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, Sep. 24 - Sun, Sep. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$19,011,188--3,565--$5,333$19,011,1881Fox
2Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$16,112,211--3,575--$4,507$16,112,2111Warner Bros.
3The Town$15,605,171-34%2,88524$5,409$48,692,0722Warner Bros.
4Easy A$10,600,497-40%2,8560$3,712$32,714,2152Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$8,407,513--2,548--$3,300$8,407,5131Disney
6Devil$6,605,960-46%2,8112$2,350$21,859,4252Universal
7Resident Evil: Afterlife$4,954,791-50%2,642-567$1,875$52,073,5883Sony / Screen Gems
8Alpha and Omega$4,735,271-48%2,6250$1,804$15,164,9442Lionsgate
9Takers$1,622,302-46%1,413-726$1,148$54,885,1755Sony / Screen Gems
10The Other Guys$992,812-50%1,047-780$948$116,966,9818Sony / Columbia
11The American$896,382-66%1,315-1142$682$34,607,3814Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$1,247,006-37%907-398$1,375$287,053,29211Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$704,613-56%855-813$824$79,040,3087Sony / Columbia
3Machete$642,832-63%682-1022$943$25,733,6774Fox
4Despicable Me$582,585-36%610-329$955$245,514,66512Universal
5The Expendables$564,081-59%852-1002$662$102,070,0477Lionsgate
6Nanny McPhee Returns$394,275-59%765-813$515$28,226,2256Universal
7The Last Exorcism$344,675-72%707-1306$488$40,773,3015Lionsgate
8Get Low$317,164-42%354-113$896$8,317,4979Sony Pictures Classics
9Toy Story 3$313,847-33%302-173$1,039$411,086,06715Disney
10Lottery Ticket$306,318-51%370-307$828$23,942,2116Warner Bros.
11The Virginity Hit$301,885--700--$431$332,4633Sony / Columbia
12The Switch (2010)$293,433-68%511-647$574$27,207,7666Miramax
13Mao's Last Dancer$273,17615%12224$2,239$3,013,3226Samuel Goldwyn
14Dinner for Schmucks$260,22618%32310$806$72,539,2009Paramount / DreamWorks
15Going the Distance (2010)$248,174-82%475-1532$522$17,538,7204Warner Bros. / New Line
16Grown Ups$234,667-23%265-39$886$161,417,72614Sony / Columbia
17Vampires Suck$213,983-62%415-549$516$36,171,1166Fox
18Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$198,681-27%267-93$744$43,274,6239Warner Bros.
19The Sorcerer's Apprentice$181,429-24%227-48$799$62,744,18711Disney
20Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$158,440-55%233-150$680$31,356,4257Universal
21Salt$143,697-54%186-149$773$117,223,00310Sony / Columbia
22The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$124,409-40%224-115$555$300,298,74013Summit
23Ramona and Beezus$111,977-32%191-69$586$25,870,97810Fox
24The Girl Who Played With Fire$85,290-36%111-26$768$7,304,14112Music Box
25The Kids Are All Right$84,025-47%107-62$785$20,654,03112Focus
26Flipped$75,322-58%106-269$711$1,704,6618Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$452,58076%5745$7,940$811,2802Universal / Rogue
2Never Let Me Go$241,943117%2622$9,306$438,5352Fox Searchlight
3You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$160,103--6--$26,684$211,4451Sony Pictures Classics
4Hubble 3D$158,6343%61-2$2,601$15,916,59328Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Waiting for 'Superman'$139,033--4--$34,758$139,0331Paramount Vantage
6Dabangg$134,024-55%680$1,971$1,258,9323Eros
7Buried$100,268--11--$9,115$100,2681Lionsgate
8Heartbreaker$92,902109%4133$2,266$229,0183IFC
9Jack Goes Boating$78,947173%3733$2,134$120,5592Relativity / Overture
10Cairo Time$78,736-27%761$1,036$1,406,8988IFC
11Like Dandelion Dust$77,960--25--$3,118$77,9601Blue Collar Releasing
12Step Up 3D$66,846-55%60-74$1,114$42,173,6638Disney
13Winter's Bone$56,558-37%79-22$716$6,049,87116Roadside Attractions
14Howl$51,185--6--$8,531$51,1851Oscilloscope
15Enter the Void$43,651--3--$14,550$43,6511IFC Films
16The Tillman Story$40,708-33%27-1$1,508$587,5676Weinstein Company
17Under the Sea 3D$36,603-12%182$2,034$24,279,10285Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Piranha 3D$35,280-77%66-198$535$24,820,2716Weinstein Company
19Avatar$33,844-86%29-100$1,167$760,237,55141Fox
20I'm Still Here$31,996-72%39-81$820$355,7573Magnolia
21What If...$30,849-36%35-15$881$562,7086Five & Two Pictures
22Bran Nue Dae$29,67264%5538$539$88,8543Freestyle Releasing
23A Film Unfinished$28,218529%1613$1,764$178,0336Oscilloscope
24Animal Kingdom$28,195-48%45-12$627$870,6997Sony Pictures Classics
25I Am Love$26,202-39%25-10$1,048$4,886,96815Magnolia
26Knight and Day$25,881-30%45-19$575$76,401,92314Fox
27The Concert$23,5380%18-2$1,308$577,65610Weinstein Company
28Predators$22,923-32%36-19$637$51,948,27412Fox
