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, May. 3 - Sun, May. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$174,144,585--4,253--$40,946$174,144,5851Disney
2Pain and Gain$7,511,315-63%3,28710$2,285$33,830,3902Paramount
342 (2013)$6,055,327-43%3,345-60$1,810$78,181,0974Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$5,642,335-68%3,430-362$1,645$75,814,2503Universal
5The Croods$4,202,639-38%2,915-368$1,442$168,720,7987Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Big Wedding$3,881,857-49%2,6330$1,474$14,216,4222Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,113,00917%1,160-450$1,822$228,858,9419Disney
8Scary Movie 5$1,441,360-58%1,857-876$776$29,609,6684Weinstein / Dimension
9The Place Beyond the Pines$1,280,152-53%1,162-422$1,102$18,676,7926Focus
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,270,094-66%1,804-903$704$118,752,4106Paramount
11Olympus Has Fallen$1,194,650-58%1,632-702$732$95,374,5297FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,161,801-2%576213$3,753$5,169,6992Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$896,750-62%980-868$915$43,756,7355Universal
3The Company You Keep$703,465-39%541-266$1,300$3,433,1825Sony Pictures Classics
4Evil Dead$614,524-69%959-1227$641$53,200,0135Sony / TriStar
5Tyler Perry's Temptation$411,592-62%504-438$817$51,365,5036Lionsgate
6Jack the Giant Slayer$295,425-30%335-30$882$64,151,56510Warner Bros. / New Line
7Identity Thief$204,010-42%300-125$680$133,454,40513Universal
8Silver Linings Playbook$198,5480%468107$424$131,703,51225Weinstein Company
9Filly Brown$170,666-69%204-55$837$2,605,0903Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Host (2013)$151,722-60%290-321$523$26,143,8196Open Road
11The Sapphires$146,610-18%123-3$1,192$1,636,0927Weinstein Company
12Snitch (2013)$136,017-27%215-37$633$42,524,31311Lionsgate / Summit
13Home Run$128,217-72%164-206$782$2,549,0563IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Escape From Planet Earth$123,640-24%257-26$481$55,210,40212Weinstein Company
15The Call$92,740-71%200-313$464$50,934,4378Sony / TriStar
16Safe Haven$75,723-44%169-90$448$71,210,28912Relativity Media
17Side Effects (2013)$66,16338%16557$401$32,086,04113Open Road
18Warm Bodies$60,294-40%140-50$431$66,359,95914Lionsgate / Summit
19Admission$38,966-66%113-166$345$17,783,1997Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shootout at Wadala$212,346--89--$2,386$212,3461Eros International
2Renoir$146,02519%7411$1,973$1,073,0106IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
3The Iceman$87,946--4--$21,987$87,9461Millennium Entertainment
4The Reluctant Fundamentalist$86,225179%3532$2,464$129,9792IFC Films
5Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$83,586--20--$4,179$83,5861Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Kon-Tiki$74,097234%1412$5,293$107,2732Weinstein Company
7Life of Pi$58,448-27%99-32$590$124,757,30924Fox
8Hubble 3D$58,00112%183$3,222$37,959,926164Warner Bros. / IMAX
9In the House$47,02662%2213$2,138$137,8043Cohen Media Group
10Trance$44,099-61%86-71$513$2,219,6365Fox Searchlight
11Quartet$43,499-47%86-44$506$18,096,07717Weinstein Company
12A Good Day to Die Hard$41,742-12%72-50$580$67,294,33812Fox
13To the Arctic 3D$40,465-29%520$778$12,368,20855Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$39,630--4--$9,908$39,6301eOne Films US
15The Angels' Share$39,03812%337$1,183$163,7984IFC Films
16Love Is All You Need$36,746--4--$9,187$36,7461Sony Pictures Classics
17To the Wonder$36,444-49%38-22$959$463,2974Magnolia Pictures
18No (2013)$33,452-51%45-29$743$2,196,83112Sony Pictures Classics
19From Up on Poppy Hill$33,278-39%39-5$853$854,0188GKIDS
20The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$32,544-52%82-103$397$22,525,9218Warner Bros. / New Line
21At Any Price$31,67597%1814$1,760$60,8612Sony Pictures Classics
22Spring Breakers$26,483-49%43-29$616$14,000,8118A24
2321 And Over$25,054-63%82-54$306$25,650,58610Relativity Media
