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, Jun. 8 - Sun, Jun. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$60,316,738--4,258--$14,166$60,316,7381Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$51,050,101--3,396--$15,032$51,050,1011Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$23,058,790-59%3,7774$6,105$98,537,4752Universal
4Men in Black 3$13,895,720-51%3,792-456$3,664$135,901,0943Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$11,249,738-45%3,129-541$3,595$572,300,4636Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,267,156-27%1,2984$2,517$31,040,7356Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,788,226-37%2,087-820$1,336$35,823,5984Lionsgate
8Battleship$2,276,410-55%1,954-1190$1,165$59,820,2154Universal
9The Dictator$2,242,563-52%1,651-998$1,358$55,281,1034Paramount
10Dark Shadows$1,410,207-62%1,550-1452$910$73,785,8405Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$832,424-73%1,180-1253$705$16,942,6853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$1,072,213-32%751-348$1,428$400,272,53512Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$928,321-51%642-115$1,446$3,522,5182ARC Entertainment
3Bernie$820,177-9%33230$2,470$4,840,4077Millennium Entertainment
4The Lucky One (2012)$355,91210%402-2$885$59,477,8128Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$342,921-7%303-54$1,132$63,477,02711Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$337,855-1%290-25$1,165$212,028,51015Universal
7Think Like a Man$333,881-50%287-222$1,163$90,313,4228Sony / Screen Gems
8The Three Stooges$255,804-5%245-40$1,044$43,122,9729Fox
921 Jump Street$252,130-33%258-72$977$137,634,84913Sony / Columbia
10Crooked Arrows$218,061-66%278-49$784$1,557,8984Branded/Peck Films
11Rowdy Rathore$143,033-63%100-20$1,430$654,3522UTV Communications
12The Pirates! Band of Misfits$138,811-78%317-268$438$28,971,7057Sony / Columbia
13The Five-Year Engagement$121,625-32%175-43$695$28,490,2257Universal
14Wrath of the Titans$104,684-33%150-55$698$83,411,36111Warner Bros.
15Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$93,963-26%126-29$746$103,547,48318Warner Bros. / New Line
16John Carter$89,840-34%102-51$881$72,884,43514Disney
17Chimpanzee$65,481-59%155-114$422$28,299,1208Disneynature
18The Cabin in the Woods$62,613-44%113-23$554$41,290,3059Lionsgate
19Safe (2012)$54,280-48%111-64$489$17,051,4687Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,559,67078%9680$16,247$3,731,0013Focus
2The Intouchables$385,16820%7727$5,002$1,014,6103Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$171,083-19%511$3,355$3,180,1658Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hysteria$148,395-13%8419$1,767$688,4324Sony Pictures Classics
5Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$105,960--31--$3,418$105,9601IFC Films
6Safety Not Guaranteed$97,762--9--$10,862$97,7621FilmDistrict
7Headhunters$68,800-35%609$1,147$861,1747Magnolia Pictures
8Monsieur Lazhar$51,278-35%48-11$1,068$1,689,71833Music Box Films
9Born to Be Wild 3D$49,200-17%330$1,491$19,354,15162Warner Bros. / IMAX
10First Position$48,279-45%52-6$928$784,8706IFC Films
11Darling Companion$44,949-26%51-12$881$693,7488Sony Pictures Classics
12Deadly Renovations$42,588--13--$3,276$42,5881Nocturnal Features
13Where Do We Go Now?$39,493-50%31-6$1,274$322,2675Sony Pictures Classics
14Bel Ami$38,018--16--$2,376$38,0181Magnolia Pictures
15Piranha 3DD$36,910-80%78-8$473$315,3742Weinstein Company
16Hubble 3D$36,07810%16-3$2,255$33,002,575117Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Lola Versus$31,815--4--$7,954$31,8151Fox Searchlight
18Girl in Progress$30,473-6%577$535$2,556,0845Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Jiro Dreams of Sushi$26,003-21%25-4$1,040$2,386,04314Magnolia Pictures
20Marley$25,884-18%27-8$959$1,299,9828Magnolia Pictures
21Hardflip$22,327-55%12-10$1,861$77,0292Rocky Mountain Pictures
22Footnote$22,24045%252$890$1,944,87514Sony Pictures Classics
23Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,107-7%100$1,911$5,625,4441093D Entertainment
24Double Trouble$17,978--12--$1,498$17,9781China Lion Film
25Bully (2012)$16,542-26%31-57$534$3,463,48911Weinstein Company
26Elena (2012)$14,37634%137$1,106$73,3554Zeitgeist Films
