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, May. 4 - Sun, May. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$207,438,708--4,349--$47,698$207,438,7081Disney
2Think Like a Man$8,106,166-54%2,010-5$4,033$73,135,6003Sony / Screen Gems
3The Hunger Games$5,587,661-48%2,794-778$2,000$380,614,6597Lionsgate
4The Pirates! Band of Misfits$5,502,482-51%3,3580$1,639$18,665,9412Sony / Columbia
5The Lucky One (2012)$5,368,115-50%3,005-170$1,786$47,775,0603Warner Bros.
6The Five-Year Engagement$5,029,110-53%2,9415$1,710$19,133,0152Universal
7Safe (2012)$2,677,125-66%2,2715$1,179$13,080,8832Lionsgate
8The Raven$2,636,780-64%2,2096$1,194$12,176,1252Relativity Media
9Chimpanzee$2,484,456-52%1,531-36$1,623$23,101,8893Disneynature
10The Three Stooges$1,832,333-65%2,174-931$843$39,669,0154Fox
11The Cabin in the Woods$1,564,805-66%1,669-970$938$38,018,7484Lionsgate
1221 Jump Street$1,081,100-64%1,040-780$1,040$134,015,7838Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1John Carter$1,494,3671224%349169$4,282$70,760,8079Disney
2American Reunion$817,470-72%856-1298$955$55,301,0805Universal
3Mirror Mirror$746,247-67%922-1095$809$60,174,4986Relativity Media
4Wrath of the Titans$460,190-77%715-857$644$81,619,8326Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$427,220-50%521-362$820$209,034,86510Universal
6Titanic 3D$365,334-81%333-1076$1,097$57,290,5085Paramount
7Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$287,017-44%303-98$947$102,273,11213Warner Bros. / New Line
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$266,207-38%247-88$1,078$8,225,1999CBS Films
9Lockout$219,454-77%311-948$706$13,894,3744Open Road
10Bully (2012)$171,134-48%2630$651$2,538,0116Weinstein Company
11Damsels in Distress$150,67382%205148$735$621,3895Sony Pictures Classics
12Safe House$106,750-36%175-54$610$126,020,90013Universal
13This Means War$83,290-52%171-61$487$54,483,96712Fox
14A Thousand Words$77,159-33%140-29$551$18,185,7639Paramount
15Act of Valor$74,228-52%193-92$385$69,824,80411Relativity Media
16The Vow$73,846-38%157-61$470$124,933,57113Sony / Screen Gems
17Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$58,319299%143104$408$34,938,03311Lionsgate
18The Secret World of Arrietty$35,718-50%108-47$331$19,060,03412Disney
19Housefull 2$10,522-69%1210$87$1,586,7455Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$737,051--27--$27,298$737,0511Fox Searchlight
2Monsieur Lazhar$222,460-9%8113$2,746$914,20028Music Box Films
3To the Arctic 3D$188,077-19%500$3,762$1,025,0163Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Bernie$140,54464%85$17,568$261,8432Millennium Entertainment
5Marley$119,400-43%739$1,636$771,9253Magnolia Pictures
6Jiro Dreams of Sushi$95,125-37%73-7$1,303$1,990,3029Magnolia Pictures
7Darling Companion$91,26142%4629$1,984$235,3023Sony Pictures Classics
8Footnote$87,416-41%78-23$1,121$1,687,2809Sony Pictures Classics
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$86,496-5%95-32$910$51,774,00212Sony / Columbia
10Headhunters$80,18986%1713$4,717$141,4312Magnolia Pictures
11Vicky Donor$76,472-38%500$1,529$466,4673Eros International
12Born to Be Wild 3D$70,884-10%340$2,085$18,641,47057Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Kid With A Bike$62,622-44%70-15$895$1,215,6048IFC Films
14Sound of My Voice$54,29650%2823$1,939$103,5502Fox Searchlight
15Hubble 3D$48,5303%203$2,427$32,456,748112Warner Bros. / IMAX
16First Position$48,024--5--$9,605$48,0241IFC Films
17A Beautiful Soul$46,410--20--$2,321$46,4101Tyscot Manhaddon Films
18The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$45,043-40%43-13$1,048$954,7317Music Box Films
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$37,25256%120$3,104$5,448,1211043D Entertainment
20The Raid: Redemption$35,778-73%43-83$832$4,004,5497Sony Pictures Classics
21We Have a Pope$34,829-37%24-3$1,451$294,8375IFC Films
22Chronicle$32,199-57%78-43$413$64,472,96914Fox
23October Baby$30,673-67%77-68$398$5,262,68628IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
24Casa de mi Padre$30,23040%6832$445$5,849,2248Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Project X (2012)$30,051-62%72-83$417$54,697,62110Warner Bros.
26Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$27,617-66%30-37$921$1,137,1734Code Black Entertainment
27Under the Sea 3D$27,349-21%13-3$2,104$31,332,991169Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Elles$27,23712%137$2,095$64,6222Kino Lorber
29Jeff Who Lives at Home$27,035-53%47-32$575$4,190,7108Paramount Vantage
30Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$25,066-49%75-36$334$133,030,45321Fox
31Tezz$24,199-84%970$249$218,6222Eros Entertainment
32A Separation$22,200-38%31-17$716$7,027,06719Sony Pictures Classics
33Friends With Kids$16,103-49%34-19$474$7,185,3409Roadside Attractions
34The Artist$15,370-47%41-9$375$44,242,86524Weinstein Company
35The Perfect Family$14,301--6--$2,384$14,3011Variance Films
36We Bought a Zoo$13,834-47%38-14$364$75,608,72220Fox
37Coriolanus$13,004-18%184$722$727,67616Weinstein Company
38Grandmaster$10,479--9--$1,164$10,4791UTV Communications
39Blue Like Jazz$10,245-72%20-26$512$578,0954Roadside Attractions
40Gerhard Richter Painting$10,22998%95$1,137$145,1618Kino Lorber
41A Little Bit of Heaven$10,011--11--$910$10,0111Millennium Entertainment
42The Hunter (2012)$9,959-57%14-3$711$158,2195Magnolia Pictures
43Goon$8,927-43%16-7$558$4,151,1796Magnolia / Magnet
44Last Call at the Oasis$8,899--1--$8,899$8,8991IDP/ATO Pictures
45FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$7,882--1--$7,882$7,8821International Film Circuit
46Pina$7,525-34%8-3$941$3,520,45820IFC Films
47Touchback$7,422-72%12-16$619$197,2194Anchor Bay Films
48The Salt of Life$7,121-63%10-5$712$286,07710Zeitgeist Films
49Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$6,978-65%17-10$410$43,446,08713Fox
50The Graduate: 45th Anniversary Reunion$6,686195%21$3,343$23,3174Rialto
51Undefeated$6,625-42%13-7$510$531,09412Weinstein Company
52Boy$6,053-54%8-1$757$221,38610Paladin
53Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$5,624--1--$5,624$5,6241New Yorker Films
54A Simple Life$5,591-75%5-6$1,118$178,2464China Lion Film
55We Need to Talk About Kevin$5,542-59%14-15$396$1,724,04622Oscilloscope
56The Fairy$4,734119%64$789$19,85411Kino Lorber
57Red Tails$4,432-72%12-11$369$49,858,40616Fox
58Hit So Hard$4,21233%43$1,053$20,0324Variance Films
59Goodbye First Love$4,033-71%3-2$1,344$56,9083IFC Films
60In Darkness$3,710-73%13-19$285$1,034,58213Sony Pictures Classics
61Rampart$3,626-69%10-8$363$969,23913Millennium Entertainment
62The Highest Pass$3,057-70%20$1,529$16,3572Cinema Libre
63The Giant Mechanical Man$2,831--1--$2,831$5,3602Tribeca Film
64W.E.$2,664-57%6-4$444$582,07514Weinstein Company
65Albert Nobbs$2,608-63%5-11$522$3,013,81215Roadside Attractions
66Thin Ice$2,575-52%5-4$515$785,40012IDP/ATO Pictures
67The Island President$2,382-62%3-2$794$69,1946IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
68Free Men$2,268125%10$2,268$47,7018Film Movement
69Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$1,850--1--$1,850$905,02544International Film Circuit
70Payback (2012)$1,823-17%10$1,823$8,6272Zeitgeist Films
71This Binary Universe$1,794--2--$897$1,7941Indican Pictures
72The Women on the 6th Floor$1,687-27%3-2$562$706,25331Strand Releasing
73Inventing Our Life$1,653-73%21$827$9,4072First Run Features
74Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,500-83%1-4$1,500$57,0226New Yorker Films
75Surviving Progress$1,32355%1-1$1,323$24,6045First Run Features
76Keyhole$1,22283%21$611$14,3095Monterey Media
77Here$1,184-78%20$592$19,7634Strand Releasing
78Booker's Place$742--1--$742$5,0002Tribeca Film
79My Reincarnation$730433%10$730$92,67428Long Shot Factory
80The FP$693120%1-1$693$40,5578Drafthouse Films
81Death of a Superhero$345--1--$345$3451Tribeca Film
82Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$268-34%10$268$114,16018Cinema Guild
83Windfall$260--1--$260$6,09314First Run Features
84Reuniting The Rubins$244--1--$244$12,6318Monterey Media
85Natural Selection$211-92%1-1$211$36,6708Cinema Guild
86Meeting Evil$181--1--$181$1811Magnolia / Magnet
87Sing Your Song$147-35%10$147$45,76517S2BN Films
88The Beat Hotel$96--1--$96$3,9896First Run Features