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. 30 - Sun, Dec. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$17,416,362-60%4,008-62$4,345$254,598,8663Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$16,555,894-53%3,463-63$4,781$245,585,0834Sony / Columbia
3Rise of The Guardians$13,388,852-44%3,67219$3,646$48,836,1052Paramount / DreamWorks
4Lincoln$13,376,696-48%2,0180$6,629$83,566,1694Disney / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$12,151,853-46%2,9281$4,150$48,512,9942Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$6,948,550-58%3,087-172$2,251$158,184,8135Disney
7Killing Them Softly$6,812,900--2,424--$2,811$6,812,9001Weinstein Company
8Red Dawn (2012)$6,500,245-54%2,78156$2,337$31,272,9532FilmDistrict
9Flight$4,479,067-47%2,603-35$1,721$81,465,9035Paramount
10The Collection$3,104,269--1,403--$2,213$3,104,2691LD Entertainment
11Argo$2,010,349-48%1,043-212$1,927$100,990,7668Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$3,090,131-30%3714$8,329$10,740,1123Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$2,245,570151%384318$5,848$4,106,9213Focus
3Talaash$1,637,833--174--$9,413$1,637,8331Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$467,975-51%496-267$943$137,163,5549Fox
5Pitch Perfect$387,070-46%403-89$960$63,099,24310Universal
6The Sessions$333,315-54%226-289$1,475$4,582,1817Fox Searchlight
7Cloud Atlas$243,338-42%194-64$1,254$26,181,4556Warner Bros.
8Here Comes the Boom$224,797-56%334-156$673$42,352,2508Sony / Columbia
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$212,501-46%189-53$1,124$16,641,06011Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$200,410-37%280-13$716$65,915,58510Sony / TriStar
11Hotel Transylvania$134,598-64%248-216$543$143,690,12310Sony / Columbia
12The Man With the Iron Fists$102,575-51%174-31$590$15,386,5205Universal
13Seven Psychopaths$101,54812%16280$627$14,778,0578CBS Films
14Brave$96,382-49%181-9$532$237,070,60224Disney
15The Odd Life of Timothy Green$76,385-43%147-25$520$51,598,37116Disney
16ParaNorman$59,660-38%104-30$574$55,872,82516Focus
17Frankenweenie$57,056-49%100-22$571$34,317,6499Disney
18Alex Cross$52,149-53%114-30$457$25,485,2257Lionsgate / Summit
19Ice Age: Continental Drift$51,840-34%102-7$508$160,884,06921Fox
20Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$51,618-49%124-66$416$17,466,1496Open Road
21Fun Size$48,466-42%116-28$418$9,362,6416Paramount
22House at the End of the Street$44,189-44%108-30$409$31,551,78811Relativity Media
23Trouble with the Curve$34,423-53%100-40$344$35,721,05911Warner Bros.
24Son of Sardaar$18,544-84%1090$170$760,3903Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$408,69242%5033$8,174$787,5742Fox Searchlight
2Back to 1942$105,702--20--$5,285$105,7021China Lion Film
3A Late Quartet$93,371-30%74-14$1,262$877,5255Entertainment One / RKO
4Finding Nemo 3D$76,315-26%79-5$966$40,749,90912Disney
5Hecho en Mexico$76,123--12--$6,344$76,1231Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$62,645-15%161$3,915$176,8492Warner Bros.
7The Other Son$57,864-27%405$1,447$877,9336Cohen Media Group
8A Royal Affair$57,591-37%41-3$1,405$373,0004Magnolia Pictures
9To the Arctic 3D$51,268-34%520$986$10,051,32133Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Searching For Sugar Man$46,570-23%5310$879$2,836,18719Sony Pictures Classics
11Chasing Mavericks$42,953-38%7919$544$5,832,0896Fox
12The Dark Knight Rises$40,865-42%80-28$511$448,093,79620Warner Bros.
