Grosses

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Claims 2014’s Largest Debut with $123.0MNovember 23, 2014 08:33 AM

by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 registered the largest opening weekend of 2014 with an estimated $123.0 million this weekend. However, the third installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence debuted a significant 22 percent below the $158.07 million start of last year's Catching Fire and 19 percent below the $152.54 million start of 2012's The Hunger Games. While Mockingjay - Part 1 had been largely expected to open below Catching Fire due in part to not having an IMAX boost this time around, the degree of the drop-off from Catching Fire was certainly unexpected.

With that said, it should be noted that in addition to easily generating the largest opening weekend of 2014 (the previous high being the $100.04 million start of Transformers: Age of Extinction), Mockingjay - Part 1 also claimed the sixth largest opening weekend ever for the month of November and the 15th largest opening weekend of all-time (without adjusting for ticket price inflation). Those are still impressive accomplishments, especially without the aid of either 3D or IMAX sales.

Mockingjay - Part 1 opened with $55.15 million on Friday, which included $17.0 million from Thursday night shows. The film declined 26 percent on Saturday to gross $40.75 million and is estimated to fall 33.5 percent on Sunday to gross $27.1 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.23 to 1, which is on par with the 2.23 to 1 ratio of Catching Fire. The ratio suggests that Mockingjay - Part 1 will likely display similar holding power to that of Catching Fire, though Mockingjay - Part 1 could potentially hold up slightly better due in part from having opened significantly lower and in part from not having to face competition from Frozen. Mockingjay - Part 1 received an A- rating on CinemaScore.

Disney's Big Hero 6 took in an estimated $20.09 million to remain in second place. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios was down 42 percent from last weekend. Even though Mockingjay - Part 1 didn't pack the same punch as Catching Fire did last year, it still had a clear effect on holdovers, as percentage declines from last weekend were significant in general. Big Hero 6 has grossed $135.71 million through 17 days of release. That places the film 11.5 percent ahead of the $121.75 million 17-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph (which fell 44 percent in its third weekend to gross $18.58 million). While it will face new direct competition from Fox's Penguins of Madagascar beginning on Wednesday, Big Hero 6 is likely to hold up nicely over Thanksgiving weekend thanks in part to strong word of mouth and in part based on historical trends for family fare over the Thanksgiving frame.

It was a fairly close race for third place this weekend between Paramount's Interstellar and Universal's Dumb and Dumber To. With an estimated $15.1 million, Interstellar topped Dumb and Dumber To by an estimated $1.3 million for the frame. Interstellar was down a significant 47 percent from last weekend, as despite continued IMAX shows, the Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film still took a hit from Mockingjay - Part 1. Interstellar continues to perform below expectations with $120.69 million after 17 days of wide release. The film is also falling further and further behind the pace of Gravity, as it is now running 29 percent behind the $169.56 million 17-day take of Gravity (which fell just 31 percent in its third weekend to gross $30.03 million). While Interstellar could experience stronger than usual stabilization over the next two weeks, the film will be facing very direct competition from both Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings and Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in December.

On the heels of last weekend's stronger than expected first place debut, Dumb and Dumber To fell three spots and a massive 62 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with an estimated $13.8 million. A fan-driven opening weekend performance combined with poor critical reviews and lackluster word of mouth among moviegoers (not to mention the added presence of Mockingjay - Part 1) clearly helped lead to a hefty second weekend decline for the long-awaited comedy sequel starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Despite the second weekend decline, Dumb and Dumber To is running in line with expectations at this point with a very solid ten-day take of $57.45 million. However, the film has now fallen 7 percent behind the $61.57 million ten-day pace of last year's Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (which fell just 38 percent in its second weekend to gross $20.01 million).

On the limited front, Focus' The Theory of Everything expanded nicely with an estimated $1.50 million from 140 locations. That placed the James Marsh directed awards season hopeful in tenth place among all films and gave the film a per-location average of $10,714 for the frame. The Theory of Everything has grossed $2.79 million through 17 days of platform release and will continue its expansion over the upcoming Thanksgiving frame.

