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, Feb. 10 - Sun, Feb. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$41,202,458--2,958--$13,929$41,202,4581Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$40,172,720--3,119--$12,880$40,172,7201Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$27,335,363--3,470--$7,878$27,335,3631Warner Bros. / New Line
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$22,469,932--2,655--$8,463$22,469,9321Fox
5Chronicle$12,092,589-45%2,9081$4,158$39,959,8562Fox
6The Woman in Black$10,102,658-52%2,8561$3,537$35,258,1452CBS Films
7The Grey$5,045,620-46%2,801-406$1,801$42,787,8843Open Road
8Big Miracle$3,946,050-49%2,1334$1,850$13,281,9852Universal
9The Descendants$3,441,676-24%1,581-457$2,177$70,671,28913Fox Searchlight
10Underworld Awakening$2,480,156-55%1,657-979$1,497$58,914,5254Sony / Screen Gems
11Red Tails$2,417,386-49%1,580-767$1,530$45,080,7724Fox
12One For the Money$2,300,953-56%2,056-681$1,119$23,679,6583Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$1,473,011-61%1,375-1130$1,071$29,406,9008Warner Bros.
14Man on a Ledge$1,301,222-70%1,423-1575$914$17,471,4323Lionsgate
15Contraband$1,259,340-63%1,081-966$1,165$64,642,8255Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$2,240,252-14%808-197$2,773$24,002,03812Weinstein Company
2Hugo$1,765,205-22%702-328$2,515$64,442,02412Paramount
3The Iron Lady$1,155,969-39%512-509$2,258$22,797,2647Weinstein Company
4Beauty and the Beast 3D$840,111-67%678-1041$1,239$46,463,3065Disney
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$706,967-58%469-608$1,507$206,514,7689Paramount
6Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$637,100--111--$5,740$637,1001UTV Communications
7Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$547,509-18%232-70$2,360$21,995,07810Focus
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$535,037-49%502-316$1,066$129,054,8919Fox
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$493,306-52%269-399$1,834$100,814,0958Sony / Columbia
10Joyful Noise$489,616-66%686-664$714$29,890,1295Warner Bros.
11War Horse$451,793-53%502-661$900$78,200,1678Disney / DreamWorks
122012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$412,304--120--$3,436$412,3041Shorts International
13We Bought a Zoo$360,694-51%420-334$859$73,246,5998Fox
14The Adventures of Tintin$340,028-52%257-229$1,323$75,871,4868Paramount
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$328,902-68%265-592$1,241$184,573,2009Warner Bros.
16Albert Nobbs$274,819-44%151-94$1,820$2,034,3983Roadside Attractions
17The Muppets$271,985129%291122$935$87,777,65012Disney
18Puss in Boots (2011)$217,342-13%209-44$1,040$148,741,02016Paramount / DreamWorks
19My Week with Marilyn$208,012-18%125-46$1,664$13,344,06812Weinstein Company
20A Dangerous Method$205,193-36%107-128$1,918$4,948,36012Sony Pictures Classics
21Haywire$204,442-83%263-988$777$18,579,4514Relativity Media
22Happy Feet Two$185,955-29%202-53$921$63,675,13113Warner Bros.
23The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$168,283-40%230-66$732$281,158,17213Lionsgate / Summit
24Jack and Jill$165,008-18%187-35$882$73,837,88614Sony / Columbia
25Agneepath$83,732-75%1320$634$1,912,8703Eros International
26New Year's Eve$62,518-43%155-67$403$54,493,44210Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Separation$265,801-5%455$5,907$1,622,3987Sony Pictures Classics
2Pina$257,28635%6829$3,784$1,705,4628IFC Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$102,09811%44-1$2,320$16,157,02345Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Shame$84,637-18%52-12$1,628$3,606,89711Fox Searchlight
5We Need to Talk About Kevin$83,81628%163$5,239$496,67010Oscilloscope
6Rampart$60,446--5--$12,089$60,4461Millennium Entertainment
7W.E.$59,64627%1713$3,509$123,7932Weinstein Company
8The Sitter$56,838-22%99-27$574$30,411,95010Fox
9Hubble 3D$43,39633%19-2$2,284$30,958,977100Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Carnage (2011)$40,910-37%36-4$1,136$2,371,2259Sony Pictures Classics
11The Devil Inside$35,013-77%95-208$369$53,149,7766Paramount
12Coriolanus$31,267-30%11-3$2,842$267,9474Weinstein Company
13In Darkness$27,413--3--$9,138$49,1041Sony Pictures Classics
14Pariah (2011)$23,354-33%13-6$1,796$657,4377Focus
15Chico & Rita$20,654--1--$20,654$20,6541GKIDS
16Real Steel$19,451-55%55-35$354$85,463,30919Disney / DreamWorks
17Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$18,969-33%143$1,355$4,776,391923D Entertainment
18Immortals$18,764-39%33-29$569$83,488,54614Relativity Media
19Under the Sea 3D$17,595-19%12-2$1,466$30,521,582157Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Midnight in Paris$17,567-22%24-16$732$56,534,73739Sony Pictures Classics
21J. Edgar$13,703-67%42-93$326$37,293,47814Warner Bros.
