'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, Apr. 27 - Sun, Apr. 29

Wide (1000+)

1Think Like a Man$17,604,141-48%2,0150$8,737$60,472,1992Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$11,137,734--3,358--$3,317$11,137,7341Sony / Columbia
3The Hunger Games$10,814,271-26%3,572-180$3,028$372,019,0216Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$10,808,023-52%3,17520$3,404$39,409,7192Warner Bros.
5The Five-Year Engagement$10,610,060--2,936--$3,614$10,610,0601Universal
6Safe (2012)$7,892,539--2,266--$3,483$7,892,5391Lionsgate
7The Raven$7,289,642--2,203--$3,309$7,289,6421Relativity Media
9The Three Stooges$5,167,421-47%3,105-377$1,664$36,907,9653Fox
10The Cabin in the Woods$4,619,480-42%2,639-172$1,750$34,783,3203Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$3,000,054-37%1,820-607$1,648$131,937,5727Sony / Columbia
12American Reunion$2,907,900-47%2,154-879$1,350$53,471,7354Universal
13Mirror Mirror$2,232,938-49%2,017-921$1,107$58,870,3605Relativity Media
14Wrath of the Titans$1,981,008-49%1,572-930$1,260$80,524,8195Warner Bros.
15Titanic 3D$1,913,733-62%1,409-1106$1,358$56,280,8754Paramount
16Lockout$945,406-71%1,259-1076$751$13,334,9363Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$848,070-55%883-700$960$208,435,7509Universal
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$512,212-16%401-43$1,277$101,883,41712Warner Bros. / New Line
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$427,518-38%335-111$1,276$7,777,8468CBS Films
4Bully (2012)$327,390-36%2630$1,245$2,123,8695Weinstein Company
5This Means War$174,554-17%232-61$752$54,351,03711Fox
6Safe House$166,030-28%229-72$725$125,855,85512Universal
7Act of Valor$155,17918%28556$544$69,681,47110Relativity Media
8Footnote$147,089-21%1018$1,456$1,548,2558Sony Pictures Classics
9The Raid: Redemption$134,805-72%126-422$1,070$3,894,0136Sony Pictures Classics
10The Vow$118,983-39%218-79$546$124,808,53312Sony / Screen Gems
11A Thousand Words$115,94983%1691$686$18,071,0018Paramount
12John Carter$112,881-33%180-64$627$69,219,9498Disney
13October Baby$92,108-63%145-165$635$5,186,61327IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$91,287-27%127-48$719$51,662,23011Sony / Columbia
15Project X (2012)$78,168-39%155-103$504$54,637,0079Warner Bros.
17The Secret World of Arrietty$71,836-27%155-40$463$19,004,82511Disney
18Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$48,815-30%111-24$440$132,990,69120Fox
19Housefull 2$34,452-65%1210$285$1,566,9914Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Monsieur Lazhar$245,12661%6835$3,605$606,44027Music Box Films
2To the Arctic 3D$233,130-14%500$4,663$668,1312Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Marley$208,494-20%6422$3,258$572,3502Magnolia Pictures
4Jiro Dreams of Sushi$150,350-16%803$1,879$1,815,4238Magnolia Pictures
5Tezz$148,133--97--$1,527$148,1331Eros Entertainment
6Vicky Donor$122,742-27%500$2,455$357,7432Eros International
7The Kid With A Bike$111,297-26%85-1$1,309$1,111,4967IFC Films
8Bernie$85,805--3--$28,602$85,8051Millennium Entertainment
9Damsels in Distress$82,880-28%5711$1,454$438,0944Sony Pictures Classics
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$81,175-49%67-39$1,212$1,082,2993Code Black Entertainment
11Born to Be Wild 3D$78,727-11%342$2,316$18,496,71256Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$75,572-10%561$1,350$873,6096Music Box Films
13Darling Companion$64,44161%1713$3,791$119,3422Sony Pictures Classics
14Jeff Who Lives at Home$57,338-56%79-43$726$4,138,1987Paramount Vantage
15We Have a Pope$54,96624%278$2,036$239,7734IFC Films
16Hubble 3D$46,956-15%170$2,762$32,344,848111Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Headhunters$43,013--4--$10,753$43,0131Magnolia Pictures
18Blue Like Jazz$37,163-72%46-80$808$551,7423Roadside Attractions
19Sound of My Voice$36,134--5--$7,227$36,1341Fox Searchlight
20A Separation$35,741-28%48-11$745$6,987,65718Sony Pictures Classics
