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, Feb. 1 - Sun, Feb. 3

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$20,353,967--3,009--$6,764$20,353,9671Lionsgate / Summit
2Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$9,423,274-52%3,3753$2,792$34,676,0682Paramount
3Silver Linings Playbook$7,738,058-18%2,809168$2,755$80,002,61612Weinstein Company
4Mama$6,590,970-50%2,78199$2,370$58,123,0703Universal
5Zero Dark Thirty$5,176,428-47%2,871-58$1,803$77,673,9787Sony / Columbia
6Bullet to the Head$4,548,201--2,404--$1,892$4,548,2011Warner Bros.
7Parker$3,302,415-53%2,23814$1,476$12,527,2972FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$3,002,769-39%1,777-230$1,690$150,942,9586Weinstein Company
9Les Miserables (2012)$2,420,885-43%1,848-362$1,310$141,504,1306Universal
10Lincoln$2,402,224-38%1,756-153$1,368$170,776,74213Disney / DreamWorks
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,901,164-44%1,300-375$1,462$296,193,6848Warner Bros. / New Line
12Gangster Squad$1,843,089-57%1,625-965$1,134$43,092,1474Warner Bros.
13Movie 43$1,641,849-66%2,0230$812$7,700,1232Relativity Media
14A Haunted House$1,522,116-53%1,501-501$1,014$37,756,0194Open Road
15Parental Guidance$1,488,766-41%1,480-256$1,006$72,900,5906Fox
16Broken City$1,461,321-64%1,786-836$818$18,135,4113Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$2,029,32412%935300$2,170$120,372,13917Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$1,872,632-28%902-39$2,076$106,106,36311Fox
3Stand Up Guys$1,486,390--659--$2,256$1,486,3901Lionsgate / Roadside
4The Impossible$1,305,464-33%765-17$1,706$15,214,0957Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$1,192,5273%20239$5,904$3,482,7004Weinstein Company
6Wreck-It Ralph$594,174-19%66072$900$183,223,81614Disney
7Skyfall$526,926-33%425-31$1,240$302,823,50413Sony / Columbia
8This is 40$376,730-48%373-134$1,010$66,928,6057Universal
9The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$371,605--106--$3,506$371,6051ShortsHD
10Jack Reacher$328,045-60%450-438$729$78,754,4407Paramount
11Race 2$285,233-68%139-14$2,052$1,371,8152UTV Motion Pictures
12The Last Stand$270,812-87%689-2224$393$11,704,4543Lionsgate
13Rise of The Guardians$268,655-28%3072$875$100,560,40911Paramount / DreamWorks
14Hotel Transylvania$257,313-27%224-4$1,149$147,938,70219Sony / Columbia
15Monsters, Inc. 3D$252,745-34%269-53$940$32,829,6027Disney
16Hyde Park on Hudson$181,791-29%1440$1,262$5,604,7719Focus
17The Guilt Trip$172,814-36%291-61$594$36,517,7187Paramount
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$136,688-38%189-27$723$291,281,77812Lionsgate / Summit
19Here Comes the Boom$116,238-30%175-16$664$45,064,66317Sony / Columbia
20Flight$112,365-47%200-63$562$93,640,92514Paramount
21Red Dawn (2012)$85,856-43%153-52$561$44,667,52611FilmDistrict
22Playing For Keeps (2012)$69,608719%148113$470$13,027,1439FilmDistrict
23Texas Chainsaw 3D$40,225-70%121-164$332$34,070,6385Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$450,400-4%9430$4,791$2,441,2607Sony Pictures Classics
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$120,627-24%620$1,946$11,876,67532Fox Searchlight
3A Royal Affair$96,70832%444$2,198$1,000,81413Magnolia Pictures
4Anna Karenina (2012)$72,766-34%90-8$809$12,568,25012Focus
5Rust and Bone$71,466-41%80-36$893$1,834,08911Sony Pictures Classics
6Sound City$62,842--16--$3,928$183,3561Variance Films
7The Gatekeepers$61,552--3--$20,517$80,8901Sony Pictures Classics
8To the Arctic 3D$56,852-11%520$1,093$11,081,39042Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Hubble 3D$47,558-7%18-1$2,642$36,184,998151Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Master$42,013-40%28-9$1,500$16,202,31721Weinstein Company
11Koch$35,196--2--$17,598$35,1961Zeitgeist Films
12Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$34,338-63%50-46$687$12,449,7077Paramount
13Taken 2$34,064-48%83-41$410$139,813,35718Fox
1456 Up$26,343-29%132$2,026$229,9775First Run Features
15Born to Be Wild 3D$24,699-16%300$823$21,867,38796Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Frankenweenie$24,281-51%59-25$412$35,267,02518Disney
17The Sessions$22,190-48%29-33$765$5,909,88516Fox Searchlight
18Space Station 3D$21,55541%30$7,185$87,077,613564IMAX
19Searching For Sugar Man$19,917-37%18-8$1,107$3,212,49128Sony Pictures Classics
20Hitchcock$17,660-60%44-46$401$5,892,43211Fox Searchlight
21A Late Quartet$15,5258%122$1,294$1,497,82714Entertainment One / RKO
22The Perks of Being A Wallflower$14,322-52%37-19$387$17,738,57020Lionsgate / Summit
23Pitch Perfect$13,940-67%41-50$340$64,990,79819Universal
24Deep Sea 3D$12,340-5%40$3,085$45,355,355362Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,898-37%330$361$161,317,42330Fox
26West of Memphis$11,079-50%8-6$1,385$101,5806Sony Pictures Classics
27Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$9,283--1--$9,283$9,2831First Run Features
28Little Fugitive (2013 re-issue)$9,040--1--$9,040$9,0401APD/Cinema Conservancy
29John Dies at the End$7,218-42%21$3,609$22,2852Magnolia / Magnet
30Beware of Mr. Baker$7,001-73%7-8$1,000$100,14010SnagFilms
31Under the Sea 3D$6,309-35%81$789$32,533,099208Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Girls Against Boys$6,111--2--$3,056$6,1111Anchor Bay Films
33Yossi$5,798-53%20$2,899$24,0112Strand Releasing
34LUV$5,437-73%8-13$680$151,5263Indomina Media
35Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$5,038-26%6-2$840$1,004,82120IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
36The House I Live In$4,104102%10$4,104$208,35918Abramorama
37Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$3,339-68%10$3,339$19,3912Music Box Films
38The Pirogue$2,914-15%10$2,914$8,8362ArtMattan Productions
39Killing Them Softly$2,77223%30$924$14,964,12010Weinstein Company
40The Other Son$2,267-43%4-2$567$1,247,16815Cohen Media Group
41Django (2012 re-issue)$1,848245%42$462$25,0977Rialto Pictures
425 Broken Cameras$1,839-28%31$613$84,91236Kino Lorber
43Any Day Now$1,637-80%5-8$327$176,7468Music Box Films
44Neighboring Sounds$1,511--1--$1,511$49,64124Cinema Guild
45Meet The Fokkens$1,285--1--$1,285$30,81026Kino Lorber
46The Waiting Room$1,151-67%2-3$576$189,40319International Film Circuit
47In Another Country$1,103-65%20$552$23,30013Kino Lorber
48Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$765-73%20$383$51,52114Zeitgeist Films
49The Law in These Parts$736--1--$736$13,37612Cinema Guild
50Sushi: The Global Catch$288--1--$288$5,75727Alive Mind Cinema
51Step Up to the Plate$268--1--$268$43,74721Cinema Guild
52Wagner & Me$70-94%10$70$35,1749First Run Features