'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, Apr. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$1,703,075-69%3,277--$520$21,947,5801Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$1,403,040-71%3,7929$370$66,493,9652Universal
342 (2013)$808,128-72%3,405155$237$69,819,9433Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$631,727-67%2,633--$240$8,223,3901Lionsgate
5The Croods$372,957-81%3,283-152$114$163,524,6586Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Place Beyond the Pines$292,881-62%1,58442$185$16,544,9955Focus
7G.I. Joe: Retaliation$266,853-75%2,707-468$99$116,744,8215Paramount
8Olympus Has Fallen$261,855-67%2,334-304$112$93,433,6726FilmDistrict
9Evil Dead$198,758-60%2,186-637$91$52,052,6844Sony / TriStar
10Jurassic Park 3D$194,040-73%1,848-482$105$42,259,1004Universal
11Scary Movie 5$183,237-75%2,733-669$67$27,654,6243Weinstein / Dimension
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$129,263-76%1,610-435$80$226,388,0088Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$208,189-66%363--$574$2,424,0801Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$89,136-67%942-463$95$50,720,0585Lionsgate
3Filly Brown$34,330-82%25971$133$2,337,2712Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Host (2013)$31,358-65%611-745$51$25,898,3515Open Road
5Jack the Giant Slayer$31,108-75%365110$85$63,765,0469Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Lords of Salem$22,588-59%280-75$81$1,061,0362Anchor Bay Films
7Identity Thief$21,250-70%425-55$50$133,182,24012Universal
8Silver Linings Playbook$19,631-57%361-506$54$131,442,59924Weinstein Company
9The Sapphires$17,855-61%12612$142$1,433,5776Weinstein Company
10Snitch (2013)$15,665-71%25291$62$42,341,52010Lionsgate / Summit
11Trance$13,474-58%157-286$86$2,133,4654Fox Searchlight
12Quartet$10,807-55%130-46$83$18,016,15816Weinstein Company
14Safe Haven$10,005-69%259-66$39$71,098,72811Relativity Media
1521 And Over$8,851-57%13686$65$25,603,0169Relativity Media
16Warm Bodies$8,025-69%190-50$42$66,276,01013Lionsgate / Summit
17Escape From Planet Earth$7,901-79%28343$28$55,058,23411Weinstein Company
18Life of Pi$7,342-69%131-62$56$124,673,85523Fox
19The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$6,511-67%185-80$35$22,472,3167Warner Bros. / New Line
20Side Effects (2013)$6,357-52%108-537$59$32,000,44612Open Road
21A Good Day to Die Hard$3,950-71%122-48$32$67,238,73111Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$23,080356%72-98$321$1,029,7778Gathr Films
2Spring Breakers$7,540-49%72-50$105$13,948,7917A24
3To the Arctic 3D$5,214-56%520$100$12,302,25554Warner Bros. / IMAX
4From Up on Poppy Hill$4,192-76%44-4$95$804,9497GKIDS
5Born to Be Wild 3D$2,987-47%300$100$22,534,760108Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Camp (2013)$2,809-79%28-4$100$296,16410Freestyle Releasing
7Kon-Tiki$2,752-61%2--$1,376$24,9201Weinstein Company
8Dark Skies$2,456-70%63-28$39$17,346,23110Weinstein / Dimension
9Starbuck$1,545-73%27-2$57$3,727,5116eOne Films US
10The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$1,510-87%25-6$60$517,0269Methinx Entertainment
11Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,450-21%10$1,450$25,7822Rialto Pictures
12Django Unchained$1,423-52%38-39$37$162,790,85518Weinstein Company
13Parental Guidance$1,319-79%61-29$22$77,223,17618Fox
14Emperor$786-64%26-38$30$3,296,4148Roadside Attractions
15Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$394-36%1--$394$18,3968Rialto Pictures
16Not Today$363-56%3-17$121$148,0623Freestyle Releasing
17Settai$78-86%1-1$78$87,3384UTV Motion Pictures