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, Aug. 19 - Sun, Aug. 21

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$20,018,659-23%2,690156$7,442$71,340,8292Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$16,119,502-42%3,471-220$4,644$133,583,8623Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$11,644,672--3,295--$3,534$11,644,6721Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$10,021,215--3,015--$3,324$10,021,2151Lionsgate
5Fright Night (2011)$8,114,388--3,114--$2,606$8,114,3881Disney / DreamWorks
6The Smurfs$7,802,377-43%3,057-370$2,552$117,546,8824Sony / Columbia
7Final Destination 5$7,703,466-57%3,1550$2,442$32,326,6862Warner Bros. / New Line
830 Minutes or Less$6,402,602-52%2,8880$2,217$25,864,4302Sony / Columbia
9One Day$5,079,566--1,721--$2,952$5,079,5661Focus
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$4,797,364-32%1,940-695$2,473$64,266,9694Warner Bros.
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,511,411-38%1,738-676$2,596$366,007,9006Warner Bros.
12Cowboys & Aliens$4,215,780-46%2,213-1097$1,905$89,498,3054Universal
13Captain America: The First Avenger$4,115,529-43%1,988-847$2,070$164,747,6435Paramount
14The Change-Up$2,824,945-55%1,633-1280$1,730$31,970,2853Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$1,804,598-70%1,982-58$910$10,443,8832Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$1,279,350-48%755-583$1,695$112,574,9967Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$770,04958%201100$3,831$3,072,8845Weinstein Company
3Transformers: Dark of the Moon$606,276-56%484-402$1,253$348,540,0068Paramount / DreamWorks
4Midnight in Paris$552,103-21%258-70$2,140$50,614,94614Sony Pictures Classics
5Friends With Benefits$533,670-71%413-881$1,292$54,712,1455Sony / Screen Gems
6Zookeeper$405,031-60%370-378$1,095$76,771,3357Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$348,218-47%297-197$1,172$186,951,4579Disney
8Green Lantern (2011)$335,379-17%2420$1,386$115,601,13910Warner Bros.
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$302,144-22%274-20$1,103$66,626,80610Fox
10Kung Fu Panda 2$284,465-19%237-15$1,200$163,942,84213Paramount / DreamWorks
11Bridesmaids$280,595-22%244-41$1,150$167,661,31015Universal
12Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$263,292-20%231-23$1,140$240,141,36914Disney
13Winnie the Pooh$176,938-54%294-115$602$25,726,4816Disney
14X-Men: First Class$131,661-30%146-37$902$145,939,79512Fox
15The Hangover Part II$131,530-28%193-39$682$254,174,50613Warner Bros.
16Bad Teacher$106,189-48%100-49$1,062$98,108,4259Sony / Columbia
17Monte Carlo$70,235-20%107-17$656$22,813,4718Fox
18Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$35,698-50%1000$357$3,056,0466Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Guard$419,91949%8336$5,059$1,217,6894Sony Pictures Classics
2Born to Be Wild 3D$206,293-8%490$4,210$11,774,07120Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Senna$159,105116%1412$11,365$270,6042Producers Distribution Agency
4The Whistleblower$150,90331%4422$3,430$409,9893IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
5The Devil's Double$147,765-43%83-6$1,780$1,000,5934Lionsgate
6Another Earth$143,604-13%875$1,651$936,4005Fox Searchlight
7Sur le Rythme$127,942-29%72-1$1,777$668,2802Entertainment One Films
8The Tree of Life$119,782-25%96-22$1,248$12,693,86813Fox Searchlight
9Super 8$101,857-6%86-22$1,184$125,691,63011Paramount
10Hubble 3D$94,050-20%290$3,243$28,346,81375Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Attack the Block$83,478-23%444$1,897$604,4204Sony / Screen Gems
12Point Blank$76,15315%3615$2,115$303,2624Magnolia / Magnet
13Buck$73,947-32%78-23$948$3,693,15510IFC Films
14The Trip (2011)$64,715-19%47-8$1,377$1,836,62111IFC Films
15The Future$62,187-2%3111$2,006$333,9974Roadside Attractions
16Beginners$56,128-45%69-34$813$5,640,33612Focus
17The Names of Love$43,494160%2112$2,071$325,0589Music Box Films
18Le Sens de l'humour$42,950-35%40-1$1,074$3,179,1937Alliance Films
193D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstacy$41,9364544%109$4,194$43,5922China Lion Film
20The Hedgehog$39,276--6--$6,546$39,2761NeoClassics Films
21Rio (2011)$38,024-45%68-31$559$143,558,18119Fox
22Amigo$37,324--10--$3,732$37,3241Variance Films
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$35,9566%100$3,596$3,989,742673D Entertainment
24Mozart's Sister$34,046--7--$4,864$34,0461Music Box Films
