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, Nov. 23 - Sun, Nov. 25

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$43,641,448-69%4,0700$10,723$227,366,1182Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$35,502,973-14%3,52621$10,069$221,144,1223Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$25,676,41322%2,018243$12,724$62,840,7963Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$23,773,465--3,653--$6,508$32,341,0901Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$22,451,514--2,927--$7,670$30,573,1011Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$16,572,669-11%3,259-363$5,085$149,278,6994Disney
7Red Dawn (2012)$14,276,668--2,725--$5,239$21,689,1621FilmDistrict
8Flight$8,451,144-4%2,63826$3,204$74,718,9904Paramount
9Argo$3,865,158-4%1,255-955$3,080$98,062,3097Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$4,383,669890%367351$11,945$6,209,7672Weinstein Company
2Taken 2$950,043-55%763-1300$1,245$136,477,0038Fox
3The Sessions$724,025-20%515-1$1,406$3,929,9996Fox Searchlight
4Pitch Perfect$715,865-44%492-630$1,455$62,571,9289Universal
5Jab Tak Hai Jaan$536,918-58%1644$3,274$3,047,5392Yash Raj Films
6Here Comes the Boom$507,814-57%490-860$1,036$42,037,2407Sony / Columbia
7Cloud Atlas$422,095-55%258-662$1,636$25,788,8575Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$392,766-33%242-269$1,623$16,323,53710Lionsgate / Summit
9Hotel Transylvania$377,389-60%464-784$813$143,500,1309Sony / Columbia
10Looper$320,43855%29379$1,094$65,587,0559Sony / TriStar
11The Man With the Iron Fists$209,115-71%205-705$1,020$15,201,9104Universal
12Brave$187,165-16%190-30$985$236,943,84323Disney
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$133,816-12%172-37$778$51,489,66315Disney
14Son of Sardaar$115,332-66%1090$1,058$715,4942Eros International
15Frankenweenie$112,788-3%122-55$924$34,238,1278Disney
16Alex Cross$111,912-60%144-391$777$25,404,4036Lionsgate / Summit
17Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$100,828-53%190-266$531$17,376,1015Open Road
18ParaNorman$96,817-17%134-46$723$55,796,57215Focus
19Sinister$91,621-80%127-662$721$47,705,7037Lionsgate / Summit
20Fun Size$83,646-39%144-244$581$9,297,7825Paramount
21Ice Age: Continental Drift$79,010-9%109-23$725$160,818,56420Fox
22House at the End of the Street$78,650-23%138-37$570$31,488,67410Relativity Media
23Trouble with the Curve$73,022-43%140-132$522$35,662,43910Warner Bros.
24The Dark Knight Rises$70,463-24%108-52$652$448,034,36219Warner Bros.
25Paranormal Activity 4$52,915-86%108-742$490$53,676,7116Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$896,258179%6650$13,580$1,534,8322Focus
2Hitchcock$287,715--17--$16,924$287,7151Fox Searchlight
3A Late Quartet$132,908-16%88-12$1,510$733,8784Entertainment One / RKO
4Finding Nemo 3D$103,785--84--$1,236$40,646,08311Disney
5A Royal Affair$91,27817%4412$2,075$271,1313Magnolia Pictures
6Seven Psychopaths$90,402-43%82-89$1,102$14,631,3237CBS Films
7Chasing Ice$90,26612%177$5,310$220,8113Submarine Deluxe
8The Other Son$79,252-14%35-13$2,264$793,7845Cohen Media Group
9To the Arctic 3D$78,1374%520$1,503$9,957,97132Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$73,514--15--$4,901$107,3331Warner Bros.
