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, Oct. 15 - Sun, Oct. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass 3D$50,353,641--3,081--$16,343$50,353,6411Paramount
2Red (2010)$21,761,408--3,255--$6,686$21,761,4081Summit
3The Social Network$10,317,395-33%2,86897$3,597$62,436,3643Sony / Columbia
4Secretariat$9,318,886-27%3,0720$3,033$27,332,9412Disney
5Life As We Know It$8,955,409-38%3,1500$2,843$28,620,1472Warner Bros.
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,228,236-39%2,502-723$1,690$45,994,7764Warner Bros.
7The Town$3,977,006-38%2,368-352$1,679$80,510,6295Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$3,170,310-54%2,529-43$1,254$11,915,5952Universal / Rogue
9Easy A$2,633,456-39%2,314-533$1,138$52,317,4815Sony / Screen Gems
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2,363,166-49%2,045-784$1,156$47,894,8964Fox
11You Again$1,215,987-52%1,588-744$766$22,982,0004Disney
12Case 39$1,206,817-55%1,406-806$858$11,924,1153Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$830,676-66%1,211-831$686$11,046,6913Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$1,223,455-39%75715$1,616$4,005,1612Focus
2N-Secure$1,166,406--486--$2,400$1,166,4061Freestyle
3Devil$976,005-46%891-551$1,095$31,577,4705Universal
4Alpha and Omega$823,085-45%969-647$849$22,567,6215Lionsgate
5Waiting for 'Superman'$742,72516%18279$4,081$2,523,0754Paramount Vantage
6Toy Story 3$534,680-4%350-43$1,528$412,844,16818Disney
7Inception$348,326-29%297-106$1,173$289,751,94714Warner Bros.
8Resident Evil: Afterlife$347,264-72%438-574$793$59,731,7946Sony / Screen Gems
9Despicable Me$345,280-1%332-21$1,040$247,050,99515Universal
10Nowhere Boy$340,851546%215211$1,585$412,2142Weinstein Company
11Never Let Me Go$327,083-5%23265$1,410$1,660,3535Fox Searchlight
12You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$275,9672%11844$2,339$1,266,3434Sony Pictures Classics
13I Want Your Money$249,428--537--$464$249,4281Freestyle
14Catfish$210,540-46%116-27$1,815$2,629,3565Universal / Rogue
15The Expendables$190,37653%30681$622$102,981,57110Lionsgate
16Takers$185,202-52%215-197$861$57,091,8088Sony / Screen Gems
17Eat Pray Love$178,14427%30388$588$80,267,42710Sony / Columbia
18Mao's Last Dancer$151,571-17%116-5$1,307$3,993,9619Samuel Goldwyn
19Salt$148,124-37%200-66$741$118,174,53213Sony / Columbia
20Buried$130,250-41%10311$1,265$765,0014Lionsgate
21The Other Guys$111,724-43%174-115$642$118,206,67811Sony / Columbia
22Nanny McPhee Returns$102,420-31%205-113$500$28,893,1859Universal
23Lottery Ticket$88,361-39%138-56$640$24,584,0829Warner Bros.
24Grown Ups$77,136-28%114-45$677$161,920,26517Sony / Columbia
25The American$71,959-16%144-30$500$35,491,8727Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Stone$229,959204%4135$5,609$343,1002Relativity / Overture
2Hereafter$220,322--6--$36,720$220,3221Warner Bros.
3Hubble 3D$175,1954%611$2,872$16,778,28231Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$102,351--11--$9,305$102,3511Fox Searchlight
5Inside Job$85,595116%108$8,560$148,4312Sony Pictures Classics
6Get Low$54,995-36%96-47$573$8,905,33712Sony Pictures Classics
7The Sorcerer's Apprentice$49,800-27%77-32$647$63,099,28314Disney
8Anjaana Anjaani$46,618-60%910$512$827,3033Eros
9Machete$46,241-54%96-71$482$26,477,7667Fox
10Under the Sea 3D$46,121-9%16-2$2,883$24,479,52388Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Vampires Suck$42,599-59%87-103$490$36,588,5539Fox
12Howl$38,955-19%202$1,948$273,2114Oscilloscope
13Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$36,424-33%77-42$473$43,575,71612Warner Bros.