25Under the Sea 3D$33,576-21%110$3,052$29,652,833132Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Thor$30,733-44%54-27$569$181,015,14116Paramount
27Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$30,153-26%14-3$2,154$388,8327International Film Circuit
28Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$29,304-47%34-1$862$1,101,3997Sony Pictures Classics
29Tabloid$23,730-36%24-7$989$585,5926IFC Films
30A Better Life$23,01232%6514$354$1,732,3059Summit
31Terri$22,71213%18-3$1,262$571,7378IDP/ATO Pictures
32Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$20,483-75%37-67$554$1,283,6596Fox Searchlight
33Space Station 3D$16,764-15%1-1$16,764$84,193,437488IMAX
34Bellflower$16,484-31%81$2,061$85,3043Oscilloscope
35Cave of Forgotten Dreams$16,114-13%150$1,074$5,234,78517IFC Films
36Gun Hill Road$14,087-40%5-5$2,817$106,1213Motion Film Group
37The Interrupters$12,053-16%20$6,027$56,9494Cinema Guild
38Project Nim$11,840-49%12-6$987$334,4527Roadside Attractions
39Page One: Inside the New York Times$11,817-48%16-7$739$1,019,99410Magnolia Pictures
40The Double Hour$8,80520%120$734$1,510,89319IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
41Turtle: The Incredible Journey$7,601-57%3-9$2,534$349,2649Hannover House
42Magic Trip$7,537-56%103$754$61,2663Magnolia Pictures
43CornerStore$7,426-42%21$3,713$25,9192Undefined
44Incendies$7,408-28%4-7$1,852$6,812,16018Sony Pictures Classics
45Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$6,668-8%21$3,334$25,3582Lorber Films
46Life, Above All$6,592143%40$1,648$82,8836Sony Pictures Classics
47Bride Flight$6,344-29%10-2$634$459,01211Music Box Films
48Mysteries of Lisbon$6,323-51%1-1$6,323$51,6223Music Box Films
49Life in a Day$6,270-61%10-7$627$207,3244National Geographic
505 Days of War$6,254--2--$3,127$6,2541Anchor Bay Films
51El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$6,056-5%21$3,028$74,2784Alive Mind Cinema
52Griff the Invisible$5,087--6--$848$5,0871Indomina Media
53The Last Circus$4,757--1--$4,757$4,7571Magnolia / Magnet
54WAR: Women Art Revolution$4,564--2--$2,282$36,69212Zeitgeist Films
55Insidious$4,063-23%9-4$451$53,984,26921FilmDistrict
56The Perfect Host$3,84921%104$385$43,9188Magnolia Pictures
57Everything Must Go$2,807136%41$702$2,706,12415Roadside Attractions
58How To Live Forever$2,532--1--$2,532$56,39915Variance Films
59Passione: A Musical Adventure$2,457-79%3-2$819$184,7159Abramorama
60Viva Riva!$2,408--2--$1,204$56,41111Music Box Films
61Trollhunter$2,406-72%5-9$481$240,85111Magnolia / Magnet
6213 Assassins$2,069-26%42$517$802,52417Magnolia / Magnet
63The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$1,918--2--$959$29,20015Argot Pictures
64Rejoice and Shout$1,84147%51$368$97,86612Magnolia Pictures
65The Tree$1,605-53%2-4$803$28,1686Zeitgeist Films
66The Sleeping Beauty$1,591207%10$1,591$26,3077Strand Releasing
67Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,52319%30$508$238,17049Collective Eye
68The Conspirator$1,48683%42$372$11,535,47419Roadside Attractions
69Salvation Boulevard$1,397-14%2-2$699$27,4456IFC Films
70Jig$1,380--1--$1,380$157,50410Screen Media Films
71Flypaper$1,098--2--$549$1,0981IFC Films
72Octubre$1,0953%21$548$21,58016New Yorker Films
73Leap Year (2011)$1,086204%10$1,086$11,2939Strand Releasing
74Meek's Cutoff$920-58%2-2$460$977,60020Oscilloscope
75Daylight (2011)$890790%10$890$3,8836Cinema Purgatorio
76Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$886-42%2-1$443$262,7349Abramorama
77The Myth of the American Sleepover$819-59%21$410$39,0015IFC Films
78Summer (2011 re-issue)$80421%21$402$29,73611The Film Desk
79If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$800-72%20$400$61,1539Oscilloscope
80Bill Cunningham New York$725-69%1-3$725$1,473,05423Zeitgeist Films
81Rapt$644-66%1-1$644$34,0047Lorber Films
82The Robber$642-5%10$642$80,99917Kino International
83In a Better World$605-95%2-13$303$1,005,76221Sony Pictures Classics
84The Arbor$576--1--$576$20,13917Strand Releasing
85The Woodmans$492--1--$492$37,97631Lorber Films
86The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$480--1--$480$638,21618Sony Pictures Classics
87Queen to Play$432-89%1-3$432$477,93821Zeitgeist Films
88Road to Nowhere$365-14%21$183$39,35111Monterey Media
89Pianomania$272-62%10$272$20,00813First Run Features
90My Perestroika$215-69%1-1$215$241,13922International Film Circuit