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, May. 10 - Sun, May. 12

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$72,525,615-58%4,2530$17,053$284,946,6992Disney
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$50,085,184--3,535--$14,168$50,085,1841Warner Bros.
3Pain and Gain$5,001,029-33%3,30316$1,514$41,609,2293Paramount
4Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$4,611,534--2,041--$2,259$4,611,5341Lionsgate
542 (2013)$4,588,209-24%2,930-415$1,566$84,670,0885Warner Bros.
6Oblivion (2013)$4,114,665-27%2,770-660$1,485$81,906,2804Universal
7The Croods$3,609,028-14%2,650-265$1,362$173,224,5058Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Big Wedding$2,490,362-36%2,298-335$1,084$18,278,0533Lionsgate
9Scary Movie 5$675,942-53%1,007-850$671$30,613,9725Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$2,538,59917%852276$2,980$8,558,5783Roadside Attractions
2Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,078,233-49%774-386$1,393$230,260,55310Disney
3Olympus Has Fallen$741,518-38%836-796$887$96,619,1428FilmDistrict
4The Place Beyond the Pines$705,333-45%669-493$1,054$20,008,8697Focus
5Jurassic Park 3D$633,935-29%653-327$971$44,752,8456Universal
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$607,403-52%750-1054$810$119,764,2947Paramount
7The Company You Keep$400,501-43%394-147$1,017$4,130,7516Sony Pictures Classics
8Evil Dead$291,266-53%443-516$657$53,756,7746Sony / TriStar
9Jack the Giant Slayer$247,325-16%281-54$880$64,482,91311Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$192,585-6%279-21$690$133,714,59014Universal
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$186,995-55%278-226$673$51,699,4947Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$156,4523%30111$520$26,366,0367Open Road
13The Sapphires$137,879-6%118-5$1,168$1,837,7698Weinstein Company
14Home Run$131,1872%131-33$1,001$2,722,6414IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
15Silver Linings Playbook$123,892-38%323-145$384$131,927,47526Weinstein Company
16Snitch (2013)$117,126-14%188-27$623$42,687,50612Lionsgate / Summit
17Escape From Planet Earth$101,481-18%254-3$400$55,340,71813Weinstein Company
18The Call$92,9840%121-79$768$51,069,3879Sony / TriStar
19Admission$70,97882%15643$455$17,873,5168Focus
20Safe Haven$45,170-40%124-45$364$71,281,71013Relativity Media
21Aftershock (2013)$40,179--110--$365$40,1791RADiUS-TWC
22Side Effects (2013)$35,362-47%108-57$327$32,154,41014Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Go Goa Gone$170,044--92--$1,848$170,0441Eros International
2Renoir$150,2883%8612$1,748$1,291,5767IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
3The Iceman$111,86327%1713$6,580$239,3922Millennium Entertainment
4Kon-Tiki$84,74914%228$3,852$225,4973Weinstein Company
5The Reluctant Fundamentalist$73,819-14%4611$1,605$244,2773IFC Films
6Filly Brown$67,927-60%92-112$738$2,725,7164Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Shootout at Wadala$61,604-71%890$692$338,4332Eros International
8In the House$61,01330%3412$1,795$222,5454Cohen Media Group
9Hubble 3D$54,234-6%16-2$3,390$38,084,656165Warner Bros. / IMAX
10At Any Price$50,94761%5032$1,019$124,5343Sony Pictures Classics
11No One Lives$47,798--53--$902$47,8001Anchor Bay Films
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$44,42312%2319$1,931$106,7802eOne Films US
13To the Arctic 3D$43,9079%520$844$12,445,08056Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$40,516-52%4323$942$142,8852Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Life of Pi$38,928-33%70-29$556$124,817,43025Fox
16The Angels' Share$37,580-4%385$989$217,3945IFC Films
17Love Is All You Need$37,1781%106$3,718$88,1642Sony Pictures Classics
18Quartet$36,143-17%59-27$613$18,158,90318Weinstein Company
19No (2013)$33,6931%39-6$864$2,247,18813Sony Pictures Classics
20From Up on Poppy Hill$29,667-11%37-2$802$897,1119GKIDS
