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. 22 - Sun, Oct. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$40,678,424--3,216--$12,649$40,678,4241Paramount
2Jackass 3D$21,313,815-58%3,11130$6,851$86,861,0412Paramount
3Red (2010)$15,034,916-31%3,27318$4,594$43,518,1852Summit
4Hereafter$12,018,1475355%2,1812175$5,510$12,333,5042Warner Bros.
5The Social Network$7,276,972-29%2,92153$2,491$72,907,7284Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$7,001,159-25%3,10836$2,253$37,444,0683Disney
7Life As We Know It$6,136,454-31%3,019-131$2,033$37,601,8353Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$3,248,019-23%2,236-266$1,453$50,244,7335Warner Bros.
9The Town$2,749,090-31%1,918-450$1,433$84,681,6146Warner Bros.
10Easy A$1,748,906-34%1,632-682$1,072$54,784,1486Sony / Screen Gems
11Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,244,851-47%1,255-790$992$50,001,9865Fox
12My Soul to Take$1,072,515-66%1,689-840$635$13,985,7953Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$774,5024%290108$2,671$3,704,2805Paramount Vantage
2Alpha and Omega$727,103-12%727-242$1,000$23,512,8756Lionsgate
3It's Kind of a Funny Story$677,162-45%560-197$1,209$5,109,1893Focus
4You Again$650,902-46%901-687$722$24,051,0835Disney
5Devil$642,035-34%642-249$1,000$32,437,9256Universal
6N-Secure$551,096-53%445-41$1,238$1,964,4772Freestyle
7Inception$500,14044%452155$1,107$290,381,26415Warner Bros.
8Toy Story 3$472,842-12%3500$1,351$413,485,96519Disney
9You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$432,01657%402284$1,075$1,839,0125Sony Pictures Classics
10Case 39$410,404-66%721-685$569$12,711,9344Paramount Vantage
11Despicable Me$370,9557%324-8$1,145$247,519,95016Universal
12Stone$361,14057%11372$3,196$785,1133Relativity / Overture
13Let Me In$261,932-68%513-698$511$11,621,0844Relativity / Overture
14The Other Guys$242,523117%303129$800$118,486,41912Sony / Columbia
15Nowhere Boy$213,494-37%2150$993$767,0653Weinstein Company
16Never Let Me Go$191,244-42%178-54$1,074$2,004,2776Fox Searchlight
17Catfish$166,404-21%13923$1,197$2,879,7426Universal / Rogue
18Resident Evil: Afterlife$137,502-60%213-225$646$60,001,1247Sony / Screen Gems
19Mao's Last Dancer$126,715-16%102-14$1,242$4,196,12010Samuel Goldwyn
20Takers$119,305-36%150-65$795$57,263,4809Sony / Screen Gems
21Eat Pray Love$102,788-42%174-129$591$80,467,50411Sony / Columbia
22Salt$77,609-48%125-75$621$118,311,36814Sony / Columbia
23Nanny McPhee Returns$76,450-25%150-55$510$28,995,45010Universal
24Step Up 3D$70,099679%113103$620$42,332,16412Disney
25I Want Your Money$41,789-83%172-365$243$390,3522Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$303,135196%5544$5,512$444,2582Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$182,2414%60-1$3,037$17,101,89732Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Inside Job$162,57090%2414$6,774$348,3833Sony Pictures Classics
4Buried$57,491-56%88-15$653$885,4545Lionsgate
5Lottery Ticket$55,083-38%92-46$599$24,663,55010Warner Bros.
