'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, Jun. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$13,989,658-29%3,641--$3,842$55,101,6041Fox
2The Hangover Part II$7,938,163-38%3,6150$2,196$185,808,1942Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$7,266,307-29%3,95227$1,839$100,028,3722Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$5,172,945-32%3,966-198$1,304$190,200,8803Disney
7Fast Five$816,505-41%2,237-744$365$201,979,6656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$218,242-32%691-981$316$136,690,3958Fox
2Jumping the Broom$205,666-48%589-350$349$35,907,3005Sony / TriStar
3Something Borrowed$195,283-47%688-752$284$36,673,3305Warner Bros.
4Water for Elephants$178,379-41%572-222$312$55,733,1957Fox
5Priest (2011)$102,272-36%583-1335$175$28,713,5774Sony / Screen Gems
7Source Code$61,553-39%288-11$214$53,850,55610Summit
8Soul Surfer$54,486-35%245-156$222$41,746,3009Sony / TriStar
12Everything Must Go$40,792-40%107-54$381$2,400,8804Roadside Attractions
13Limitless$39,170-39%232-37$169$78,734,46512Relativity Media
14Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$35,809-46%196-163$183$52,623,4387Lionsgate
15Win Win$32,066-48%14117$227$9,865,93312Fox Searchlight
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$31,980-26%182-32$176$52,305,51211Fox
17Jane Eyre (2011)$31,660-23%128-15$247$10,867,43213Focus
18The Lincoln Lawyer$28,402-47%133-33$214$56,996,98412Lionsgate
19The Conspirator$23,274-44%110-27$212$11,328,7048Roadside Attractions
20Scream 4$21,780-34%201-60$108$38,042,4858Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$199,519-18%2016$9,976$1,250,2262Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$51,325-18%470$1,092$6,320,4449Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$24,214-10%322$757$25,407,95764Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Submarine$14,660-14%4--$3,665$41,8321Weinstein Company
6The Beaver$13,531-34%68-41$199$873,9085Summit
7Arthur (2011)$9,347-50%62-15$151$33,015,6969Warner Bros.
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,643-38%80-123$108$9,525,5876Weinstein Company
9The Last Mountain$5,272-15%2--$2,636$17,5701Dada Films
10Beautiful Boy$5,227-17%4--$1,307$16,1621Anchor Bay Films
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,91739%4--$479$174,99738Collective Eye
12Kill the Irishman$1,319-54%8-2$165$1,176,25613Anchor Bay Films
13The King's Speech$1,170-57%16-2$73$138,788,23228Weinstein Company
1435 and Ticking$803-46%4-2$201$58,7373Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$358-54%50$72$247,27912Roadside Attractions
16Skateland$276-19%31$92$18,8904Freestyle Releasing
17Biutiful$26-94%2-3$13$5,100,93723Roadside Attractions