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, Aug. 31 - Sun, Sep. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$17,732,480--2,816--$6,297$17,732,4801Lionsgate
2Lawless$10,001,982--2,888--$3,463$12,144,4291Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$9,030,381-33%3,334-21$2,709$66,389,2863Lionsgate
4The Bourne Legacy$7,232,610-23%3,131-523$2,310$96,231,0504Universal
5ParaNorman$6,572,820-24%3,085-370$2,131$38,052,0063Focus
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$6,276,654-12%2,63537$2,382$36,154,0123Disney
7The Dark Knight Rises$6,116,335-15%2,187-419$2,797$431,430,2857Warner Bros.
8The Campaign$5,710,234-24%2,941-361$1,942$73,284,8984Warner Bros.
92016: Obama's America$5,611,077-14%1,747656$3,212$18,778,1078Rocky Mountain Pictures
10Hope Springs (2012)$4,697,097-18%2,44139$1,924$52,053,6044Sony / Columbia
11Premium Rush$3,971,312-34%2,2550$1,761$12,326,5092Sony / Columbia
12Hit and Run$2,586,456-43%2,8700$901$10,055,8462Open Road
13Marvel's The Avengers$1,910,7011557%1,7051582$1,121$619,760,59418Disney
14Sparkle (2012)$1,779,776-55%1,257-987$1,416$21,706,6213Sony / TriStar
15Brave$1,427,002176%1,7081256$835$231,801,17911Disney
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,418,738-37%1,204-761$1,178$45,186,3265Fox
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,299,628-26%1,036-514$1,254$155,635,4428Fox
18The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$443,901--2,160--$206$669,4891Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$924,77688%50183$1,846$259,524,8339Sony / Columbia
2Total Recall (2012)$868,526-51%756-820$1,149$56,738,1515Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$810,645-14%561-222$1,445$215,975,55010Universal
4Celeste and Jesse Forever$718,090149%586471$1,225$1,873,9225Sony Pictures Classics
5Robot & Frank$692,318144%14498$4,808$1,140,5633IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6The Apparition$632,262-78%8100$781$4,251,1212Warner Bros.
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$630,2094%505131$1,248$214,539,65813Paramount / DreamWorks
8Beasts of the Southern Wild$528,16714%26755$1,978$9,618,10610Fox Searchlight
9The Intouchables$379,8268%175-19$2,170$11,016,63315Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$342,370-15%197-135$1,738$44,205,43815Focus
11Step Up Revolution$288,586-42%236-192$1,223$34,170,9086Lionsgate / Summit
12The Watch$228,206-1%195-55$1,170$33,762,4066Fox
13Men in Black 3$188,572-21%186-46$1,014$178,792,77015Sony / Columbia
14Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$183,785206%17973$1,027$65,254,18310Lionsgate
15Magic Mike$158,066-31%268-87$590$113,390,93010Warner Bros.
16Snow White and the Huntsman$104,390-33%143-51$730$155,081,78514Universal
17The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$99,3687%105-7$946$45,927,36418Fox Searchlight
18The Hunger Games$58,343-49%145-44$402$407,981,65224Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepwalk With Me$322,677369%2928$11,127$411,8932IFC Films
2The Queen of Versailles$163,772-14%87-9$1,882$1,800,8207Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$158,08916%520$3,040$8,231,65520Warner Bros. / IMAX
4To Rome with Love$146,330-25%94-127$1,557$16,124,01611Sony Pictures Classics
5For A Good Time, Call...$143,935--23--$6,258$143,9351Focus
6Searching For Sugar Man$140,67416%323$4,396$693,9756Sony Pictures Classics
7Samsara$139,40783%97$15,490$257,6562Oscilloscope
8Joker$105,865--74--$1,431$105,8651UTV Communications
9Flying Swords of Dragon Gate$95,452--15--$6,363$95,4521Indomina Releasing
