'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, Aug. 27 - Sun, Aug. 29

Wide (1000+)

1Takers$20,512,304--2,206--$9,298$20,512,3041Sony / Screen Gems
2The Last Exorcism$20,366,613--2,874--$7,087$20,366,6131Lionsgate
3The Expendables$9,527,937-44%3,398128$2,804$82,040,1833Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$6,815,555-44%3,10826$2,193$60,531,3263Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$6,285,712-38%3,181-291$1,976$99,018,1724Sony / Columbia
6Vampires Suck$5,221,780-57%3,2330$1,615$27,834,2562Fox
7Inception$4,876,356-38%2,070-331$2,356$270,519,9207Warner Bros.
8Nanny McPhee Returns$4,714,215-44%2,79814$1,685$16,991,2852Universal
9The Switch (2010)$4,583,481-46%2,0175$2,272$16,410,0092Miramax
10Piranha 3D$4,302,878-57%2,49121$1,727$18,266,8892Weinstein Company
11Lottery Ticket$3,854,303-64%1,9730$1,954$17,284,6412Warner Bros.
12Despicable Me$2,859,680-39%1,833-403$1,560$236,276,0858Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$2,505,555-52%1,566-1254$1,600$26,166,9453Universal
14Salt$1,883,890-25%1,168-626$1,613$113,260,6446Sony / Columbia
15Dinner for Schmucks$1,779,540-49%1,501-648$1,186$69,204,3725Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