14Like Dandelion Dust$31,681--31--$1,022$312,3884Blue Collar Releasing
15The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$28,360-25%49-34$579$300,523,11316Summit
16Ramona and Beezus$27,374-44%54-52$507$26,091,42613Fox
17Jack Goes Boating$26,427-53%49-41$539$428,1345Relativity / Overture
18The Girl Who Played With Fire$25,384-35%44-12$577$7,524,96215Music Box
19The Switch (2010)$21,071-42%58-45$363$27,544,1329Miramax
20Carlos$20,006--2--$10,003$20,0061IFC
21Tamara Drewe$19,6346%109$1,963$49,8002Sony Pictures Classics
22What If...$19,398-6%20-12$970$650,1699Five & Two Pictures
23Heartbreaker$17,517-25%30-3$584$400,0256IFC
24I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$17,211-46%11-1$1,565$66,0192Anchor Bay
25The Salvation Poem$17,151--5--$3,430$223,9751CanZion Films
26Enter the Void$17,072-20%2-7$8,536$173,8044IFC Films
27Avatar$15,782-9%10-4$1,578$760,339,00444Fox
28The Kids Are All Right$15,608-22%28-3$557$20,803,23715Focus
29Going the Distance (2010)$14,177-78%58-138$244$17,797,3167Warner Bros. / New Line
30The Tillman Story$12,386-29%17-7$729$690,6829Weinstein Company
31Piranha 3D$12,076-59%28-26$431$24,973,4789Weinstein Company
32Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$11,406--1--$11,406$14,2141Zeitgeist Films
332012: Time for Change$11,382--2--$5,691$54,0711Mangusta Productions
34Winter's Bone$11,077-50%34-18$326$6,190,68619Roadside Attractions
35Freakonomics$10,64773%124$887$68,6603Magnolia
36The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$10,522-13%9-1$1,169$563,81811National Geographic
37Animal Kingdom$10,3166%19-7$543$934,84310Sony Pictures Classics
38Cairo Time$9,437-59%24-25$393$1,557,50911IFC
39I Am Love$9,088-28%10-4$909$4,958,83818Magnolia
40Step Up 3D$8,997-41%10-7$900$42,257,78711Disney
41Lovely, Still$8,924195%82$1,116$106,5596Monterey Media
42Last Train Home$8,642-57%6-6$1,440$173,2687Zeitgeist Films
43Kings of Pastry$7,793-38%82$974$115,0265First Run
44Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$7,34479%81$918$112,7816Lorber
45Mademoiselle Chambon$7,088-9%70$1,013$480,97421Lorber
46My Dog Tulip$7,083329%54$1,417$78,3047New Yorker Films
47Leaving$7,079-57%7-1$1,011$54,1063IFC
48Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,71333%20$3,357$23,332,747159National Geographic
49The Concert$5,674-32%9-1$630$641,42413Weinstein Company
50A Film Unfinished$5,090-18%40$1,273$243,4839Oscilloscope
51Fool for Love (2010)$5,078-51%5-1$1,016$158,2386Variance Films
52Budrus$4,928--2--$2,464$16,8352Balcony Releasing
53Jim$4,545-42%10$4,545$13,0152Area23a
54Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,498--5--$900$332,02821Rialto
55Exit Through the Gift Shop$4,199185%20$2,100$3,283,63327Producers Distribution Agency
56Cherry$3,939--3--$1,313$7,9112Abramorama
57Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$3,73637%60$623$241,5897Music Box
58A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$3,5822%176$211$164,6957Sony Pictures Classics
59Soul Kitchen$3,404-43%16-4$213$256,4549IFC
60The Extra Man$3,227104%71$461$450,27312Magnolia
61Restrepo$3,225--5--$645$1,312,44017National Geographic
62Down Terrace$3,088--2--$1,544$3,0881Magnolia
63Lebanon$2,996-42%14-9$214$345,57553Sony Pictures Classics
64Mesrine: Killer Instinct$2,501-65%6-4$417$506,0138Music Box
65Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,203-57%20$1,102$38,9415Collective Eye
66GasLand$2,187701%21$1,094$30,8465International WOW
67I'm Still Here$2,001-58%4-7$500$403,2156Magnolia
68Hideaway (2009)$1,87178%54$374$28,2736Strand
69Please Give$1,514170%2524$61$4,033,26825Sony Pictures Classics
70Winnebago Man$1,502-22%2-3$751$178,17415Kino International
71The Girl on the Train (2010)$1,402--1--$1,402$207,32339Strand Releasing
72Micmacs$1,224-57%5-2$245$1,260,91721Sony Classics
73Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$1,007-60%6-2$168$1,724,88219Sony Pictures Classics
74Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$930-64%50$186$394,84117Sony Pictures Classics
75Carmo, Hit the Road$835--1--$835$8351First Run
76Agora$781-38%10$781$617,84021Newmarket
77The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$779-25%62$130$10,073,84631Music Box
78The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$701-3%1-1$701$6,390,01427Sony Pictures Classics
79Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$678--1--$678$50,86218The Film Desk
80The Disappearance of Alice Creed$639-52%1-1$639$165,89311Anchor Bay
81Army of Crime$620--1--$620$29,6479Lorber
82The Sicilian Girl$532--1--$532$65,56711Music Box
83Enemies of the People$457--1--$457$21,71012International Film Circuit
84Everyone Else$340-13%10$340$100,51370Cinema Guild
85Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno$277--1--$277$20,05414Flicker Alley
86Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$268-86%20$134$452,51524Kino International
87Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$26517%10$265$19,21910First Run Features
88Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$250--1--$250$69,42020Indican Pictures
89Mother and Child$237-52%20$119$1,110,28624Sony Pictures Classics
90Around a Small Mountain$87-89%10$87$28,64015Cinema Guild
91Behind the Burly Q$36-97%10$36$23,85926First Run Features