6Grown Ups$54,902-29%87-27$631$162,001,18618Sony / Columbia
7Under the Sea 3D$52,80214%160$3,300$24,577,99389Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Salvation Poem$51,228199%116$4,657$277,8622CanZion Films
9Tamara Drewe$46,114135%2010$2,306$107,0113Sony Pictures Classics
10Howl$41,6097%266$1,600$332,9845Oscilloscope
11The American$32,031-55%76-68$421$35,562,1138Focus
12Carlos$32,01260%75$4,573$60,1392IFC
13Get Low$30,885-44%60-36$515$8,967,03113Sony Pictures Classics
14The Sorcerer's Apprentice$28,415-43%39-38$729$63,143,81215Disney
15Vampires Suck$24,678-42%54-33$457$36,623,44910Fox
16Avatar$24,29954%9-1$2,700$760,375,01845Fox
17Ramona and Beezus$23,733-13%42-12$565$26,122,72314Fox
18The Girl Who Played With Fire$21,620-15%33-11$655$7,563,66816Music Box
19Machete$21,290-54%0-96--$26,519,9618Fox
20Enter the Void$18,6159%108$1,862$206,9505IFC Films
21The Tillman Story$18,30548%247$763$715,17010Weinstein Company
22What If...$17,535-10%255$701$672,38610Five & Two Pictures
23The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$17,51766%90$1,946$579,43412National Geographic
24Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$17,27051%43$4,318$38,6602Zeitgeist Films
25Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$17,1596303%31$5,720$486,18325Kino International
26Last Train Home$14,84372%148$1,060$192,8838Zeitgeist Films
27Heartbreaker$14,293-18%18-12$794$422,5137IFC
28Anjaana Anjaani$13,393-71%910$147$854,7574Eros
29Jack Goes Boating$12,417-53%35-14$355$453,5956Relativity / Overture
30Like Dandelion Dust$11,932-62%13-18$918$334,5605Blue Collar Releasing
31The Switch (2010)$11,189-47%26-32$430$27,565,18410Miramax
32A Film Unfinished$9,80493%73$1,401$259,33410Oscilloscope
33My Dog Tulip$8,51720%4-1$2,129$91,0558New Yorker Films
34Animal Kingdom$8,259-20%13-6$635$949,43211Sony Pictures Classics
35I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$8,180-52%8-3$1,023$83,5593Anchor Bay
36Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$8,13521%20$4,068$23,349,238160National Geographic
37I Am Love$7,654-16%8-2$957$4,976,21219Magnolia
38Cairo Time$6,006-36%11-13$546$1,571,08112IFC
39Lovely, Still$5,662-37%80$708$116,7647Monterey Media
40Kings of Pastry$5,252-33%91$584$124,3656First Run
41Freakonomics$4,811-55%142$344$78,9014Magnolia
42Soul Kitchen$4,17023%11-5$379$262,50310IFC
43Winter's Bone$3,837-65%18-16$213$6,200,83620Roadside Attractions
442012: Time for Change$3,790-67%1-1$3,790$63,5162Mangusta Productions
45The Concert$3,773-34%5-4$755$646,77114Weinstein Company
46Leaving$3,634-49%6-1$606$61,0094IFC
47Mademoiselle Chambon$3,563-50%4-3$891$489,75122Lorber
48The Taqwacores$3,532--1--$3,532$3,5321Strand Releasing
49The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$3,472346%5-1$694$10,078,33532Music Box
50Lebanon$3,2749%12-2$273$352,46254Sony Pictures Classics
51Inhale$3,030--2--$1,515$3,0301IFC
52Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$2,820203%50$564$398,49518Sony Pictures Classics
53I'm Still Here$2,33116%51$466$406,4307Magnolia
54Fool for Love (2010)$2,311-54%4-1$578$162,9397Variance Films
55Piranha 3D$2,248-81%5-23$450$24,979,88410Weinstein Company
56Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$2,197-41%3-3$732$245,1688Music Box
57A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$2,123-41%6-11$354$168,9478Sony Pictures Classics
58Exit Through the Gift Shop$1,922-54%20$961$3,288,69928Producers Distribution Agency
59Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,870-15%1-1$1,870$40,8116Collective Eye
60Douchebag$1,663--2--$832$13,2294Paladin
61Down Terrace$1,662-46%1-1$1,662$8,0122Magnolia
62Restrepo$1,615-50%2-3$808$1,318,04318National Geographic
63Enemies of the People$1,504229%32$501$23,21413International Film Circuit
64The Extra Man$1,378-57%2-5$689$453,07913Magnolia
65Mesrine: Killer Instinct$1,249-50%3-3$416$509,5459Music Box
66The Sicilian Girl$1,125111%21$563$67,19012Music Box
67Army of Crime$1,06472%10$1,064$31,29010Lorber
68Cherry$1,023-74%2-1$512$10,1493Abramorama
69Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$95040%10$950$51,81219The Film Desk
70Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$859-88%4-4$215$119,2797Lorber
71To the Sea$847--1--$847$43,68815Film Movement
72Breathless (2010 re-issue)$366-92%1-4$366$336,17422Rialto
73The Disappearance of Alice Creed$172-73%21$86$166,67112Anchor Bay
74Hideaway (2009)$134-93%2-3$67$29,4507Strand