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, Jan. 4 - Sun, Jan. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Texas Chainsaw 3D$21,744,470--2,654--$8,193$21,744,4701Lionsgate
2Django Unchained$20,010,745-34%3,0100$6,648$106,280,1222Weinstein Company
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$17,545,386-45%3,755-345$4,673$263,834,8934Warner Bros. / New Line
4Les Miserables (2012)$16,015,560-41%2,90490$5,515$103,503,0402Universal
5Parental Guidance$9,704,619-33%3,3681$2,881$52,339,6982Fox
6Jack Reacher$9,192,873-32%3,288-64$2,796$64,697,2143Paramount
7This is 40$8,353,350-33%2,93117$2,850$54,255,1953Universal
8Lincoln$5,413,827-26%1,901-65$2,848$144,089,0469Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$4,434,948-32%2,312-119$1,918$31,111,8823Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$4,049,9112229%1,6761651$2,416$4,395,4392Focus
11Monsters, Inc. 3D$3,987,905-38%2,103-515$1,896$27,981,5543Disney
12Skyfall$3,074,796-32%1,307-330$2,353$296,804,3669Sony / Columbia
13Rise of The Guardians$2,675,583-45%1,507-548$1,775$97,227,6677Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$3,616,710-11%7450$4,855$34,676,7698Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$2,813,392-26%965-213$2,915$91,039,4887Fox
3The Impossible$2,755,3841409%572557$4,817$3,412,4133Lionsgate / Summit
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,377,070-42%825-366$1,669$289,133,3568Lionsgate / Summit
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$1,285,432-46%817-23$1,573$10,878,3623Paramount
6Wreck-It Ralph$1,181,724-36%709-204$1,667$178,501,64010Disney
7Hyde Park on Hudson$1,031,282140%222138$4,645$3,209,8855Focus
8Argo$789,221-21%302-43$2,613$110,106,91913Warner Bros.
9Hotel Transylvania$465,684-17%267-34$1,744$146,172,36115Sony / Columbia
10Anna Karenina (2012)$364,154-31%163-55$2,234$11,537,7638Focus
11Here Comes the Boom$281,636-15%243-9$1,159$44,101,00213Sony / Columbia
12Not Fade Away$270,088393%565546$478$416,8863Paramount Vantage
13Flight$254,309-42%250-150$1,017$92,488,36610Paramount
14Taken 2$207,796-15%213-19$976$139,284,76414Fox
15Red Dawn (2012)$181,273-54%252-173$719$43,877,0437FilmDistrict
16Hitchcock$151,518-60%118-231$1,284$5,488,8967Fox Searchlight
17Pitch Perfect$128,755-19%165-18$780$64,655,85815Universal
18Frankenweenie$114,779-13%144-34$797$34,933,73314Disney
19Cloud Atlas$102,553282%155110$662$26,903,24211Warner Bros.
20Dabangg 2$77,602-76%1660$467$2,474,6743Eros International
21End of Watch$67,107-27%140-22$479$40,891,82016Open Road
22Playing For Keeps (2012)$53,134-58%139-129$382$12,851,5975FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$2,696,006752%6055$44,933$4,406,1383Sony / Columbia
2Rust and Bone$163,89938%3913$4,203$866,0167Sony Pictures Classics
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$80,738-13%98-27$824$17,479,02816Lionsgate / Summit
4To the Arctic 3D$75,098-41%520$1,444$10,660,22338Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Amour$59,832-4%30$19,944$340,7983Sony Pictures Classics
6The Sessions$57,033-23%41-39$1,391$5,632,02412Fox Searchlight
7Killing Them Softly$41,157-5%51-17$807$14,904,9816Weinstein Company
8A Late Quartet$39,561-28%23-14$1,720$1,356,84310Entertainment One / RKO
9Hubble 3D$37,463-73%131$2,882$35,828,377147Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$35,120-15%53-9$663$161,204,08226Fox
11Born to Be Wild 3D$31,665-34%300$1,056$21,692,01792Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Table No. 21$31,658--23--$1,376$31,6581Eros International
13Finding Nemo 3D$28,161-25%30-6$939$41,097,80417Disney
14Searching For Sugar Man$26,723-18%26-2$1,028$3,058,66724Sony Pictures Classics
15Space Station 3D$23,859--2--$11,930$86,932,006560IMAX
1656 Up$22,088--1--$22,088$22,0881First Run Features
17On the Road$21,223--6--$3,537$139,3633IFC Films
18Chasing Mavericks$20,04310%324$626$5,977,30211Fox
19The Other Son$17,337-19%13-4$1,334$1,199,50811Cohen Media Group
20The Central Park Five$16,435-29%14-2$1,174$273,7477IFC Films
21The Intouchables$15,779-7%110$1,434$13,160,89933Weinstein Company
22A Royal Affair$13,847-34%22-10$629$659,3489Magnolia Pictures
23Samsara$12,290--8--$1,536$2,639,61620Oscilloscope
24Any Day Now$12,09943%90$1,344$129,3914Music Box Films
25The Odd Life of Timothy Green$11,030-47%37-12$298$51,844,31121Disney
26The Master$10,396-23%12-1$866$15,979,86917Weinstein Company
27Brave$7,873-37%26-13$303$237,277,07129Disney
28West of Memphis$7,683-42%4-1$1,921$39,1592Sony Pictures Classics
29Talaash$6,534-57%8-8$817$2,870,3446Reliance Entertainment
30The Flat$6,51582%92$724$467,02212IFC Films
31Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$5,882--7--$840$963,13816IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32Under the Sea 3D$5,415-21%41$1,354$32,501,771204Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Tchoupitoulas$4,420--5--$884$10,4315Oscilloscope
34My Worst Nightmare$3,53021%42$883$16,27512Strand Releasing
35Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$3,185352%20$1,593$33,90210Zeitgeist Films
36Only the Young$3,100--2--$1,550$7,1385Oscilloscope
37Django (2012 re-issue)$2,795-8%5-2$559$17,1373Rialto Pictures
38A Bottle in the Gaza Sea$2,531--1--$2,531$2,5311Film Movement
39Starlet$2,529102%43$632$82,4249Music Box Films
40A Werewolf Boy$2,475-70%2-1$1,238$338,8766CJ Entertainment
41Arbitrage$2,385-61%4-3$596$7,915,82217Roadside Attractions
42Somewhere Between$1,780280%10$1,780$182,78420Long Shot Factory
43In Another Country$1,580--6--$263$11,2329Kino Lorber
44Brooklyn Castle$1,241-43%20$621$198,66412Producers Distribution Agency
45Deadfall (2012)$1,227-27%5-1$245$63,6385Magnolia Pictures
46The Well-Digger's Daughter$925-19%10$925$384,49325Kino Lorber
47Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$642--1--$642$86,81014Roadside Attractions
48A Dark Truth$630--1--$630$6301Magnolia Pictures
49Now, Forager$405-72%10$405$10,89614Argot Pictures
50The Waiting Room$2908%10$290$176,27715International Film Circuit
51Beware of Mr. Baker$284-53%10$284$53,3716SnagFilms
52Citadel$206--1--$206$13,2019Cinedigm
53Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet$200--1--$200$1,2944Kino Lorber
54Smashed$186-79%3-2$62$375,98113Sony Pictures Classics