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, Apr. 29 - Sun, May. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$86,198,765--3,644--$23,655$86,198,7651Universal
2Rio (2011)$14,787,836-44%3,708-134$3,988$104,014,8513Fox
3Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$9,860,929-61%2,2880$4,310$40,891,0432Lionsgate
4Water for Elephants$9,342,413-45%2,8203$3,313$32,480,2142Fox
5Prom$4,712,638--2,730--$1,726$4,712,6381Disney
6Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,108,630--2,505--$1,640$4,108,6301Weinstein Company
7Soul Surfer$3,367,867-38%2,010-230$1,676$33,843,0194Sony / TriStar
8Insidious$2,689,676-48%1,584-546$1,698$48,309,9125FilmDistrict
9HOP$2,683,720-78%3,176-440$845$105,403,2855Universal
10Source Code$2,509,824-51%1,645-718$1,526$48,887,1885Summit
11African Cats$2,403,808-60%1,2244$1,964$10,668,8292Disneynature
12Hanna$2,252,257-57%1,569-815$1,435$35,953,4704Focus
13Scream 4$2,179,521-69%2,221-1093$981$35,496,2003Weinstein Company
14Arthur (2011)$1,008,363-75%1,251-1519$806$31,671,6224Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$1,102,851-50%697-152$1,582$8,764,8253Roadside Attractions
2Limitless$1,098,447-59%838-525$1,311$76,090,3167Relativity Media
3The Lincoln Lawyer$789,202-56%719-501$1,098$54,799,5107Lionsgate
4Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$754,779--875--$863$754,7791Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
5Win Win$666,175-40%302-86$2,206$7,611,7307Fox Searchlight
6Your Highness$629,125-63%402-1208$1,565$21,102,0704Universal
7Jane Eyre (2011)$511,827-31%294-25$1,741$8,739,7678Focus
8Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$468,573-47%371-94$1,263$3,947,8273Rocky Mountain
9The Adjustment Bureau$459,80586%27714$1,660$61,682,8859Universal
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$382,659-59%503-425$761$51,001,8136Fox
11Paul$299,04023%224-21$1,335$36,943,0107Universal
12Gnomeo and Juliet$293,710-12%293-52$1,002$98,765,13612Disney
13Rango$253,026-34%277-280$913$119,931,7209Paramount
14I Am Number Four$138,096-25%1790$771$54,598,34111Disney / DreamWorks
15Red Riding Hood$132,495-29%209-99$634$37,395,2418Warner Bros.
16Just Go With It$127,588-36%199-66$641$102,808,74712Sony / Columbia
17The King's Speech$117,338-40%185-49$634$138,537,21123Weinstein Company
18Beastly$89,9480%126-11$714$27,731,1329CBS Films
19Battle: Los Angeles$71,775-65%102-118$704$82,795,2208Sony / Columbia
20Hall Pass$60,455-55%116-86$521$44,986,02510Warner Bros. / New Line
21Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$59,519-11%109-57$546$72,945,02912Paramount
22Unknown (2011)$45,176-50%101-61$447$63,640,35711Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$298,578-55%69-139$4,327$3,746,7864Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cave of Forgotten Dreams$139,101--5--$27,820$139,1011IFC Films
3I Am (2011)$128,850-1%4622$2,801$736,57011Paladin
4Potiche$119,266-21%716$1,680$1,040,1326Music Box Films
5Hubble 3D$110,188-26%363$3,061$24,809,28359Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Of Gods and Men$106,142-28%94-9$1,129$3,414,61310Sony Pictures Classics
7Dum Maaro Dum$92,332-72%93-8$993$483,9882Fox Searchlight
8Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$90,25767%110$8,205$2,512,742513D Entertainment
9The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$89,578-25%3618$2,488$240,8472Sony Pictures Classics
10In a Better World$71,255-2%410$1,738$395,9105Sony Pictures Classics
11Bill Cunningham New York$65,886-27%343$1,938$797,5007Zeitgeist Films
12Incendies$64,62228%107$6,462$133,6392Sony Pictures Classics
13The Double Hour$57,35291%75$8,193$144,9443IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$56,829-24%69-23$824$37,814,42811Fox
15Sucker Punch$56,218-80%74-170$760$36,062,0656Warner Bros.
