Grosses

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Claims 2014’s Largest Debut with $123.0MNovember 23, 2014 08:33 AM

by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 registered the largest opening weekend of 2014 with an estimated $123.0 million this weekend. However, the third installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence debuted a significant 22 percent below the $158.07 million start of last year's Catching Fire and 19 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 $55.15 million on Friday, which included $17.0 million from Thursday night shows. The film declined 26 percent on Saturday to gross $40.75 million and is estimated to fall 33.5 percent on Sunday to gross $27.1 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.23 to 1, which is on par with the 2.23 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 an estimated $20.09 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 $135.71 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 an estimated $15.1 million, Interstellar topped Dumb and Dumber To by an estimated $1.3 million for the frame. Interstellar was down a significant 47 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 $120.69 million after 17 days of wide release. The film is also falling further and further behind the pace of 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 62 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with an estimated $13.8 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 $57.45 million. However, the film has now fallen 7 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 an estimated $1.50 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 $10,714 for the frame. The Theory of Everything has grossed $2.79 million through 17 days of platform release and will continue its expansion over the upcoming Thanksgiving frame.

Fellow awards season hopeful Foxcatcher grossed an estimated $474,339 from 24 locations. That gave the Bennett Miller directed film starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum a per-location average of $19,764. The Sony Pictures Classics release has grossed $0.822 million after ten days.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Jan. 20 - Sun, Jan. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$25,306,725--3,078--$8,222$25,306,7251Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$18,782,154--2,512--$7,477$18,782,1541Fox
3Contraband$12,039,605-51%2,8707$4,195$45,937,5252Universal
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,045,33210935%2,6302624$3,820$10,737,2395Warner Bros.
5Beauty and the Beast 3D$8,779,676-51%2,6250$3,345$33,588,0562Disney
6Haywire$8,425,370--2,439--$3,454$8,425,3701Relativity Media
7Joyful Noise$5,917,437-47%2,7350$2,164$21,745,4192Warner Bros.
8Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$5,554,254-52%2,519-827$2,205$197,363,4416Paramount
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,515,497-47%2,485-670$1,817$178,321,7266Warner Bros.
10The Iron Lady$3,684,279-32%1,076274$3,424$12,585,9584Weinstein Company
11The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$3,528,514-47%1,907-767$1,850$94,553,5825Sony / Columbia
12War Horse$3,150,502-47%2,525-331$1,248$72,285,1805Disney / DreamWorks
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,076,168-48%2,070-779$1,486$124,682,2056Fox
14We Bought a Zoo$2,783,440-50%2,065-844$1,348$69,565,0255Fox
15The Devil Inside$2,668,865-67%2,207-344$1,209$51,289,9723Paramount
16The Adventures of Tintin$2,218,841-45%1,340-733$1,656$72,321,0065Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$2,372,29813%560-100$4,236$51,259,65810Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$2,371,80399%662446$3,583$12,119,7189Weinstein Company
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,763,380-45%731-155$2,412$18,328,9777Focus
4Hugo$937,620-10%650105$1,442$55,887,4029Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$427,309-12%331-34$1,291$62,597,36210Warner Bros.
6A Dangerous Method$382,733-23%1051$3,645$3,337,6949Sony Pictures Classics
7Puss in Boots (2011)$355,089-14%292-24$1,216$147,722,07513Paramount / DreamWorks
8Jack and Jill$342,346-17%283-15$1,210$72,952,65311Sony / Columbia
9My Week with Marilyn$327,104-31%225-175$1,454$12,066,4619Weinstein Company
10The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$308,718-60%370-338$834$280,262,45710Lionsgate / Summit
11Carnage (2011)$283,565-60%248-246$1,143$1,945,5746Sony Pictures Classics
12The Muppets$261,418-54%285-262$917$87,036,3799Disney
13The Darkest Hour$183,036-83%301-881$608$21,074,6275Summit
14Tower Heist$178,200-26%220-40$810$77,821,29512Universal
15The Sitter$142,648-72%191-258$747$30,021,3117Fox
16Young Adult$138,213-74%150-237$921$16,075,4487Paramount
