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, Jan. 27 - Sun, Jan. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grey$19,665,101--3,185--$6,174$19,665,1011Open Road
2Underworld Awakening$12,352,802-51%3,0780$4,013$44,978,4152Sony / Screen Gems
3One For the Money$11,515,790--2,737--$4,207$11,515,7901Lionsgate
4Red Tails$10,370,323-45%2,57361$4,030$33,750,1182Fox
5Man on a Ledge$8,001,932--2,998--$2,669$8,001,9321Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$6,980,448-31%2,6300$2,654$20,941,7026Warner Bros.
7Contraband$6,704,360-44%2,650-220$2,530$56,573,8603Universal
8The Descendants$6,405,285170%2,0011441$3,201$58,703,29911Fox Searchlight
9Beauty and the Beast 3D$5,307,807-40%2,145-480$2,475$41,110,1383Disney
10Haywire$4,002,760-52%2,4412$1,640$15,281,9622Relativity Media
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$3,473,878-37%1,654-865$2,100$202,565,2037Paramount
12The Iron Lady$3,204,641-13%1,244168$2,576$17,519,1235Weinstein Company
13Joyful Noise$3,188,393-46%2,021-714$1,578$26,675,9033Warner Bros.
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$2,472,141-45%1,530-955$1,616$182,211,0577Warner Bros.
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$2,190,290-38%1,202-705$1,822$98,185,4036Sony / Columbia
16War Horse$2,003,261-36%1,861-664$1,076$75,618,6526Disney / DreamWorks
17Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$1,782,185-42%1,070-1000$1,666$127,041,5077Fox
18We Bought a Zoo$1,468,347-47%1,089-976$1,348$71,705,8786Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$3,315,08940%897235$3,696$16,744,18710Weinstein Company
2Hugo$2,510,275168%965315$2,601$58,925,85710Paramount
3The Adventures of Tintin$1,343,536-39%702-638$1,914$74,268,2776Paramount
4Agneepath$1,140,464--132--$8,640$1,213,0961Eros International
5Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$1,099,927-38%410-321$2,683$20,165,0688Focus
6Albert Nobbs$696,166--245--$2,841$746,4171Roadside Attractions
7The Devil Inside$642,384-76%722-1485$890$52,690,1364Paramount
8A Dangerous Method$549,02243%365260$1,504$4,067,20410Sony Pictures Classics
9Happy Feet Two$391,886-8%309-22$1,268$63,088,72011Warner Bros.
10My Week with Marilyn$338,5534%186-39$1,820$12,595,90510Weinstein Company
11Puss in Boots (2011)$334,653-6%270-22$1,239$148,139,80814Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$307,903-10%253-30$1,217$73,350,66912Sony / Columbia
13The Muppets$212,903-19%206-79$1,034$87,314,42610Disney
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$164,711-47%191-179$862$280,536,13511Lionsgate / Summit
15Tower Heist$129,635-27%174-46$745$78,009,15513Universal
16The Sitter$122,898-14%145-46$848$30,200,9658Fox
17J. Edgar$108,870251%208162$523$37,161,39512Warner Bros.
