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, Feb. 18 - Sun, Feb. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$21,856,389--3,043--$7,183$21,856,3891Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$19,449,893--3,154--$6,167$19,449,8931Disney / DreamWorks
3Gnomeo and Juliet$19,154,010-24%3,01420$6,355$50,174,5422Disney
4Just Go With It$18,478,226-39%3,5480$5,208$61,034,1902Sony / Columbia
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$16,300,803--2,821--$5,778$16,300,8031Fox
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$13,307,933-55%3,11813$4,268$48,180,6822Paramount
7The King's Speech$6,529,530-10%2,086-177$3,130$103,241,50613Weinstein Company
8The Roommate$3,909,742-52%2,160-374$1,810$32,503,3063Sony / Screen Gems
9The Eagle$3,645,485-58%2,2960$1,588$15,152,6832Focus
10No Strings Attached$3,080,033-47%1,966-790$1,567$65,993,3205Paramount
11True Grit (2010)$2,410,521-36%1,465-607$1,645$164,128,0249Paramount
12Sanctum$1,638,615-71%1,377-1412$1,190$21,947,4003Universal
13The Green Hornet$1,524,622-59%1,265-825$1,205$95,076,4656Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$1,130,106-65%1,048-1159$1,078$31,392,4914Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$1,567,302-28%759-290$2,065$87,978,80011Paramount
2Black Swan$1,327,788-37%656-413$2,024$101,536,86312Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$1,003,330-69%952-934$1,054$27,886,0234CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$910,448201%10287$8,926$1,311,9262Fox Searchlight
5Barney's Version$746,69971%322212$2,319$4,465,1366Sony Pictures Classics
6Tangled$534,351-34%389-395$1,374$194,306,67713Disney
7Biutiful$521,607-10%156-35$3,344$3,037,4648Roadside Attractions
8Yogi Bear$464,644-40%725-386$641$97,283,21710Warner Bros.
9TRON: Legacy$452,223-18%312-52$1,449$170,441,51110Disney
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$359,045-23%321-88$1,119$293,901,79414Warner Bros.
11Blue Valentine (2010)$330,177-44%235-158$1,405$8,829,6448Weinstein Company
12127 Hours$319,559-43%240-119$1,331$17,412,20916Fox Searchlight
13The Company Men$298,984-42%242-35$1,235$3,526,2545Weinstein Company
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$286,1180%264-29$1,084$103,373,05111Fox
15Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$284,284-5%10813$2,632$722,4942Shorts International
16Megamind$272,032-16%214-38$1,271$148,244,40516Paramount / DreamWorks
17Little Fockers$266,470-23%285-139$935$147,635,6609Universal
18Another Year$206,934-37%121-53$1,710$2,487,9128Sony Pictures Classics
19The Tourist$202,309154%224124$903$67,239,12811Sony / Columbia
20Gulliver's Travels (2010)$190,367-11%235-73$810$42,174,2759Fox
21The Illusionist (2010)$188,494-38%106-100$1,778$1,467,7899Sony Pictures Classics
22The Dilemma$176,660-83%293-949$603$48,221,7406Universal
23From Prada to Nada$93,155-70%128-124$728$2,810,4914Lionsgate / Pantelion
24The Social Network$88,432-34%113-65$783$96,760,02121Sony / Columbia
25Unstoppable (2010)$68,105-38%105-42$649$81,468,67015Fox
26Season of the Witch$33,293-65%132-44$252$24,529,4877Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$187,41022%52-1$3,604$21,972,94749Warner Bros. / IMAX
27 Khoon Maaf$164,153--65--$2,525$164,1531UTV Communications
3Under the Sea 3D$74,07131%182$4,115$27,157,983106Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Rabbit Hole$56,680-34%78-34$727$1,974,84210Lionsgate
5Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$53,730--8--$6,716$53,7301Vitagraph
6The Last Lions$53,344--4--$13,336$53,3441National Geographic
7Space Station 3D$39,30488%51$7,861$82,809,201462IMAX
