Grosses

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Delivers 2014’s Largest Debut with $121.9MNovember 24, 2014 01:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 registered the largest opening weekend of 2014 with $121.898 million this weekend. However, the third installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence debuted a significant 23 percent below the $158.07 million start of last year's Catching Fire and 20 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 $55.14 million on Friday, which included $17.0 million from Thursday night shows. The film declined 26 percent on Saturday to gross $40.91 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $25.85 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.21 to 1, which was just below the 2.21 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 $20.12 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 $135.75 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 $15.34 million, Interstellar topped Dumb and Dumber To by an estimated $1.26 million for the frame. Interstellar was down a significant 46 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 $120.93 million after 17 days of wide release. The film is also falling further and further behind the pace of last year's 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 61 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with $14.08 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 $57.73 million. However, the film has now fallen 6 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 $1.51 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 $10,798 for the frame. The Theory of Everything has grossed $2.81 million through 17 days of platform release and will continue its expansion over the upcoming Thanksgiving frame.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Nov. 26 - Sun, Nov. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$49,087,101-61%4,1250$11,900$219,056,1292Warner Bros.
2Tangled$48,767,052--3,603--$13,535$68,706,2981Disney
3Megamind$12,575,778-21%3,411-368$3,687$130,218,9344Paramount / DreamWorks
4Burlesque$11,947,744--3,037--$3,934$17,300,2131Sony / Screen Gems
5Unstoppable (2010)$11,432,903-12%3,183-26$3,592$60,442,6213Fox
6Love and Other Drugs$9,739,161--2,455--$3,967$13,901,5321Fox
7Faster (2010)$8,523,153--2,454--$3,473$12,002,8401CBS Films
8Due Date$7,167,885-20%2,555-674$2,805$84,861,0084Warner Bros.
9The Next Three Days$4,683,123-28%2,5640$1,826$14,392,0722Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$3,910,058-25%2,441-103$1,602$26,340,5713Paramount
11Skyline$1,141,440-68%1,189-1694$960$20,215,7903Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,708,88386%293185$5,832$4,420,1684Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$1,560,1897%39610$3,940$5,958,7974Summit
3Red (2010)$1,375,685-45%914-1120$1,505$86,117,4127Summit
4For Colored Girls$1,362,287-41%605-611$2,252$36,564,3644Lionsgate
5The Social Network$707,153-24%291-280$2,430$90,423,9869Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$647,172-33%501-509$1,292$57,547,2638Disney
7The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$390,888-3%168-11$2,327$4,011,2605Music Box
8Despicable Me$363,09035%266-2$1,365$249,724,65021Universal
9The Town$314,72050%318153$990$91,429,62511Warner Bros.
10Inside Job$307,389-9%132-53$2,329$2,627,4618Sony Pictures Classics
11Paranormal Activity 2$220,108-77%279-822$789$84,105,6616Paramount
12Easy A$200,991210%251146$801$57,920,78611Sony / Screen Gems
13Jackass 3D$182,055-75%183-504$995$116,563,8007Paramount
14Alpha and Omega$165,947-15%228-24$728$25,077,97711Lionsgate
15Life As We Know It$154,381-71%249-309$620$51,980,0198Warner Bros.
16Saw 3D$131,305-84%145-661$906$45,670,8555Lionsgate
17You Again$120,285190%17986$672$25,493,43810Disney
18Inception$119,466-22%144-54$830$292,277,75520Warner Bros.
19Toy Story 3$109,840-12%168-36$654$414,984,49724Disney
20Hereafter$78,909-72%202-201$391$32,459,2637Warner Bros.
21Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$71,735-10%130-8$552$54,579,49310Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$355,450--4--$88,863$355,4501Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$196,42932%570$3,446$18,722,35937Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Guzaarish$188,085-61%96-12$1,959$890,6782UTV
4Today's Special$87,088-4%2423$3,629$206,9292Alerion
5Conviction$73,497-58%86-104$855$6,571,0277Fox Searchlight
6The Nutcracker in 3D$65,944--45--$1,465$87,5391Freestyle Releasing
7Made in Dagenham$62,31666%118$5,665$122,7412Sony Pictures Classics
8Waiting for 'Superman'$60,563-44%69-49$878$6,252,79410Paramount Vantage
9White Material$60,15274%118$5,468$110,1572IFC
10Under the Sea 3D$53,15455%130$4,089$24,938,81194Warner Bros. / IMAX
11You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$48,613-22%33-11$1,473$3,107,21710Sony Pictures Classics
12Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$45,395-56%90-95$504$52,401,17010Fox
13Tiny Furniture$35,197115%54$7,039$96,2833IFC
14Tamara Drewe$31,275-40%24-10$1,303$377,8068Sony Pictures Classics
15Mao's Last Dancer$31,216-14%22-20$1,419$4,780,21615Samuel Goldwyn
16Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$22,766-15%11-6$2,070$221,2597Zeitgeist Films
17Kings of Pastry$19,314103%84$2,414$189,15511First Run
18Four Lions$18,412-26%7-7$2,630$170,2854Drafthouse Films
19Stone$16,682-51%23-32$725$1,742,0658Relativity / Overture
20Never Let Me Go$15,45046%13-5$1,188$2,374,70311Fox Searchlight
21Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$15,265-42%12-5$1,272$126,1814Magnolia
22Nowhere Boy$14,995-56%40-20$375$1,422,2778Weinstein Company
23Welcome to the Riley's$14,35872%82$1,795$135,6325Samuel Goldwyn
24Undertow (2009)$13,612--2--$6,806$38,55911Wolfe Releasing
25Monsters (2010)$13,337-55%12-7$1,111$208,7065Magnolia
26The Legend of Pale Male$12,910--1--$12,910$15,9521Balcony
27The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$12,34457%81$1,543$663,27117National Geographic
28Last Train Home$9,83139%5-1$1,966$262,79513Zeitgeist Films
29Waste Land$9,193-37%6-2$1,532$73,9135Arthouse Films
30Leaving$9,045-7%115$822$141,6899IFC
31Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$8,945-6%30$2,982$23,442,512165National Geographic
32Howl$8,784-17%7-3$1,255$520,02910Oscilloscope
33Inspector Bellamy$8,04665%42$2,012$89,9015IFC Films
34Enter the Void$7,86921%6-1$1,312$300,00910IFC Films
35Catfish$7,830-18%9-4$870$3,234,37311Universal / Rogue
36Wild Target$7,79328%6-1$1,299$76,4175Freestyle
37Get Low$7,5127%12-4$626$9,090,12818Sony Pictures Classics
38My Dog Tulip$7,257-16%2-10$3,629$132,10213New Yorker Films
39Let Me In$6,721-70%31-54$217$12,129,4859Relativity / Overture
40William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$5,220-20%21$2,610$20,6352Oscilloscope
41Jack Goes Boating$4,9800%9-9$553$528,84511Relativity / Overture
42Carlos$4,533-22%3-1$1,511$115,3357IFC
43Heartbreaker$4,41418%11-1$401$491,55312IFC
44Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,080--1--$4,080$346,09627Rialto
45Animal Kingdom$3,520-63%5-10$704$1,008,74216Sony Pictures Classics
46Marwencol$3,341-11%30$1,114$37,1938Cinema Guild
47The Tillman Story$2,76221%132$212$792,92515Weinstein Company
48The Salvation Poem$2,668-58%2-3$1,334$444,8817CanZion Films
49Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$2,494-60%2-4$1,247$150,64412Lorber
50Budrus$2,247--1--$2,247$48,0158Balcony Releasing
51Boxing Gym$2,036--7--$291$32,0766Zipporah Films
52Mademoiselle Chambon$1,599-62%40$400$521,92627Lorber
53The Girl Who Played With Fire$1,549-70%6-8$258$7,631,53121Music Box
54Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$1,122-33%1-1$1,122$69,72723Kino International
55I Am Love$1,111-44%2-1$556$5,004,64824Magnolia
56Hideaway (2009)$1,10476%31$368$32,36812Strand
57Cool It$918-91%1-41$918$57,9503Roadside Attractions
58Freakonomics$808-48%0-3--$100,6759Magnolia
59The Trouble with Terkel$799-75%1-1$799$28,93836Indican
60The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$762-37%3-2$254$10,089,11037Music Box
61Army of Crime$70436%10$704$35,41615Lorber
62What If...$696-74%1-4$696$757,95515Five & Two Pictures
63Winter's Bone$646-36%2-2$323$6,226,36525Roadside Attractions
64Enemies of the People$620-67%10$620$46,46418International Film Circuit
65A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$571-45%3-3$190$187,00513Sony Pictures Classics
66Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$545-41%10$545$54,45224The Film Desk
67Lebanon$227-85%1-3$227$365,73759Sony Pictures Classics
68Altiplano$102--1--$102$3,06315First Run