22Young Adult$13,346-33%35-23$381$16,257,51210Paramount
23In Time$11,624-26%20-14$581$37,553,93216Fox
24In the Land of Blood and Honey$11,174-47%103$1,117$272,3768FilmDistrict
25The Women on the 6th Floor$11,110-20%4-2$2,778$586,68619Strand Releasing
26The Help$10,474-29%13-7$806$169,653,84627Disney / DreamWorks
27Melancholia$9,219-25%8-5$1,152$3,012,97514Magnolia Pictures
28The Turin Horse$9,145--1--$9,145$9,1451Cinema Guild
29Death of the Virgin$8,628--3--$2,876$8,6281Indican Pictures
30The Viral Factor$8,167-58%4-3$2,042$204,3744China Lion Film
31My Reincarnation$7,492--2--$3,746$80,38716Long Shot Factory
32The Way$7,377-2%7-4$1,054$4,424,33919Producers Distribution Agency
33An Inconsistent Truth$7,356-40%21$3,678$46,1613Rocky Mountain Pictures
34The Innkeepers$7,201-76%13-7$554$66,8642Magnolia / Magnet
35The Darkest Hour$6,880-65%18-21$382$21,217,4898Summit
36Return$6,717--3--$2,239$6,7171Dada Films
37Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$4,824--3--$1,608$858,07832International Film Circuit
38Young Goethe In Love$4,645138%52$929$142,15915Music Box Films
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$4,19287%20$2,096$56,1356Cinema Guild
40El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$3,713-60%2-2$1,857$230,18829Alive Mind Cinema
41The Flowers of War$3,301-38%61$550$211,5924Wrekin Hill Entertainment
42Vettai$3,268-66%2-2$1,634$198,1925UTV Communications
43Kung Fu Joe$3,158--2--$1,579$3,1581Indican Pictures
44Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$2,629--1--$2,629$96,27714Variance Films
45The Conquest$2,614-14%40$654$184,69114Music Box Films
46Paul Goodman Changed My Life$2,596--2--$1,298$34,60517Zeitgeist Films
47Kill List$2,059-79%42$515$17,1492IFC Films
48The Skin I Live In$1,242-56%6-4$207$3,166,07118Sony Pictures Classics
49Tomboy (2011)$932120%30$311$119,96213Dada Films
50Addiction Incorporated$894-73%2-1$447$23,9709Variance Films
51Domain$862--1--$862$5,6955Strand Releasing
52The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$851-83%21$426$32,1154First Run Features
53Margin Call$743-18%20$372$5,353,58617Roadside Attractions
54Sing Your Song$66615%20$333$29,1105S2BN Films
55The Whale$548377%10$548$69,26723Paladin
56Take Shelter$522-65%4-4$131$1,723,81120Sony Pictures Classics
57Charlotte Rampling: The Look$322-84%20$161$17,58015Kino Lorber
58All's Well Ends Well 2012$319-97%1-9$319$47,5513China Lion Film
59Tyrannosaur$200-70%1-1$200$19,99813Strand Releasing
60Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$190-98%1-1$190$286,20117Submarine Deluxe
61Crazy Wisdom$102-54%10$102$53,94412Alive Mind Cinema
62Khodorkovsky$82--1--$82$30,11411Kino Lorber
63Windfall$80-96%1-1$80$2,4592First Run Features