'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 Thu, May. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$31,610,367--3,615--$8,744$31,610,3670Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$5,804,129--3,925--$1,479$5,804,1290Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$4,541,610-3%4,155--$1,093$113,595,2871Disney
6Fast Five$619,920-14%3,024-769$205$189,409,1004Universal
7Priest (2011)$236,967-43%1,918-946$124$25,562,2812Sony / Screen Gems
8Something Borrowed$224,268-32%1,604-1300$140$32,914,3263Warner Bros.
9Rio (2011)$155,270-52%1,606-1323$97$133,041,2746Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$159,097-28%939-1096$169$32,281,0663Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$127,762-45%761-1664$168$53,329,4655Fox
4Soul Surfer$34,507-57%401-1067$86$40,889,0227Sony / TriStar
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$33,385-47%359-1090$93$51,962,9105Lionsgate
6Limitless$30,863-9%35759$86$78,237,30610Relativity Media
7Everything Must Go$29,605-40%24527$121$1,823,4182Roadside Attractions
9Jane Eyre (2011)$28,171-10%208-40$135$10,495,95111Focus
10Win Win$21,208-15%202-46$105$9,450,68510Fox Searchlight
11Source Code$20,224-43%377-249$54$53,110,4888Summit
13Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$18,273-52%642-634$28$9,382,8104Weinstein Company
14The Lincoln Lawyer$17,572-16%179-166$98$56,599,36910Lionsgate
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$16,13814%253-58$64$51,946,4909Fox
16The Conspirator$15,528-37%269-101$58$10,999,7876Roadside Attractions
17The Beaver$15,289-26%16863$91$659,5483Summit
19Arthur (2011)$12,0491%204-140$59$32,854,8467Warner Bros.
20Scream 4$7,649-17%205-221$37$37,758,3546Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$79,19612%50-7$1,584$5,639,9147Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$25,4697%340$749$25,132,42062Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Adjustment Bureau$9,310-15%98-66$95$62,495,64512Universal
4The King's Speech$3,21143%40-31$80$138,762,72726Weinstein Company
5Red Riding Hood$2,7059%44-56$61$37,662,16211Warner Bros.
6Sucker Punch$2,091-24%32-107$65$36,392,5029Warner Bros.
735 and Ticking$1,487-9%6--$248$37,6681Image Entertainment
8Kill the Irishman$847-22%12-1$71$1,158,00011Anchor Bay Films
9Biutiful$471-11%0-11--$5,097,63021Roadside Attractions
10Meet Monica Velour$303-9%21$152$33,0427Anchor Bay Films
11Skateland$237-60%119$22$17,2252Freestyle Releasing
12Dum Maaro Dum$216-5%11-9$20$560,7585Fox Searchlight
13Go For It!$129-91%17-201$8$176,6362Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Music Never Stopped$97870%5--$19$243,03210Roadside Attractions