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, Dec. 10 - Sun, Dec. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$24,005,069--3,555--$6,752$24,005,0691Fox
2The Tourist$16,472,458--2,756--$5,977$16,472,4581Sony / Columbia
3Tangled$14,331,687-34%3,565-38$4,020$115,395,5603Disney
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$8,484,316-50%3,577-548$2,372$257,672,7214Warner Bros.
5Unstoppable (2010)$3,705,966-38%2,967-185$1,249$74,227,9085Fox
6Burlesque$3,166,613-48%2,876-161$1,101$32,540,7803Sony / Screen Gems
7Love and Other Drugs$2,981,509-47%2,240-218$1,331$27,629,9363Fox
8Due Date$2,581,147-38%1,990-460$1,297$94,919,6506Warner Bros.
9Megamind$2,526,824-49%2,425-748$1,042$140,218,9626Paramount / DreamWorks
10Faster (2010)$1,731,840-56%2,106-364$822$21,336,9613CBS Films
11The Next Three Days$1,025,033-60%1,426-810$719$20,300,9794Lionsgate
12The Warrior's Way$975,541-68%1,6220$601$4,952,3472Relativity Media
13Morning Glory (2010)$503,249-70%1,004-1259$501$30,200,8315Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$1,008,858-38%416-17$2,425$8,250,8566Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$555,618-43%4360$1,274$8,207,2976Summit
3Red (2010)$431,047-43%564-215$764$87,896,7259Summit
4The Social Network$285,193-29%227-33$1,256$91,396,42011Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$191,320-12%258-22$742$250,252,28523Universal
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$158,223-26%288-34$549$55,032,70612Warner Bros.
7The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$155,719-36%169-7$921$4,674,2517Music Box
8For Colored Girls$152,145-66%243-242$626$37,533,4216Lionsgate
9Skyline$150,960-65%277-301$545$21,253,1805Universal / Rogue
10The Town$130,103-36%255-63$510$91,947,01613Warner Bros.
11Secretariat$129,604-50%263-139$493$58,182,05010Disney
12Inside Job$124,926-36%116-11$1,077$3,137,24310Sony Pictures Classics
13Easy A$100,048-28%203-26$493$58,272,73713Sony / Screen Gems
14Life As We Know It$58,306-43%120-88$486$52,209,88410Warner Bros.
15Inception$49,996-26%108-9$463$292,462,23322Warner Bros.
16You Again$47,505-34%129-41$368$25,677,80112Disney
17Paranormal Activity 2$45,310-55%125-75$362$84,334,0598Paramount
18Jackass 3D$45,124-59%108-72$418$116,832,2729Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$3,305,368129%9072$36,726$5,584,5422Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$591,81882%1913$31,148$1,524,1233Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$300,010--4--$75,003$300,0101Paramount
4No Problem$242,116--84--$2,882$242,1161Eros
5I Love You Phillip Morris$153,12236%3529$4,375$304,2452Roadside Attractions
6The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$117,06645%150$7,804$333,3046Warner Bros.
7Hubble 3D$96,984-13%574$1,701$19,152,04039Warner Bros. / IMAX
8All Good Things$62,45268%2018$3,123$113,8932Magnolia Pictures
9The Tempest$42,436--5--$8,487$42,4361Disney
10Tiny Furniture$39,24926%216$1,869$191,4055IFC
11Tamara Drewe$36,481-2%5912$618$474,49910Sony Pictures Classics
12Conviction$34,140-50%75-32$455$6,734,0499Fox Searchlight
13Hereafter$31,444-37%87-27$361$32,490,7079Warner Bros.
