'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 Mon, Oct. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$3,408,428-57%3,440--$991$30,728,1051Disney / DreamWorks
2Dolphin Tale$1,715,485-38%3,478-37$493$50,756,2213Warner Bros.
3The Ides of March$1,327,607-52%2,199--$604$11,797,7501Sony / Columbia
4Moneyball$1,020,194-49%3,01825$338$50,227,3613Sony / Columbia
5The Lion King 3D$800,896-44%2,267-73$353$86,809,4914Disney
7Courageous$588,280-63%1,1610$507$16,748,3122Sony / TriStar
8Dream House$492,840-58%2,6643$185$14,960,3302Universal
9What's Your Number?$420,937-50%3,0119$140$10,803,7372Fox
10Contagion$406,202-50%2,250-494$181$69,432,7455Warner Bros.
12Killer Elite$336,160-48%2,411-575$139$21,983,0893Open Road
13The Help$326,096-41%2,064-441$158$162,978,4599Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$283,285-47%1,330-644$213$30,391,1704FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$65,563-47%407155$161$379,816,31013Warner Bros.
2Laugh at My Pain$58,599-50%248-26$236$6,988,3595CodeBlack Entertainment
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$43,947-25%365-345$120$37,807,4808Weinstein Company
4Captain America: The First Avenger$43,015-51%303-47$142$175,848,86812Paramount
5The Debt$41,769-44%358-245$117$30,606,5356Focus
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$41,708-49%382-209$109$174,979,51110Fox
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$27,474-47%222-183$124$83,148,38811Warner Bros.
8Warrior (2011)$24,197-52%319-388$76$13,452,0515Lionsgate
9Cowboys & Aliens$18,540-54%206-35$90$99,787,21111Universal
10I Don't Know How She Does It$15,115-47%240-505$63$9,501,5924Weinstein Company
11Horrible Bosses$12,979-54%142-80$91$117,401,04814Warner Bros. / New Line
12Sarah's Key$10,343-49%113-26$92$6,893,23612Weinstein Company
13Transformers: Dark of the Moon$10,282-58%143-65$72$352,369,06115Paramount / DreamWorks
14Shark Night 3D$7,938-60%145-147$55$18,603,9266Relativity Media
15Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$7,524-61%114-102$66$23,827,6007FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$23,125-37%490$472$13,359,32227Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$18,624-46%9360$200$309,8223Relativity Media
3Seven Days in Utopia$7,998-54%77-58$104$4,297,4666Visio Entertainment
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$7,181-40%68-35$106$68,189,12117Fox
5Munger Road$5,781-64%98$642$104,6422Freestyle Releasing
6Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,512-44%27-7$204$414,7336Indomina Media
7Our Idiot Brother$5,021-32%67-69$75$24,662,7497Weinstein Company
8Thunder Soul$4,821-49%3724$130$125,4723Roadside Attractions
9Circumstance$3,751-34%18-5$208$375,7147Roadside Attractions
10Final Destination 5$3,449-62%61-83$57$42,579,1679Warner Bros. / New Line
11Margaret$3,179-29%1412$227$28,1292Fox Searchlight
12Dirty Girl$2,798-45%9--$311$20,6571Weinstein Company
13Apollo 18$2,060-54%46-68$45$17,522,2276Weinstein Company
14The Interrupters$1,168--6--$195$210,29811Cinema Guild
15The Future$538-54%15-1$36$545,32511Roadside Attractions
16Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$96-88%90$11$13,7302UTV Communications
17Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$92-58%4-2$23$10,6162Freestyle Releasing
18Project Nim$6130%6-1$10$399,06214Roadside Attractions