Sunday Update: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in an estimated $21.6 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 62 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 for three straight weekends since Guardians of the Galaxy did so earlier this year. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $257.73 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 an estimated $11.1 million to remain in second. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 56 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 $49.59 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 an estimated $8.6 million. The R-rated comedy sequel was down 44 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 $36.07 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 an estimated $8.13 million. The successful 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios was down 57 percent. Big Hero 6 has grossed $177.55 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 an estimated $8.0 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film fell 49 percent. Interstellar continues to run below expectations with $158.66 million after 31 days of wide release. The film has held up nicely thus far, but it will soon begin to face 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 an estimated $1.35 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 an estimated $630,000 this weekend from 21 locations. That gave the critically acclaimed drama starring Reese Witherspoon a per-location average of $30,000 for the frame. After an additional two days of release (in 5 locations), Wild has grossed $677,248 through five days.
Elsewhere in platform release, The Weinstein Company's The Imitation Game remained strong with an estimated $401,570 from 8 locations. The awards season hopeful starring Benedict Cumberbatch claimed a per-location average of $50,196 for the frame. The Imitation Game has grossed $1.01 million in ten days of platform release and will continue to expand into new locations on Friday.
Saturday Update: Lionsgate reports The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in an estimated $6.56 million on Friday, bringing its domestic total to $242.7 million. BoxOffice projects the film will easily win its third straight weekend with a projected $22 million frame.
Warner Bros.' Horrible Bosses 2 posted $2.74 million in second place yesterday, bringing its 10-day total to $30.2 million. BoxOffice projects an $8.3 million second weekend.
Fox/DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar added $2.38 million in third place to begin its second weekend. The animated spin-off has tallied $40.9 million through 10 days of release. BoxOffice projects a $10.7 million sophomore frame.
Paramount reports that Interstellar grabbed another $2.14 million yesterday, giving the Christopher Nolan space epic a domestic tally of $152.8 million to-date. BoxOffice projects a $7.2 million fifth weekend.
Disney's Big Hero 6 filled out the fifth spot yesterday with $1.81 million. The toon's haul now stands at an overall $171.2 million. BoxOffice projects a $7.6 million weekend.
Meanwhile, The Pyramid bowed to $0.46 million from 589 locations on Friday. Early word of mouth is struggling with just a 53 percent Flixster user score, while Rotten Tomatoes critics have stamped the horror flick with 9 percent. BoxOffice projects a $1.25 million weekend.
Opening in platform release this week, Wild--starring Reese Witherspoon--added an estimated $165,000 million from 21 locations yesterday. Since opening on Wednesday, the film has tallied $212,248. BoxOffice projects a $550,000 weekend.
By Daniel Garris
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 grossed $2.32 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a 14th consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence was down a slim 1 percent from Wednesday and down a sharp 79 percent from last Thursday's inflated Thanksgiving Day performance. Mockingjay - Part 1 comfortably led the weekly box office with a weekly take of $67.42 million. That represented a reasonable 60 percent decline from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to $236.13 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 is running 24 percent behind the massive $309.66 million two-week take of Catching Fire.
Horrible Bosses 2 was also down 1 percent from Wednesday to remain in second with $1.06 million on Thursday. The R-rated comedy sequel from Warner Bros. was down 65 percent from Thanksgiving Day. Horrible Bosses 2 placed in fourth for the week with $20.16 million. The film has grossed a significantly softer than expected $27.47 million in nine days, which places it 50 percent behind the $54.95 million nine-day take of 2011's Horrible Bosses (which opened on a Friday).
Paramount's Interstellar held steady in third place with $0.876 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was up 3 percent over Wednesday and down 71 percent from last Thursday. Interstellar surpassed the $150 million mark yesterday and has grossed $150.66 million after four weeks of wide release. For the week, Interstellar took fifth place with $19.36 million, which represented a decline of just 25 percent from the previous frame.