Fellow awards season hopeful Foxcatcher grossed an estimated $474,339 from 24 locations. That gave the Bennett Miller directed film starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum a per-location average of $19,764. The Sony Pictures Classics release has grossed $0.822 million after ten days.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jun. 4 - Sun, Jun. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$25,486,465-41%4,38619$5,811$183,229,4533Paramount / DreamWorks
2Get Him to the Greek$17,571,000--2,697--$6,515$17,571,0001Universal
3Killers$15,837,266--2,859--$5,539$15,837,2661Lionsgate
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$14,019,131-53%3,6460$3,845$59,621,7212Disney
5Sex and the City 2$12,344,000-60%3,4450$3,583$73,128,0002Warner Bros. / New Line
6Marmaduke$11,599,661--3,213--$3,610$11,599,6611Fox
7Iron Man 2$7,918,708-52%3,007-797$2,633$291,429,8705Paramount
8Splice$7,385,000--2,450--$3,014$7,385,0001Warner Bros
9Robin Hood$5,366,000-48%2,599-774$2,065$94,496,0004Universal
10Letters to Juliet$3,036,367-48%1,962-863$1,548$43,337,8364Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Raajneeti$850,000--111--$7,658$850,0001UTV Communications
2Date Night$775,810-57%658-468$1,179$95,334,4529Fox
3Just Wright$767,818-64%518-677$1,482$20,193,7784Fox Searchlight
4How to Train Your Dragon$488,283-58%343-482$1,424$213,883,14311Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$397,705-13%1605$2,486$3,992,3198Sony Pictures Classics
6The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$313,774-17%152-12$2,064$7,382,56112Music Box
7City Island$308,840-25%177-24$1,745$5,272,44412Anchor Bay
8Alice in Wonderland (2010)$300,515-49%277-64$1,085$333,627,87814Disney
9Babies$252,958-47%181-120$1,398$6,529,1795Focus
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$212,000-77%294-597$721$62,412,0006Warner Bros. / New Line
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$208,515-17%244-39$855$63,067,07912Fox
12The Bounty Hunter$201,928-27%249-38$811$65,958,84612Sony / Columbia
13The Losers$131,00027%206123$636$23,398,0007Warner Bros.
14Clash of the Titans (2010)$122,000-45%134-91$910$161,562,00010Warner Bros.
15Hot Tub Time Machine$121,000-46%203-161$596$50,214,00011MGM
16The Last Song$99,096-53%119-95$833$62,139,15210Disney
17MacGruber$99,000-94%177-2369$559$8,461,0003Universal / Rogue
18The Back-up Plan$95,610-67%153-238$625$36,793,6587CBS Films
19The Ghost Writer$90,28424%14789$614$15,441,07616Summit
20Furry Vengeance$81,989-54%125-122$656$16,612,7926Summit
21Shutter Island$77,735-54%152-49$511$127,968,40516Paramount
22Death at a Funeral (2010)$75,708-65%102-145$742$42,092,5148Sony / Screen Gems
23Kick-Ass$73,155-52%117-46$625$47,641,5618Lionsgate
24Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$49,076-56%105-72$467$60,072,59610Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Please Give$264,56732%8737$3,041$1,707,1506Sony Pictures Classics
2Hubble 3D$229,000-30%47-1$4,872$7,561,00012Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Solitary Man$174,453107%2216$7,930$439,8893Anchor Bay
4Micmacs$142,622234%3531$4,075$210,8622Sony Classics
5Exit Through the Gift Shop$135,575-23%43-3$3,153$2,155,1538Producers Distribution Agency
6Mother and Child$123,804124%5118$2,428$477,3615Sony Pictures Classics
7Harry Brown$88,258-33%50-4$1,765$1,195,9076Samuel Goldwyn
8Avatar$76,692-36%46-38$1,667$749,202,09025Fox
9Oceans$54,885-57%95-83$578$19,015,6637Disneynature
10Kites$47,722-82%58-118$823$1,602,4663Reliance Big Cinema
11Princess Kaiulani$43,717-51%25-13$1,749$708,2324Roadside Attractions