21Under the Sea 3D$34,5834%16-1$2,161$31,278,412168Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Friends With Kids$31,583-55%53-30$596$7,154,9548Roadside Attractions
23The Artist$29,182-48%50-36$584$44,210,85723Weinstein Company
24The Woman in Black$28,552-40%63-27$453$54,322,27313CBS Films
25Touchback$26,392-55%28-41$943$183,3153Anchor Bay Films
26We Bought a Zoo$25,951-26%52-14$499$75,586,71019Fox
27Elles$24,286--6--$4,048$24,2861Kino Lorber
28Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$23,8794%12-1$1,990$5,388,9451033D Entertainment
29The Hunter (2012)$23,392-20%174$1,376$135,4364Magnolia Pictures
30A Simple Life$21,929-55%11-2$1,994$162,4723China Lion Film
31Casa de mi Padre$21,531-46%36-22$598$5,812,3107Lionsgate / Pantelion
32Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$19,660-17%27-5$728$43,430,96412Fox
33The Salt of Life$19,380-5%15-1$1,292$272,5669Zeitgeist Films
34Beauty and the Beast 3D$18,560-16%27-4$687$47,611,33116Disney
35Coriolanus$15,82950%140$1,131$707,28415Weinstein Company
36Red Tails$15,640-18%23-16$680$49,848,19415Fox
37Goon$15,572119%237$677$4,139,3055Magnolia / Magnet
38Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$14,618-59%39-42$375$34,876,48610Lionsgate
39Goodbye First Love$14,004-34%51$2,801$46,0142IFC Films
40We Need to Talk About Kevin$13,568-48%29-12$468$1,708,38021Oscilloscope
41In Darkness$13,511-49%32-9$422$1,024,29512Sony Pictures Classics
43Silent House (2012)$12,323-71%22-37$560$12,750,8968Open Road
44Rampart$11,754268%1811$653$961,05912Millennium Entertainment
45Pina$11,440-12%111$1,040$3,504,36819IFC Films
46Undefeated$11,33810%203$567$519,65411Weinstein Company
47The Highest Pass$10,125--2--$5,063$10,1251Cinema Libre
48Turn Me On, Dammit!$9,01546%54$1,803$50,5855New Yorker Films
49Restless City$8,106--3--$2,702$8,1061AFFRM
50The Descendants$7,923-67%21-16$377$82,624,96124Fox Searchlight
51Albert Nobbs$7,13026%161$446$3,009,27614Roadside Attractions
52The Island President$6,275-4%53$1,255$64,0905IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53W.E.$6,245-41%10-5$625$576,02913Weinstein Company
54Inventing Our Life$6,193--1--$6,193$6,1931First Run Features
55Here$5,499--2--$2,750$17,4493Strand Releasing
56Thin Ice$5,368-21%9-2$596$780,48511IDP/ATO Pictures
57Whores' Glory$5,358--3--$1,786$5,3581Kino Lorber
58Gerhard Richter Painting$5,169-12%41$1,292$134,6097Kino Lorber
59War Horse$4,125-62%11-34$375$79,883,35919Disney / DreamWorks
60Hit So Hard$3,174--1--$3,174$15,3583Variance Films
61Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$2,610-60%5-1$522$34,6654Wrekin Hill Entertainment
62Natural Selection$2,5652211%21$1,283$35,3507Cinema Guild
63The Women on the 6th Floor$2,308-56%5-2$462$703,46630Strand Releasing
64The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$2,266--1--$2,266$15,4643Rialto
65Payback (2012)$2,186--1--$2,186$5,8541Zeitgeist Films
66The Fairy$2,16513%21$1,083$13,71610Kino Lorber
67The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$1,919553%54$384$44,68315First Run Features
68Jesus Henry Christ$1,442-82%30$481$12,2112Entertainment One Films
69Love in the Buff$1,346-16%2-2$673$254,7125China Lion Film
70A Dangerous Method$1,085-42%41$271$5,702,08323Sony Pictures Classics
71Free Men$1,008--1--$1,008$45,4337Film Movement
72Surviving Progress$853-91%2-4$427$23,1144First Run Features
73Keyhole$669829%10$669$12,9194Monterey Media
74Citizen Gangster$625--1--$625$6251IFC Films
75The Moth Diaries$445-80%1-1$445$3,8382IFC Films
76Attenberg$407-63%1-1$407$18,4318Strand Releasing
77Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$405-63%10$405$113,89217Cinema Guild
78On the Ice$360-68%10$360$70,52611PMK*BNC
79The FP$315239%21$158$39,7717Drafthouse Films
80Sing Your Song$225-55%10$225$44,89816S2BN Films
81Carnage (2011)$220-77%2-3$110$2,546,74720Sony Pictures Classics
82My Reincarnation$137-74%10$137$91,94427Long Shot Factory