Penguins of Madagascar grossed $0.650 million to continue to claim fourth. The 3D computer animated spin-off from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was unchanged from Wednesday's performance and down 83 percent from last Thursday. The film placed in second for the week with $28.49 million. Penguins of Madagascar continues to run below expectations with a nine-day start of $38.49 million. That places the film 15 percent behind the $45.27 million nine-day take of 2011's The Muppets.
Fellow computer animated film Big Hero 6 rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.482 million. The successful Disney release was up 2 percent over Wednesday and down 84 percent from last Thursday. Big Hero 6 took third place this week with $21.02 million. That represented a 36 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's 28-day total to a strong $169.42 million.
Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 added $2.33 million on Wednesday, bringing the film's total domestic gross to $233.8 million through 13 days of release. That puts the penultimate series chapter 24 percent off the pace of last year's Catching Fire. On its current trajectory, Mockingjay - Part 1 will end up grossing between $310 million and $320 million by the end of its domestic run.
Horrible Bosses 2 took in $1.08 million in second place yesterday. WB's comedy sequel has pulled $26.4 million since bowing on Wednesday of last week, placing it 45 percent behind its predecessor's gross at the same point.
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar added $0.85 million in third place on Wednesday, giving the space epic an overall domestic haul of $149.8 million to-date.
Fox reports that Penguins of Madagascar grossed $0.65 million in fourth place yesterday. The Madagascar spin-off has earned $37.84 million through its first eight days. That puts the toon 9 percent ahead of the pace of Rise of the Guardians, 15 percent behind The Muppets, and 25 percent behind Puss in Boots.
Rounding out the top five, Disney's Big Hero 6 posted $0.47 million yesterday. Its domestic tally now stands at $168.9 million--12 percent ahead of the pace of Wreck-It Ralph. The film is poised to ultimately end its run north of $200 million domestically.
Meanwhile, The Theory of Everything took in $0.34 million from 802 locations, giving it a solid $430 per-theater average. Its domestic take thus far is $10.62 million.
On the platform front, The Imitation Game pulled a strong $31,567 from 4 locations yesterday. That represents a per-screen average of $7,892. The film's six-day total stands at $579,249.
By Daniel Garris
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 grossed $3.16 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a twelfth consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence increased 20 percent over Monday and was down 74 percent from last Tuesday's inflated pre-Thanksgiving performance. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $231.48 million in twelve days, which places the film 24 percent behind the massive $303.71 million twelve-day take of Catching Fire.
Horrible Bosses 2 held steady in second place with $1.46 million. The R-rated comedy sequel from Warner Bros. was up a healthy 33 percent over Monday. While Horrible Bosses 2 has displayed very solid midweek holding power the past two days, the film is still off to a soft seven-day start of just $25.34 million. That places the film 40 percent behind the $42.37 million seven-day start of 2011's Horrible Bosses (which opened on a Friday).
Paramount's Interstellar took in $1.05 million to remain in third place. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film was up 23 percent over Monday and down 57 percent from last Tuesday. Interstellar has grossed $148.93 million through 26 days and is set to surpass the $150 million domestic mark on Thursday.
Penguins of Madagascar grossed $0.939 million to continue to claim fourth. The 3D computer animated spin-off from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up a solid 16 percent over Monday. Penguins of Madagascar continues to perform below pre-release expectations with a seven-day start of $37.19 million. That places the film 9 percent ahead of the $34.08 million seven-day take of 2012's Rise of the Guardians and 15 percent below the $43.63 million seven-day start of 2011's The Muppets.
Disney's Big Hero 6 rounded out the day's unchanged top five with $0.633 million. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios was up a slim 3 percent over Monday and down a sharp 81 percent from last Tuesday. Big Hero 6 has grossed $168.47 million in 26 days, which places the film 12 percent ahead of the $150.38 million 26-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph.
The Theory of Everything placed in seventh with $0.427 million. In the process, the awards season hopeful from Focus surpassed the $10 million mark yesterday. For the day, The Theory of Everything earned a healthy per-location average of $533 from 802 locations.