'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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 9 - Sun, Nov. 11

Wide (1000+)

1Skyfall$87,800,000--3,505--$25,050$90,000,0001Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$33,056,000-33%3,7520$8,810$93,690,6092Disney
4Argo$6,745,000-34%2,763-11$2,441$85,710,9585Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$4,000,000-32%2,487-152$1,608$131,287,1716Fox
6Here Comes the Boom$2,550,000-28%2,044-270$1,248$39,061,0955Sony / Columbia
7Cloud Atlas$2,525,000-53%2,02310$1,248$22,711,7063Warner Bros.
8Pitch Perfect$2,504,000-18%1,391-111$1,800$59,030,6437Universal
9The Man With the Iron Fists$2,490,000-69%1,8724$1,330$12,718,3252Universal
10Hotel Transylvania$2,350,000-47%2,566-356$916$140,903,9827Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 4$2,020,000-52%2,348-658$860$52,640,5794Paramount
12Sinister$1,450,000-47%1,554-328$933$46,504,2385Lionsgate / Summit
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$1,225,000-63%1,902-1031$644$16,308,2693Open Road
14Alex Cross$880,000-55%1,090-558$807$24,571,0694Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$750,000-67%1,301-1715$576$8,793,1133Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,060,000-15%607-15$1,746$14,541,8468Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$575,000-53%491-205$1,171$64,662,2337Sony / TriStar
3The Sessions$545,00016%12859$4,258$1,654,6724Fox Searchlight
4Chasing Mavericks$425,000-65%459-1571$926$5,230,2623Fox
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$188,000232%225131$836$50,999,95213Disney
9The Possession$62,000-34%121-34$512$49,075,23911Lionsgate
10The Expendables 2$60,000-42%134-39$448$84,952,87413Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

1Lincoln$900,000--11--$81,818$900,0001Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$174,089131%6253$2,808$284,4112Entertainment One / RKO
3Searching For Sugar Man$105,130-29%94-11$1,118$2,562,10516Sony Pictures Classics
4The Master$103,000-43%88-50$1,170$15,688,0589Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$79,850-35%87-29$918$7,664,7459Roadside Attractions
7Smashed$40,56719%4221$966$249,4975Sony Pictures Classics
8A Royal Affair$40,000--7--$5,714$40,0001Magnolia Pictures
9Holy Motors$32,153111%149$2,297$124,0604Indomina Releasing
10This Must Be the Place$30,167289%119$2,742$43,5242Weinstein Company
11The Paperboy$24,997-48%34-8$735$677,2006Millennium Entertainment
12Middle of Nowhere (2012)$20,211--12--$1,684$210,7315AFFRM
13Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$14,211-59%43-27$330$3,315,1685Atlas Distribution
14Simon and the Oaks$13,596-53%174$800$141,5815The Film Arcade
15The Big Picture (2012)$11,075-50%7-1$1,582$113,4535MPI Media
16The Imposter$6,681-54%7-3$954$868,35918Indomina Releasing
17The Other Dream Team$3,572-25%50$714$134,1087The Film Arcade
1828 Hotel Rooms$3,000--1--$3,000$3,0001Oscilloscope
19Wuthering Heights (2012)$2,500-51%3-8$833$76,3566Oscilloscope
21Vamps$1,711212%10$1,711$2,4822Anchor Bay Films
22Death by China$900-71%1-1$900$37,43813Area23a