12Agora$41,32624%42$10,332$95,3902Newmarket
13Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$41,019-33%81-27$506$88,665,12017Fox
14Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$35,024--6--$5,837$177,3495Kino International
15Under the Sea 3D$33,000-30%17-1$1,941$22,301,00069Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Holy Rollers$30,075-46%16-4$1,880$177,20119First Independent Pictures
17The Father of My Children$27,574-12%61$4,596$94,4313IFC Films
18Ondine$27,497--5--$5,499$27,49714Magnolia
19Mademoiselle Chambon$26,33757%42$6,584$59,8762Lorber
20The City of Your Final Destination$22,000-4%151$1,467$321,0008Screen Media Films
21Breathless (2010 re-issue)$22,000-32%3-1$7,333$77,0002Rialto
22The Secret of Kells$20,968-18%24-1$874$570,48714GKIDS
23The Tooth Fairy$17,070-44%46-30$371$59,995,00520Fox
24The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$16,11536%173$948$157,6256IFC
25Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$14,710-31%8-4$1,839$477,07012Zeitgeist
26Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$14,000--2--$7,000$14,0001Indican Pictures
27The Square (2010)$13,130-22%172$772$306,9789Apparition
28Our Family Wedding$11,000-54%18-34$611$20,236,00013Fox Searchlight
29John Rabe$9,314117%40$2,329$23,8213Strand
30Madeo (Mother)$7,840-25%11-1$713$537,72954Magnolia
31BoyBand$7,600--1--$7,600$7,6001Artigo Ajemian Films
32Survival of the Dead$7,387-83%13-7$568$77,7292Magnolia / Magnet
33The Good, the Bad, the Weird$7,189-24%9-4$799$111,7889IFC
34Vincere$7,109-5%11-1$646$604,03312IFC
35Casino Jack and the United States of Money$6,668-68%14-7$476$151,0505Magnolia
36Cropsey$6,305--1--$6,305$6,3051Cinema Purgatorio
37Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$5,943-17%5-1$1,189$23,209,063140National Geographic
38Ajami$5,900--10--$590$594,08538Kino International
39Sweetgrass$5,830103%41$1,458$172,13237Cinema Guild
40The Little Traitor$5,299-37%40$1,325$333,57426Westchester Films
41Double Take (2010)$4,650--1--$4,650$6,6481Kino International
42The Last Station$4,5301248%41$1,133$6,612,06821Sony Pictures Classics
43The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$4,371-63%10$4,371$62,1929International Film Circuit
44Best Worst Movie$4,350-16%20$2,175$47,0257Area23a
45No One Knows About Persian Cats$3,96329%6-1$661$74,6838IFC
46Chloe$3,684-53%10-8$368$3,025,36711Sony Pictures Classics
47Everyone Else$3,112--3--$1,037$58,65151Cinema Guild
48A Prophet (Un prophète)$3,009-60%4-10$752$2,070,92615Sony Classics
49The Eclipse$2,876-32%72$411$123,58211Magnolia
50Deadfall Trail$2,480-61%50$496$35,8554Nocturnal Features
51U2 3D$2,325496%10$2,325$10,331,984124National Geographic
52When You're Strange$2,166--2--$1,083$234,1799Abramorama
53Looking for Eric$2,091-70%7-1$299$38,1414IFC
54180° South$2,007-64%40$502$29,0843Magnolia
55October Country$1,986267%43$497$24,85417International Film Circuit
56Letters to God$1,903-49%9-5$211$2,842,8909Vivendi
57The Joneses$1,766-44%7-1$252$1,438,5938Roadside Attractions
58Two in the Wave$1,680--1--$1,680$24,3123Lorber Films
59After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$1,387-8%20$694$7,1443Variance Films
60Terribly Happy$1,154-28%2-1$577$170,05918Oscilloscope
61OSS 117: Lost in Rio$1,148-71%1-2$1,148$52,16960Music Box
62Spring Fever$854--1--$854$8541Strand
6335 Shots of Rum$801--1--$801$177,51138Cinema Guild
64The Living Wake$495--1--$495$10,8294Mangusta Productions
65Dream Boy$220--1--$220$6,04111Regent
66Just Say Love$93--1--$93$3,89811Regent
67Manuela and Manuel$83--1--$83$1,55711Regent