'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, Feb. 7 - Sun, Feb. 9

Wide (1000+)

1The LEGO Movie$69,110,000--3,775--$18,307$69,110,0001Warner Bros.
2The Monuments Men$22,700,000--3,083--$7,363$22,700,0001Sony / Columbia
3Ride Along$9,400,000-22%2,800-67$3,357$105,122,5904Universal
4Frozen (2013)$6,914,000-23%2,460-294$2,811$368,678,62612Disney
5That Awkward Moment$5,540,000-37%2,8090$1,972$16,848,0352Focus
6Lone Survivor$5,300,000-25%2,869-416$1,847$112,586,2867Universal
7Vampire Academy$4,101,000--2,676--$1,533$4,101,0001Weinstein Company
8The Nut Job$3,809,000-48%3,004-468$1,268$55,081,6644Open Road
9Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$3,600,000-32%2,139-768$1,683$44,469,4154Paramount
10Labor Day (2013)$3,230,000-38%2,5840$1,250$10,172,3962Paramount
11American Hustle$3,100,000-25%1,640-576$1,890$138,117,0809Sony / Columbia
12The Wolf of Wall Street$2,570,000-24%1,167-440$2,202$107,883,8247Paramount
13August: Osage County$1,511,000-49%1,327-992$1,139$34,320,1207Weinstein Company
14I, Frankenstein$1,425,000-62%1,427-1326$999$17,432,2933Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Gravity$1,685,000-17%701-431$2,404$266,487,80019Warner Bros.
2Philomena$809,000-16%504-63$1,605$28,683,92212Weinstein Company
312 Years a Slave$800,000-45%678-494$1,180$47,331,27417Fox Searchlight
4Her (2013)$737,000-38%457-346$1,613$22,469,8878Warner Bros.
5Nebraska$700,000-39%525-350$1,333$14,940,06813Paramount Vantage
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$700,000-43%537-396$1,304$255,410,1789Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$670,000-29%529-293$1,267$422,420,78512Lionsgate
8Dallas Buyers Club$631,000-54%488-564$1,293$23,703,48615Focus
9Saving Mr. Banks$435,000-59%485-590$897$81,889,2189Disney
10Devil's Due$296,000-71%385-905$769$15,380,6854Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$260,000-19%346-74$751$124,794,2658Paramount
12The Legend Of Hercules$214,000-60%248-350$863$18,369,8075Lionsgate / Summit
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$130,000-26%197-23$660$119,281,92720Sony / Columbia
14Captain Phillips$110,000-37%182-63$604$106,734,78118Sony / Columbia
15Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$70,000-26%115-48$609$52,528,8449Lionsgate
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$60,000-25%103-47$583$32,376,3506Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

1Gloria (2014)$250,70048%6435$3,917$555,4373Roadside Attractions
2The Past$105,348-4%6718$1,572$843,4758Sony Pictures Classics
3The Great Beauty$104,717-8%531$1,976$1,795,33113Janus Films
4The Invisible Woman$56,958-64%74-62$770$981,2647Sony Pictures Classics
5Gimme Shelter (2014)$55,520-82%76-271$731$1,335,6953Roadside Attractions
6Kids for Cash$40,800--4--$10,200$40,8001SenArt Films / Paladin
7Tim's Vermeer$39,011-22%73$5,573$127,5632Sony Pictures Classics
9A Field in England$5,013--10--$501$5,0131Drafthouse Films