By Daniel Garris
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 grossed $1.44 million on Monday to lead the daily box office for an 18th consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise was down 74 percent from Sunday and down 45 percent from last Monday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 70 percent on its third Monday to gross $1.94 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $259.59 million in 18 days, which ranks the film as the third highest grossing release of 2014 thus far domestically. The film will surpass the $259.77 million final gross of Captain America: The Winter Solider today to move into second place for the year. Mockingjay - Part 1 is currently running 23 percent behind the $337.79 million 18-day take of Catching Fire.
Warner's Horrible Bosses 2 placed in second with $0.724 million. The R-rated comedy sequel fell 64 percent from Sunday and 34 percent from last Monday. While it continues to display respectable holding power thus far, in the bigger picture Horrible Bosses 2 is performing significantly below expectations with a 13-day take of $36.62 million. That places the film 46 percent behind the $68.17 million 13-day take of 2011's Horrible Bosses.
Paramount's Interstellar claimed third place with $0.650 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was down 69 percent from Sunday and down a healthy 23 percent from last Monday. Interstellar has grossed $159.09 million after 32 days of wide release and is set to surpass the $160 million domestic mark either today or Wednesday.
Penguins of Madagascar took fourth place with $0.470 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation fell 85 percent from Sunday and 42 percent from last Monday. Penguins of Madagascar has grossed $49.87 million in 13 days and is set to surpass the $50 million mark today. The film continues to perform below expectations and is running 12 percent behind the $56.93 million 13-day take of 2011's The Muppets.
Fellow 3D computer animated film Big Hero 6 rounded out the day's top five with $0.380 million. The successful Disney release was down 83 percent form Sunday and down 38 percent from last Monday. Big Hero 6 has grossed $177.84 million in 32 days and should continue to hold up well throughout the rest of the holiday season.
By Daniel Garris
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in $22.03 million this weekend to lead the weekend box office for a third consecutive frame. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence was down 61 percent from last weekend's three-day frame. That represented a slightly better third weekend percentage hold than that of last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which fell 65 percent in its third weekend to gross $26.19 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 is the first film to lead the weekend box office since Guardians of the Galaxy did so earlier this year. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $258.15 million through 17 days of release. That places the film 23 percent behind the $335.85 million 17-day take of Catching Fire.
Penguins of Madagascar grossed $10.91 million to remain in second. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 57 percent from last weekend. It is commonplace for non-holiday family films to drop off significantly the weekend after Thanksgiving, due in part to family attendance traditionally increasing over Thanksgiving weekend. Penguins of Madagascar has grossed $49.39 million through twelve days of release. That is below pre-release expectations and places the film 12 percent behind the $56.36 million twelve-day takeoff 2011's The Muppets (which fell 62 percent in its second weekend to gross $11.08 million).
Warner's Horrible Bosses 2 was up two spots from last weekend to claim third place with $8.42 million. The R-rated comedy sequel was down 46 percent from last weekend. That represented one of this weekend's stronger percentage holds, as the film's Thanksgiving weekend performance was clearly deflated a bit. With that said, Horrible Bosses 2 is still performing well below pre-release expectations with a lackluster twelve-day start of just $35.89 million. Horrible Bosses 2 is running a disappointing 45 percent behind the $65.67 million twelve-day take of 2011's Horrible Bosses.
Big Hero 6 placed in fourth with $8.04 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios was down 57 percent. Big Hero 6 has grossed $177.46 million in 31 days. That places the film 12 percent ahead of the $158.18 million 31-day take of Wreck-It Ralph. Big Hero 6 is still in good shape to eventually surpass the $200 million domestic mark, especially with the Christmas and New Year's holidays still ahead of it.
Paramount's Interstellar rounded out the weekend's top five with $7.79 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film fell 51 percent. Interstellar continues to run below expectations domestically with $158.45 million after 31 days of wide release. The film has held up nicely thus far, but it will soon begin to face more direct competition from both Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings and Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Meanwhile, Fox's The Pyramid was off to a soft ninth place start this weekend with $1.37 million. The writing was on the wall for the low-budget horror film after it was released in just 589 locations this weekend. Fox clearly has its attention already focused on the release of Exodus: Gods and Kings this coming Friday.
