'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 Tue, Jun. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$5,075,246-7%3,641--$1,394$65,629,0431Fox
2The Hangover Part II$3,259,0720%3,6150$902$192,314,4652Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$2,700,42916%3,95227$683$105,060,6032Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$2,092,97613%3,966-198$528$194,151,0543Disney
7Fast Five$347,0050%2,237-744$155$202,673,4056Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something Borrowed$129,1509%688-752$188$36,920,7245Warner Bros.
2Water for Elephants$105,67923%572-222$185$55,924,8077Fox
3Rio (2011)$100,0955%691-981$145$136,885,6528Fox
4Jumping the Broom$81,352-5%589-350$138$36,074,2775Sony / TriStar
5Priest (2011)$49,050-3%583-1335$84$28,813,2334Sony / Screen Gems
7Source Code$36,39822%288-11$126$53,916,67210Summit
10Limitless$23,51310%232-37$101$78,779,33912Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$20,61344%182-32$113$52,340,43611Fox
13Jane Eyre (2011)$18,31119%128-15$143$10,901,15913Focus
14Everything Must Go$17,2326%107-54$161$2,434,3194Roadside Attractions
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$16,8900%196-163$86$52,657,2497Lionsgate
16Win Win$14,89816%14117$106$9,893,66812Fox Searchlight
17The Lincoln Lawyer$13,71916%133-33$103$57,022,48312Lionsgate
18Scream 4$11,6890%201-60$58$38,065,8798Weinstein Company
19The Conspirator$10,44321%108-29$97$11,347,7858Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$69,945-8%2016$3,497$1,396,0932Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$61,35017%470$1,305$6,434,0899Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$26,1966%322$819$25,458,82864Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Beaver$6,37119%68-41$94$885,6315Summit
6Arthur (2011)$5,351--62-15$86$33,026,0889Warner Bros.
7Submarine$5,3206%4--$1,330$52,1721Weinstein Company
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,82335%80-123$60$9,533,9716Weinstein Company
9Beautiful Boy$1,929-1%4--$482$20,0361Anchor Bay Films
10Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,220-17%4--$305$177,87638Collective Eye
11The King's Speech$945-1%16-2$59$138,790,13228Weinstein Company
12Kill the Irishman$73437%8-2$92$1,177,63613Anchor Bay Films
13The Last Mountain$724-25%2--$362$18,5921Dada Films
1435 and Ticking$395-16%4-2$99$59,6023Image Entertainment
15Skateland$153-4%31$51$19,1934Freestyle Releasing
16The Music Never Stopped$126-30%50$25$247,58612Roadside Attractions
17Biutiful$105377%1-4$105$5,101,06423Roadside Attractions