'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, Nov. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$28,456,648-31%4,070--$6,992$141,067,6341Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$11,164,762-37%3,5050$3,185$160,941,6212Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$6,031,959-30%1,7751764$3,398$22,468,2422Disney / DreamWorks
4Wreck-It Ralph$5,550,178-36%3,622-130$1,532$121,750,2273Disney
6Argo$1,031,459-46%2,210-553$467$91,998,8466Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$508,807-47%2,063-424$247$134,651,0097Fox
8Hotel Transylvania$317,747-23%1,248-1318$255$142,734,5198Sony / Columbia
9Pitch Perfect$308,550-46%1,122-269$275$61,084,2138Universal
10Here Comes the Boom$304,454-43%1,350-694$226$40,991,6716Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$385,800-28%160--$2,411$1,941,8051Yash Raj Films
2Cloud Atlas$294,124-26%920-1103$320$24,923,1324Warner Bros.
3The Sessions$237,083-43%516388$459$2,813,9385Fox Searchlight
4The Man With the Iron Fists$218,400-26%910-962$240$14,681,8803Universal
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$152,735-40%511-96$299$15,572,2839Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$112,485-43%789-765$143$47,451,2776Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$86,618-49%850-1498$102$53,504,5985Paramount
8Alex Cross$70,107-46%535-555$131$25,194,8405Lionsgate / Summit
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$57,984-37%456-1446$127$17,127,7764Open Road
10Chasing Mavericks$51,840-34%198-261$262$5,619,0384Fox
11Looper$50,348-45%214-277$235$65,117,0448Sony / TriStar
12Fun Size$45,223-22%388-913$117$9,153,5984Paramount
13A Late Quartet$44,717-39%10038$447$530,8183Entertainment One / RKO
14Seven Psychopaths$42,045-41%171-185$246$14,457,6316CBS Films
16Trouble with the Curve$29,758-47%272-149$109$35,529,4189Warner Bros.
17House at the End of the Street$29,097-36%17597$166$31,354,6709Relativity Media
18Ice Age: Continental Drift$25,870-38%132-15$196$160,692,10919Fox
19The Dark Knight Rises$25,197-40%160-83$157$447,911,14818Warner Bros.
20The Campaign$7,076-46%101-37$70$86,897,18215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$139,715-23%16--$8,732$443,0031Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$103,640-20%16--$6,478$320,6901Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$21,003-28%520$404$9,815,03631Warner Bros. / IMAX
4End of Watch$17,164-18%75-50$229$39,126,4909Open Road
5Arbitrage$16,215-30%80-7$203$7,761,71210Roadside Attractions
6The Master$13,665-42%52-36$263$15,788,70110Weinstein Company
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$13,527-31%72-10$188$48,869,51716Fox
8The Expendables 2$11,096-29%95-39$117$85,017,40114Lionsgate
9This Must Be the Place$8,557-27%154$570$87,2243Weinstein Company
10The Possession$8,043-34%81-40$99$49,122,31912Lionsgate
11Born to Be Wild 3D$7,362-52%300$245$21,317,46485Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Intouchables$4,612-3%24-10$192$13,003,61326Weinstein Company
13Lawless$1,699-17%19-1$89$37,389,03412Weinstein Company
14Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,032-43%15-28$69$3,325,9546Atlas Distribution
15Simon and the Oaks$668-33%5--$134$150,1096The Film Arcade