'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 Extended Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Extended Weekend

Wide (1000+)

1A Good Day to Die Hard$29,300,000--3,553--$8,247$37,539,1161Fox
2Identity Thief$28,000,000-19%3,16524$8,847$75,287,7852Universal
3Safe Haven$25,171,000--3,223--$7,810$33,999,9181Relativity Media
4Escape From Planet Earth$21,042,000--3,288--$6,400$21,042,0001Weinstein Company
5Warm Bodies$10,250,000-10%2,897-112$3,538$51,470,5313Lionsgate / Summit
6Beautiful Creatures (2013)$8,925,000--2,950--$3,025$11,467,3171Warner Bros.
7Side Effects (2013)$7,800,000-16%2,6050$2,994$20,620,8362Open Road
8Silver Linings Playbook$7,630,00019%2,202-607$3,465$100,004,47214Weinstein Company
9Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$4,180,000-27%2,103-1182$1,988$50,408,7954Paramount
10Zero Dark Thirty$3,600,000-10%1,522-1040$2,365$88,528,6689Sony / Columbia
12Lincoln$2,138,00014%1,007-510$2,123$176,725,92715Disney / DreamWorks
13Django Unchained$1,850,000-20%1,017-485$1,819$157,342,9838Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1Argo$2,715,00014%903-502$3,007$127,378,05219Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$2,000,00015%647-277$3,091$111,301,90113Fox
3Quartet$1,571,00067%33389$4,718$7,147,0176Weinstein Company
4The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,275,000-13%605-396$2,107$300,159,34510Warner Bros. / New Line
5Wreck-It Ralph$1,127,0006%506-251$2,227$185,860,85916Disney
6Les Miserables (2012)$1,017,000-35%676-771$1,504$145,682,9808Universal
7Amour$918,411144%306181$3,001$4,141,5409Sony Pictures Classics
8Parental Guidance$625,000-42%603-616$1,036$75,288,8608Fox
9Rise of The Guardians$568,000123%33863$1,680$101,527,57513Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Impossible$563,000-41%422-317$1,334$17,589,6519Lionsgate / Summit
12A Haunted House$388,000-50%340-573$1,141$39,635,7716Open Road
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$350,000251%25494$1,378$291,843,50614Lionsgate / Summit
14Jack Reacher$150,000-36%175-132$857$79,355,9859Paramount
15Stand Up Guys$130,000-80%119-551$1,092$3,185,0573Lionsgate / Roadside
16This is 40$120,000-38%167-111$719$67,453,4409Universal
17Broken City$91,000-81%133-622$684$19,495,9125Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Top Gun 3D$167,000-92%40-260$4,175$2,984,0182Paramount
2Hyde Park on Hudson$126,000-8%86-44$1,465$6,039,44811Focus
3No (2013)$94,742--4--$23,686$94,7421Sony Pictures Classics
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$74,000-27%96-89$771$34,303,0357Lionsgate
5The Gatekeepers$59,18541%41$14,796$230,6313Sony Pictures Classics
6The Guilt Trip$59,000-45%88-137$670$36,802,0799Paramount
7Koch$46,47879%117$4,225$135,1873Zeitgeist Films
8Anna Karenina (2012)$44,000-28%51-40$863$12,766,08914Focus
9The Last Stand$28,500-69%54-185$528$11,962,3105Lionsgate