Fox Searchlight's Wild was off to a far more promising start with $606,810 this weekend from 21 locations. That gave the drama starring Reese Witherspoon a per-location average of $28,896 for the frame. After an additional two days of release (in 5 locations), Wild has grossed $654,058 through five days.
Elsewhere in platform release, The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game remained strong with $389,260 from 8 locations. The awards season hopeful starring Benedict Cumberbatch claimed a healthy per-location average of $48,658 for the frame. The Imitation Game has grossed $1.00 million in ten days of platform release and will continue to expand into new locations on Friday.
By Alex Edghill
It was a relatively slow week on Facebook as no new massive trailers or big news bounced around to push like totals, so everything was pretty much left up to good old fashioned organic growth. The leader of that pile ended up being everyone's favourite little yellow weirdos the Minions. The film saw an additional 121,600 likes over the week, thanks mostly to residual buzz about its trailers a few weeks ago but also due to some Holiday-themes clips which were released. Yup, these guys are going to be absolutely massive next year on release.
Furious 7 and Avengers: Age Of Ultron accounted for the second and third spots respectively over the past week. With such a huge base of likes its really not that hard to gain sizeable numbers of people a week. Its like osmosis for Facebook, big numbers attract people.
Perhaps more interestingly Woman In Black 2 has been seeing a nice push of late thanks to its marketing materials. Now if the recent film The Pyramid taught us anything its that big social media numbers for horrors are pretty standard and not necessarily indicative of box office fortunes. Woman In Black is reusing the Facebook page of the original so it had a big jump start which it is putting to good use it seems. I'm not convinced that its going to be able to match the $20 million opening of the original but the first weekend in January has proven in the recent past to be a gold mine for horrors. Each of the last three years has seen a horror open in that slot to success: Texas Chainsaw 3D, The Devil Inside and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones - all very profitable and successful films in their own right.
Exodus: Gods And Kings rounds out the top 5 as it is drawing nearer to its release date. While its 30% hike in numbers was very strong, its overall like total is really lacking when compared to Noah which had over 400k by this point. This might have to rely more on word of mouth and legs than an opening of $40 million like Noah did.
Facebook Top 15 Movies by Like Increase for the Week Ending Sunday December 7th
|3||05/01/15||Avengers: Age of Ultron||12,591,594||12,546,649||44,945||0.36%|
|4||01/02/15||The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death||2,294,793||2,253,361||41,432||1.84%|
|5||12/12/14||Exodus: Gods and Kings||168,811||127,567||41,244||32.33%|
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Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is up to an impressive $560.5 million worldwide. $302.8 million of that comes from overseas results. Key markets include the U.K. ($39.6 milllion), Germany ($29.3 million), Australia ($22.1 million) and France ($21 million).
Interstellar posted $22.8 million from 64 markets this weekend. The overseas cume is now $434.1 million. Worldwide, Christopher Nolan's space epic is up to $593.1 million. China's tally is up to $119.2 million, which makes it the biggest earner WB has ever had in the country.
Penguins of Madagascar added another $23.5 million overseas this weekend, giving it an international cume of $94.5 million. The global total is now $144.1 million. China remains the #1 overseas market with $36.6 million, followed by Russia with $15 million.
Exodus: Gods and Kings is off to an excellent start ahead of its domestic release. The biblical epic snagged $23 million from 10 international markets over the weekend. Exodus' $4.7 million debut in Mexico is 41% ahead of Noah at the same point in the release cycle. The Ridley Scott flick is also ahead of Noah in Spain, Hong Kong, Thailand and the Philippines.
Horrible Bosses 2 raked in another $7.1 million over the weekend, giving it an overseas total of $23.1 million. Globally, the comedic sequel is up to $59.2 million.
Big Hero 6 added another $4.0 million to its overseas haul this weekend. The animated flick is only 22% into its full international roll out. The overseas haul is now $62.8 million. Globally, Big Hero 6 is up to $240.3 million.
The Pyramid debuted to $3.8 million from 16 overseas markets. The horror flick ranks second in Russia with $1.4 million.
Fury added $3.7 million, pushing its overseas total to $97.5 million. Globally, the war flick is up to $180.7 million.
Men, Women & Children is up to $418K after opening in three overseas territories. The global cume is $1.1 million.