Grosses

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Delivers 2014’s Largest Debut with $121.9MNovember 24, 2014 01:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 registered the largest opening weekend of 2014 with $121.898 million this weekend. However, the third installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence debuted a significant 23 percent below the $158.07 million start of last year's Catching Fire and 20 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 $55.14 million on Friday, which included $17.0 million from Thursday night shows. The film declined 26 percent on Saturday to gross $40.91 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $25.85 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.21 to 1, which was just below the 2.21 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 $20.12 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 $135.75 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 $15.34 million, Interstellar topped Dumb and Dumber To by an estimated $1.26 million for the frame. Interstellar was down a significant 46 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 $120.93 million after 17 days of wide release. The film is also falling further and further behind the pace of last year's 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 61 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with $14.08 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 $57.73 million. However, the film has now fallen 6 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 $1.51 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 $10,798 for the frame. The Theory of Everything has grossed $2.81 million through 17 days of platform release and will continue its expansion over the upcoming Thanksgiving frame.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Feb. 8 - Sun, Feb. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$34,551,025--3,141--$11,000$34,551,0251Universal
2Warm Bodies$11,356,090-44%3,0090$3,774$36,481,1722Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$9,303,145--2,605--$3,571$9,303,1451Open Road
4Silver Linings Playbook$6,425,271-17%2,8090$2,287$89,519,51013Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$5,753,165-39%3,285-90$1,751$43,836,0183Paramount
6Mama$4,229,665-36%2,677-104$1,580$63,951,8104Universal
7Zero Dark Thirty$4,006,860-23%2,562-309$1,564$83,567,4508Sony / Columbia
8Argo$2,375,34417%1,405470$1,691$123,608,95718Warner Bros.
9Django Unchained$2,303,495-23%1,502-275$1,534$154,516,6277Weinstein Company
10Bullet to the Head$2,078,192-54%2,4040$864$8,269,2142Warner Bros.
11Lincoln$1,873,537-22%1,517-239$1,235$173,621,00614Disney / DreamWorks
12Parker$1,867,411-43%2,004-234$932$15,848,0643FilmDistrict
13Les Miserables (2012)$1,555,550-36%1,447-401$1,075$143,983,7057Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,468,374-23%1,001-299$1,467$298,333,4269Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$1,071,766-28%1,219-261$879$74,344,2567Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$1,965,737--300--$6,552$1,965,7371Paramount
2Life of Pi$1,745,744-7%92422$1,889$108,530,24912Fox
3Wreck-It Ralph$1,065,81779%75797$1,408$184,414,53215Disney
4The Impossible$957,594-27%739-26$1,296$16,668,3388Lionsgate / Summit
5Quartet$940,930-21%24442$3,856$5,000,4175Weinstein Company
6Gangster Squad$874,071-53%942-683$928$44,807,9115Warner Bros.
7A Haunted House$780,058-49%913-588$854$39,000,4515Open Road
8Stand Up Guys$646,910-56%67011$966$2,766,6742Lionsgate / Roadside
9Broken City$489,536-67%755-1031$648$19,233,0004Fox
10Skyfall$434,210-18%370-55$1,174$303,460,11614Sony / Columbia
11The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2013$387,7094%15145$2,568$924,7122ShortsHD
12Amour$376,233-16%12531$3,010$3,019,1118Sony Pictures Classics
13Movie 43$279,717-83%777-1246$360$8,661,1803Relativity Media
14Rise of The Guardians$254,284-5%275-32$925$100,865,90812Paramount / DreamWorks
15Jack Reacher$235,703-28%307-143$768$79,116,9448Paramount
16Monsters, Inc. 3D$217,662-14%236-33$922$33,095,6808Disney
17This is 40$194,605-48%278-95$700$67,255,6208Universal
18Hotel Transylvania$160,173-38%191-33$839$148,151,97520Sony / Columbia