2Get Low$1,640,176130%570424$2,878$3,633,4515Sony Pictures Classics
3Step Up 3D$1,227,816-61%901-691$1,363$39,715,3044Disney
4Toy Story 3$1,010,710-34%600-130$1,685$405,659,22111Disney
5Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$675,231-60%823-757$820$41,279,2445Warner Bros.
6The Kids Are All Right$522,172-36%342-62$1,527$19,149,7018Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$514,653-9%476-81$1,081$298,027,7529Summit
8The Last Airbender$418,754122%30683$1,368$130,590,2569Paramount
9Ramona and Beezus$320,050-21%354-34$904$24,817,3556Fox
10The Girl Who Played With Fire$296,518-21%1765$1,685$6,184,3268Music Box
11Grown Ups$267,350-37%263-161$1,017$159,372,00610Sony / Columbia
12The Sorcerer's Apprentice$264,319-44%312-160$847$61,075,2787Disney
13Hubble 3D$263,530-25%1510$1,745$14,558,69124Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Karate Kid (2010)$248,539-34%255-59$975$175,908,76312Sony / Columbia
15Charlie St. Cloud$213,100-55%333-314$640$30,749,8755Universal
16Shrek Forever After$192,638-31%207-25$931$238,053,79015Paramount / DreamWorks
17Knight and Day$182,311-30%229-48$796$75,986,16410Fox
19Winter's Bone$140,868-34%117-13$1,204$5,426,06412Roadside Attractions
20Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$106,901-39%157-29$681$90,586,62314Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Mao's Last Dancer$299,69150%7542$3,996$1,193,8132Samuel Goldwyn
2Nick Saban: Gamechanger$188,786--26--$7,261$188,7861Flashlight
3Cairo Time$182,40938%4817$3,800$604,7384IFC
4Mesrine: Killer Instinct$152,873--28--$5,460$152,8731Music Box
5Animal Kingdom$123,59422%3917$3,169$372,5113Sony Pictures Classics
6What If...$97,91897%5532$1,780$162,7682Five & Two Pictures
7Flipped$70,38842%26-3$2,707$671,1094Warner Bros.
8The A-Team$66,992-38%92-59$728$77,096,45912Fox
9I Am Love$64,776-42%52-31$1,246$4,535,78611Magnolia
10Peepli Live$60,265-63%45-25$1,339$704,7743UTV Communications
11Under the Sea 3D$54,107-27%160$3,382$23,983,85981Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Concert$52,199-2%200$2,610$370,2816Weinstein Company
13The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$51,060-7%214$2,431$349,3624National Geographic
15Restrepo$40,812-31%37-7$1,103$1,123,81810National Geographic
17Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$36,221-36%21-6$1,725$447,8026NeoClassics
18The Tillman Story$31,670-39%51$6,334$108,0852Weinstein Company
19Please Give$29,840141%4527$663$4,010,32018Sony Pictures Classics
20Lebanon$28,016-18%14-1$2,001$143,14046Sony Pictures Classics
21The Extra Man$26,107-57%24-9$1,088$334,6645Magnolia
22The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$22,580-46%29-12$779$9,980,95624Music Box
23A Film Unfinished$20,296-40%51$4,059$91,4982Oscilloscope
24La Soga$16,988-53%12-8$1,416$144,43237-57 Releasing
25Cyrus$16,261-52%32-24$508$7,353,11511Fox Searchlight
26Change of Plans$15,378--2--$7,689$15,3781IFC
27Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$15,339-63%28-19$548$1,594,53312Sony Pictures Classics
28Life During Wartime$14,348-24%14-1$1,025$242,5916IFC
29Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$13,781-42%51$2,756$173,3146Arthouse Films
30Exit Through the Gift Shop$12,769-34%9-1$1,419$3,200,41420Producers Distribution Agency
31Soul Kitchen$12,224-42%97$1,358$44,3882IFC
32Solitary Man$10,881-44%190$573$4,313,17815Anchor Bay
33The Disappearance of Alice Creed$10,506-32%7-1$1,501$129,2014Anchor Bay
34Date Night$10,205-32%13-10$785$98,700,49421Fox
35Mademoiselle Chambon$8,970-34%11-1$815$307,42014Lorber
36Micmacs$8,6982%13-11$669$1,187,75114Sony Classics
37Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$8,107-60%12-18$676$2,905,49012IFC
38The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$7,497-20%134$577$6,330,41120Sony Pictures Classics
39Winnebago Man$7,447-35%70$1,064$131,7008Kino International
41Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$6,314-37%10-9$631$351,73110Sony Pictures Classics
42Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$4,980-49%10$4,980$43,78311The Film Desk
43The Nature of Existence$4,5271886%21$2,264$42,51811Walking Shadows
44Army of Crime$4,367-46%2-1$2,184$19,0212Lorber
45Patrik, Age 1.5$4,275-76%4-5$1,069$50,9904Here Films
47Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,228-60%4-2$1,057$283,62714Rialto
48Circle$3,926--2--$1,963$3,9261Indican Pictures
49Around a Small Mountain$3,604--3--$1,201$24,5578Cinema Guild
50The People I've Slept With$3,437--1--$3,437$11,1383People Pictures
51Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$1,969-68%2-3$985$669,81324Zeitgeist
52The Milk of Sorrow$1,914--1--$1,914$1,9141Olive Films
53The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$1,702--21--$81$97,55821International Film Circuit
54Mother and Child$1,665-21%4-9$416$1,098,39617Sony Pictures Classics
55Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,453820%10$1,453$47,30410Kino International
56Daniel and Ana$1,400--1--$1,400$1,4001Strand
57The Sicilian Girl$1,37818%31$459$21,0334Music Box
58The Law$1,21410%10$1,214$17,35110Oscilloscope
59Orlando (2010 re-issue)$1,07939%3-2$360$55,4126Sony Pictures Classics
61Princess Kaiulani$1,045-10%10$1,045$871,86916Roadside Attractions
62Countdown to Zero$1,011-83%4-2$253$251,7286Magnolia
63Stonewall Uprising$732632%10$732$119,40711First Run Features
64City Island$649-63%1-3$649$6,670,71224Anchor Bay
65Tales From Earthsea$589-94%1-4$589$48,0433Disney
66Spoken Word$516-81%2-1$258$23,7466Variance
67Crude$499--1--$499$170,29551First Run
68Kings of the Evening$350-35%10$350$98,68229Indican Pictures
69Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$250-79%10$250$348,29017Kino International
70Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$250--1--$250$66,90113Indican Pictures
71Everyone Else$160-91%10$160$92,85963Cinema Guild