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, Jun. 17 - Sun, Jun. 19

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern (2011)$53,174,303--3,816--$13,935$53,174,3031Warner Bros.
2Super 8$21,472,020-39%3,40829$6,300$73,002,8092Paramount
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$18,445,355--3,339--$5,524$18,445,3551Fox
4X-Men: First Class$11,933,524-51%3,375-317$3,536$120,358,0863Fox
5The Hangover Part II$10,071,339-43%3,460-215$2,911$233,110,6174Warner Bros.
6Kung Fu Panda 2$9,027,671-45%3,469-460$2,602$143,670,4684Paramount / DreamWorks
7Bridesmaids$7,097,735-29%2,573-349$2,759$136,450,7256Universal
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$6,646,249-39%2,742-691$2,424$220,746,5025Disney
9Midnight in Paris$4,884,800-16%1,03894$4,706$21,446,6145Sony Pictures Classics
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$2,103,465-65%2,5240$833$11,029,3072Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$1,163,92341%11568$10,121$3,900,3554Fox Searchlight
2Thor$1,145,076-53%875-907$1,309$176,111,0787Paramount
3Fast Five$872,160-50%729-600$1,196$206,816,8808Universal
4The Art of Getting By$679,160--610--$1,113$679,1601Fox Searchlight
5Rio (2011)$517,653-23%408-119$1,269$138,725,04410Fox
6Water for Elephants$305,177-36%351-115$869$57,192,1699Fox
7Soul Surfer$243,234-18%264-53$921$42,638,64611Sony / TriStar
8Cave of Forgotten Dreams$241,045-8%116-7$2,078$4,138,0168IFC Films
9Jumping the Broom$210,757-54%211-154$999$37,101,0647Sony / TriStar
10Something Borrowed$202,630-56%212-154$956$38,077,6847Warner Bros.
11The Lincoln Lawyer$199,237135%220119$906$57,373,86114Lionsgate
12Rango$148,063-16%188-32$788$122,751,08116Paramount
13Source Code$120,997-30%161-87$752$54,388,84912Summit
14Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$95,714-20%162-20$591$9,847,9388Weinstein Company
15Limitless$73,990-32%117-49$632$79,077,83414Relativity Media
16African Cats$58,400249%12182$483$14,983,3159Disneynature

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gerry (2011)$367,635--95--$3,870$464,7461Entertainment One Films
2Beginners$354,94846%4425$8,067$909,1243Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$219,8337%470$4,677$7,240,52911Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Trip (2011)$176,365126%3024$5,879$289,8882IFC Films
5Hubble 3D$115,90424%36-2$3,220$26,217,94066Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Insidious$90,233-34%98-36$921$53,399,44512FilmDistrict
7Incendies$88,127-33%66-19$1,335$1,535,8729Sony Pictures Classics
8Jig$70,432--5--$14,086$70,4321Screen Media Films
9Buck$67,548--4--$16,887$67,5481IFC Films
10Ready$65,860-65%970$679$910,4463Eros International
11Hanna$58,563-41%91-56$644$40,122,69211Focus
12Submarine$58,2914%2811$2,082$207,6523Weinstein Company
13Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$52,40622%110$4,764$3,122,203583D Entertainment
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$49,923-33%90-27$555$52,563,99113Fox
15The Double Hour$47,225-46%39-14$1,211$1,165,24810IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
16Jane Eyre (2011)$45,694-27%68-22$672$11,100,68915Focus
17Bride Flight$45,109-17%245$1,880$125,6532Music Box Films
18Priest (2011)$44,742-61%71-98$630$29,136,6266Sony / Screen Gems
19Win Win$44,418-42%67-33$663$10,078,13914Fox Searchlight
20Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$44,058-42%71-41$621$52,848,3429Lionsgate