18Real Steel$85,846-36%123-39$698$85,371,42817Disney / DreamWorks
19Immortals$69,740-43%117-52$596$83,396,58312Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$266,62558%3118$8,601$878,5785Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$193,42542%3525$5,526$1,056,7086IFC Films
3Shame$168,488-31%80-15$2,106$3,281,7139Fox Searchlight
4Carnage (2011)$122,582-57%70-178$1,751$2,187,1217Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$116,22816%450$2,583$15,843,65843Warner Bros. / IMAX
6We Need to Talk About Kevin$70,250-5%103$7,025$287,1738Oscilloscope
7Young Adult$57,157-59%87-63$657$16,193,3628Paramount
8Coriolanus$50,636-17%123$4,220$142,8872Weinstein Company
9Moneyball$50,233-14%81-29$620$75,605,49219Sony / Columbia
10Pariah (2011)$44,411-32%14-7$3,172$570,4205Focus
11The Darkest Hour$42,767-77%87-214$492$21,171,2486Summit
12Hubble 3D$40,91319%221$1,860$30,803,77398Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Viral Factor$40,222-36%220$1,828$147,8462China Lion Film
14Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$39,352-21%113$3,577$4,686,498903D Entertainment
15New Year's Eve$33,013-76%62-203$532$54,260,4238Warner Bros. / New Line
16In Time$32,476-44%58-39$560$37,508,85314Fox
17Melancholia$29,875-39%23-29$1,299$2,963,24112Magnolia Pictures
18Under the Sea 3D$24,1388%113$2,194$30,463,808155Warner Bros. / IMAX
19All's Well Ends Well 2012$23,250--20--$1,163$23,2501China Lion Film
20An Inconsistent Truth$20,733--1--$20,733$20,7331Rocky Mountain Pictures
21The Flowers of War$19,423-60%13-17$1,494$191,6032Wrekin Hill Entertainment
22Midnight in Paris$19,16548%207$958$56,473,06537Sony Pictures Classics
23Vettai$15,830-54%7-14$2,261$175,0593UTV Communications
24Drive (2011)$13,397-50%23-10$582$35,037,18520FilmDistrict
25Declaration of War$12,791--6--$2,132$12,7911IFC Films
26In the Land of Blood and Honey$12,449-52%11-3$1,132$226,0446FilmDistrict
27Le Havre$12,1999%11-3$1,109$534,80315Janus Films
28Crazy Horse$9,91124%21$4,956$26,9242Zipporah Films
29The Help$9,72232%21-1$463$169,613,39825Disney / DreamWorks
30The Way$8,168-61%12-16$681$4,391,53817Producers Distribution Agency
31The Women on the 6th Floor$7,613-33%5-2$1,523$549,36217Strand Releasing
32The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$7,15352%10$7,153$17,5672First Run Features
33Young Goethe In Love$6,7367%91$748$132,09013Music Box Films
34The Mill and the Cross$5,39810%3-1$1,799$308,43020Kino Lorber
35Martha Marcy May Marlene$5,194-15%10-7$519$2,975,90415Fox Searchlight
36The Skin I Live In$4,710-62%12-5$393$3,156,33416Sony Pictures Classics
37Tomboy (2011)$4,249-23%9-1$472$113,76111Dada Films
38Sing Your Song$3,82236%42$956$25,3503S2BN Films
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,72245%32$1,241$46,9764Cinema Guild
40Outrage$2,892163%2-1$1,446$44,4169Magnolia / Magnet
41How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$2,759--1--$2,759$7,0581First Run Features
42Addiction Incorporated$2,48213%20$1,241$16,9927Variance Films
43The Conquest$2,473--3--$824$177,50712Music Box Films
44El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$2,010--1--$2,010$213,16727Alive Mind Cinema
45Blackthorn$2,0022%41$501$199,65217Magnolia Pictures
46The Guard$1,680-57%4-5$420$5,358,14827Sony Pictures Classics
47Take Shelter$1,361-82%4-12$340$1,720,44218Sony Pictures Classics
48Amigo$1,267--1--$1,267$182,86424Variance Films
49Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$1,248--2--$624$93,37712Variance Films
50Paul Goodman Changed My Life$1,207--2--$604$31,51015Zeitgeist Films
51Margin Call$1,042-87%1-13$1,042$5,351,94115Roadside Attractions
52Sophomore$981-53%10$981$18,4213Undefined
53Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$812-35%10$812$852,66730International Film Circuit
54Jane's Journey$602-17%21$301$26,70920First Run Features
55Garbo: The Spy$592363%21$296$28,19511First Run Features
56The Whale$553--1--$553$68,08321Paladin
57Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$437-70%20$219$272,49615Submarine Deluxe
58My Reincarnation$414-78%1-1$414$72,55314Long Shot Factory
59Crazy Wisdom$35420%10$354$51,93010Alive Mind Cinema
60Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$134-74%1-1$134$39,65820International Film Circuit
61The Interrupters$98-53%10$98$275,48727Cinema Guild
62Man on a Mission$30-99%1-4$30$8,0903First Run Features