'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.

Weekly domestic gross

YearWeekTop 10 GrossChg. LY%Total GrossChg. LY% Top movie of the week
200750 (Dec 14 - Dec 20)$198,522,56023%$216,898,00014%I Am Legend
200550 (Dec 16 - Dec 22)$189,355,22447%$211,162,00050%King Kong (2005)
200450 (Dec 10 - Dec 16)$128,974,760-12%$140,688,000-17%Ocean's Twelve
201150 (Dec 16 - Dec 22)$180,459,84567%$209,451,00069%Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
201050 (Dec 10 - Dec 16)$108,360,307-1%$123,720,000-5%The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
200850 (Dec 12 - Dec 18)$103,735,399-48%$123,222,000-43%The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
201250 (Dec 14 - Dec 20)$174,095,873-4%$192,867,000-8%The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
201450 (Dec 12 - Dec 18)$129,510,488-33%$128,273,000-39%The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
201350 (Dec 13 - Dec 19)$193,974,76711%$210,107,0009%The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
200350 (Dec 12 - Dec 18)$145,775,1000%$168,965,000-1%The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
200250 (Dec 13 - Dec 19)$146,053,6882%$171,333,00011%The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
200950 (Dec 11 - Dec 17)$109,134,4265%$129,571,0005%The Princess and the Frog
200650 (Dec 15 - Dec 21)$161,772,889-15%$189,435,000-10%The Pursuit of Happyness
200150 (Dec 14 - Dec 20)$143,046,62032%$154,592,0000%Vanilla Sky
200050 (Dec 15 - Dec 21)$108,020,44997%$154,860,000--What Women Want (2000)