17New Year's Eve$136,781-87%265-827$516$54,185,4737Warner Bros. / New Line
18Real Steel$134,632-5%162-25$831$85,255,42816Disney / DreamWorks
19Immortals$123,235-25%169-18$729$83,270,59511Relativity Media
20Moneyball$58,697-25%110-18$534$75,524,65818Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$243,79869%9554$2,566$2,983,1988Fox Searchlight
2A Separation$168,818135%137$12,986$541,0414Sony Pictures Classics
3Pina$136,66810%104$13,667$782,1315IFC Films
4Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos$119,300--42--$2,840$119,3001Eleven Arts
5Born to Be Wild 3D$100,396-4%450$2,231$15,662,57442Warner Bros. / IMAX
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$73,71074%75$10,530$184,7317Oscilloscope
7Pariah (2011)$64,971-36%21-3$3,094$497,5794Focus
8The Viral Factor$63,235--22--$2,874$63,2351China Lion Film
9Coriolanus$61,136--9--$6,793$61,1361Weinstein Company
10In Time$57,633-24%97-9$594$37,454,84413Fox
11Courageous$51,476-42%90-26$572$34,522,22117Sony / TriStar
12Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$49,73868%8-1$6,217$4,611,172893D Entertainment
13Melancholia$48,632-38%52-15$935$2,912,67611Magnolia Pictures
14The Flowers of War$48,558--30--$1,619$139,7521Wrekin Hill Entertainment
15Hubble 3D$34,459-28%211$1,641$30,726,38297Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Vettai$34,397-61%21-13$1,638$148,9382UTV Communications
17J. Edgar$31,053-44%46-36$675$37,036,91511Warner Bros.
18Drive (2011)$26,543-8%331$804$35,010,46419FilmDistrict
19In the Land of Blood and Honey$25,693-42%14-4$1,835$201,2255FilmDistrict
20Dolphin Tale$24,893-38%63-28$395$72,279,69018Warner Bros.
21Under the Sea 3D$22,317-9%8-1$2,790$30,430,092154Warner Bros. / IMAX
22The Way$21,056-37%28-12$752$4,373,59816Producers Distribution Agency
23Midnight in Paris$12,94728%13-2$996$56,446,21736Sony Pictures Classics
24The Skin I Live In$12,267-42%17-14$722$3,147,49915Sony Pictures Classics
25The Women on the 6th Floor$11,354-17%71$1,622$534,77416Strand Releasing
26Le Havre$11,198--14--$800$514,96814Janus Films
27Don 2$9,493-75%12-16$791$3,673,2505Reliance Big Entertainment
28Margin Call$8,148-46%14-6$582$5,344,10414Roadside Attractions
29Crazy Horse$7,963--1--$7,963$12,3371Zipporah Films
30Take Shelter$7,76723%162$485$1,716,35317Sony Pictures Classics
31The Help$7,393-50%22-6$336$169,598,52324Disney / DreamWorks
32Young Goethe In Love$6,320148%85$790$122,18512Music Box Films
33Martha Marcy May Marlene$6,107-30%172$359$2,965,48414Fox Searchlight
34Tomboy (2011)$5,509278%105$551$106,34310Dada Films
35Carol Channing: Larger Than Life$5,000--2--$2,500$5,0001Entertainment One Films
36The Man Nobody Knew$4,9641245%32$1,655$181,27618First Run Features
37The Mill and the Cross$4,8922%4-1$1,223$289,45219Kino Lorber
38The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$4,721--1--$4,721$4,7211First Run Features
39The City Dark$4,594--1--$4,594$7,0321Argot Pictures
40Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston$3,968--1--$3,968$3,9681Tribeca Films
41The Guard$3,87521%9-2$431$5,354,86826Sony Pictures Classics
42Man on a Mission$3,160-8%51$632$7,0152First Run Features
43Buzzkill$2,912--2--$1,456$2,9121Indican Pictures
44Sing Your Song$2,803-79%20$1,402$20,1192S2BN Films
45Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,571-76%10$2,571$41,5213Cinema Guild
46OKA!$2,496--1--$2,496$17,42615Dada Films
47Santa Mesa$2,276-41%1-2$2,276$7,7172Indican Pictures
48Addiction Incorporated$2,200-1%21$1,100$13,5036Variance Films
49Sophomore$2,080-84%10$2,080$16,6512Undefined
50Blackthorn$1,958-26%3-2$653$196,71316Magnolia Pictures
51My Reincarnation$1,872-12%2-1$936$71,24213Long Shot Factory
52Roadie (2010)$1,813110%10$1,813$7,5563Magnolia Pictures
53Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$1,474-50%2-2$737$271,92914Submarine Deluxe
54Mozart's Sister$1,402-53%2-4$701$705,26423Music Box Films
55Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$1,248-49%10$1,248$850,64329International Film Circuit
56Outrage$1,100-38%3-2$367$41,1778Magnolia / Magnet
57The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$921--2--$461$28,47720The Film Desk
58Pianomania$790-2%10$790$49,53435First Run Features
59Tyrannosaur$746--1--$746$18,52510Strand Releasing
60Jane's Journey$72438%10$724$26,10719First Run Features
61Loosies$566-30%21$283$3,3182IFC Films
62Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$512--2--$256$38,85219International Film Circuit
63Crazy Wisdom$294-85%1-1$294$47,5949Alive Mind Cinema
64The Interrupters$208--1--$208$275,17126Cinema Guild
65Charlotte Rampling: The Look$198-69%20$99$14,22212Kino Lorber
66Eames: The Architect and the Painter$186--1--$186$144,36510First Run Features
67Garbo: The Spy$128-88%1-1$128$27,60310First Run Features