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 Sun, May. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
3Fast Five$5,594,675-37%3,793131$1,475$169,690,4703Universal
4Priest (2011)$3,688,947-35%2,864--$1,288$14,953,6641Sony / Screen Gems
5Rio (2011)$2,880,172-24%2,929-329$983$125,243,1985Fox
6Jumping the Broom$1,774,949-46%2,0350$872$25,760,0042Sony / TriStar
7Something Borrowed$1,713,601-40%2,9040$590$25,518,7332Warner Bros.
8Water for Elephants$1,212,478-34%2,425-189$500$48,578,8754Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$542,833-49%1,449-432$375$50,232,1824Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$513,135-38%1,468-313$350$39,232,9566Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$478,328-6%1,276-1229$375$8,562,8613Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Everything Must Go$232,731-31%218--$1,068$791,6761Roadside Attractions
2Source Code$206,380-48%626-304$330$52,233,8017Summit
5The Conspirator$136,130-37%370-87$368$10,492,6025Roadside Attractions
7Win Win$114,162-43%248-20$460$8,934,3329Fox Searchlight
8Jane Eyre (2011)$106,096-26%2480$428$9,971,49710Focus
9The Lincoln Lawyer$104,631-46%345-95$303$56,111,7529Lionsgate
10Limitless$93,734-43%298-81$315$77,563,5889Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$91,621-32%311-28$295$51,635,7008Fox
12Scream 4$63,983-47%426-907$150$37,509,3155Weinstein Company
13Arthur (2011)$63,756-38%344-11$185$32,568,5076Warner Bros.
15Battle: Los Angeles$52,303-35%225-4$232$83,271,42310Sony / Columbia
16The Beaver$51,070-25%10583$486$311,5582Summit
17Go For It!$40,319-12%218--$185$119,7141Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Adjustment Bureau$31,160-60%164-51$190$62,295,88511Universal
20Your Highness$22,200-45%148-16$150$21,557,2406Universal
21Sucker Punch$20,278-37%139-71$146$36,322,9678Warner Bros.
22Red Riding Hood$15,634-42%100-56$156$37,611,98710Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$109,5770%57-2$1,922$4,817,1766Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$32,288-20%342$950$24,821,45661Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Just Go With It$15,136-37%89-44$170$103,028,10914Sony / Columbia
4The King's Speech$10,250-47%71-19$144$138,714,56325Weinstein Company
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$9,226-6%5029$185$1,331,5186Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Beastly$7,004-39%46-30$152$27,854,89611CBS Films
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$6,698-41%38-14$176$37,892,60513Fox
8Kill the Irishman$4,846-32%13-10$373$1,135,22510Anchor Bay Films
9Cedar Rapids$2,901-38%12-10$242$6,844,89214Fox Searchlight
10Biutiful$2,853-34%11-5$259$5,085,42420Roadside Attractions
11Dum Maaro Dum$2,230-60%20-13$112$551,3984Fox Searchlight
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$1,797-43%34-430$53$1,183,3543Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13Skateland$1,686-2%2--$843$5,2541Freestyle Releasing
14The Company Men$996-48%11-24$91$4,439,06317Weinstein Company
15Miral$955-13%50$191$371,3528Weinstein Company
16The Music Never Stopped$492-22%5-2$98$239,5769Roadside Attractions
17Meet Monica Velour$472-29%1--$472$28,3236Anchor Bay Films