8Somewhere (2010)$33,566-7%29-3$1,157$1,723,5229Focus
9Inside Job$23,523-12%24-5$980$3,969,89120Sony Pictures Classics
10Poetry$17,832-6%30$5,944$46,2152Kino International
11Winter's Bone$17,713-8%20-6$886$6,421,49037Roadside Attractions
12Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$16,12324%21$8,062$34,1942Phase 4 Films
13The Way Back$14,912-62%15-22$994$2,673,8545Newmarket Films
14The Housemaid (Hanyo)$14,704198%60$2,451$87,4255IFC Films
15Immigration Tango$14,432--30--$481$14,4321Roadside Attractions
16Galapagos$14,04062%30$4,680$17,864,405591IMAX
17Kaboom$11,53565%61$1,923$64,0214IFC Films
18Casino Jack$10,460-31%12-3$872$949,38410IDP/ATO Pictures
19Made in Dagenham$8,906-51%15-14$594$1,017,24614Sony Pictures Classics
20Cold Weather$8,548-34%31$2,849$46,1993IFC Films
21Brotherhood (2010)$7,873--1--$7,873$7,8731Phase 4 Films
22Carancho$7,296-54%4-1$1,824$30,3782Strand Releasing
23Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$7,187-66%7-6$1,027$167,7384Variance Films
24Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$6,857611%32$2,286$90,7847First Run Features
25What Women Want (2011)$5,523-73%3-18$1,841$117,8933China Lion Film
26Waste Land$5,351-17%4-2$1,338$154,23517Arthouse Films
27I Love You Phillip Morris$5,101-46%9-14$567$1,946,13712Roadside Attractions
28Putty Hill$4,868--1--$4,868$4,8681Cinema Guild
29The Salvation Poem$4,757-65%40$1,189$593,15719CanZion Films
30Orgasm Inc.$4,399-50%32$1,466$18,5012First Run Features
31When We Leave (Die Fremde)$4,028180%10$4,028$18,9184Olive Films
32All Good Things$3,662-13%40$916$537,34212Magnolia Pictures
33Zero Bridge$3,304--1--$3,304$4,6211The Film Desk
34The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$3,011--1--$3,011$146,01946International Film Circuit
35The Other Woman (2011)$2,982328%53$596$14,0893IFC
36Vanishing on 7th Street$2,898--1--$2,898$2,8981Magnolia / Magnet
37Oy Vey! My Son Is Gay!$2,605-42%1-1$2,605$87,1549Saint Juste International
38Tiny Furniture$2,513-49%6-2$419$389,33415IFC
39Enemies of the People$2,400170%42$600$65,26330International Film Circuit
40Bhutto$1,941-8%32$647$86,49112First Run Features
41Four Lions$1,90947%63$318$303,82416Drafthouse Films
42Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen$1,667-72%2-2$834$408,13319Zeitgeist Films
43Every Day$1,566-37%20$783$30,6486Image Entertainment
44My Dog Tulip$1,550-29%10$1,550$208,96525New Yorker Films
45Marwencol$1,516-19%31$505$97,23720Cinema Guild
46Now & Later$1,516--1--$1,516$1,5161Cinema Libre
47The Time That Remains$1,362-47%20$681$31,7887IFC
48What If...$1,272-42%1-1$1,272$814,34827Five & Two Pictures
49Kings of Pastry$1,25736%10$1,257$311,95323First Run
50The Strange Case of Angelica$1,134-16%10$1,134$36,7308Cinema Guild
51Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$1,048-12%10$1,048$18,0306Kino International
52The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest$844-66%2-4$422$5,188,92417Music Box
53The Tempest$84438%30$281$277,51511Disney
54Get Low$793-88%4-15$198$9,176,46930Sony Pictures Classics
55Night Catches Us$724-10%42$181$75,34312Magnolia
56Tamara Drewe$71246%42$178$559,55620Sony Pictures Classics
57Animal Kingdom$450-74%20$225$1,041,08228Sony Pictures Classics
58Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$339-91%1-4$339$105,16835Kino International
59Mesrine: Killer Instinct$322-9%10$322$551,53126Music Box
60Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields$252-55%21$126$66,04317Variance Films
61The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$137--1--$137$10,095,17049Music Box
62Nenette$120-35%10$120$14,2279Kino International
63Rabia$59-98%1-1$59$5,4144Strand