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. 24 - Sun, Dec. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Little Fockers$30,833,665--3,536--$8,720$45,083,8001Universal
2True Grit (2010)$24,830,443--3,047--$8,149$36,041,0621Paramount
3TRON: Legacy$19,151,498-56%3,4510$5,550$87,373,7032Disney
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$9,478,043-23%3,532-23$2,683$62,597,0303Fox
5Yogi Bear$7,897,342-52%3,5150$2,247$35,912,1812Warner Bros.
6The Fighter$7,580,116-38%2,5118$3,019$26,659,7143Paramount
7Tangled$6,427,816-27%2,582-619$2,489$143,695,3235Disney
8Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,307,691--2,546--$2,477$6,307,6911Fox
9Black Swan$6,254,986-25%1,466507$4,267$28,689,0604Fox Searchlight
10The Tourist$5,371,896-37%2,7560$1,949$40,850,3403Sony / Columbia
11How Do You Know$3,548,965-53%2,4830$1,429$15,001,5872Sony / Columbia
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$3,176,348-37%1,732-1128$1,834$272,994,6356Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$4,484,352309%700657$6,406$8,329,7355Weinstein Company
2Tees Maar Khan$539,793--108--$4,998$741,1621UTV Communications
3Due Date$378,227-70%404-753$936$98,320,5698Warner Bros.
4Megamind$356,859-48%764-261$467$142,686,3588Paramount / DreamWorks
5Burlesque$338,101-76%330-1180$1,025$36,738,5085Sony / Screen Gems
6Unstoppable (2010)$329,895-82%526-1348$627$78,511,8597Fox
7The Social Network$280,000-1%24921$1,124$92,338,82713Sony / Columbia
8Red (2010)$197,833-41%330-109$599$88,891,55311Summit
9127 Hours$190,258-66%145-162$1,312$9,862,1588Fox Searchlight
10Secretariat$130,67772%259104$505$58,568,00512Disney
11Love and Other Drugs$123,779-89%241-852$514$30,863,1325Fox
12Fair Game (2010)$119,031-46%161-107$739$8,895,8678Summit
13Life As We Know It$111,595176%248173$450$52,457,57312Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$102,290-40%193-40$530$250,791,65025Universal
15Faster (2010)$59,921-86%123-537$487$22,726,7075CBS Films
16Jackass 3D$51,117186%13787$373$116,962,07311Paramount
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$46,593-57%158-52$295$55,345,59114Warner Bros.
18Paranormal Activity 2$39,944-52%145-29$275$84,537,84310Paramount
19Morning Glory (2010)$26,804-77%126-137$213$30,663,0717Paramount
20The Next Three Days$23,372-87%111-250$211$21,052,2936Lionsgate
21Hereafter$22,139-69%128-104$173$32,641,81911Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Love You Phillip Morris$154,7424%6920$2,243$761,7564Roadside Attractions
2Somewhere (2010)$119,086--7--$17,012$172,9971Focus
3Hubble 3D$96,590-5%47-9$2,055$19,621,38341Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Rabbit Hole$85,93160%3429$2,527$166,7702Lionsgate
5Casino Jack$48,80041%158$3,253$110,0652IDP/ATO Pictures
6Inside Job$41,902-40%39-36$1,074$3,353,62512Sony Pictures Classics
7The Illusionist (2010)$38,594--3--$12,865$38,5941Sony Pictures Classics
8Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale$37,1864%215$1,771$162,5094Oscilloscope
9Made in Dagenham$35,335-15%376$955$330,7016Sony Pictures Classics
10All Good Things$31,301-39%30-5$1,043$262,1514Magnolia Pictures
11Country Strong$30,452--2--$15,226$43,8651Sony / Screen Gems
12The Tempest$27,941-52%14-7$1,996$188,9663Disney
13The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$25,810-72%67-47$385$4,943,6419Music Box
14The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$23,822-75%150$1,588$598,0088Warner Bros.
15The Town$15,910-72%62-82$257$92,123,69515Warner Bros.
16Under the Sea 3D$13,797-52%121$1,150$25,139,74798Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Tiny Furniture$11,651-43%200$583$255,7147IFC
18Inception$9,057-65%28-34$323$292,537,64924Warner Bros.
19For Colored Girls$7,558-80%39-40$194$37,650,8948Lionsgate
20The Warrior's Way$6,823-92%34-183$201$5,549,7324Relativity Media
21You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger$6,240-33%7-11$891$3,222,78214Sony Pictures Classics
22White Material$5,059-69%9-5$562$235,3296IFC
23Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$4,042--1--$4,042$4,0421Saint Juste International
24Four Lions$4,011--8--$501$224,9728Drafthouse Films
25Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,9356%2-1$1,968$23,475,841169National Geographic
26Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$3,861-61%5-1$772$299,40811Zeitgeist Films
27Shoah$2,78760%10$2,787$11,3853IFC
28Tamara Drewe$2,732-82%14-15$195$518,94612Sony Pictures Classics
29Carlos$2,574-1%2-3$1,287$130,80711IFC
30Night Catches Us$2,311-62%50$462$47,6374Magnolia
31Bhutto$2,119-79%3-1$706$31,8084First Run Features
32Howl$2,049-68%4-6$512$578,11214Oscilloscope
33Animal Kingdom$2,031422%54$406$1,013,93520Sony Pictures Classics
34Hadewijch$1,892--1--$1,892$1,8921IFC Films
35The Salvation Poem$1,816-48%10$1,816$489,88611CanZion Films
36The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$1,6770%31$559$683,98321National Geographic
37Kings of Pastry$1,476-73%4-3$369$252,91315First Run
38Summer Wars$1,412--1--$1,412$1,4121GKIDS
39Conviction$1,411-88%15-18$94$6,783,12911Fox Searchlight
40Get Low$1,28425%51$257$9,108,66422Sony Pictures Classics
41Nenette$1,176--1--$1,176$1,7521Kino International
42Winter's Bone$1,160-67%51$232$6,241,61229Roadside Attractions
43Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer$1,132-78%4-5$283$167,2378Magnolia
44Enter the Void$1,017-82%1-3$1,017$336,46714IFC Films
45And Everything is Going Fine$822-80%21$411$21,0733IFC
46Monsters (2010)$808-78%4-2$202$237,3019Magnolia
47Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould$794-66%1-1$794$161,59316Lorber
48The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$3631715%10$363$10,091,67141Music Box
49Feed the Fish$266-61%10$266$81,2416Strand
50William S. Burroughs: A Man Within$226-82%1-1$226$31,3896Oscilloscope
51Mademoiselle Chambon$202-91%2-2$101$530,36931Lorber
52Hemingway's Garden of Eden$137-90%1-4$137$22,0833Roadside Attractions
53The Girl Who Played With Fire$124520%10$124$7,634,90425Music Box
54Mesrine: Killer Instinct$64-91%1-2$64$533,32018Music Box
55Cool It$11-92%20$6$62,7137Roadside Attractions