13Sinister$40,556-56%88-39$461$47,769,8838Lionsgate / Summit
14Born to Be Wild 3D$40,30224%300$1,343$21,432,24487Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Holy Motors$35,242-23%254$1,410$332,5107Indomina Releasing
16Hubble 3D$34,339-38%193$1,807$35,305,155142Warner Bros. / IMAX
17The Central Park Five$33,1488%74$4,735$77,0402IFC Films
18Paranormal Activity 4$26,137-51%70-38$373$53,717,9097Paramount
19Samsara$25,12617%253$1,005$2,525,34615Oscilloscope
20Rust and Bone$24,738-9%20$12,369$65,0592Sony Pictures Classics
21The Flat$24,487-16%19-2$1,289$386,4147IFC Films
22End of Watch$22,715-29%24-10$946$39,226,46311Open Road
23Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$22,478-43%52-7$432$48,963,55918Fox
24Arbitrage$20,097-40%35-13$574$7,851,04412Roadside Attractions
25The Master$17,403-41%23-2$757$15,873,23312Weinstein Company
26Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$13,553-26%12-3$1,129$912,84011IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
27Beware of Mr. Baker$12,195--1--$12,195$16,7481SnagFilms
28The Waiting Room$11,477--5--$2,295$159,52410International Film Circuit
29Dragon$11,137--14--$796$11,1371RADiUS-TWC
30Starlet$10,402126%93$1,156$55,9564Music Box Films
31Silent Night$9,679--11--$880$9,6791Anchor Bay Films
32Wuthering Heights (2012)$8,936325%104$894$96,8899Oscilloscope
33The Intouchables$8,57711%19-7$451$13,043,10528Weinstein Company
34The Thieves$7,772792%21$3,886$673,0758Well Go USA
35This Must Be the Place$6,584-57%7-1$941$128,3985Weinstein Company
36Brooklyn Castle$6,131-62%4-4$1,533$175,9717Producers Distribution Agency
37The Big Picture (2012)$6,11637%42$1,529$142,3878MPI Media
38The Loneliest Planet$5,406-29%103$541$116,6176IFC Films
39Young & Wild$3,798--2--$1,899$3,7981IFC Films
40Smashed$3,710-72%15-15$247$338,2478Sony Pictures Classics
41Under the Sea 3D$3,602-42%8-1$450$32,461,251199Warner Bros. / IMAX
42California Solo$3,412--1--$3,412$3,4121Strand Releasing
43Masquerade (2012)$3,395-81%3-2$1,132$895,12311CJ Entertainment
44Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$3,322--2--$1,661$80,1489Rainbow Releasing
45Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning$3,181--3--$1,060$3,1811Magnolia / Magnet
46Somewhere Between$2,83234%20$1,416$164,32715Long Shot Factory
47The Imposter$2,115-57%2-3$1,058$898,31721Indomina Releasing
48The House I Live In$1,84089%10$1,840$168,8899Abramorama
49Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$1,75189%10$1,751$172,88530Rialto Pictures
50Kumare$1,567-29%10$1,567$129,55224Kino Lorber
51Now, Forager$1,558918%43$390$6,7029Argot Pictures
52Citadel$1,378778%76$197$10,9034Cinedigm
5328 Hotel Rooms$1,002-30%30$334$16,0174Oscilloscope
54Chicken With Plums$765-77%7-3$109$252,51916Sony Pictures Classics
55Keep the Lights On$70161%31$234$239,28213Music Box Films
56Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$490-69%2-1$245$25,8715Zeitgeist Films
57Dangerous Liaisons (2012)$480-89%1-3$480$53,7554Well Go USA
58All Together$458--1--$458$35,6137Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
59Celeste and Jesse Forever$360414%21$180$3,093,80218Sony Pictures Classics
60Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$358-58%2-1$179$44,1869Drafthouse Films
61The Well-Digger's Daughter$268-89%1-1$268$370,25420Kino Lorber
62Radio Unnameable$243-33%10$243$19,49811Kino Lorber
63Alps$114--1--$114$15,75921Kino Lorber
64Girl Model$62--1--$62$21,15413First Run Features