11Chasing Mavericks$69,415-61%60-138$1,157$5,771,4535Fox
12Searching For Sugar Man$60,434-12%43-11$1,405$2,766,19418Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$55,45416%16-1$3,466$35,233,469141Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Holy Motors$45,953-5%21-2$2,188$268,7536Indomina Releasing
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$39,358-4%59-13$667$48,936,98717Fox
16Arbitrage$33,605-38%48-32$700$7,816,90711Roadside Attractions
17Born to Be Wild 3D$32,430-11%300$1,081$21,375,29586Warner Bros. / IMAX
18End of Watch$32,020-39%34-41$942$39,191,43110Open Road
19The Central Park Five$30,570--3--$10,190$30,5701IFC Films
20The Master$29,675-41%25-27$1,187$15,842,50011Weinstein Company
21The Flat$29,165-18%21-5$1,389$351,1786IFC Films
22Rust and Bone$27,154--2--$13,577$27,1541Sony Pictures Classics
23Samsara$21,562-31%22-9$980$2,488,48914Oscilloscope
24Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$18,291-13%150$1,219$890,48610IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25Masquerade (2012)$18,104-15%5-2$3,621$885,64510CJ Entertainment
26Brooklyn Castle$16,004-8%8-1$2,001$162,9066Producers Distribution Agency
27This Must Be the Place$15,336-44%8-7$1,917$116,2504Weinstein Company
28Smashed$13,082-48%30-9$436$325,4017Sony Pictures Classics
29The Intouchables$7,755-42%262$298$13,030,13527Weinstein Company
30The Loneliest Planet$7,6514%70$1,093$106,7235IFC Films
31Under the Sea 3D$6,25821%92$695$32,455,539198Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Detropia$5,872--5--$1,174$356,17212Loki Films
33Lawless$5,5351%11-8$503$37,397,29113Weinstein Company
34The Imposter$4,962--5--$992$892,40920Indomina Releasing
35Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,76616%3520$136$3,333,8237Atlas Distribution
36Starlet$4,602-54%6-3$767$43,6463Music Box Films
37Dangerous Liaisons (2012)$4,558-65%4-2$1,140$50,9313Well Go USA
38The Big Picture (2012)$4,454-24%2-3$2,227$134,3337MPI Media
39Chicken With Plums$3,31110%10-1$331$249,19615Sony Pictures Classics
40The Law in These Parts$2,8270%10$2,827$8,7402Cinema Guild
41The Well-Digger's Daughter$2,41883%2-1$1,209$369,81319Kino Lorber
42Robot & Frank$2,233-43%3-3$744$3,298,42815IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
43Kumare$2,205--1--$2,205$125,78023Kino Lorber
44Somewhere Between$2,120-77%2-2$1,060$151,49614Long Shot Factory
45Wuthering Heights (2012)$2,103-54%6-3$351$87,4338Oscilloscope
46Hitler's Children$1,972-33%10$1,972$6,9232Film Movement
47Price Check$1,886-32%21$943$6,2402IFC Films
48Orchestra of Exiles$1,660-39%1-2$1,660$23,6195First Run Features
49Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$1,584-59%30$528$23,6934Zeitgeist Films
5028 Hotel Rooms$1,424-54%30$475$13,9433Oscilloscope
51English Vinglish$1,234-77%880$14$1,867,3588Eros International
52Tai Chi Zero$1,090-59%1-2$1,090$212,0946Variance / Well Go USA
53The House I Live In$971-63%1-2$971$166,4398Abramorama
54Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$928-75%10$928$171,13429Rialto Pictures
55The Thieves$871-51%1-1$871$664,8697Well Go USA
56Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$859-52%30$286$43,1428Drafthouse Films
57Keep the Lights On$435-44%2-1$218$238,28612Music Box Films
58Gottfried Helnwein and The Dreaming Child$402--1--$402$4021First Run Features
59Radio Unnameable$360--1--$360$19,25510Kino Lorber
60Step Up to the Plate$343--1--$343$40,26711Cinema Guild
61Citadel$157-91%1-3$157$9,4863Cinedigm
62Now, Forager$153--1--$153$5,1448Argot Pictures
63Celeste and Jesse Forever$70-90%1-2$70$3,093,40717Sony Pictures Classics
64Breathing$31-56%10$31$4,25813Kino Lorber