'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
201351 (Dec 20 - Dec 26)$300,954,75713%$347,302,0009%The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
201251 (Dec 21 - Dec 27)$266,434,842-11%$319,190,000-10%The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
201151 (Dec 23 - Dec 29)$300,321,58036%$354,709,00042%Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
201051 (Dec 17 - Dec 23)$221,089,081-11%$249,690,000-9%TRON: Legacy
200951 (Dec 18 - Dec 24)$249,491,47353%$273,095,00029%Avatar
200851 (Dec 19 - Dec 25)$163,580,633-47%$212,328,000-41%Yes Man
200751 (Dec 21 - Dec 27)$309,475,17912%$361,732,0008%National Treasure: Book of Secrets
200651 (Dec 22 - Dec 28)$276,957,1024%$335,620,0007%Night at the Museum
200551 (Dec 23 - Dec 29)$265,601,74551%$313,706,00054%The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
200451 (Dec 17 - Dec 23)$175,550,727-22%$203,512,000-23%Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
200351 (Dec 19 - Dec 25)$224,442,805-9%$263,632,000-9%The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
200251 (Dec 20 - Dec 26)$245,853,6140%$289,251,0000%The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
200151 (Dec 21 - Dec 27)$245,662,58214%$290,380,0001%The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
200051 (Dec 22 - Dec 28)$216,160,68297%$288,710,000--Cast Away