27The Raven$14,169-26%34-27$417$15,817,3077Relativity Media
28The Artist$14,115-53%36-51$392$44,650,53729Weinstein Company
29Dark Horse$13,551--1--$13,551$13,5511Vitagraph
30Damsels in Distress$13,515-19%18-2$751$869,09010Sony Pictures Classics
31Under the Sea 3D$13,337-40%161$834$31,622,768174Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Polisse$12,227-58%8-13$1,528$157,3944IFC Films
33We Have a Pope$11,282-32%14-2$806$480,92610IFC Films
34I Wish$9,987-11%102$999$65,0965Magnolia Pictures
35Sound of My Voice$8,564-70%24-24$357$386,4957Fox Searchlight
36OC87$7,823223%54$1,565$20,7003Fisher Klingenstein Films
375 Broken Cameras$7,73616%10$7,736$22,7872Kino Lorber
38Cartas a Elena$7,711--12--$643$7,7111Freestyle Releasing
39October Baby$6,91648%8-1$865$5,355,84733IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
40Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$6,898-48%20$3,449$99,6415Rialto Pictures
41The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$6,61016%7-3$944$1,079,43712Music Box Films
42Paul Williams Still Alive$6,116--1--$6,116$6,1161Abramorama
43Oslo, August 31st$5,583-58%50$1,117$42,7413Strand Releasing
44The Kid With A Bike$5,319-65%8-14$665$1,384,74913IFC Films
456 Month Rule$5,108160%32$1,703$7,6532Secret Identity Productions
46This Means War$5,065-58%9-16$563$54,758,46117Fox
47God Bless America$4,868-49%9-2$541$102,3385Magnolia / Magnet
48Nobody Else But You$4,4162381%21$2,208$11,6685First Run Features
49FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$4,115-25%60$686$84,0256International Film Circuit
50Battlefield America$4,000-96%11-177$364$169,0002Cinedigm Entertainment
51Elles$3,70017%62$617$134,7787Kino Lorber
52The Raid: Redemption$3,6078%81$451$4,096,39912Sony Pictures Classics
53Beyond the Black Rainbow$3,55915%51$712$23,1554Magnolia / Magnet
54A Separation$3,205-45%4-5$801$7,095,62424Sony Pictures Classics
55High School$2,986-96%4-196$747$136,0812Anchor Bay Films
56Inventing Our Life$2,877--2--$1,439$14,4137First Run Features
57The Perfect Family$2,80914%41$702$103,0756Variance Films
58Pink Ribbons, Inc.$2,463-9%30$821$7,3532First Run Features
59Corpo Celeste$2,263--1--$2,263$2,2631Film Movement
60Friends With Kids$2,020-29%5-3$404$7,250,08714Roadside Attractions
61The Fairy$1,965-31%2-1$983$30,92416Kino Lorber
62Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$1,910-17%20$955$8,6213Music Box Films
63Cowgirls n' Angels$1,776-89%2-30$888$119,7823IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
64We Won't Grow Old Together$1,677--1--$1,677$2,8331The Film Desk
65Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$1,636227%86$205$100,6365Magnolia Pictures
66Turn Me On, Dammit!$1,546-73%1-2$1,546$84,12211New Yorker Films
67Surviving Progress$1,420-58%40$355$43,75510First Run Features
68Celine & Julie Go Boating (2012 re-issue)$1,344--1--$1,344$21,4406New Yorker Films
69Found Memories$1,301-66%10$1,301$7,4892Film Movement
70The Women on the 6th Floor$1,201-62%2-1$601$717,73736Strand Releasing
71Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$1,18411%3-1$395$8,8624Music Box Films
72Crazy Wisdom$1,149--1--$1,149$68,34829Alive Mind Cinema
73Hit So Hard$1,132--2--$566$30,4029Variance Films
74The Hunter (2012)$1,055-60%4-3$264$176,43210Magnolia Pictures
75Patagonia Rising$981--1--$981$9811First Run Features
76Hide Away$981-94%2-3$491$20,2103Joule Films
77Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$922-33%1-1$922$140,04123Cinema Guild
78The Color Wheel$890--1--$890$10,5934Cinema Conservancy
79This Is Not A Film$888-54%1-3$888$67,61415Palisades Tartan
80The Turin Horse$812-12%21$406$48,75018Cinema Guild
81The Salt of Life$757167%10$757$307,64115Zeitgeist Films
82Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$656-87%30$219$6,9632First Run Features
83How To Grow A Band$59975%21$300$11,0919International Film Circuit
84Gerhard Richter Painting$446-61%1-2$446$188,61613Kino Lorber
85Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$231--1--$231$5,1234First Run Features
86Small, Beautifully Moving Parts$216-71%10$216$6,7115Long Shot Factory
87Payback (2012)$20624%10$206$12,9627Zeitgeist Films
88Keyhole$42-97%1-1$42$21,65110Monterey Media