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, Jul. 8 - Sun, Jul. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$47,103,276-52%4,10719$11,469$261,078,7002Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$28,302,165--3,040--$9,310$28,302,1651Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$20,065,617--3,482--$5,763$20,065,6171Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$15,212,015-42%3,990-125$3,813$148,831,5303Disney
5Bad Teacher$8,914,412-39%2,962-87$3,010$78,671,8193Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$5,936,405-55%2,9763$1,995$26,197,6902Universal
7Super 8$4,838,205-39%2,292-796$2,111$118,069,5465Paramount
8Monte Carlo$3,800,604-49%2,4730$1,537$16,125,5072Fox
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$3,154,435-43%1,996-865$1,580$58,051,2094Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$3,147,225-52%2,015-1265$1,562$109,731,1814Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$2,628,285-28%1,102-287$2,385$158,142,0309Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$2,634,785-26%819-39$3,217$38,579,0528Sony Pictures Classics
2X-Men: First Class$1,473,384-50%847-755$1,740$142,090,1216Fox
3The Hangover Part II$1,198,064-50%835-733$1,435$250,817,2477Warner Bros.
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,054,694-52%622-851$1,696$236,250,4798Disney
5Kung Fu Panda 2$865,109-48%650-631$1,331$159,014,4307Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Tree of Life$793,706-26%2379$3,349$9,014,4677Fox Searchlight
7Thor$573,30843%31545$1,820$178,739,97110Paramount
8Beginners$553,422-7%15547$3,570$3,250,7496Focus
9Rio (2011)$413,317-8%272-36$1,520$141,282,07613Fox
10Buck$386,172-20%15120$2,557$1,703,8314IFC Films
11A Better Life$330,296238%153142$2,159$559,5503Summit
12Fast Five$261,485-21%241-61$1,085$208,782,68511Universal
13Soul Surfer$131,074-20%160-45$819$43,685,47314Sony / TriStar
14Water for Elephants$124,765-27%168-66$743$58,290,36612Fox
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$99,104-12%112-28$885$53,200,43712Lionsgate
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$81,230-40%171-50$475$14,148,5175Relativity Media
17Something Borrowed$66,301-34%113-78$587$38,830,88210Warner Bros.
18The Lincoln Lawyer$62,017-30%106-32$585$57,906,77817Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Le Sens de l'humour$466,499--89--$5,242$719,9361Alliance Films
2Delhi Belly$375,225-36%901$4,169$1,232,6102UTV Communications
3Born to Be Wild 3D$241,8888%481$5,039$8,705,68414Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$127,28023%29-1$4,389$26,937,02869Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Page One: Inside the New York Times$116,222-7%5214$2,235$429,7664Magnolia Pictures
6Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$111,982--4--$27,996$111,9821Sony Pictures Classics
7The Trip (2011)$104,283-35%38-2$2,744$951,1795IFC Films
8Cave of Forgotten Dreams$82,074-25%48-12$1,710$4,800,39311IFC Films
9Insidious$78,69870%8111$972$53,722,47515FilmDistrict
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$64,28026%110$5,844$3,473,136613D Entertainment
11Gerry (2011)$49,899-61%45-33$1,109$1,760,0094Entertainment One Films
12Terri$44,742-31%82$5,593$144,6332IDP/ATO Pictures
13Under the Sea 3D$44,68110%152$2,979$29,089,361126Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Murder 2$41,989--26--$1,615$41,9891Eros International
15Turtle: The Incredible Journey$39,068-2%237$1,699$184,2963Hannover House
16Incendies$35,703-26%32-10$1,116$6,597,65012Sony Pictures Classics
17The Double Hour$33,176-15%283$1,185$1,354,64913IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
18Bride Flight$30,80424%235$1,339$279,0655Music Box Films
19Trigun: Badlands Rumble$29,201--12--$2,433$29,0211Eleven Arts
20Source Code$29,022-54%41-25$708$54,696,90215Summit
21Project Nim$25,820--4--$6,455$25,8201Roadside Attractions
