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, Apr. 26 - Sun, Apr. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pain and Gain$20,244,505--3,277--$6,178$20,244,5051Paramount
2Oblivion (2013)$17,803,425-52%3,7929$4,695$65,090,9252Universal
342 (2013)$10,657,443-40%3,405155$3,130$69,011,8153Warner Bros.
4The Big Wedding$7,591,663--2,633--$2,883$7,591,6631Lionsgate
5The Croods$6,726,918-27%3,283-152$2,049$163,151,7016Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$3,701,825-36%2,707-468$1,368$116,477,9685Paramount
7Scary Movie 5$3,434,451-44%2,733-669$1,257$27,471,3873Weinstein / Dimension
8Olympus Has Fallen$2,863,345-36%2,334-304$1,227$93,171,8176FilmDistrict
9The Place Beyond the Pines$2,727,243-45%1,58442$1,722$16,252,1145Focus
10Jurassic Park 3D$2,374,685-41%1,848-482$1,285$42,065,0604Universal
11Evil Dead$1,986,168-52%2,186-637$909$51,853,9264Sony / TriStar
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,810,606-40%1,610-435$1,125$226,258,7458Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,215,891--363--$6,104$2,215,8911Roadside Attractions
2The Company You Keep$1,152,905191%807723$1,429$2,251,0504Sony Pictures Classics
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,096,599-51%942-463$1,164$50,630,9225Lionsgate
4Filly Brown$557,850-62%25971$2,154$2,302,9412Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Home Run$460,871-71%370-11$1,246$2,290,1712IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Jack the Giant Slayer$420,831100%365110$1,153$63,733,9389Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Host (2013)$379,907-62%611-745$622$25,866,9935Open Road
8Identity Thief$350,610-28%425-55$825$133,160,99012Universal
9The Call$324,055-63%513-464$632$50,727,6887Sony / TriStar
10Silver Linings Playbook$197,626-64%361-506$547$131,422,96824Weinstein Company
11Snitch (2013)$187,024132%25291$742$42,325,85510Lionsgate / Summit
12The Lords of Salem$183,155-72%280-75$654$1,038,4482Anchor Bay Films
13The Sapphires$179,558-30%12612$1,425$1,415,7226Weinstein Company
14Escape From Planet Earth$161,78612%28343$572$55,050,33311Weinstein Company
15Safe Haven$134,035-36%259-66$518$71,088,72311Relativity Media
16Admission$114,603-66%279-206$411$17,692,9046Focus
17Trance$113,194-72%157-286$721$2,119,9914Fox Searchlight
18Arthur Newman$112,788--248--$455$112,7881Cinedigm
19Warm Bodies$101,202-33%190-50$533$66,267,98513Lionsgate / Summit
20Quartet$82,237-47%130-46$633$18,005,35116Weinstein Company
21Life of Pi$80,301-50%131-62$613$124,666,51323Fox
22The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$67,296-57%185-80$364$22,465,8057Warner Bros. / New Line
2321 And Over$67,18471%13686$494$25,594,1659Relativity Media
24Side Effects (2013)$47,956-84%108-537$444$31,994,08912Open Road
25A Good Day to Die Hard$47,404-50%122-48$389$67,234,78111Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Renoir$122,998-13%637$1,952$853,0535IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
2To the Wonder$71,430-34%6011$1,191$381,4593Magnolia Pictures
3No (2013)$68,857-41%74-14$931$2,137,08411Sony Pictures Classics
4To the Arctic 3D$57,15724%520$1,099$12,297,04154Warner Bros. / IMAX
5From Up on Poppy Hill$54,846-26%44-4$1,247$800,7577GKIDS
6Hubble 3D$51,808-13%15-1$3,454$37,832,092163Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Spring Breakers$51,493-50%72-50$715$13,941,2517A24
8Upstream Color$48,530-30%4313$1,129$293,5864ERBP
9Camp (2013)$47,679-3%28-4$1,703$293,35510Freestyle Releasing
10The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$44,610--25--$1,784$515,5169Methinx Entertainment
11Wreck-It Ralph$35,847-32%80-34$448$189,412,67726Disney
12The Angels' Share$34,76610%2611$1,337$107,1243IFC Films
13Monsters, Inc. 3D$32,610-8%26-3$1,254$34,034,16819Disney
14The Reluctant Fundamentalist$30,920--3--$10,307$30,9201IFC Films
15In the House$29,028-8%96$3,225$74,9432Cohen Media Group
