'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. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$21,540,018-43%4,011--$5,370$64,765,3470Paramount / DreamWorks
2Cars 2$5,207,012-6%4,115--$1,265$90,930,6151Disney
3Bad Teacher$2,938,181-1%3,049--$964$45,445,9711Sony / Columbia
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,300,779-3%3,3423$389$45,024,7222Fox
5Green Lantern (2011)$1,266,0314%3,514-302$360$95,688,2842Warner Bros.
6Super 8$1,216,6052%3,42416$355$100,543,0273Paramount
8X-Men: First Class$558,1016%2,023-1352$276$135,711,7274Fox
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$535,92520%1,742-1000$308$231,547,8936Disney
10The Hangover Part II$474,19411%2,025-1435$234$245,851,8825Warner Bros.
11Kung Fu Panda 2$473,3045%2,527-942$187$155,194,6675Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$162,7236%215100$757$6,503,4365Fox Searchlight
2Rio (2011)$99,2390%344-64$288$140,032,54811Fox
4Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$52,258-6%891-1633$59$13,801,5093Relativity Media
5Fast Five$46,3054%343-386$135$207,971,4459Universal
6Water for Elephants$42,8247%292-59$147$57,854,95310Fox
7Something Borrowed$36,93031%23119$160$38,576,5538Warner Bros.
9The Lincoln Lawyer$18,1014%189-31$96$57,697,21315Lionsgate
10Source Code$11,73316%106-55$111$54,577,39813Summit
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$10,381-6%114-48$91$10,027,1819Weinstein Company
12The Art of Getting By$8,717-1%129-481$68$1,423,7722Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$64,91011%470$1,381$7,975,72612Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$28,1576%330$853$26,183,94667Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Limitless$7,90234%85-32$93$79,203,16115Relativity Media
6Submarine$6,3724%26-2$245$314,7924Weinstein Company
8Jane Eyre (2011)$5,711-5%51-17$112$11,196,17316Focus
9A Better Life$5,1252%4--$1,281$83,6701Summit
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,8464%58-32$84$52,659,57814Fox
11The Beaver$3,2226%6643$49$970,8168Summit
12Win Win$2,46219%32-35$77$10,132,53815Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,142-13%46-25$47$52,898,64910Lionsgate
14Everything Must Go$2,007-15%33-22$61$2,640,2997Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$1,87824%0-44--$11,494,02711Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$1,23958%6-1$207$86,8304Dada Films
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,16889%4--$292$215,70641Collective Eye
18Scream 4$1,0032%18-21$56$38,180,92811Weinstein Company
19Beautiful Boy$6213%4-4$155$66,4904Anchor Bay Films
2035 and Ticking$130117%10$130$75,8646Image Entertainment
21Kill the Irishman$1307%20$65$1,188,19416Anchor Bay Films
22The Music Never Stopped$52-37%2-1$26$250,27515Roadside Attractions