16Certified Copy$47,937-15%44-1$1,089$1,151,8678IFC Films
1713 Assassins$45,854--4--$11,464$45,8541Magnolia / Magnet
18Kill the Irishman$40,62510%307$1,354$1,064,4758Anchor Bay Films
19Chalo Dilli$38,268--31--$1,234$38,2681Eros International
20Winter in Wartime$37,10822%150$2,474$272,1507Sony Pictures Classics
21The Princess of Montpensier$36,1390%198$1,902$126,4453IFC Films
22Super$35,695-26%380$939$268,8405IFC Films
23Exporting Raymond$35,292--13--$2,715$35,2921IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
24No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$35,209-70%45-44$782$1,275,1464Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Meek's Cutoff$34,724-3%115$3,157$140,1944Oscilloscope
26Under the Sea 3D$29,582-40%184$1,643$28,255,789116Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Mars Needs Moms$22,277-28%52-26$428$20,888,8218Disney
28Henry's Crime$17,28264%83$2,160$70,7954Moving Pictures Film & Television
29Tangled$16,475-47%48-32$343$199,695,81123Disney
30Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$16,17530%100$1,618$542,64511Vitagraph
31Cedar Rapids$13,971-43%26-10$537$6,800,42712Fox Searchlight
32Queen to Play$12,7301%60$2,122$130,2865Zeitgeist Films
33Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$12,60732%5-5$2,521$134,85533Collective Eye
34Rubber$11,133354%124$928$64,6755Magnolia / Magnet
35The Robber$11,084--5--$2,217$15,7651Kino International
36Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$10,244-10%95$1,138$25,9932Variance Films
37American: The Bill Hicks Story$10,142-38%7-4$1,449$65,7594Variance Films
38The Warring States$9,632-73%230$419$60,5252China Lion Film
39Sympathy For Delicious$9,448--2--$4,724$9,4481Maya Entertainment
40Stake Land$8,43716%54$1,687$18,4692IFC Films
41Biutiful$7,983-42%221$363$5,056,09818Roadside Attractions
42The Company Men$7,582-6%150$505$4,413,10815Weinstein Company
43Barney's Version$7,146-58%21-3$340$7,446,98516Sony Pictures Classics
44Lebanon, PA$6,675--2--$3,338$6,6751Truly Indie
45Miral$5,826-71%10-10$583$360,2376Weinstein Company
46The Salvation Poem$5,697-71%8-5$712$849,14929CanZion Films
47The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$5,262-37%4-1$1,316$87,8645Lorber Films
48Meet Monica Velour$5,184415%10$5,184$23,8334Anchor Bay Films
49Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$4,458-24%3-3$1,486$154,0879Strand Releasing
50Making The Boys$4,160195%32$1,387$24,9918First Run Features
51Circo$3,767-45%3-1$1,256$36,8335First Run Features
52The Illusionist (2010)$3,289-29%10-2$329$2,227,54819Sony Pictures Classics
53Poetry$3,225-44%6-4$538$294,42312Kino International
54Blank City$3,117-35%10$3,117$64,4884Insurgent Releasing
55Carancho$3,110-52%52$622$78,83112Strand Releasing
56Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$3,085-1%20$1,543$23,599,042187National Geographic
57Thank You$2,897-89%7-13$414$462,6094UTV Communications
58The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,869-44%2-1$1,435$857,60339National Geographic
59Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,663197%21$1,332$235,76717First Run Features
60The Arbor$2,638--1--$2,638$3,5711Strand Releasing
61My Dog Tulip$2,545--2--$1,273$242,42635New Yorker Films
62Black Swan$1,570-72%8-12$196$106,952,32722Fox Searchlight
63Inside Job$1,458-41%3-5$486$4,311,83430Sony Pictures Classics
64Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,433931%21$717$204,38014Variance Films
65Ceremony$952-64%2-2$476$17,6574Magnolia Pictures
66Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$945--1--$945$44,92316Kino International
67A Somewhat Gentle Man$463-28%20$232$36,36816Strand Releasing
68The Music Never Stopped$344-83%4-2$86$234,7007Roadside Attractions
69Armadillo$255-84%10$255$10,0063Lorber Films
70Bhutto$162--2--$81$99,43922First Run Features
71The Last Lions$148-98%2-57$74$628,39311National Geographic
72The Strange Case of Angelica$118-85%10$118$45,58018Cinema Guild
73Desert Flower$66-35%10$66$44,3487National Geographic