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, Dec. 28 - Sun, Dec. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$31,926,068-13%4,1000$7,787$221,626,8823Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$30,122,888--3,010--$10,008$63,443,1531Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$27,281,735--2,814--$9,695$66,720,1601Universal
4Parental Guidance$14,554,053--3,367--$4,323$29,342,7451Fox
5Jack Reacher$13,604,191-11%3,3520$4,059$44,157,3492Paramount
6This is 40$12,501,0608%2,9141$4,290$36,431,3502Universal
7Lincoln$7,337,36233%1,966-327$3,732$131,867,1598Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$6,547,46224%2,4310$2,693$20,957,8182Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$6,447,43735%2,6180$2,463$18,573,9012Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$4,892,291-15%2,055-976$2,381$90,139,4216Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$4,531,824-7%1,637-728$2,768$289,529,9108Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$3,780,269-6%1,178-572$3,209$84,650,4536Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,359,289-10%1,191-809$1,981$286,039,0657Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$4,079,314129%745374$5,476$27,330,0367Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$2,400,26511%8400$2,857$7,426,9262Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$1,855,2132%913-531$2,032$175,505,3329Disney
4Argo$1,003,84912%345-105$2,910$108,425,96012Warner Bros.
5Hotel Transylvania$563,41979%3010$1,872$145,210,31614Sony / Columbia
6Anna Karenina (2012)$525,790-21%218-113$2,412$10,705,8667Focus
7Flight$438,479-35%400-342$1,096$91,873,2369Paramount
8Red Dawn (2012)$391,000-51%425-586$920$43,393,7526FilmDistrict
9Hitchcock$378,745-35%349-186$1,085$4,985,6796Fox Searchlight
10Here Comes the Boom$331,65952%252-39$1,316$43,532,08912Sony / Columbia
11Dabangg 2$323,897-68%1660$1,951$2,177,2842Eros International
12Taken 2$243,12719%232-43$1,048$138,897,49413Fox
13Pitch Perfect$158,29521%183-31$865$64,403,57814Universal
14Frankenweenie$132,33690%1780$743$34,704,95813Disney
15Playing For Keeps (2012)$125,047-71%268-583$467$12,687,6774FilmDistrict
16The Perks of Being A Wallflower$92,98821%125-16$744$17,311,82915Lionsgate / Summit
17End of Watch$92,04327%162-10$568$40,754,64615Open Road
18Khiladi 786$1,165-23%1150$10$383,9774Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$429,69411%84-2$5,115$1,737,9964Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$316,415-24%50$63,283$1,368,9862Sony / Columbia
3The Impossible$182,57627%150$12,172$482,9232Lionsgate / Summit
4Promised Land (2012)$173,915--25--$6,957$173,9151Focus
5Hubble 3D$140,380171%120$11,698$35,755,605146Warner Bros. / IMAX
6To the Arctic 3D$127,240172%520$2,447$10,496,12837Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Rust and Bone$118,811-6%26-1$4,570$591,8346Sony Pictures Classics
8The Sessions$73,913-19%80-18$924$5,514,70111Fox Searchlight
9Amour$62,044-9%30$20,681$219,8192Sony Pictures Classics
10A Late Quartet$55,00814%37-2$1,487$1,267,1549Entertainment One / RKO
11Not Fade Away$54,795186%1916$2,884$95,8072Paramount Vantage
12Born to Be Wild 3D$48,046164%300$1,602$21,623,58591Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Killing Them Softly$43,188-62%68-81$635$14,830,6215Weinstein Company
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$41,48061%62-10$669$161,130,05625Fox
15Sinister$40,15643%82-11$490$48,056,94012Lionsgate / Summit
16Looper$40,12217%84-16$478$66,468,31514Sony / TriStar
17Finding Nemo 3D$37,678110%360$1,047$41,038,87416Disney
18Alex Cross$36,94535%77-17$480$25,863,91511Lionsgate / Summit
19Searching For Sugar Man$32,686108%283$1,167$3,010,16023Sony Pictures Classics
20Cloud Atlas$26,820-33%45-5$596$26,781,80610Warner Bros.
21The Central Park Five$23,04728%16-3$1,440$253,8566IFC Films
22The Other Son$21,470--17--$1,263$1,160,77310Cohen Media Group
23A Royal Affair$21,014-22%32-4$657$624,5128Magnolia Pictures
24The Odd Life of Timothy Green$20,855106%490$426$51,814,67420Disney
25Paranormal Activity 4$20,75271%500$415$53,884,82111Paramount
26Chasing Mavericks$18,248298%2810$652$5,940,99210Fox
27The Intouchables$16,99791%114$1,545$13,126,94132Weinstein Company
28Talaash$15,169-57%16-9$948$2,851,1445Reliance Entertainment
29The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$14,507-86%150$967$665,4266Warner Bros.
30The Collection$13,510-83%17-95$795$6,842,0585LD Entertainment
31The Master$13,44416%130$1,034$15,956,66216Weinstein Company
32West of Memphis$13,360--5--$2,672$22,3561Sony Pictures Classics
33Brave$12,59271%390$323$237,259,58028Disney
34ParaNorman$8,88066%22-2$404$55,994,55720Focus
35Any Day Now$8,454-64%9-10$939$109,8303Music Box Films
36A Werewolf Boy$8,245-72%3-6$2,748$328,2315CJ Entertainment
37Under the Sea 3D$6,82756%3-3$2,276$32,490,728203Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Arbitrage$6,16072%72$880$7,908,73316Roadside Attractions
39The Flat$3,58743%71$512$460,00011IFC Films
40Django (2012 re-issue)$3,047-50%7-1$435$13,3742Rialto Pictures
41My Worst Nightmare$2,922--2--$1,461$10,91511Strand Releasing
42Brooklyn Castle$2,179-36%20$1,090$194,42611Producers Distribution Agency
43Back to 1942$2,138-77%1-4$2,138$308,8715China Lion Film
44North Sea Texas$1,987303%10$1,987$23,9639Strand Releasing
45Deadfall (2012)$1,678-59%6-2$280$61,9684Magnolia Pictures
46Now, Forager$1,471169%10$1,471$9,22813Argot Pictures
475 Broken Cameras$1,260--3--$420$75,60731Kino Lorber
48Starlet$1,250392%10$1,250$78,8168Music Box Films
49The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,135-57%1-2$1,135$382,15824Kino Lorber
50Smashed$890-58%50$178$373,63412Sony Pictures Classics
51Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$70459%20$352$29,7649Zeitgeist Films
52Beware of Mr. Baker$608-26%10$608$52,4675SnagFilms
53Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$477--1--$477$6,5378APD/Cinema Conservancy
54Somewhere Between$468237%10$468$179,72619Long Shot Factory
55The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$385--1--$385$5,9944Indican Pictures
56The Waiting Room$268--1--$268$175,74114International Film Circuit
57All Together$184-68%10$184$38,87011Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film