24The Lords of Salem$24,212-87%50-230$484$1,143,5413Anchor Bay Films
25Midnight's Children$22,272--10--$2,227$36,5382Paladin/108 Media
26What Maisie Knew$21,480--1--$21,480$21,4801Millenium Entertainment
27Starbuck$20,2666%281$724$3,757,0917eOne Films US
28Space Station 3D$19,35546%52$3,871$87,781,510577IMAX
29Born to Be Wild 3D$19,202-22%300$640$22,570,466109Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Under the Sea 3D$17,9582%18-1$998$32,881,226221Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Blancanieves$17,319-16%153$1,155$219,1026Cohen Media Group
32No Place on Earth$16,296-1%19-8$858$125,4005Magnolia Pictures
33Hava Nagila (The Movie)$15,720106%114$1,429$287,04110International Film Circuit
34The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$15,089-66%10-15$1,509$538,63210Methinx Entertainment
35Dark Skies$14,279-49%29-34$492$17,367,45711Weinstein / Dimension
36Room 237$13,739-31%287$491$247,1706IFC Midnight
37Parental Guidance$13,294-45%42-19$317$77,240,66619Fox
38Something in the Air$13,288--3--$4,429$13,2881IFC Films
39Ginger & Rosa$13,0658%244$544$814,0408A24
40Arthur Newman$13,030-88%35-213$372$190,2552Cinedigm
41Free the Mind$12,215--1--$12,215$12,2151International Film Circuit
42The Gatekeepers$10,902-11%18-4$606$2,347,54414Sony Pictures Classics
43King's Faith$10,381-62%71$1,483$42,3692Waking Giants Entertainment
44Emperor$8,35010%20-6$418$3,309,3039Roadside Attractions
45Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$8,104-15%43$2,026$47,8653Kino Lorber
46Paradise: Love$8,01733%42$2,004$17,3562Strand Releasing
47Lore$7,833-56%8-9$979$874,41613Music Box Films
48Dead Man's Burden$7,620--1--$7,620$7,6201Cinedigm
49Camp (2013)$6,686-86%12-16$557$310,84511Freestyle Releasing
50Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$5,845495%53$1,169$26,7745First Run Features
51Tai Chi Hero$4,986-61%5-2$997$24,4602Well Go USA
52Post Tenebras Lux$4,674--1--$4,674$7,0961Strand Releasing
53An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$4,480-55%20$2,240$17,6762Variance Films
54Django Unchained$4,433-70%12-26$369$162,800,48019Weinstein Company
55Girl Rising$3,870-73%39-33$99$1,097,6579Gathr Films
56Not Today$3,84437%30$1,281$152,8354Freestyle Releasing
57Deep Sea 3D$3,573-24%2-2$1,787$45,525,743375Warner Bros. / IMAX
58Searching For Sugar Man$3,105-41%91$345$3,653,30741Sony Pictures Classics
59Storm Surfers 3D$3,076-58%20$1,538$13,9352XLrator Media
60Amour$3,0040%111$273$6,735,66520Sony Pictures Classics
61Violeta Went to Heaven$2,84480%21$1,422$21,2896Kino Lorber
62Kiss of the Damned$2,723--2--$1,362$2,7231Magnolia / Magnet
63Leonie$2,58424%41$646$48,8268Monterey Media
64Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$2,570--1--$2,570$33,59814First Run Features
6556 Up$2,539-47%2-4$1,270$691,06618First Run Features
66Fists of Legend$2,469-78%3-5$823$133,3894CJ Entertainment
67A Place at the Table$2,026100%70$289$226,35610Magnolia Pictures
68The Silence$1,948740%10$1,948$80,3539Music Box Films
69The Happy House$1,756--1--$1,756$1,7561First Run Features
70Gimme the Loot$1,668-41%103$167$94,7407IFC Films
71Graceland$1,616-88%2-13$808$20,7912Drafthouse Films
725 Broken Cameras$1,604-42%10$1,604$108,54149Kino Lorber
73A Fierce Green Fire$1,5901839%10$1,590$28,48710First Run Features
74Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,538-67%32$513$21,3423Kino Lorber
75Stoker$1,168-52%7-2$167$1,702,27710Fox Searchlight
76Happy People: A Year in the Taiga$1,154-30%2-3$577$336,64815Music Box Films
77Ek Thi Daayan$1,112-94%470$24$111,7303Eros International
78Wrong$1,095-59%4-1$274$45,2096Drafthouse Films
79Koch$911-34%21$456$338,37614Zeitgeist Films
80Hunky Dory$8747%31$291$19,0417Variance Films
81The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$593--2--$297$83028Strand Releasing
82Leviathan (2013)$59240%21$296$54,75510Cinema Guild
83Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$488--1--$488$30,1045Cinema Guild