'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, Feb. 9 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$21,142,548-31%3,775--$5,601$69,050,2791Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$5,478,744-43%3,083--$1,777$22,003,4331Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$2,309,970-51%2,800-67$825$105,312,5304Universal
4Frozen (2013)$2,157,313-35%2,460-294$877$368,637,43712Disney
5Lone Survivor$1,477,535-45%2,869-416$515$112,852,1467Universal
6That Awkward Moment$1,173,481-50%2,8090$418$16,545,2212Focus
7The Nut Job$1,160,697-38%3,004-468$386$55,025,7444Open Road
8Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$885,061-49%2,139-768$414$44,400,7024Paramount
9Vampire Academy$876,014-46%2,676--$327$3,921,7421Weinstein Company
10Labor Day (2013)$796,337-46%2,5840$308$10,127,1812Paramount
11American Hustle$784,801-49%1,640-576$479$138,085,7219Sony / Columbia
12The Wolf of Wall Street$733,352-40%1,167-440$628$107,896,5887Paramount
13I, Frankenstein$421,436-38%1,427-1326$295$17,483,8493Lionsgate
14August: Osage County$418,373-40%1,327-992$315$34,290,5117Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$473,160-42%701-431$675$266,474,23719Warner Bros.
2Philomena$242,942-33%504-63$482$28,672,57512Weinstein Company
312 Years a Slave$239,312-37%678-494$353$47,347,83717Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$207,520-36%525-350$395$14,943,27513Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$205,689-40%457-346$450$22,464,0328Warner Bros.
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$203,444-38%537-396$379$255,398,3749Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$172,717-47%529-293$326$422,411,45312Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$172,556-40%488-564$354$23,679,91115Focus
9Devil's Due$73,579-52%385-905$191$15,405,1634Fox
10The Legend Of Hercules$73,247-28%248-350$295$18,389,0685Lionsgate / Summit
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$67,614-45%346-74$195$124,794,3128Paramount
12Walking With Dinosaurs$56,202-33%251-72$224$35,199,8108Fox
13The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$45,367-49%242-168$187$57,198,1707Fox
14Inside Llewyn Davis$44,404-43%129-85$344$12,756,46010CBS Films
15Grudge Match$39,287-41%341100$115$29,520,9617Warner Bros.
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$36,089-42%197-23$183$119,275,86220Sony / Columbia
17Captain Phillips$29,189-43%182-63$160$106,735,67518Sony / Columbia
18The Book Thief$25,674-45%135-43$190$20,949,90314Fox
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$19,814-35%103-47$192$32,385,0516Paramount
20Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$18,953-46%115-48$165$52,528,3309Lionsgate
21Free Birds$10,891-38%109-26$100$55,567,50515Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hasee Toh Phasee$90,738-41%88--$1,031$336,9851Reliance Entertainment
2Gloria (2014)$75,617-34%6536$1,163$551,9773Roadside Attractions
3Gimme Shelter (2014)$16,130-36%76-271$212$1,335,0653Roadside Attractions
4Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$5,771-38%46-31$125$8,185,21211Weinstein Company
5Last Vegas$4,925-57%60-44$82$63,881,08715CBS Films
6Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,178-29%1--$2,178$7,2981Rialto Pictures
7At Middleton$1,168-20%8-12$146$49,9532Anchor Bay / Freestyle
8All Is Lost$841-43%12-13$70$6,253,16217Roadside Attractions
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$629-15%11-41$57$116,631,31026Weinstein Company
10Knights of Badassdom$461-86%9-2$51$86,7963eOne Films US
11The Pretty One$430-42%1--$430$1,4841Dada Films
12Demi-Soeur$185-24%1--$185$6341Rialto Premieres
13Love Is in the Air$118-79%3-3$39$7,6362Focus World