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. 22 - Sun, Jun. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$66,323,594--4,164--$15,928$66,323,5941Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$19,712,315-42%3,920-343$5,029$157,086,0373Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$16,306,974--3,108--$5,247$16,306,9741Fox
4Prometheus$9,905,670-52%2,862-580$3,461$108,452,3503Fox
5Snow White and the Huntsman$8,085,630-39%2,919-782$2,770$137,128,3504Universal
6Rock of Ages$7,655,377-47%3,4700$2,206$28,418,6212Warner Bros. / New Line
7That's My Boy$7,630,411-43%3,0300$2,518$27,910,7942Sony / Columbia
8Marvel's The Avengers$7,177,661-19%2,230-352$3,219$598,425,4428Disney
9Men in Black 3$5,726,756-43%2,462-673$2,326$163,465,7075Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$3,822,803--1,625--$2,352$3,822,8031Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$3,394,43052%395217$8,593$11,613,8285Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,628,624-29%741-443$2,198$38,383,9638Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$624,818-27%414-179$1,509$402,964,54014Lionsgate
4Battleship$519,305-58%483-459$1,075$63,190,1056Universal
5Bernie$487,406-21%220-80$2,215$6,700,3289Millennium Entertainment
6Safety Not Guaranteed$473,11060%12982$3,668$1,074,5333FilmDistrict
7The Dictator$380,964-66%316-803$1,206$58,705,0526Paramount
8What to Expect When You're Expecting$364,296-70%411-805$886$39,797,9476Lionsgate
9Dark Shadows$260,447-58%302-378$862$75,753,1077Warner Bros.
10Think Like a Man$257,67728%23830$1,083$91,041,62910Sony / Screen Gems
11For Greater Glory$245,907-55%160-220$1,537$5,081,9934ARC Entertainment
12Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$205,925-21%234-43$880$212,901,27517Universal
13Mirror Mirror$155,635-34%222-56$701$64,248,38513Relativity Media
14Hysteria$150,363-47%136-82$1,106$1,387,4386Sony Pictures Classics
1521 Jump Street$148,461-23%160-60$928$138,264,31515Sony / Columbia
16The Cabin in the Woods$138,642-20%196-28$707$41,777,29211Lionsgate
17Chernobyl Diaries$137,670-22%240-15$574$17,885,4325Warner Bros.
18The Lucky One (2012)$121,548-43%202-148$602$60,154,23810Warner Bros.
19The Three Stooges$114,004-44%154-47$740$43,656,89011Fox
20The Raven$67,353459%133104$506$15,915,9439Relativity Media
21The Pirates! Band of Misfits$64,445-30%115-34$560$29,262,6979Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teri Meri Kahani$405,926--94--$4,318$405,9261Eros International
2To Rome with Love$361,359--5--$72,272$361,3591Sony Pictures Classics
3The Intouchables$346,708-3%74-3$4,685$2,093,5165Weinstein Company
4To the Arctic 3D$202,3204%521$3,891$4,063,64110Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Your Sister's Sister$201,09484%4734$4,279$363,4292IFC Films
6Peace, Love & Misunderstanding$75,453-44%64-12$1,179$436,7263IFC Films
7Ferrari Ki Sawaari$69,018-71%990$697$377,4482Eros International
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$60,266-20%85-23$709$103,812,24120Warner Bros. / New Line
9Born to Be Wild 3D$53,131-5%330$1,610$19,596,59364Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Chimpanzee$50,23615%82-14$613$28,523,01810Disneynature
11Hubble 3D$49,6831%181$2,760$33,222,270119Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Lola Versus$46,302-25%50-2$926$203,0943Fox Searchlight
13Wrath of the Titans$45,546-41%70-35$651$83,640,42613Warner Bros.