19Hyde Park on Hudson$136,945-25%130-14$1,053$5,832,37710Focus
20The Guilt Trip$108,025-37%225-66$480$36,695,5628Paramount
21Texas Chainsaw 3D$101,742153%18564$550$34,185,7916Lionsgate
22The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$99,805-27%160-29$624$291,429,27313Lionsgate / Summit
23Here Comes the Boom$97,585-16%144-31$678$45,193,96118Sony / Columbia
24The Last Stand$93,427-66%239-450$391$11,904,8354Lionsgate
25Flight$58,432-48%115-85$508$93,749,20315Paramount
26Red Dawn (2012)$54,198-37%105-48$516$44,750,61512FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$124,4343%9735$1,283$12,062,57633Fox Searchlight
2ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$95,236--25--$3,809$95,2361UTV Motion Pictures
3Race 2$81,944-71%63-76$1,301$1,524,8773UTV Motion Pictures
4A Royal Affair$63,642-34%37-7$1,720$1,110,19814Magnolia Pictures
5Anna Karenina (2012)$61,504-15%911$676$12,679,18713Focus
6To the Arctic 3D$61,4178%520$1,181$11,169,29343Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Hubble 3D$47,283-1%17-1$2,781$36,272,150152Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Born to Be Wild 3D$43,56776%300$1,452$21,924,34497Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Space Station 3D$43,103100%30$14,368$87,134,591565IMAX
10Deep Sea 3D$42,350243%73$6,050$45,404,580363Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Gatekeepers$42,071-32%30$14,024$152,5382Sony Pictures Classics
12Killing Them Softly$38,2931281%8784$440$15,003,53711Weinstein Company
1356 Up$37,75043%163$2,359$280,8556First Run Features
14Lost in Thailand$32,206--35--$920$32,2061WAMCR
15Sound City$31,675-50%193$1,667$245,1102Variance Films
16Lore$31,498--6--$5,250$31,4981Music Box Films
17Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$31,171-9%47-3$663$12,495,8658Paramount
18Rust and Bone$29,363-59%51-29$576$1,899,33112Sony Pictures Classics
19Playing For Keeps (2012)$28,161-60%81-67$348$13,081,68110FilmDistrict
20Koch$26,023-26%42$6,506$77,7592Zeitgeist Films
21The Master$23,758-43%291$819$16,247,15922Weinstein Company
22Searching For Sugar Man$20,5553%202$1,028$3,245,67129Sony Pictures Classics
23John Dies at the End$20,364182%97$2,263$45,1823Magnolia / Magnet
24Hitchcock$19,96513%36-8$555$5,924,22412Fox Searchlight
25Taken 2$15,057-56%35-48$430$139,840,85419Fox
26The Sessions$11,712-47%18-11$651$5,933,82817Fox Searchlight
27West of Memphis$10,045-9%102$1,005$117,8047Sony Pictures Classics
28Yossi$8,89653%64$1,483$35,6093Strand Releasing
29A Late Quartet$8,813-43%120$734$1,514,02915Entertainment One / RKO
30Frankenweenie$6,727-72%20-39$336$35,280,41819Disney
31The Sorcerer and the White Snake$5,530--5--$1,106$5,5301Magnolia / Magnet
32The Waiting Room$5,242355%42$1,311$194,64020International Film Circuit
33Pitch Perfect$3,895-72%15-26$260$64,998,36820Universal
34Night Across the Street$3,248--1--$3,248$3,2481Cinema Guild
35Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$3,138-6%10$3,138$25,1723Music Box Films
36Under the Sea 3D$3,118-51%80$390$32,539,408209Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Beware of Mr. Baker$2,935-58%3-4$978$106,91411SnagFilms
385 Broken Cameras$2,62843%74$375$89,50137Kino Lorber
39Let My People Go!$1,787--2--$894$11,0615Zeitgeist Films
40Masquerade (2012)$1,752--4--$438$909,69021CJ Entertainment
41Brief Reunion$1,674--1--$1,674$5,8914Striped Entertainment
42The House I Live In$1,626-60%32$542$210,75219Abramorama
43Any Day Now$1,576-4%50$315$179,9039Music Box Films
44The Other Son$1,546-32%3-1$515$1,249,71916Cohen Media Group
45LUV$1,504-72%3-5$501$156,2514Indomina Media
46Step Up to the Plate$1,238362%21$619$44,98522Cinema Guild
47Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder$1,197--1--$1,197$1,1971First Run Features
48The Invisible War$996--1--$996$66,16734Cinedigm
49Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$994-89%10$994$11,5832First Run Features
50Neighboring Sounds$914-40%10$914$52,04225Cinema Guild
51Clandestine Childhood$880--2--$440$9,0175Film Movement
52Port of Shadows (2012 re-issue)$611--1--$611$26,76522Rialto Pictures
53Nothing But a Man (2012 re-issue)$443--1--$443$9,24814APD/Cinema Conservancy
54Wagner & Me$242246%10$242$35,41610First Run Features