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, Nov. 18 - Sun, Nov. 20

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$138,122,261--4,061--$34,012$138,122,2611Lionsgate / Summit
2Happy Feet Two$21,237,068--3,606--$5,889$21,237,0681Warner Bros.
3Immortals$12,351,959-62%3,1208$3,959$53,079,8892Relativity Media
4Jack and Jill$11,738,573-53%3,4380$3,414$40,766,4792Sony / Columbia
5Puss in Boots (2011)$10,804,311-56%3,415-488$3,164$122,391,8734Paramount / DreamWorks
6Tower Heist$7,105,045-44%2,942-428$2,415$53,538,8203Universal
7J. Edgar$5,928,120-47%1,94737$3,045$20,722,8142Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$2,902,434-51%1,808-1067$1,605$28,335,2803Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$1,710,692-58%1,367-1224$1,251$33,454,5334Fox
10Paranormal Activity 3$1,000,518-72%1,402-1374$714$102,619,1955Paramount
11Footloose (2011)$861,189-68%1,218-997$707$50,166,8696Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$553,871-70%702-1056$789$82,557,9177Disney / DreamWorks
2Like Crazy$522,3524%10939$4,792$1,767,3584Paramount Vantage
3Moneyball$512,387-52%409-404$1,253$72,641,2919Sony / Columbia
4The Ides of March$460,272-51%298-398$1,545$39,100,1437Sony / Columbia
5Courageous$430,493-57%517-388$833$32,338,4718Sony / TriStar
6Margin Call$423,554-22%173-26$2,448$3,915,7915Roadside Attractions
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$384,642-20%180-3$2,137$2,258,4295Fox Searchlight
8The Help$297,70221%35779$834$168,231,63215Disney / DreamWorks
9The Skin I Live In$281,980-5%11322$2,495$2,107,9776Sony Pictures Classics
10The Way$275,281-17%137-34$2,009$3,038,8867Producers Distribution Agency
11Dolphin Tale$260,991-62%388-317$673$70,017,1289Warner Bros.
1250/50$231,891-54%185-239$1,253$34,244,2638Summit
13The Three Musketeers (2011)$215,819-57%170-499$1,270$19,548,5505Summit
14The Smurfs$212,934-33%252-17$845$141,941,58817Sony / Columbia
15Contagion$200,035-36%301-54$665$75,178,90611Warner Bros.
16Rockstar$196,166-68%1120$1,751$911,0642Eros International
17Anonymous$176,612-70%179-303$987$4,152,9544Sony / Columbia
18The Rum Diary$148,070-82%152-795$974$12,839,2674FilmDistrict
19Abduction$124,18574%18154$686$27,626,7199Lionsgate
20Johnny English Reborn$86,945-58%108-102$805$8,269,1055Universal
21Rise of the Planet of the Apes$86,291-34%131-33$659$176,454,88516Fox
22RA. One$33,727-72%1890$178$2,496,8254Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,190,096--29--$41,038$1,269,2961Fox Searchlight
2Melancholia$337,53031%5738$5,922$709,2122Magnolia Pictures
3The Lion King 3D$130,006-33%82-14$1,585$93,883,13610Disney
4Take Shelter$91,829-23%74-8$1,241$1,359,7088Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$79,713-32%490$1,627$14,279,60133Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Drive (2011)$61,775-41%46-29$1,343$34,363,12210FilmDistrict
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$47,494-42%91-39$522$84,323,97017Warner Bros.
8Hubble 3D$45,121-18%20-2$2,256$29,725,66688Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Into the Abyss$42,519-11%2715$1,575$110,8932IFC Films
10Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$37,399-27%70-2$534$38,466,27514Weinstein Company
11Cars 2$35,637-47%86-15$414$191,382,06022Disney
12Midnight in Paris$34,691-25%36-2$964$55,600,12827Sony Pictures Classics
13Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$31,91464%156$2,128$133,3325Submarine Deluxe
14Sarah's Key$31,913-68%52-110$614$7,661,82918Weinstein Company
15Le Havre$29,627-24%13-4$2,279$198,8685Janus Films
16The Big Year$27,962-14%59-24$474$7,121,2456Fox
17The Guard$26,118-25%22-7$1,187$5,244,46717Sony Pictures Classics
18Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$25,423-53%78-7$326$381,000,18519Warner Bros.
