'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 Tue, May. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$6,944,417-9%3,952--$1,757$107,804,8391Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$2,498,250-3%3,31132$755$95,657,0252Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,356,513-11%3,991-333$340$175,048,2303Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$858,7865%3,019--$284$12,192,8971Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$674,2838%3,054-252$221$72,969,5594Fox
6Heaven is for Real$425,7163%2,893-155$147$83,067,0595Sony / TriStar
7Captain America: The Winter Soldier$345,985-7%2,271-430$152$251,251,9677Disney
8Rio 2$262,844-31%2,371-602$111$118,632,8616Fox
9Moms' Night Out$227,05229%1,0462$217$7,603,3692Sony / TriStar
10Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$167,454-15%2,578-80$65$6,930,0842Clarius Entertainment

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$110,672-6%991-242$112$147,018,2319Lionsgate / Summit
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$110,314-11%630-140$175$55,712,15411Fox Searchlight
3Belle$108,7660%173128$629$1,985,3883Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$89,1680%780-220$114$59,102,1409Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Brick Mansions$58,20113%724-1230$80$19,719,4984Relativity Media
7The LEGO Movie$42,624-14%355-46$120$254,434,44715Warner Bros.
8The Railway Man$36,8606%1832$201$2,821,4326Weinstein Company
9Transcendence$27,8485%315-200$88$22,690,1035Warner Bros.
10Draft Day$25,5644%495-325$52$28,443,6636Lionsgate / Summit
12Non-Stop (2014)$22,06519%220-16$100$91,480,08012Universal
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,790-27%319-38$68$109,354,65611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Quiet Ones$14,88417%341-792$44$8,385,0334Lionsgate
15300: Rise of an Empire$11,950-13%155-36$77$106,513,82811Warner Bros.
16Oculus$9,303-2%140-270$66$27,449,7856Relativity Media
17A Haunted House 2$9,10313%124-402$73$17,076,8085Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$67,067-7%7266$931$1,130,6642Open Road
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$26,583-19%371$718$1,892,7657Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Fed Up$20,599-22%55--$375$416,1392RADiUS-TWC
4The Immigrant$5,812-12%3--$1,937$56,4831Weinstein Company
52 States$3,3850%32-27$106$2,228,4445UTV Motion Pictures
6Bad Words$3,07320%8354$37$7,769,66110Focus
7The Hornet's Nest$2,5984%1713$153$58,6232Freestyle Releasing
8Blue Ruin$1,673-1%24-37$70$242,4254RADiUS-TWC
9Son of God$99211%46-22$22$59,683,00012Fox
10Godzilla: The Japanese Original$85731%8-21$107$119,3945Rialto Pictures
11Philomena$597-31%9-4$66$37,709,18026Weinstein Company
12Joe (2014)$363-9%10-13$36$372,6606Roadside Attractions
13The Unknown Known$12420%3-3$41$267,0977RADiUS-TWC