21Under the Sea 3D$39,674-2%16-3$2,480$28,824,159123Warner Bros. / IMAX
2213 Assassins$38,4070%315$1,239$672,5388Magnolia / Magnet
23Prom$33,531-56%72-69$466$10,106,2338Disney
24Everything Must Go$29,039-56%55-32$528$2,598,7766Roadside Attractions
25Page One: Inside the New York Times$28,911--2--$14,456$28,9111Magnolia Pictures
26Meek's Cutoff$27,354-35%30-11$912$843,67911Oscilloscope
27Bill Cunningham New York$24,407-11%190$1,285$1,301,35014Zeitgeist Films
28The Conspirator$24,148-46%44-22$549$11,460,30710Roadside Attractions
29The Last Mountain$20,39377%74$2,913$64,5433Dada Films
30I Am (2011)$17,465-16%360$485$1,529,23618Paladin
31Mars Needs Moms$15,923-29%24-29$663$21,379,31515Disney
32Beautiful Boy$15,725181%84$1,966$49,0323Anchor Bay Films
33Scream 4$14,104-62%39-41$362$38,160,37710Weinstein Company
34Gnomeo and Juliet$14,043-38%23-20$611$99,808,60919Disney
35Trollhunter$13,302138%54$2,660$21,4672Magnolia / Magnet
36City of Life and Death$13,23270%52$2,646$51,5446Kino International
37The Beaver$12,425-21%23-23$540$935,4887Summit
38The First Grader$12,257-53%15-15$817$300,3876National Geographic
39In a Better World$10,420-63%24-9$434$851,44412Sony Pictures Classics
40Winter in Wartime$10,34618%14-2$739$502,46814Sony Pictures Classics
41L'Amour fou$9,964-26%14-2$712$280,0046IFC Films
42Queen to Play$9,56840%93$1,063$332,15412Zeitgeist Films
43Potiche$8,251-34%8-8$1,031$1,589,54813Music Box Films
44Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$7,78466%106$778$198,80040Collective Eye
45My Perestroika$7,31937%8-1$915$222,46713International Film Circuit
46Hobo with a Shotgun$7,236-38%14-1$517$657,7527Magnolia / Magnet
47Of Gods and Men$7,043-57%17-9$414$3,936,99917Sony Pictures Classics
48Road to Nowhere$6,051140%74$864$13,1082Monterey Media
49The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$4,329-38%3-1$1,443$131,47612Lorber Films
50WAR: Women Art Revolution$3,985212%42$996$25,3463Zeitgeist Films
51The Princess of Montpensier$3,856-60%6-5$643$334,10510IFC Films
52The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$3,688175%9-1$410$616,0609Sony Pictures Classics
53Viva Riva!$3,672-64%30$1,224$19,4952Music Box Films
5435 and Ticking$3,344-50%10$3,344$72,7785Image Entertainment
55Rejoice and Shout$3,145-63%2-4$1,573$28,8523Magnolia Pictures
56Last Night (2010)$3,131--4--$783$102,1177Miramax / Tribeca
57Hesher$2,741-26%30$914$364,6776Wrekin Hill Entertainment
58Blank City$2,463-41%2-1$1,232$104,58511Insurgent Releasing
59Small Town Murder Songs$2,425-34%3-3$808$14,3244Monterey Media
60Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$2,320-30%2-2$1,160$24,6966First Run Features
61Into Eternity$2,030152%20$1,015$51,41720International Film Circuit
62How To Live Forever$1,828-34%1-1$1,828$30,0146Variance Films
63Circo$1,696462%20$848$66,33412First Run Features
64Kill the Irishman$1,573-54%2-3$787$1,185,25315Anchor Bay Films
65Barney's Version$1,294-69%3-2$431$7,501,40423Sony Pictures Classics
66Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,26050%21$630$174,32416Strand Releasing
67Film Socialisme$1,099-76%1-2$1,099$20,4683Lorber Films
68Korkoro$920--2--$460$7,22513Lorber Films
69The Robber$793-79%2-1$397$68,7988Kino International
70Making The Boys$619-46%10$619$30,95115First Run Features
71The Music Never Stopped$272-49%31$91$248,99014Roadside Attractions
72Orgasm Inc.$155--1--$155$49,00119First Run Features
73The Arbor$55--1--$55$13,2308Strand Releasing
74Space Station 3D$40--2--$20$83,709,033479IMAX