14Headhunters$38,224-16%31-9$1,233$1,003,4299Magnolia Pictures
15Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$36,979-75%16-141$2,311$266,1472Indomina Media
16Monsieur Lazhar$33,5220%25-10$1,341$1,803,55335Music Box Films
17Deadly Renovations$32,76046%10-3$3,276$146,1463Nocturnal Features
18John Carter$29,654-47%43-36$690$73,058,67916Disney
19The Woman in the Fifth$27,088-18%112$2,463$78,3482IDP/ATO Pictures
20First Position$20,705-22%21-15$986$894,4718IFC Films
21Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$19,200-15%100$1,920$5,701,8541113D Entertainment
22Where Do We Go Now?$16,986-13%184$944$400,7637Sony Pictures Classics
23The Invisible War$16,500--4--$4,125$16,5001Cinedigm
24Jiro Dreams of Sushi$15,946-15%15-4$1,063$2,456,14816Magnolia Pictures
25Under the Sea 3D$15,603-10%11-1$1,418$31,712,864176Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Elena (2012)$14,31645%70$2,045$110,5496Zeitgeist Films
27Footnote$14,246-7%221$648$1,993,44316Sony Pictures Classics
28Damsels in Distress$13,768-13%19-3$725$910,73612Sony Pictures Classics
29Darling Companion$12,748-37%14-6$911$754,07010Sony Pictures Classics
30Rowdy Rathore$11,936-68%9-23$1,326$770,4464UTV Communications
31Bel Ami$11,388-31%131$876$94,0663Magnolia Pictures
32Dark Horse$10,6544%86$1,332$48,2853Vitagraph
33A Cat In Paris$10,483-20%102$1,048$107,2084GKIDS
34Paul Williams Still Alive$10,052252%20$5,026$22,2643Abramorama
35Kumare$9,601--1--$9,601$19,9721Kino Lorber
36Crooked Arrows$9,116-84%25-72$365$1,787,8096Branded/Peck Films
375 Broken Cameras$8,731274%65$1,455$41,3614Kino Lorber
38Marley$8,244-63%9-10$916$1,350,83910Magnolia Pictures
39I Wish$7,70537%123$642$85,9597Magnolia Pictures
40Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$7,407-33%1-1$7,407$35,2912Music Box Films
41Grassroots$6,497--1--$6,497$6,4971IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
42FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$6,405407%74$915$94,2938International Film Circuit
43Gerhard Richter Painting$6,352-54%4-2$1,588$220,43515Kino Lorber
44Beyond the Black Rainbow$5,862324%31$1,954$36,1946Magnolia / Magnet
45Oslo, August 31st$5,561154%42$1,390$56,5135Strand Releasing
46Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$5,555-41%3-1$1,852$123,2107Rialto Pictures
47Hardflip$5,252--2--$2,626$96,7344Rocky Mountain Pictures
48The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$4,714-10%7-1$673$1,095,91114Music Box Films
49Sound of My Voice$3,886-43%6-7$648$405,6149Fox Searchlight
50God Bless America$3,32247%5-2$664$111,6727Magnolia / Magnet
51Surviving Progress$2,155--2--$1,078$47,13912First Run Features
52Chely Wright: Wish Me Away$1,521-39%2-1$761$13,0354First Run Features
53Pink Ribbons, Inc.$1,445--3--$482$11,0344First Run Features
54We Won't Grow Old Together$1,425--1--$1,425$6,4983The Film Desk
55The Color Wheel$1,328--3--$443$12,5366Cinema Conservancy
56The Raid: Redemption$1,240-67%6-2$207$4,103,97314Sony Pictures Classics
57Natural Selection$1,079--1--$1,079$46,63515Cinema Guild
58OC87$866-83%2-4$433$31,3345Fisher Klingenstein Films
59This Is Not A Film$759--1--$759$68,37317Palisades Tartan
60Here$737--1--$737$25,51111Strand Releasing
61Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$686-26%60$114$104,2867Magnolia Pictures
62Nobody Else But You$6728%31$224$15,9817First Run Features
63The Turin Horse$618-36%21$309$50,84120Cinema Guild
64Payback (2012)$536-77%10$536$16,2689Zeitgeist Films
65Attenberg$498--1--$498$23,78716Strand Releasing
66Hide Away$459-76%1-1$459$25,3755Joule Films
67The Women on the 6th Floor$425-36%10$425$719,60138Strand Releasing