'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. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$2,679,076-43%3,97527$674$77,724,1982Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$2,595,127-55%3,825-113$678$203,096,6373Disney
3Heaven is for Real$2,487,979-61%2,417--$1,029$32,044,3931Sony / TriStar
4Transcendence$997,298-56%3,455--$289$11,883,6841Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House 2$665,378-62%2,310--$288$9,509,2531Open Road
7Divergent$652,360-43%2,486-624$262$134,428,8515Lionsgate / Summit
8Oculus$552,733-50%2,6480$209$21,699,0042Relativity Media
9Draft Day$522,236-57%2,7810$188$19,883,0992Lionsgate / Summit
11God's Not Dead$477,736-61%1,796-64$266$48,649,8115Freestyle / Pure Flix
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$345,816-55%1,280-187$270$45,310,7457Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$186,956-12%929-1332$201$48,494,7745Disney
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$117,137-18%780-1221$150$107,281,9417Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The LEGO Movie$67,493-18%340-270$199$252,326,54911Warner Bros.
42 States$62,131-78%135--$460$1,136,0291UTV Motion Pictures
5Non-Stop (2014)$39,600-54%360-402$110$90,186,7308Universal
6Frozen (2013)$29,413-45%290-54$101$399,907,38022Disney
7300: Rise of an Empire$27,187-48%265-260$103$105,508,9327Warner Bros.
8Son of God$18,810-71%503-402$37$59,455,8518Fox
9Bad Words$18,119-51%223-540$81$7,581,2076Focus
10Dom Hemingway$17,568-49%12987$136$317,5823Fox Searchlight
11The Nut Job$13,660-38%201-60$68$64,028,75314Open Road
12Sabotage (2014)$11,135-46%130-621$86$10,364,5784Open Road
13Cesar Chavez$10,827-54%117-188$93$5,402,1144Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Make Your Move$9,617-53%142--$68$90,7891High Top Releasing
153 Days to Kill$7,764-48%11027$71$30,547,1859Relativity Media
16Gravity$7,215-55%145-57$50$273,987,34729Warner Bros.
17Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$6,452-44%114-21$57$15,932,1816Lionsgate
18Philomena$4,680-28%101-56$46$37,643,60222Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$30,229-18%370$817$846,6933Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Railway Man$16,293-59%2622$627$268,6952Weinstein Company
3Joe (2014)$7,574-56%480$158$234,5252Roadside Attractions
4The Unknown Known$4,465-55%49-31$91$230,0263RADiUS-TWC
5Frankie & Alice$4,338-47%43-128$101$678,4893Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
612 Years a Slave$4,232-29%53-11$80$56,618,86527Fox Searchlight
7Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,48323%1--$2,483$13,3861Rialto Pictures
8Watermark$2,199-52%96$244$45,0603eOne Films US
9Ernest & Celestine$1,690-61%31-8$55$243,6448GKIDS
1013 Sins$1,245-49%45--$28$10,5061RADiUS-TWC
11Gloria (2014)$1,029-56%13-11$79$2,084,14713Roadside Attractions
12August: Osage County$75852%16-11$47$37,727,27017Weinstein Company
13Dallas Buyers Club$722-60%14-19$52$27,289,83825Focus
14Veronica Mars$669-37%15-8$45$3,319,7786Warner Bros.
15Cuban Fury$482-73%8-71$60$90,7922eOne Films US
16Gabrielle (2014)$158-80%1--$158$3,1821eOne Films US