102 Days In New York$90,968-5%421$2,166$417,8444Magnolia Pictures
11Ruby Sparks$89,597-45%78-57$1,149$2,269,6876Fox Searchlight
12Cosmopolis$89,049-42%652$1,370$606,1373Entertainment One Films
13The Imposter$78,101-3%317$2,519$496,5728Indomina Releasing
14Farewell, My Queen$59,108-26%36-28$1,642$1,185,9058Cohen Media Group
15Mugamoodi$55,501--21--$2,643$56,6031UTV Communications
16Compliance$54,14121%198$2,850$165,5993Magnolia Pictures
17Red Hook Summer$52,859-34%4112$1,289$245,1064Variance Films
18Born to Be Wild 3D$48,8714%330$1,481$20,766,51574Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Savages$46,335-45%82-35$565$47,294,8409Universal
20Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$46,052-13%49-26$940$37,465,45211Fox
21Prometheus$45,847-21%55-36$834$126,376,36013Fox
22The Bullet Vanishes$43,444--14--$3,103$43,4441China Lion Film
23Little White Lies$43,03568%129$3,586$80,3362MPI Media
24Hubble 3D$42,73524%142$3,053$34,333,818129Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Safety Not Guaranteed$39,693-17%48-6$827$3,820,08313FilmDistrict
26Bernie$26,302-42%26-26$1,012$9,158,55719Millennium Entertainment
27The Well-Digger's Daughter$24,44832%144$1,746$242,9637Kino Lorber
28Under the Sea 3D$23,569-8%71$3,367$32,321,128186Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$17,257-50%18-18$959$422,2726IFC Films
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$16,293-33%100$1,629$6,069,9941213D Entertainment
31Side By Side$16,087543%42$4,022$28,5923Tribeca Film
32Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$15,154-80%31-99$489$3,340,8434ARC Entertainment
33Beloved (2012)$14,221-8%6-1$2,370$77,2993IFC Films
34The Ambassador$13,046--4--$3,262$14,8271Drafthouse Films
35Chicken With Plums$11,21672%31$3,739$100,0923Sony Pictures Classics
36Oslo, August 31st$10,6211096%76$1,517$88,34315Strand Releasing
37The Day$10,121--12--$843$12,8441Anchor Bay Films
38Neighboring Sounds$9,500-25%20$4,750$29,2952Cinema Guild
39The Awakening (2012)$8,822--13--$679$169,6793Cohen Media Group
40Hara-Kiri: Death of A Samurai 3D$7,818--4--$1,955$60,2017Tribeca Film
41Take This Waltz$6,341-27%9-8$705$1,206,55910Magnolia Pictures
42Neil Young Journeys$6,0315%11-2$548$186,13510Sony Pictures Classics
43A Cat In Paris$5,63610%3-3$1,879$310,05514GKIDS
44Teddy Bear$4,680-13%1-1$4,680$14,6182Film Movement
45Little Birds$4,574--1--$4,574$6,9141Millenium Entertainment
46360$4,458-40%3-9$1,486$85,2795Magnolia Pictures
47Monsieur Lazhar$3,20175%2-1$1,601$1,999,88245Music Box Films
48Union Square (2012)$3,191321%20$1,596$44,8308Dada Films
49The Good Doctor$3,180--2--$1,590$3,1801Magnolia Pictures
50Unforgivable$2,592-27%1-1$2,592$121,43810Strand Releasing
51Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$2,574210%1-2$2,574$78,84012Music Box Films
52Somewhere Between$2,512-68%10$2,512$14,0482Long Shot Factory
53Easy Money (2012)$2,375-72%2-3$1,188$187,0768Weinstein Company
54Painted Skin: The Resurrection$1,861-71%1-3$1,861$37,9383Well Go USA
55Elena (2012)$1,74035%21$870$210,91416Zeitgeist Films
56Kumare$1,678-64%3-3$559$107,54711Kino Lorber
57Klown$1,6307%2-1$815$65,5496Drafthouse Films
58The Magic of Belle Isle$1,516-36%2-5$758$100,6499Magnolia Pictures
59Hysteria$1,450-72%4-4$363$1,774,47716Sony Pictures Classics
60Where Do We Go Now?$1,410-43%2-4$705$530,61717Sony Pictures Classics
61Hermano$1,318-93%8-41$165$28,3232Music Box Films
62You've Been Trumped$1,18249%3-2$394$15,2805International Film Circuit
63Breathing$949--1--$949$9491Kino Lorber
64Turn Me On, Dammit!$684-27%10$684$122,96723New Yorker Films
65The Invisible War$123-94%1-3$123$57,74211Cinedigm