22The Names of Love$25,106-7%113$2,282$120,5233Music Box Films
23Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$20,247--1--$20,247$20,2471International Film Circuit
24Queen to Play$20,244-8%9-1$2,249$406,65015Zeitgeist Films
25Trollhunter$19,222-53%19-2$1,012$150,0685Magnolia / Magnet
26Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$18,524-37%42-26$441$10,106,89911Weinstein Company
27Double Dhamaal$18,117-79%20-21$906$529,6303Reliance Big Pictures
28Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$17,537-58%10-7$1,754$223,9593Abramorama
29Submarine$16,832-38%19-1$886$377,8076Weinstein Company
30African Cats$15,693-50%23-7$682$15,415,27012Disneynature
31Win Win$14,07426%17-1$828$10,164,97317Fox Searchlight
32Bill Cunningham New York$13,425-21%9-2$1,492$1,394,15817Zeitgeist Films
33Rejoice and Shout$12,09572%71$1,728$72,3336Magnolia Pictures
34In a Better World$12,0750%18-10$671$923,55615Sony Pictures Classics
35Passione: A Musical Adventure$10,850-42%20$5,425$71,6663Abramorama
36Jane Eyre (2011)$10,368-26%21-5$494$11,232,82518Focus
3713 Assassins$9,122-43%14-8$652$763,76011Magnolia / Magnet
38Meek's Cutoff$9,0630%12-3$755$911,66314Oscilloscope
39Everything Must Go$8,8227%17-2$519$2,663,0009Roadside Attractions
40Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$8,260-30%19-12$435$52,691,00916Fox
41The Salvation Poem$6,146--2--$3,073$898,69739CanZion Films
42Beginning of the Great Revival$6,103-77%8-15$763$147,5833China Lion Film
43The Conspirator$6,055-19%150$404$11,510,59913Roadside Attractions
44The Sleeping Beauty$5,973--1--$5,973$5,9731Strand Releasing
45Rapt$5,872--1--$5,872$7,8511Lorber Films
46City of Life and Death$5,515363%41$1,379$87,7409Kino International
47The Ledge$5,176--2--$2,588$5,1761IFC Films
4835 and Ticking$4,50248%42$1,126$85,0908Image Entertainment
49The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$4,310-41%1-1$4,310$31,5813Rialto Pictures
50Chillar Party$4,155--7--$594$4,1551UTV Communications
51Jig$4,120--1--$4,120$129,4774Screen Media Films
52Viva Riva!$3,65223%50$730$43,8805Music Box Films
53Potiche$3,618--3--$1,206$1,611,83816Music Box Films
54The Last Mountain$3,595--3--$1,198$90,4256Dada Films
55Hobo with a Shotgun$3,355-47%6-4$559$690,66510Magnolia / Magnet
56Farmageddon$3,218--1--$3,218$12,8974Undefined
57The Perfect Host$3,212-57%31$1,071$14,8702Magnolia Pictures
58Blank City$3,196169%32$1,065$112,49914Insurgent Releasing
59How To Live Forever$2,973341%10$2,973$40,8369Variance Films
60The Music Never Stopped$2,562331%4-1$641$253,89917Roadside Attractions
61My Perestroika$2,31435%3-1$771$238,44016International Film Circuit
62Beautiful Boy$2,138-14%3-1$713$73,1586Anchor Bay Films
63Hesher$2,12824%1-1$2,128$373,9199Wrekin Hill Entertainment
64Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,994457%10$1,994$14,0969Strand Releasing
65Winter in Wartime$1,771-58%40$443$530,04817Sony Pictures Classics
66If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$1,323-38%20$662$25,5463Oscilloscope
67Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,315--2--$658$178,45319Strand Releasing
68The Art of Getting By$1,306-37%5-2$261$1,429,2604Fox Searchlight
69Octubre$1,110109%10$1,110$19,65910New Yorker Films
70Road to Nowhere$846-67%3-1$282$27,8925Monterey Media
71The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$751-33%85$94$625,95612Sony Pictures Classics
72Circo$625--1--$625$69,72515First Run Features
73The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$618-15%10$618$139,25415Lorber Films
74The Robber$419--1--$419$69,90811Kino International
75The Human Resources Manager$362--1--$362$63,70919Film Movement
76Poetry$168--1--$168$349,89922Kino International
77Leap Year (2011)$156-94%1-1$156$9,2513Strand Releasing
78The Arbor$119--1--$119$13,37311Strand Releasing
79Kings of Pastry$79-91%10$79$336,17443First Run
80Small Town Murder Songs$48-93%1-2$48$24,0277Monterey Media