19Eames: The Architect and the Painter$24,481--6--$4,080$29,8921First Run Features
20The Women on the 6th Floor$23,6878%153$1,579$310,3407Strand Releasing
21Under the Sea 3D$21,992-19%110$1,999$30,092,387145Warner Bros. / IMAX
22The Mighty Macs$19,564-64%28-33$699$1,864,9525Quaker Media
23Mozart's Sister$16,609-26%224$755$600,61614Music Box Films
24Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$11,25330%32$3,751$23,7182Variance Films
25What's Your Number?$11,208-50%25-38$448$14,008,1938Fox
26Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$9,719-26%13-5$748$817,73520International Film Circuit
27The Conquest$9,592-41%82$1,199$155,0842Music Box Films
28Weekend$9,325-27%11-6$848$455,4599IFC Films
29Young Goethe In Love$8,80073%30$2,933$45,7083Music Box Films
30Shark Night 3D$8,558-46%27-2$317$18,872,52212Relativity Media
31Another Happy Day$8,464--2--$4,232$8,4641Phase 4 Films
32I Don't Know How She Does It$8,028-72%38-45$211$9,659,07410Weinstein Company
33Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$7,678-7%9-1$853$4,383,255803D Entertainment
34Tyrannosaur$7,635--5--$1,527$7,6351Strand Releasing
35The Whale$7,254469%54$1,451$45,64311Paladin
36Tomboy (2011)$7,078--1--$7,078$9,1181Dada Films
37The Other F Word$6,8216%63$1,137$36,7693Oscilloscope
38Laugh at My Pain$6,435-2%11-2$585$7,696,63211CodeBlack Entertainment
39Love Crime$6,33339%111$576$529,10312IFC Films
40Inni$6,182-59%6-1$1,030$88,5264Cinema Purgatorio
41Garbo: The Spy$5,593--1--$5,593$5,5931First Run Features
42Revenge of the Electric Car$5,505-79%3-8$1,835$113,1055Area23a
43The Man Nobody Knew$5,310-19%3-3$1,770$137,9959First Run Features
44Hell and Back Again$4,974542%32$1,658$29,6867Docurama Films
45The Mill and the Cross$4,657-61%9-1$517$241,00210Kino Lorber
46Blackthorn$4,332-16%60$722$158,8717Magnolia Pictures
47Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$4,140-27%5-5$828$225,50212Music Box Films
48Machine Gun Preacher$3,51467%197$185$531,5959Relativity Media
49Urbanized$3,476--1--$3,476$33,6424Undefined
50The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch$2,830--4--$708$27,2691Music Box Films
513 (2010)$2,545737%54$509$56,61610Strand Releasing
52Amigo$2,416187%41$604$170,17214Variance Films
53Senna$2,333-39%2-1$1,167$1,607,37015Producers Distribution Agency
54Our Idiot Brother$2,211-70%6-6$369$24,814,83013Weinstein Company
55London Boulevard$2,077-39%10$2,077$6,9112IFC Films
56Rid of Me$2,070--1--$2,070$2,0701Submarine Entertainment
57Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$2,040-16%70$291$222,0118Magnolia / Magnet
58My Reincarnation$1,976-16%20$988$24,6624Long Shot Factory
59Breakaway$1,946-85%3-3$649$1,880,2998Alliance Films
60El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$1,695-56%2-1$848$170,67817Alive Mind Cinema
61Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,38486%87$173$489,08412Indomina Media
62Farmageddon$1,240--1--$1,240$52,91623Undefined
63The Names of Love$1,197-30%1-1$1,197$512,66822Music Box Films
64Happy, Happy$1,043-49%3-1$348$44,94710Magnolia Pictures
65Apollo 18$1,016-87%5-13$203$17,686,92912Weinstein Company
66Littlerock$892--1--$892$15,20715Variance Films
67Life, Above All$718-57%1-5$718$134,07819Sony Pictures Classics
68Higher Ground$656-85%6-11$109$828,63813Sony Pictures Classics
69Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$440--1--$440$43,21415Lorber Films
70Circumstance$432-72%2-3$216$441,40413Roadside Attractions
71Special Treatment$344--1--$344$8,85613First Run Features
72OKA!$280--1--$280$12,7026Dada Films
73Restless (2011)$237-52%2-2$119$160,22910Sony Pictures Classics
74Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$81-95%1-2$81$33,17110International Film Circuit
75The Future$25-93%1-2$25$568,21117Roadside Attractions