'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, Jun. 5 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$2,605,125-8%4,0015$651$174,401,2662Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,280,505-10%3,158--$405$22,989,9701Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$1,013,205-9%3,501-451$289$179,093,0063Warner Bros.
5Neighbors (2014)$765,605-15%2,939-327$260$132,600,4954Universal
6Blended$718,238-6%3,5550$202$32,458,9442Warner Bros.
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$370,971-8%2,152-1008$172$194,388,3965Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$366,752-8%2,329-690$157$29,525,0303Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$130,126-24%1,114-1040$117$81,725,8196Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$247,3481%624126$396$7,761,6954Open Road
2Belle$158,169-2%52572$301$6,814,2675Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$156,190-2%983-718$159$124,909,5658Fox
4Heaven is for Real$92,512-8%722-998$128$88,412,6457Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$62,484-9%539-834$116$255,447,1049Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$47,679-4%249-111$191$57,534,44313Fox Searchlight
7Moms' Night Out$41,90712%383-478$109$9,758,6464Sony / TriStar
8The LEGO Movie$41,8203%302-21$138$255,590,34017Warner Bros.
9Divergent$41,780-3%373-271$112$148,811,52411Lionsgate / Summit
10The Immigrant$35,316-11%1503$235$1,229,6293Weinstein Company
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$32,88216%254-32$129$110,162,08113Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Railway Man$31,835-5%496-104$64$4,178,8078Weinstein Company
13Fed Up$29,40519%1042$283$1,125,3804RADiUS-TWC
14God's Not Dead$20,75910%155-90$134$59,872,68011Freestyle / Pure Flix
16Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$20,322-8%180-494$113$8,242,2624Clarius Entertainment
17Draft Day$11,3583%17328$66$28,743,2998Lionsgate / Summit
18Transcendence$6,6971%128-74$52$22,957,0947Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 5 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$50,264-2%94--$535$537,6141eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$40,92110%390$1,049$2,535,8089Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Words and Pictures$10,1074%133$777$254,0642Roadside Attractions
4A Haunted House 2$6,45310%74-14$87$17,288,5387Open Road
5Oculus$5,478-1%83-22$66$27,625,1648Relativity Media
6The Hornet's Nest$4,454-14%42-15$106$275,8514Freestyle Releasing
7The Quiet Ones$3,5207%72-20$49$8,509,8676Lionsgate
8Brick Mansions$2,7931%45-123$62$20,042,9896Relativity Media
9Heropanti$923-35%11-5$84$62,0342UTV Motion Pictures
10Godzilla: The Japanese Original$700--40$175$135,8207Rialto Pictures
11Blue Ruin$42991%61$72$251,3106RADiUS-TWC
12Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$299-14%2--$150$47,69617Rialto Pictures