16Dark Skies$27,730-59%63-28$440$17,343,77510Weinstein / Dimension
17King's Faith$27,648--6--$4,608$27,6481Waking Giants Entertainment
18Born to Be Wild 3D$24,52743%300$818$22,531,773108Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Parental Guidance$24,155-57%61-29$396$77,221,85718Fox
20Kon-Tiki$22,168--2--$11,084$22,1681Weinstein Company
21Blancanieves$20,676-26%12-15$1,723$191,8055Cohen Media Group
22Room 237$20,026-25%21-6$954$223,6985IFC Midnight
23Ek Thi Daayan$19,986-70%470$425$103,3032Eros International
24Starbuck$19,199-26%27-2$711$3,725,9666eOne Films US
25Lore$17,963-23%17-10$1,057$856,60512Music Box Films
26Under the Sea 3D$17,623-2%192$928$32,850,881220Warner Bros. / IMAX
27No Place on Earth$16,458-3%2711$610$98,5984Magnolia Pictures
28At Any Price$16,095--4--$4,024$22,2871Sony Pictures Classics
29Django Unchained$14,660-62%38-39$386$162,789,43218Weinstein Company
30Girl Rising$14,240-86%72-98$198$1,006,6978Gathr Films
31Space Station 3D$13,234-35%30$4,411$87,735,916576IMAX
32Graceland$13,059--15--$871$13,0591Drafthouse Films
33Tai Chi Hero$12,624--7--$1,803$12,6241Well Go USA
34The Gatekeepers$12,272-59%22-28$558$2,342,24813Sony Pictures Classics
35Ginger & Rosa$12,045-51%20-28$602$785,2267A24
36Fists of Legend$11,368-55%8-10$1,421$126,7713CJ Entertainment
37An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$10,055--2--$5,028$10,0551Variance Films
38Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$9,527-31%10$9,527$34,8562Kino Lorber
39Hava Nagila (The Movie)$7,62076%7-2$1,089$267,9559International Film Circuit
40Emperor$7,599-71%26-38$292$3,295,6288Roadside Attractions
41Storm Surfers 3D$7,299--2--$3,650$7,2991XLrator Media
42Paradise: Love$6,014--2--$3,007$6,0141Strand Releasing
43Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$5,841-44%10$5,841$24,3332Rialto Pictures
44Searching For Sugar Man$5,287-36%8-5$661$3,648,14540Sony Pictures Classics
45On the Road$4,830-63%17-16$284$717,75319IFC Films
4656 Up$4,810-12%61$802$686,32617First Run Features
47Deep Sea 3D$4,69555%42$1,174$45,518,944374Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$4,626-42%10$4,626$18,0772Kino Lorber
49Simon Killer$3,02459%53$605$21,3034IFC Films
50Amour$2,999-62%10-9$300$6,731,55219Sony Pictures Classics
51Not Today$2,813-86%3-17$938$147,6993Freestyle Releasing
52Gimme the Loot$2,809-38%70$401$90,8776IFC Films
535 Broken Cameras$2,785--1--$2,785$106,90248Kino Lorber
54Wrong$2,658598%51$532$43,3115Drafthouse Films
55Stoker$2,450-76%9-19$272$1,698,8959Fox Searchlight
56Leonie$2,086-48%3-6$695$44,2887Monterey Media
57Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$1,994--1--$1,994$18,0028Rialto Pictures
58Settai$1,827-56%1-1$1,827$87,2604UTV Motion Pictures
59A Royal Affair$1,733-73%5-1$347$1,545,72625Magnolia Pictures
60Sound City$1,701--2--$851$404,63513Variance Films
61Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$1,652-73%5-4$330$334,02114Music Box Films
62Violeta Went to Heaven$1,580-41%1-2$1,580$17,8025Kino Lorber
63Koch$1,389-46%1-1$1,389$336,32413Zeitgeist Films
64A Place at the Table$1,014-80%7-4$145$221,1129Magnolia Pictures
65Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$982-78%2-2$491$20,4194First Run Features
66Hunky Dory$814--2--$407$18,0856Variance Films
67The Well-Digger's Daughter$774--1--$774$386,36841Kino Lorber
68If I Were You$700233%10$700$9,2227Kino Lorber
69Kai Po Che$534-42%20$267$1,122,52710UTV Motion Pictures
70Leviathan (2013)$423-75%1-3$423$53,9579Cinema Guild
71Wagner & Me$413--1--$413$37,74521First Run Features
72Herman's House$385-89%21$193$4,5082First Run Features
73The Silence$232-69%1-2$232$78,3638Music Box Films
74Eddie: The Sleepwalking Cannibal$227--1--$227$1,5214Music Box Films
75The Pirogue$165--1--$165$11,16514ArtMattan Productions
76La Playa D.C.$144--1--$144$1441ArtMattan Productions
77A Fierce Green Fire$82-96%1-3$82$26,7899First Run Features