29Lovely, Still$21,1073%176$1,242$68,3283Monterey Media
30We Are Family$20,865-48%24-54$869$631,2764UTV Communications
31Mademoiselle Chambon$20,708-37%121$1,726$417,65518Lorber
32Last Train Home$20,123-15%91$2,236$101,4194Zeitgeist Films
33Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$19,97746%84$2,497$66,2393Lorber
34Kings of Pastry$19,63229%42$4,908$51,3702First Run
35Fool for Love (2010)$18,159-20%7-1$2,594$112,2533Variance Films
36A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$15,632-37%18-5$868$132,7014Sony Pictures Classics
37Leaves of Grass$15,009-28%63$2,502$41,5162First Look
38The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$13,712-36%152$914$510,0358National Geographic
39Lebanon$13,606-28%16-7$850$311,63250Sony Pictures Classics
40Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$13,007-39%14-14$929$1,702,86916Sony Pictures Classics
41Soul Kitchen$10,545-57%14-8$753$217,6526IFC
42Restrepo$9,848-46%24-13$410$1,279,95114National Geographic
43The Extra Man$9,668-22%141$691$432,0799Magnolia
44Cyrus$8,181-16%14-5$584$7,437,01415Fox Searchlight
45Mesrine: Killer Instinct$7,566-69%10-12$757$480,6645Music Box
46My Dog Tulip$7,38918%32$2,463$60,0504New Yorker Films
47Exit Through the Gift Shop$6,70710%4-1$1,677$3,260,66324Producers Distribution Agency
48The Romantics$6,044-77%6-8$1,007$103,2803Four of a Kind
49Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$6,015-34%10$6,015$19,9322Collective Eye
50Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$5,913141%41$1,478$407,28721Kino International
51The Sicilian Girl$5,644-10%61$941$56,2818Music Box
52GasLand$5,528109%21$2,764$21,1842International WOW
53Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$5,491-69%7-13$784$223,9324Music Box
54Winnebago Man$5,336-24%7-4$762$167,30412Kino International
55Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$4,700-31%4-1$1,175$230,12910Arthouse Films
56Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$4,36683%10-1$437$383,99914Sony Pictures Classics
57The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$4,260-32%9-2$473$6,381,94624Sony Pictures Classics
58The Trial$4,22069%21$2,110$19,2463Whitlow Films
59The Other City$4,079-61%1-1$4,079$22,2212Cabin Films
60Micmacs$4,061-18%13-2$312$1,244,34718Sony Classics
61Enemies of the People$4,011267%53$802$18,3339International Film Circuit
62Ahead of Time$3,702-17%31$1,234$29,5893Vitagraph
63Breathless (2010 re-issue)$3,592-22%51$718$314,78218Rialto
64The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$3,468265%20$1,734$115,50025International Film Circuit
65Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,115216%21$1,558$23,302,459156National Geographic
66The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$2,987-63%10-9$299$10,065,03428Music Box
67La Soga$2,383-63%2-2$1,192$210,62577-57 Releasing
68Solitary Man$2,171-18%6-1$362$4,357,53319Anchor Bay
69Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$1,982135%10$1,982$17,73611Flicker Alley
70Agora$1,881-69%2-2$941$605,29118Newmarket
71John Rabe$1,863-51%10$1,863$64,54519Strand
72Picture Me$1,804-73%10$1,804$11,0452Strand
73Centurion$1,793-4%41$448$122,2885Magnolia
74Countdown to Zero$1,602124%82$200$267,59710Magnolia
75Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?$1,525-80%1-1$1,525$23,9283Lorber
76Ondine$1,449-23%20$725$548,93430Magnolia
77Best Worst Movie$1,316--1--$1,316$106,27123Area23a
78The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,31264%2-1$656$158,1268Anchor Bay
79Mother and Child$1,000-5%2-3$500$1,107,90821Sony Pictures Classics
80Stonewall Uprising$896--2--$448$122,49815First Run Features
81A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism$822--2--$411$8221First Run
82Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$788-26%10$788$50,00515The Film Desk
83Hideaway (2009)$656-88%2-2$328$24,0383Strand
84Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$459--1--$459$68,61117Indican Pictures
85Princess Kaiulani$433-64%1-1$433$883,88720Roadside Attractions
86The Milk of Sorrow$392-60%10$392$10,3765Olive Films
87Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$347-59%1-1$347$18,1847First Run Features
88Please Give$242-91%3-1$81$4,029,29422Sony Pictures Classics
89Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$231--1--$231$56,47114Kino International
90Altiplano$190--1--$190$2,2396First Run
91Sweetgrass$100-31%10$100$205,00853Cinema Guild
92Orlando (2010 re-issue)$83-77%10$83$56,75010Sony Pictures Classics