21Stories We Tell$27,053--2--$13,527$27,0531Roadside Attractions
22What Maisie Knew$24,56014%32$8,187$55,7122Millenium Entertainment
23To the Wonder$22,902-37%402$573$505,9485Magnolia Pictures
24Trance$21,836-50%40-46$546$2,268,6926Fox Searchlight
25Under the Sea 3D$21,81521%180$1,212$32,915,557222Warner Bros. / IMAX
26A Good Day to Die Hard$18,449-56%50-22$369$67,323,60813Fox
27Born to Be Wild 3D$16,883-12%300$563$22,616,318110Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Dark Skies$15,3978%290$531$17,387,71112Weinstein / Dimension
29Ginger & Rosa$15,03315%22-2$683$849,1869A24
30Something in the Air$14,1607%107$1,416$35,1622IFC Films
31King's Faith$14,00035%147$1,000$59,2943Waking Giants Entertainment
32The Gatekeepers$13,10320%191$690$2,376,99115Sony Pictures Classics
3321 And Over$12,153-51%37-45$328$25,675,76511Relativity Media
34Hava Nagila (The Movie)$12,098-23%110$1,100$305,77011International Film Circuit
35One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$11,515--1--$11,515$13,5941Zeitgeist Films
36Spring Breakers$11,014-58%16-27$688$14,030,7389A24
37Venus and Serena$10,981--4--$2,745$10,9811Magnolia Pictures
38Space Station 3D$10,465-46%2-3$5,233$87,804,433578IMAX
39Parental Guidance$9,422-29%29-13$325$77,253,08320Fox
40No Place on Earth$7,755-52%10-9$776$139,8936Magnolia Pictures
41The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$7,700-49%6-4$1,283$549,63211Methinx Entertainment
42Sightseers$7,384--2--$3,692$7,3841IFC Films
43Starbuck$6,978-66%9-19$775$3,777,5708eOne Films US
44Blancanieves$6,643-62%11-4$604$236,3947Cohen Media Group
45Deep Sea 3D$6,54783%53$1,309$45,537,614376Warner Bros. / IMAX
46Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$6,401316%41$1,600$29,3984Kino Lorber
47Lore$6,369-19%6-2$1,062$884,20714Music Box Films
48The Lords of Salem$5,942-75%15-35$396$1,163,5084Anchor Bay Films
49Room 237$5,518-60%22-6$251$259,7657IFC Midnight
50Emperor$5,374-36%10-10$537$3,319,35610Roadside Attractions
51Not Today$5,27937%52$1,056$159,1305Freestyle Releasing
52Arthur Newman$5,204-60%10-25$520$202,1933Cinedigm
53Post Tenebras Lux$4,8013%10$4,801$16,6222Strand Releasing
54Searching For Sugar Man$4,63849%7-2$663$3,662,32242Sony Pictures Classics
55Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$4,232-48%3-1$1,411$58,2924Kino Lorber
56Storm Surfers 3D$4,06232%31$1,354$19,7953XLrator Media
57Kiss of the Damned$4,03148%75$576$8,6492Magnolia / Magnet
58Girl Rising$4,0003%6324$63$1,148,29710Gathr Films
59The Painting (2013)$3,627--1--$3,627$3,6271GKIDS
60Tai Chi Hero$3,035-39%2-3$1,518$27,4953Well Go USA
61A Place at the Table$2,69833%5-2$540$230,52211Magnolia Pictures
62Sound City$2,411--3--$804$411,32215Variance Films
63Free the Mind$2,365-81%21$1,183$18,4422International Film Circuit
64An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$2,027-55%20$1,014$21,7743Variance Films
65Leonie$1,815-30%3-1$605$52,1789Monterey Media
66Leviathan (2013)$1,750196%42$438$56,87911Cinema Guild
6756 Up$1,739-32%31$580$693,93019First Run Features
68Camp (2013)$1,568-77%3-9$523$314,95812Freestyle Releasing
69Django Unchained$1,534-65%5-7$307$162,804,64820Weinstein Company
70Amour$1,498-50%4-7$375$6,738,95421Sony Pictures Classics
71Gimme the Loot$1,245-25%6-4$208$97,7688IFC Films
72Dead Man's Burden$1,020-87%10$1,020$9,8142Cinedigm
73Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary$968-62%21$484$35,80615First Run Features
74Koch$884-3%1-1$884$339,81215Zeitgeist Films
75M (2013 re-issue)$742--1--$742$27,8429Kino Lorber
76The Silence$663-66%21$332$83,00910Music Box Films
77The Waiting Room$375--1--$375$244,09233International Film Circuit
78Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$370-24%10$370$30,8026Cinema Guild
79Fists of Legend$88-96%1-2$88$134,0655CJ Entertainment
80Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation$85--1--$85$22,56017Kino Lorber
81A Fierce Green Fire$63-96%10$63$29,57011First Run Features