'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 Wed, Apr. 9 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$4,805,702-31%3,938--$1,220$113,026,0311Disney
3Divergent$766,168-25%3,631-305$211$116,600,6093Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$685,620-16%1,758580$390$34,718,3973Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$530,617-22%1,263286$420$34,911,3495Fox Searchlight
6Muppets Most Wanted$336,557-26%3,052-142$110$43,169,9473Disney
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$293,260-26%2,931-368$100$103,128,7745Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$207,147-20%2,4860$83$9,531,3992Open Road
9Bad Words$144,337-21%1,074232$134$6,406,0924Focus
10Non-Stop (2014)$137,135-31%1,724-791$80$88,584,4156Universal
11300: Rise of an Empire$135,595-21%1,555-1046$87$104,467,3825Warner Bros.
12Need For Speed$129,297-32%1,779-926$73$41,272,6134Disney / DreamWorks
13The LEGO Movie$103,304-21%1,350-651$77$250,963,7329Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$68,978-23%6640$104$4,826,5382Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Son of God$30,019-16%481-796$62$58,641,1036Fox
3Frozen (2013)$29,108-19%321-66$91$399,030,62220Disney
4Frankie & Alice$27,581-19%171--$161$439,4791Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$25,553-27%425-714$60$15,744,4714Lionsgate
6The Nut Job$25,386-14%285-9$89$63,587,03412Open Road
7Gravity$23,492-22%255120$92$273,682,02127Warner Bros.
8Ride Along$14,080-8%236-124$60$133,983,54512Universal
9Jinn$13,312-10%201--$66$191,2971Freestyle Releasing
10Philomena$11,827-22%197-5$60$37,509,01920Weinstein Company
1112 Years a Slave$7,069-36%128-100$55$56,526,86425Fox Searchlight
123 Days to Kill$6,511-27%131-209$50$30,409,1507Relativity Media
13Lone Survivor$6,285-11%140-25$45$125,088,65115Universal
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$4,842-12%130-55$37$258,322,69717Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 9 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$32,5447%37--$880$276,4201Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$7,113-44%44--$162$95,4301CBS Films
3Her (2013)$3,929-7%85-25$46$25,535,45616Warner Bros.
4Veronica Mars$3,646-23%74-136$49$3,297,0254Warner Bros.
5Dom Hemingway$3,2434%40$811$47,5061Fox Searchlight
6Ernest & Celestine$3,189-21%2412$133$181,8636GKIDS
7Dallas Buyers Club$2,727-40%52-47$52$27,251,81923Focus
8August: Osage County$2,332-48%42-39$56$37,707,83415Weinstein Company
9Gloria (2014)$1,41057%17-19$83$2,051,40211Roadside Attractions
10The Players$969-19%50--$19$9,5521Weinstein Company
11On the Other Side of the Tracks$914-17%50--$18$8,6891Weinstein Company
12Watermark$864-11%2--$432$10,3801eOne Films US
13Vampire Academy$218-22%11-13$20$7,791,7669Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$170-12%10$170$28,7159Rialto Pictures