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, Jul. 2 - Sun, Jul. 4

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$64,832,191--4,468--$14,510$157,577,1691Summit
2The Last Airbender$40,325,019--3,169--$12,725$57,836,1161Paramount
3Toy Story 3$30,280,024-49%4,0280$7,517$289,106,1933Disney
4Grown Ups$19,049,602-53%3,5340$5,390$77,631,1172Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$10,443,233-48%3,1046$3,364$45,751,8472Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$8,000,259-49%3,109-631$2,573$151,523,5174Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$3,190,024-49%2,153-1089$1,482$69,280,9744Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$1,233,220-61%884-1305$1,395$17,474,8155Universal
2Shrek Forever After$890,166-71%957-1383$930$232,278,6417Paramount / DreamWorks
3Letters to Juliet$822,969102%340-169$2,420$50,945,2748Summit
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$690,501-76%600-1251$1,151$88,144,6716Disney
5Iron Man 2$638,314-56%522-647$1,223$308,292,7779Paramount
6Solitary Man$498,4845%176-1$2,832$2,757,6637Anchor Bay
7Killers$475,307-75%727-1544$654$45,170,6365Lionsgate
8Sex and the City 2$382,173-69%355-546$1,077$94,076,9426Warner Bros. / New Line
9Marmaduke$359,085-63%475-635$756$30,815,1265Fox
10How to Train Your Dragon$341,760-28%303-30$1,128$216,156,99415Paramount / DreamWorks
11Robin Hood$328,860-49%378-291$870$103,913,9358Universal
12Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$328,745-9%11125$2,962$1,478,1824IFC
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$193,144-13%109-25$1,772$9,009,87816Music Box
14Date Night$187,220-22%242-44$774$97,634,50813Fox
15The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$175,225-19%127-16$1,380$5,597,09712Sony Pictures Classics
16Please Give$172,141-38%145-74$1,187$3,436,80810Sony Pictures Classics
17Splice$168,032-30%140-200$1,200$16,539,2425Warner Bros
18Jonah Hex$123,597-92%350-2475$353$9,937,4233Warner Bros.
19Clash of the Titans (2010)$115,116-30%175-51$658$162,916,18914Warner Bros.
20Death at a Funeral (2010)$114,498-19%136-20$842$42,708,95112Sony / Screen Gems
21Furry Vengeance$95,897-22%107-50$896$17,466,37210Summit
22A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$40,476-49%110-62$368$62,992,95010Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$774,472157%7760$10,058$1,492,3463Fox Searchlight
2I Am Love$528,877113%8053$6,611$1,096,8133Magnolia
3Winter's Bone$430,329-2%8313$5,185$1,712,2204Roadside Attractions
4Hubble 3D$247,9067%522$4,767$9,678,30516Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$128,56064%4-16$32,140$536,3414Sony Pictures Classics
6City Island$104,852-20%81-24$1,294$6,320,62816Anchor Bay
7Exit Through the Gift Shop$62,382-17%31-5$2,012$2,772,13712Producers Distribution Agency
8Micmacs$60,895-23%50-2$1,218$829,5266Sony Classics
9Mother and Child$60,019-37%77-42$779$912,1639Sony Pictures Classics
10Restrepo$58,58765%108$5,859$119,2102National Geographic
11Harry Brown$56,351-14%45-11$1,252$1,685,83110Samuel Goldwyn
12The Bounty Hunter$55,925-44%67-37$835$67,050,02416Sony / Columbia
13Just Wright$53,924-27%95-16$568$21,310,3948Fox Searchlight
14The Back-up Plan$51,721-58%97-50$533$37,358,50511CBS Films
15Ondine$48,202-24%38-1$1,268$341,66318Magnolia
16Under the Sea 3D$44,99933%130$3,461$22,684,01873Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Love Ranch$44,220--11--$4,020$58,6431E1 Entertainment
18The Killer Inside Me$43,413126%1713$2,554$93,9703IFC Films
19Oceans$42,718-45%79-48$541$19,345,90311Disneynature
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid$42,375-31%70-35$605$63,789,16216Fox
21Babies$38,332-15%42-22$913$7,279,5239Focus
22South of the Border$34,75761%65$5,793$64,9652Cinema Libre
23The Last Song$33,082-61%79-44$419$62,871,80414Disney
24Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$31,763-19%61$5,294$98,4432Sony Pictures Classics
25Avatar$28,729-36%9-6$3,192$749,596,88729Fox
26The City of Your Final Destination$16,212-20%14-1$1,158$434,99412Screen Media Films
27Let It Rain$12,072-23%50$2,414$61,9353IFC
28Raavan$11,986-87%28-87$428$690,4423Reliance Big Pictures
29Holy Rollers$11,133-14%130$856$279,33823First Independent Pictures
30The Secret of Kells$10,9525%14-1$782$669,39018GKIDS
31God of Vampires$10,395--10--$1,040$10,3951Nocturnal Features
32Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$7,253-51%9-4$806$590,50216Zeitgeist
33The Nature of Existence$5,918--3--$1,973$9,9273Walking Shadows
34La Mission$5,608-38%5-6$1,122$1,008,45813Screen Media
35Princess Kaiulani$5,542-11%5-3$1,108$836,4718Roadside Attractions
36Agora$5,483-56%2-1$2,742$204,2166Newmarket
37The Square (2010)$5,181-71%5-3$1,036$392,46413Apparition
38Alice in Wonderland (2010)$4,684-83%23-42$204$334,183,25018Disney
39Only the Brave (2010)$4,684-25%1-1$4,684$140,0816Indican Pictures
40Stonewall Uprising$4,305-73%4-2$1,076$66,5143First Run Features
41Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,045-49%2-1$2,023$167,7006Rialto
42Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,920-11%30$1,307$23,239,650144National Geographic
43Best Worst Movie$3,42431%10$3,424$62,67511Area23a
44Everyone Else$3,286514%32$1,095$72,47855Cinema Guild
45The Lottery$3,227-68%2-1$1,614$41,7444Variance Films
46Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$2,706139%10$2,706$39,2215Indican Pictures
47The Joneses$2,644-30%1-2$2,644$1,469,63212Roadside Attractions
48Kings of the Evening$2,595-71%1-3$2,595$78,74221Indican Pictures
49OSS 117: Lost in Rio$2,336-49%30$779$80,94764Music Box
50Racing Dreams$2,31294%30$771$49,1627Hanover House
51Only When I Dance$2,183--1--$2,183$2,1831Film Movement
52Sweetgrass$2,073--4--$518$193,92241Cinema Guild
53Casino Jack and the United States of Money$1,602-15%73$229$174,9199Magnolia
54Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$1,597--1--$1,597$25,2693The Film Desk
55Survival of the Dead$1,223-69%4-6$306$96,5576Magnolia / Magnet
56Chloe$1,066-35%30$355$3,073,64515Sony Pictures Classics
57Cropsey$998-41%1-1$998$27,3795Cinema Purgatorio
58John Rabe$994-67%2-1$497$45,9567Strand
59A Town Called Panic$958--1--$958$162,58229Zeitgeist Films
60Behind the Burly Q$541--1--$541$16,65711First Run Features
61U2 3D$250--1--$250$10,335,198128National Geographic
62Small Change (2009 re-issue)$237--1--$237$29,28132The Film Desk