'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, Apr. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$4,582,140-5%3,938--$1,164$117,608,1711Disney
3Divergent$776,3841%3,631-305$214$117,376,9933Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$638,915-7%1,758580$363$35,357,3123Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$508,206-4%1,263286$402$35,419,5555Fox Searchlight
6Muppets Most Wanted$307,100-9%3,052-142$101$43,477,0473Disney
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$261,205-11%2,931-368$89$103,389,9795Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$176,732-15%2,4860$71$9,708,1312Open Road
9Bad Words$124,014-14%1,074232$115$6,530,1064Focus
10Need For Speed$121,631-6%1,779-926$68$41,394,2444Disney / DreamWorks
11Non-Stop (2014)$119,890-13%1,724-791$70$88,704,3056Universal
12300: Rise of an Empire$112,043-17%1,555-1046$72$104,579,4255Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$95,039-8%1,350-651$70$251,058,7719Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$74,2908%6640$112$4,900,8282Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Son of God$30,9703%481-796$64$58,672,0736Fox
3Frozen (2013)$29,6202%321-66$92$399,060,24220Disney
4The Nut Job$25,8942%285-9$91$63,612,92812Open Road
5Frankie & Alice$23,404-15%171--$137$462,8831Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
6Gravity$22,317-5%255120$88$273,704,33827Warner Bros.
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$21,935-14%425-714$52$15,766,4064Lionsgate
8Philomena$13,21612%197-5$67$37,522,23520Weinstein Company
9Ride Along$12,990-8%236-124$55$133,996,53512Universal
10Jinn$11,051-17%201--$55$202,3481Freestyle Releasing
1112 Years a Slave$8,04514%128-100$63$56,534,90925Fox Searchlight
12Lone Survivor$6,95011%140-25$50$125,095,60115Universal
133 Days to Kill$6,7203%131-209$51$30,415,8707Relativity Media
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,2789%130-55$41$258,327,97517Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$32,5730%37--$880$308,9931Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$7,4214%44--$169$102,8511CBS Films
3Ernest & Celestine$5,71779%2412$238$187,5806GKIDS
4Veronica Mars$4,26617%74-136$58$3,301,2914Warner Bros.
5Her (2013)$4,0864%85-25$48$25,539,54216Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$2,7491%52-47$53$27,254,56823Focus
7August: Osage County$2,56810%42-39$61$37,710,40215Weinstein Company
8Dom Hemingway$2,317-29%40$579$49,8231Fox Searchlight
9Gloria (2014)$1,66118%17-19$98$2,053,06311Roadside Attractions
10Watermark$1,56781%2--$784$11,9471eOne Films US
11The Players$1,30234%50--$26$10,8541Weinstein Company
12On the Other Side of the Tracks$883-3%50--$18$9,5721Weinstein Company
13Vampire Academy$213-2%11-13$19$7,791,9799Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$130-24%1--$130$28,8459Rialto Pictures