By Daniel Garris
Paramount's Interstellar grossed $1.81 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office one last time. The high-profile Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was down a solid 10 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. It should be noted that daily percentage declines were significant for most wide releases yesterday, due in large part to Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 entering the marketplace on Thursday evening. Interstellar took third place for the week with a weekly haul of $36.97 million. That represented a 44 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's domestic total to $105.59 million after 14 days of wide release.
Universal's Dumb and Dumber To held steady in second with $1.44 million. The long awaited comedy sequel starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels was down 12 percent from Wednesday. While it has shown early signs of front-loading throughout the midweek, Dumb and Dumber To was still the week's top film with a very solid seven-day start of $43.65 million. That was slightly ahead of pre-release expectations and places the film 5 percent ahead of the $41.56 million seven-day start of last year's Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.
Disney's Big Hero 6 took in $1.15 million to remain in third place. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios was down just 1 percent from Wednesday, which represented one of the day's better daily percentage holds among wide releases. The film fell 39 percent from last Thursday. Big Hero 6 claimed second place for the week with $39.98 million. That was down 47 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to $115.62 million. Big Hero 6 is currently running 12 percent ahead of the $103.17 million 14-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.
Beyond the Lights rounded out its first week of release with a seventh place take of $0.256 million. The low-budget drama from Relativity was down 10 percent from Wednesday's performance. Beyond the Lights took fourth place for the week with a modest seven-day start of $7.49 million. That was below expectations and was 20 percent below the recent $9.37 million seven-day start of Addicted.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is off to a fast start ahead of the weekend. The film opened in nine markets on Wednesday, including Brazil and France, before expanding to 59 more markets on Thursday. The UK, Germany, Australia, Italy, and South Korea formed the core of key markets from Thursday's overseas expansion. The latest installment in The Hunger Games saga opens in 17 more markets on Friday to reach a day-and-date presence across a total of 85 markets and making it the widest release in Lionsgate history.
Current overseas estimates put the film at $33 million with #1 premieres across virtually every market. UK came in with $3.6 million including previews, up 12% from the previous installment in the franchise. UK was the previous film's biggest overseas territory and is expected to perform well in the coming weeks.
Mockingjay posted the biggest opening day of 2014 in Germany with $2.9 million, 11% ahead of Catching Fire. France has a two-day cume of $3 million while russia posted a 2D opening record among 2014 releases with $2.7 million. Australia recorded a single-day gross of $2.4 million to also become the biggest premiere of the year to date. I
Paramount reports that Interstellar retained the top spot on Wednesday with a gross of $2.02 million. That represents a healthy 41 percent drop from the same day last week, while giving the Christopher Nolan space epic a domestic total of $103.8 million thus far.
Universal's Dumb and Dumber To added $1.64 million yesterday, giving it $42.2 million through 6 days of release. That puts the Jim Carrey-Jeff Daniels comedy sequel 6 percent ahead of the pace of last year's Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa.
Disney's Big Hero 6 was off 38 percent from last Wednesday to $1.16 million yesterday. The animated hit's total now stands at a strong $114.5 million.
Gone Girl eased 27 percent from last Wednesday to $0.34 million yesterday. The dramatic thriller has earned an excellent $153.7 million domestically up to this point.
Fury rounded out the top five with $0.34 million, down 30 percent from the same day last week. The war drama's total now stands at $77 million.
Meanwhile, Beyond the Lights posted $0.28 million in its sixth day of release as it slipped down to seventh place. That gives the music drama a total of $7.2 million so far, 20 percent off the pace of Addicted.
LOS ANGELES - November 19, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" represents more than 90% of Fandango's weekend sales and scores a stirring 97 out of 100 points on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, the highest score for any film this year. Already Fandango fans' most anticipated film of 2014, "Mockingjay" is also on target to become Fandango's top advance ticket-seller of the year.
According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Mockingjay" ticket-buyers on Fandango:
· 95% had seen the previous "Hunger Games" films on the big screen;
· 93% are already looking forward to seeing "Mockingjay - Part 2;"
· 66% say Lorde's "Mockingjay" soundtrack increased their interest in the movie;
· 52% picked Julianne Moore (as President Alma Coin) as the new-to-the-franchise actor they're most excited to see; 33% picked Natalie Dormer (as Cressida).
"'Mockingjay' takes the franchise to new heights, as there's a lot of raw emotion in this film, and it shatters your expectations," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger, "As the positive buzz builds, fans will continue to scoop up tickets on Fandango and theater owners will keep adding new showtimes to meet fan demand."
About Fandango's Fanticipation
Known for having its finger on the pulse of moviegoers, Fandango's movie buzz indicator, Fanticipation, provides statistical insight into the movies fans are planning to see in a given weekend. Fanticipation scores (based on a 1 to 100-point scale) are calculated via an algorithm of Fandango's advance ticket sales, website and mobile traffic, and social media engagement. Fanticipation is not intended as a forecast of the weekend box office; it is a snapshot of movie fan sentiment.
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By Daniel Garris
Paramount's Interstellar took in $2.64 million on Tuesday to remain in first place at the daily box office. In the process, the high-profile Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film surpassed the $100 million domestic mark yesterday. Interstellar was up 23 percent over Monday and down 62 percent from last Tuesday's inflated Veterans Day performance. The film has grossed $101.72 million after twelve days of wide release. That places Interstellar 23 percent behind the $132.53 million twelve-day take of last year's Gravity.
Universal's Dumb and Dumber To held steady in second with $2.399 million. The long awaited comedy sequel starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels trailed Interstellar by $238,024 for the day. Dumb and Dumber To increased 16 percent over Monday's performance, which represented one of the day's smaller daily percentage increases among wide releases. Dumb and Dumber To surpassed the $40 million mark yesterday and has grossed $40.58 million in five days. That is slightly ahead of expectations and places the film 7.5 percent ahead of the $37.76 million five-day start of last year's Bad Grandpa.
Disney's Big Hero 6 grossed $1.69 million to remain in third place. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios was up a healthy 29 percent from Monday and down a sharp 84 percent from last Tuesday. Big Hero 6 has grossed $113.31 million in twelve days. The film continues to run in line with its lofty pre-release expectations and is currently running 12 percent ahead of the $101.01 million twelve-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.
Fox's Gone Girl and Sony's Fury claimed fourth and fifth place on Tuesday with respective daily takes of $0.424 million and $0.418 million. The two films were separated by just $5,771 for the day. Gone Girl was up 24 percent over Monday, while Fury was up a similar 25 percent. Respective total grosses stand at a very impressive $153.40 million for Gone Girl in 47 days and at a solid $76.64 million for Fury through 33 days.
Beyond the Lights followed closely behind in sixth with $0.411 million. The low-budget drama from Relativity increased a solid 20 percent over Monday, but was still down two spots from Monday's fourth place finish. Beyond the Lights has grossed a modest $6.95 million in five days. That is below expectations and places the film 20 percent behind the recent $8.66 million five-day start of Addicted.