By Shawn Robbins
Please note that all grosses for Wednesday, November 26 are estimates and that not all studios are currently reporting due to Thanksgiving. Complete actuals will be reported after the holiday.
Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 earned an estimated $14.55 million on Wednesday, up 20 percent from Tuesday. That brings the sequel's domestic tally to $157.56 million through six days of release--24 percent off the pace of last year's Catching Fire.
Fox/DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar bowed to an estimated $6.25 million for its opening day yesterday. That's generally on par with The Muppets' $6.5 million pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday opening three years ago, and 29 percent ahead of DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians pre-Thanksgiving first day take of $4.8 million.
Warner Bros. reports that Horrible Bosses 2 took in an estimated $4.25 million on Wednesday, including Tuesday's $1 million from early shows. With no R-rated comedy sequels having opened over Thanksgiving weekend in the recent past, comparisons this early may be futile. That being said, the best samples may be that of last year's Anchorman: The Legend Continues ($8.1 million opening Wednesday, one week before Christmas) and 2008's Four Christmases ($6.1 million opening Wednesday before Thanksgiving). Warner Bros. also reports the Bosses sequel earned a "B+" CinemaScore.
Disney's Big Hero 6 posted $4.18 million yesterday, up 28 percent from Tuesday. The toon's domestic total now stands at $145.4 million.
Rounding out the top five, Interstellar added $3.17 million on Wednesday for a 31 percent increase from Tuesday. Christopher Nolan's space epic has now taken in $128.25 million domestically up to this point.
By Daniel Garris
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 grossed $12.13 million on Tuesday to easily top the daily box office for a fifth straight day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence increased 35 percent over Monday's performance. Daily increases in general were especially strong on Tuesday thanks in part to the approaching Thanksgiving holiday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire increased 29.5 percent on its first Tuesday to gross $15.96 million. Mockingjay- Part 1 surpassed the $140 million mark on Tuesday and has grossed $143.01 million in five days. While Mockingjay - Part 1 is off to the largest five-day start of 2014, the film is also performing below pre-release expectations and is running a significant 23 percent behind the massive $186.36 million five-day start of Catching Fire.
Disney's Big Hero 6 held steady in second with $3.27 million. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios held up especially well yesterday, as it was up 50 percent over Monday and up 93 percent over last Tuesday. Big Hero 6 also surpassed the $140 million mark yesterday and has grossed $141.20 million in 19 days. That places the film 12 percent ahead of the $126.50 million 19-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph. Even with added competition from Fox's Penguins of Madagascar, Big Hero 6 is highly likely to hold up very well over the Thanksgiving holiday frame.
Paramount's Interstellar took in $2.42 million to remain in third place. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film increased 40 percent over Monday and was down a slim 9 percent from last Tuesday. Interstellar has grossed $125.08 million after 19 days of wide release. That places the film 27 percent behind the $171.22 million 19-day take of last year's Thor: The Dark World. Interstellar should be able to stabilize this weekend thanks to the holiday frame and continued IMAX grosses.
Dumb and Dumber To grossed $1.66 million to continue to claim fourth. Universal's long awaited comedy sequel starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels was up 39 percent over Monday and down 31 percent from last Tuesday. Dumb and Dumber To surpassed the $60 million mark yesterday and has grossed $60.58 million in twelve days. The film is likely to continue to fall off quickly over the holiday frame, especially with added competition from Warner's Horrible Bosses 2.
The Theory of Everything continued to perform well in limited release on Tuesday with $0.215 million from 140 locations. That gave the awards season hopeful from Focus a per-location average of $1,533 for the day, which was the second highest per-location average among films in the top ten yesterday (behind only Mockingjay - Part 1). The Theory of Everything has grossed $3.17 million through 19 days of platform release. The film will be playing in 749 locations today and on Thursday and in 802 locations beginning on Friday.
Warner Bros. reports that Horrible Bosses 2 got off to a great start on Tuesday evening by delivering a solid $1 million haul from evening shows. The comedic sequel is entering a typically crowded holiday marketplace, so this strong debut bodes well for its chances over the next several days.
LOS ANGELES - November 25, 2014 - According to Fandango, the nation's leading moviegoer destination, fans continue to flock to "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," which amassed a high-flying 90 out of 100 points on the company's Fanticipation movie buzz indicator, and ranks as this weekend's top advance ticket-seller. Thanksgiving openers are looking solid, with "Penguins of Madagascar" and "Horrible Bosses 2," scoring 87 and 84 points, respectively.
"Penguins" is outselling "The Croods" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2," while "Horrible Bosses 2" is outpacing "Horrible Bosses" and "We're the Millers" at the same point in those films' sales cycles.
According to a survey of more than 1,000 "Penguins" ticket-buyers on Fandango:
· 85% have seen all three previous "Madagascar" films with their kids;
· 83% plan to see the movie as part of a Thanksgiving weekend family outing;
· 65% claim Benedict Cumberbatch and John Malkovich in the voice cast made them more excited to see the movie.
"For the new releases this holiday weekend, adult audiences will eat up the raucous, fast-paced comedy ‘Horrible Bosses 2,' featuring Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as a villain you love to hate, while families with young children will be thankful for the lighthearted laughs, non-stop action and positive themes in the animated adventure ‘Penguins,' co-starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the grey wolf leader," says Fandango Chief Correspondent Dave Karger. "In limited release, Cumberbatch fans will want to check out his award-worthy performance in ‘The Imitation Game,' one of the year's very best pictures."
On Fandango's weekly movie recommendation show, "Weekend Ticket," Karger breaks down the new releases and catches up with "Horrible Bosses 2" stars Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day. When asked to describe why "Bosses" makes sense as a Thanksgiving movie, Sudeikis playfully points out that "laughing burns calories!" The full episode can be viewed at http://www.fandango.com/WeekendTicket.
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.