'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. 25 - Sun, Jan. 27

Wide (1000+)

1Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$19,690,956--3,372--$5,840$19,690,9561Paramount
3Zero Dark Thirty$9,700,132-39%2,929-17$3,312$69,803,9796Sony / Columbia
4Silver Linings Playbook$9,444,039-12%2,641118$3,576$68,908,66611Weinstein Company
6Django Unchained$4,946,932-36%2,007-509$2,465$146,236,7585Weinstein Company
7Movie 43$4,805,878--2,023--$2,376$4,805,8781Relativity Media
8Gangster Squad$4,278,235-50%2,590-513$1,652$39,725,1023Warner Bros.
9Les Miserables (2012)$4,221,055-44%2,210-369$1,910$137,546,2055Universal
10Broken City$4,019,558-51%2,6222$1,533$15,289,5472Fox
11Lincoln$3,863,689-29%1,909-265$2,024$167,051,52312Disney / DreamWorks
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$3,385,361-45%1,675-648$2,021$293,323,8317Warner Bros. / New Line
13A Haunted House$3,244,017-60%2,002-158$1,620$35,439,9983Open Road
14Parental Guidance$2,502,684-41%1,736-601$1,442$70,845,4975Fox
15The Last Stand$2,150,562-66%2,9130$738$10,684,5072Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Life of Pi$2,587,148-23%941-315$2,749$103,427,50810Fox
2The Impossible$1,935,638-22%782-104$2,475$13,297,3936Lionsgate / Summit
3Argo$1,812,358-20%635-121$2,854$117,568,78516Warner Bros.
4Quartet$1,159,032281%163131$7,111$1,699,8613Weinstein Company
5Race 2$884,757--153--$5,783$884,7571UTV Motion Pictures
6Jack Reacher$820,389-63%888-819$924$78,173,4826Paramount
7Skyfall$791,239-18%456-51$1,735$302,044,12612Sony / Columbia
8Wreck-It Ralph$731,879-44%588-724$1,245$182,484,64013Disney
9This is 40$719,935-65%507-725$1,420$66,323,7256Universal
10Monsters, Inc. 3D$385,041-49%322-243$1,196$32,488,0706Disney
11Rise of The Guardians$371,328-34%305-169$1,217$100,212,85710Paramount / DreamWorks
12Hotel Transylvania$350,870-4%228-9$1,539$147,615,10418Sony / Columbia
13The Guilt Trip$268,464-56%352-290$763$36,239,9186Paramount
14Hyde Park on Hudson$257,600-39%144-50$1,789$5,311,9698Focus
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$220,734-34%216-90$1,022$291,075,68911Lionsgate / Summit
17Here Comes the Boom$166,870-16%191-18$874$44,912,74416Sony / Columbia
18Red Dawn (2012)$150,184-30%205-44$733$44,537,47010FilmDistrict
19Texas Chainsaw 3D$136,257-89%285-1189$478$33,993,9644Lionsgate
20Rust and Bone$121,542-46%116-52$1,048$1,702,52010Sony Pictures Classics
21Taken 2$65,953-37%124-32$532$139,761,28417Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Amour$467,15325%6428$7,299$1,801,0616Sony Pictures Classics
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$158,3236%62-9$2,554$11,697,92831Fox Searchlight
3Anna Karenina (2012)$110,256-33%98-19$1,125$12,433,44511Focus
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$93,328-57%96-169$972$12,376,2446Paramount
5A Royal Affair$73,03548%402$1,826$853,94112Magnolia Pictures
6The Master$70,422304%3723$1,903$16,128,16720Weinstein Company
7To the Arctic 3D$63,715-13%520$1,225$10,979,72141Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hubble 3D$51,3140%192$2,701$36,089,515150Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Hitchcock$43,657-36%90-32$485$5,857,51710Fox Searchlight
11The Sessions$43,045-1%620$694$5,861,58915Fox Searchlight
12Pitch Perfect$42,765-38%91-34$470$64,966,85818Universal
1356 Up$37,35217%117$3,396$186,3374First Run Features
14Chasing Ice$36,159--27--$1,339$1,065,13012Submarine Deluxe
15Searching For Sugar Man$31,8088%26-1$1,223$3,182,61927Sony Pictures Classics
16The Perks of Being A Wallflower$29,782-42%56-17$532$17,713,83819Lionsgate / Summit
17Born to Be Wild 3D$29,536-9%300$985$21,827,49195Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Beware of Mr. Baker$25,798--15--$1,720$79,7069SnagFilms
19West of Memphis$22,176179%145$1,584$82,0785Sony Pictures Classics
20LUV$19,836-76%21-24$945$138,9782Indomina Media
21Ice Age: Continental Drift$19,015-16%33-7$576$161,299,49229Fox
22Space Station 3D$15,329-15%3-1$5,110$87,035,763563IMAX
23A Late Quartet$14,425-24%10-4$1,443$1,471,80513Entertainment One / RKO
24Deep Sea 3D$12,989-11%40$3,247$45,332,564361Warner Bros. / IMAX
25John Dies at the End$12,467--1--$12,467$12,4671Magnolia / Magnet
26Yossi$12,287--2--$6,144$12,2871Strand Releasing
27Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$10,481--1--$10,481$10,4811Music Box Films
28Under the Sea 3D$9,70672%70$1,387$32,525,203207Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Playing For Keeps (2012)$8,502-52%35-23$243$12,952,5848FilmDistrict
30Any Day Now$8,04555%136$619$170,0917Music Box Films
31Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$6,776-18%81$847$996,24219IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32The Other Son$4,010--6--$668$1,243,24214Cohen Media Group
33The Waiting Room$3,45066%52$690$185,35218International Film Circuit
34The Pirogue$3,444--1--$3,444$4,1321ArtMattan Productions
35In Another Country$3,120--2--$1,560$19,99412Kino Lorber
36Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$2,83888%21$1,419$47,52613Zeitgeist Films
375 Broken Cameras$2,56044%21$1,280$81,49935Kino Lorber
38Killing Them Softly$2,261-64%3-9$754$14,960,1159Weinstein Company
39The House I Live In$2,027-84%1-4$2,027$207,42817Abramorama
40Brooklyn Castle$1,92849%1-2$1,928$211,32815Producers Distribution Agency
41Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$1,821-67%10$1,821$10,9402Kino Lorber
42Starlet$1,738--5--$348$86,16412Music Box Films
43The Revisionaries$1,142--1--$1,142$21,73117Kino Lorber
44Wagner & Me$1,1367%10$1,136$34,1788First Run Features
45Somewhere Between$1,073-82%1-2$1,073$210,97523Long Shot Factory
46The Man in the White Suit (2012 re-issue)$861--1--$861$8,26511Rialto Pictures
47My Worst Nightmare$790--2--$395$19,44615Strand Releasing
48Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$781--1--$781$17,81820Rialto Pictures
49Django (2012 re-issue)$535-55%20$268$22,2456Rialto Pictures
50A Dark Truth$363-14%10$363$5,7504Magnolia Pictures
51The Invisible War$313-77%40$78$64,65532Cinedigm
52Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$200--1--$200$92,72017Roadside Attractions