'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, Jun. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$5,511,451-12%3,6150$1,525$154,426,9601Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$3,022,4842%3,9250$770$76,140,4581Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,756,0361%4,1649$662$172,246,2772Disney
6Fast Five$492,0206%2,981-43$165$198,814,3105Universal
7Something Borrowed$218,03810%1,440-164$151$35,825,3174Warner Bros.
8Priest (2011)$196,8943%1,9180$103$28,337,2123Sony / Screen Gems
9Rio (2011)$170,50715%1,67266$102$135,951,8777Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$125,376-1%9390$134$35,062,3914Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$118,03914%79433$149$55,038,6786Fox
3Soul Surfer$45,04218%4010$112$41,542,2508Sony / TriStar
5Source Code$33,8692%299-78$113$53,615,6829Summit
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$28,0903%3590$78$52,479,0016Lionsgate
8Everything Must Go$26,3671%161-84$164$2,255,0713Roadside Attractions
9Limitless$26,0277%269-88$97$78,584,36111Relativity Media
11Jane Eyre (2011)$22,25113%143-65$156$10,766,61512Focus
13Scream 4$17,458-2%26156$67$37,964,5777Weinstein Company
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$17,43722%214-39$81$52,199,82810Fox
15The Lincoln Lawyer$16,42611%166-13$99$56,884,58511Lionsgate
16Win Win$14,953-6%124-78$121$9,741,09511Fox Searchlight
17The Conspirator$12,9995%137-132$95$11,242,0077Roadside Attractions
18The Beaver$11,12918%109-59$102$825,3134Summit
19Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,01617%203-439$39$9,495,0355Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$66,3548%47-3$1,412$6,138,7758Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$42,095-12%4--$10,524$631,9351Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$26,39720%30-4$880$25,331,29163Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Arthur (2011)$6,2016%77-127$81$32,969,4858Warner Bros.
5The King's Speech$1,52237%18-22$85$138,781,73327Weinstein Company
635 and Ticking$844-35%60$141$55,4882Image Entertainment
7Kill the Irishman$6681%10-2$67$1,171,08812Anchor Bay Films
8Go For It!$481-44%14-3$34$180,2373Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Music Never Stopped$311102%50$62$245,69311Roadside Attractions
10Biutiful$110-60%5--$22$5,100,14022Roadside Attractions
11Skateland$94-18%2-9$47$18,1723Freestyle Releasing
12Dum Maaro Dum$65-53%6-5$11$563,4796Fox Searchlight