14Today's Special$26,117-48%271$967$317,8314Alerion
15Under the Sea 3D$25,481-1%11-2$2,316$25,034,93996Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$24,739167%76$3,534$38,6752Oscilloscope
17Made in Dagenham$21,256-43%154$1,417$217,8264Sony Pictures Classics
18Waiting for 'Superman'$20,648-49%55-30$375$6,371,88012Paramount Vantage
19You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$19,699-27%6448$308$3,186,03012Sony Pictures Classics
20White Material$16,336-53%13-1$1,257$195,9084IFC
21Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$15,019-14%10-1$1,502$272,0429Zeitgeist Films
22Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$13,974-36%38-21$368$52,462,22412Fox
23Four Lions$13,7095%134$1,055$202,8026Drafthouse Films
24Guzaarish$13,488-77%22-36$613$1,017,3354UTV
25Hemingway's Garden of Eden$12,404--14--$886$12,4041Roadside Attractions
26The Nutcracker in 3D$11,645-81%37-78$315$190,5623Freestyle Releasing
27Space Station 3D$11,585-5%2-1$5,793$82,457,866452IMAX
28Night Catches Us$11,158-18%95$1,240$29,2822Magnolia
29Kings of Pastry$10,552-18%103$1,055$236,62413First Run
30Howl$9,848-36%80$1,231$558,19012Oscilloscope
31Never Let Me Go$8,864--19--$467$2,412,04513Fox Searchlight
32Stone$8,558-32%19-3$450$177,27510Relativity / Overture
33Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$8,404-5%146$600$154,1986Magnolia
34Wild Target$7,852-34%10-3$785$117,1907Freestyle
35Frankie & Alice (2010)$7,768--1--$7,768$7,7681Freestyle Releasing
36And Everything is Going Fine$7,035--1--$7,035$7,0351IFC
37Inspector Bellamy$6,955378%42$1,739$101,1787IFC Films
38Heartbreaker$6,865167%6-1$1,144$504,03014IFC
39The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$6,73039%4-1$1,683$679,84119National Geographic
40Last Train Home$6,70724%62$1,118$282,09215Zeitgeist Films
41The Salvation Poem$6,424-76%108$642$481,7919CanZion Films
42Marwencol$5,601-34%61$934$58,63110Cinema Guild
43Leaving$5,546-58%11-2$504$169,48611IFC
44The Legend of Pale Male$5,445403%43$1,361$25,9703Balcony
45Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$5,125-25%30$1,708$23,461,685167National Geographic
46Jack Goes Boating$5,037176%4233$120$538,80813Relativity / Overture
47Enter the Void$4,822-43%10-3$482$322,82712IFC Films
48Monsters (2010)$4,568-41%11-4$415$229,1927Magnolia
49Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$3,31767%53$663$50,0537Variance Films
50Waste Land$3,298-65%3-2$1,099$96,5977Arthouse Films
51My Dog Tulip$3,148147%32$1,049$139,92315New Yorker Films
52Bhutto$3,021-63%20$1,511$14,2692First Run Features
53Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$2,994--2--$1,497$22,1012Argot Pictures
54Shoah$2,874--1--$2,874$2,8741IFC
55Winter's Bone$2,70827%31$903$6,232,42727Roadside Attractions
56Get Low$2,683-28%10-1$268$9,102,91320Sony Pictures Classics
57The Little Traitor$2,55174%10$2,551$382,25853Westchester Films
58Budrus$2,459-43%32$820$57,64710Balcony Releasing
59You Wont Miss Me$2,240--1--$2,240$2,2401Reel Diva Consultants
60Feed the Fish$1,813--4--$453$78,5664Strand
61Mesrine: Public Enemy #1$1,72628%31$575$261,18815Music Box
62Undertow (2009)$1,717-72%1-2$1,717$52,05813Wolfe Releasing
63Breathless (2010 re-issue)$1,565-82%2-1$783$362,17629Rialto
64A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop$1,315236%31$438$189,50315Sony Pictures Classics
65Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$1,245-66%20$623$14,4556Variance Films
66Carlos$1,192-66%31$397$124,6489IFC
67The Girl Who Played With Fire$1,18741%3-1$396$7,634,47423Music Box
68What If...$1,076-83%4-3$269$767,02417Five & Two Pictures
69Cool It$1,029-31%10-5$103$61,9675Roadside Attractions
70Mademoiselle Chambon$1,01318%2-1$507$526,79529Lorber
71The Kids Grow Up$947802%10$947$11,6547Shadow Distribution
72Mesrine: Killer Instinct$928-75%30$309$531,97216Music Box
73The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$538-47%1-3$538$10,091,05439Music Box
74William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$476-75%1-1$476$28,0084Oscilloscope
75Everyone Else$410--2--$205$101,34378Cinema Guild
76Lebanon$2600%10$260$366,95761Sony Pictures Classics
77Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$207-89%1-1$207$73,19525Kino International
78Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$194-93%1-2$194$156,42514Lorber