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, Jun. 28 - Sun, Jun. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$45,607,745-45%4,0040$11,391$170,433,1932Disney
2The Heat$39,115,043--3,181--$12,296$39,115,0431Fox
3World War Z$29,774,625-55%3,6070$8,255$123,696,9192Paramount
4White House Down$24,852,258--3,222--$7,713$24,852,2581Sony / Columbia
5Man of Steel$20,737,490-50%4,131-76$5,020$248,577,5963Warner Bros.
6This Is The End$8,700,827-35%2,710-345$3,211$74,681,8363Sony / Columbia
7Now You See Me$5,612,267-29%2,564-259$2,189$104,792,8585Lionsgate / Summit
8Fast & Furious 6$2,448,995-50%1,550-867$1,580$233,351,7656Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$2,130,203-33%1,035-530$2,058$220,591,0707Paramount
10The Internship$1,431,710-58%1,008-908$1,420$41,711,7964Fox
11The Purge$1,228,595-66%1,122-1079$1,095$62,791,3154Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$1,361,149-38%540-384$2,521$405,393,2059Disney
2The Bling Ring$837,045-58%630-20$1,329$4,350,3503A24
3Epic$820,608-54%774-1220$1,060$103,010,1336Fox
4Before Midnight$635,468-29%290-151$2,191$5,712,7596Sony Pictures Classics
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$575,818-24%22216$2,594$2,607,6594Roadside Attractions
6The Croods$467,171-7%307-17$1,522$184,419,44115Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Great Gatsby (2013)$387,391-36%255-107$1,519$142,376,0678Warner Bros.
8The Hangover Part III$346,906-52%277-253$1,252$110,707,3356Warner Bros.
9After Earth$323,297-66%331-835$977$58,247,3675Sony / Columbia
10The East$255,504-30%185-10$1,381$1,640,5685Fox Searchlight
11Mud$205,229-34%168-45$1,222$20,570,15410Roadside Attractions
12Raanjhanaa$193,572-53%1020$1,898$756,2332Eros International
1342 (2013)$185,330-28%252-73$735$94,565,75812Warner Bros.
14The Big Wedding$129,68178%101-40$1,284$21,805,33410Lionsgate
15Olympus Has Fallen$102,368-19%165-12$620$98,770,22015FilmDistrict
16Oz: The Great and Powerful$102,214-45%187-46$547$234,770,99617Disney
17Scary Movie 5$88,3366%122-12$724$31,814,07112Weinstein / Dimension
18G.I. Joe: Retaliation$71,983-21%118-21$610$122,400,46614Paramount
19Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$54,501-59%1610$339$3,745,2435Eros International
20Escape From Planet Earth$30,425-30%101-37$301$56,852,48420Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
120 Feet from Stardom$232,313260%4438$5,280$415,1923RADiUS-TWC
2Fill the Void$183,237-2%6115$3,004$911,4126Sony Pictures Classics
3Ghanchakkar$143,616--89--$1,614$143,6161UTV Motion Pictures
4The Attack$136,474398%3633$3,791$178,8542Cohen Media Group
5Frances Ha$115,160-34%90-48$1,280$3,437,2687IFC Films
6I'm So Excited$97,328--5--$19,466$97,3281Sony Pictures Classics
7Unfinished Song$92,256259%1917$4,856$131,8232Weinstein Company
8The Kings of Summer$84,548-35%48-17$1,761$925,1785CBS Films
9Hubble 3D$73,68314%150$4,912$39,082,561172Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Copperhead$55,625--59--$943$55,6251Brainstorm Media
11Love Is All You Need$51,129-19%42-2$1,217$1,372,3989Sony Pictures Classics
12A Hijacking$45,36315%158$3,024$105,5432Magnolia Pictures
13Dirty Wars$44,754-1%3111$1,444$275,2244IFC Films
14To the Arctic 3D$39,07458%520$751$12,928,01863Warner Bros. / IMAX
15A Band Called Death$34,839--15--$2,323$34,8391Drafthouse Films
