'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, Dec. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$1,186,424-2%3,463-63$343$250,620,0804Sony / Columbia
2The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,142,0490%4,008-62$285$259,534,7643Lionsgate / Summit
3Lincoln$1,131,915-2%2,0180$561$88,220,6344Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$941,3970%2,9281$322$52,617,5292Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$611,4235%3,67219$167$51,373,5742Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killing Them Softly$448,727-11%2,424--$185$9,023,7371Weinstein Company
7Red Dawn (2012)$410,4442%2,78156$148$33,004,8152FilmDistrict
9Wreck-It Ralph$329,6794%3,087-172$107$159,543,5665Disney
10The Collection$195,056-3%1,403--$139$3,967,6731LD Entertainment
11Argo$174,0562%1,043-212$167$101,677,6698Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$260,2883%3714$702$11,792,7403Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$226,185-5%384318$589$5,058,1833Focus
3Talaash$51,241-27%174--$294$1,950,3601Reliance Entertainment
4The Sessions$37,230-1%226-289$165$4,729,3697Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$37,2190%496-267$75$137,313,0779Fox
6Pitch Perfect$30,02514%403-89$75$63,211,64310Universal
7Cloud Atlas$22,226-11%194-64$115$26,278,1566Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$21,4148%189-53$113$16,719,89511Lionsgate / Summit
9Seven Psychopaths$15,2689%16280$94$14,832,8168CBS Films
10The Man With the Iron Fists$12,0956%174-31$70$15,436,0855Universal
11Alex Cross$4,162-6%114-30$37$25,503,3327Lionsgate / Summit
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,976-4%124-66$32$17,484,7296Open Road
13Trouble with the Curve$3,6218%100-40$36$35,735,00811Warner Bros.
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,44014%102-7$34$160,896,86921Fox
15House at the End of the Street$3,2791%108-30$30$31,564,69211Relativity Media
17Fun Size$2,95215%116-28$25$9,373,7356Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$36,647-5%5033$733$949,1262Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$13,02922%74-14$176$922,3525Entertainment One / RKO
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$11,80496%161$738$200,9882Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$9,58814%520$184$10,087,33333Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$5,95520%300$199$21,451,86687Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sinister$4,3864%88-39$50$47,787,2908Lionsgate / Summit
7Chasing Mavericks$3,883-5%7919$49$5,847,6056Fox
8Hecho en Mexico$3,610-1%12--$301$93,4711Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Dark Knight Rises$3,0430%80-28$38$448,106,31120Warner Bros.
10End of Watch$3,00111%24-10$125$39,238,14311Open Road
11Arbitrage$2,578-1%35-13$74$7,861,86112Roadside Attractions
12Paranormal Activity 4$2,327-3%70-38$33$53,727,5107Paramount
13The Master$2,146-15%23-2$93$15,883,67012Weinstein Company
14Silent Night$1,24616%11--$113$14,5681Anchor Bay Films
15This Must Be the Place$894-6%7-1$128$131,7995Weinstein Company
16The Intouchables$874-14%19-7$46$13,046,16528Weinstein Company
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$778-29%52-7$15$48,966,94818Fox