16Renoir$29,15547%20-3$1,458$2,155,96314IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
17Stories We Tell$28,203-33%23-10$1,226$1,385,3448Roadside Attractions
18Kon-Tiki$27,995-40%34-19$823$1,362,63410Weinstein Company
19Hannah Arendt$21,85113%92$2,428$229,3095Zeitgeist Films
20Under the Sea 3D$21,63432%8-2$2,704$33,135,419229Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Born to Be Wild 3D$20,6119%300$687$22,896,869117Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Redemption (2013)$19,977--19--$1,051$19,9771Roadside Attractions
23What Maisie Knew$18,135-43%18-15$1,008$995,8819Millenium Entertainment
24The Company You Keep$17,764-47%41-24$433$5,077,74113Sony Pictures Classics
25SOMM$17,367-38%94$1,930$153,6202IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
26Space Station 3D$16,829-2%3-4$5,610$88,151,618585IMAX
27Byzantium$16,643--6--$2,774$16,6431IFC Films
28The Sapphires$14,998-22%18-11$833$2,393,08215Weinstein Company
29Not Today$11,963270%52$2,393$309,55012Freestyle Releasing
30Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$11,041676%95$1,227$87,97211Kino Lorber
31Pain and Gain$10,784-56%26-24$415$49,359,97310Paramount
32Lost and Found in Armenia$6,698-12%21$3,349$117,1914High Top Releasing
33Maniac$5,7854%109$579$12,8432IFC Midnight
34Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,734-5%70$676$352,99318International Film Circuit
35Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$4,690--1--$4,690$32,35811Rialto Pictures
36Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$4,539433%20$2,270$117,35811Kino Lorber
37Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$4,412-31%6-2$735$497,8829eOne Films US
38Shadow Dancer$4,239-51%4-6$1,060$87,6745Magnolia Pictures
39Deep Sea 3D$4,161-30%2-4$2,081$45,633,127383Warner Bros. / IMAX
40An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$4,007-6%2-1$2,004$57,92110Variance Films
41At Any Price$3,87676%50$775$361,41810Sony Pictures Classics
42The Iceman$3,863-44%5-7$773$1,930,2829Millennium Entertainment
43Life of Pi$3,4472%10-6$345$124,975,03032Fox
44100 Bloody Acres$3,419--13--$263$3,4191Doppelgänger Releasing
45Free the Mind$3,334595%31$1,111$74,7659International Film Circuit
46The English Teacher$2,698-41%10$2,698$60,1667Cinedigm
47Augustine$2,367-69%4-5$592$62,7617Music Box Films
48Berberian Sound Studio$2,320-61%10-1$232$24,3163IFC Midnight
49Downloaded$1,785-29%20$893$4,7652Abramorama
50The Silence$1,744133%21$872$94,24417Music Box Films
51Pandora's Promise$1,454-60%3-2$485$43,7323Abramorama
52Fukrey$1,438-88%570$25$124,2213Eros International
53Detention of the Dead$1,332--2--$666$1,3321Anchor Bay Films
54Lore$1,146-40%10$1,146$968,87921Music Box Films
55Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$1,144-57%3-1$381$11,3894Magnolia Pictures
56Made in Cleveland$1,076-68%3-2$359$9,8742Striped Entertainment
57Bidder 70$1,000--4--$250$4,8097First Run Features
58To the Wonder$940-57%4-1$235$583,98412Magnolia Pictures
59The Wall$843-10%1-1$843$17,0435Music Box Films
60No Place on Earth$780-75%2-1$390$190,39113Magnolia Pictures
61In the Fog$676-63%1-1$676$7,4713Strand Releasing
62Searching For Sugar Man$446-35%1-1$446$3,688,45849Sony Pictures Classics
63The Stroller Strategy$265--1--$265$3,2553Rialto Premieres
64Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$149-97%1-16$149$6,7812High Top Releasing