'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, Sep. 6 - Sun, Sep. 8

Wide (1000+)

2Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,401,729-44%3,3300$2,523$91,403,1064Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$7,695,027-39%3,4450$2,234$123,613,9315Warner Bros. / New Line
5One Direction: This Is Us$4,046,455-74%2,7350$1,480$23,936,9652Sony / TriStar
6Elysium$3,141,332-51%2,241-298$1,402$85,118,5995Sony / TriStar
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$2,425,539-46%2,045-348$1,186$59,773,3055Fox
8Blue Jasmine$2,347,694-41%1,069-110$2,196$25,108,5807Sony Pictures Classics
9The World's End$2,314,494-54%1,520-33$1,523$21,784,1113Focus
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$2,207,000-60%2,519-599$876$27,851,2043Sony / Screen Gems
11Getaway$2,191,484-51%2,1355$1,026$8,680,1632Warner Bros.
12This Is The End$1,901,8251753%2,1612127$880$98,847,91213Sony / Columbia
13You're Next$1,584,541-61%1,902-535$833$16,907,0323Lionsgate
14Despicable Me 2$1,459,505-47%1,050-234$1,390$357,558,31510Universal
152 Guns$1,409,635-47%1,165-246$1,210$72,077,4206Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Instructions Not Included$8,149,2894%717369$11,366$20,360,8932Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$1,030,576-58%80455$1,282$4,959,0063Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$938,153-62%8700$1,078$5,023,6672Focus
4The Smurfs 2$902,227-54%949-417$951$68,177,4266Sony / Columbia
5The Wolverine$748,594-56%698-290$1,072$129,411,1337Fox
6The Conjuring$722,327-49%716-187$1,009$135,185,9858Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Spectacular Now$682,221-39%41530$1,644$4,775,7366A24
8The Ultimate Life$659,912--412--$1,602$659,9121High Top Releasing
9Kick-Ass 2$635,525-67%662-984$960$28,094,5604Universal
10The Way, Way Back$459,205-38%550-104$835$20,409,13310Fox Searchlight
11Monsters University$452,119-71%596-1293$759$264,989,13612Disney
12World War Z$438,482-65%374-873$1,172$201,359,01912Paramount
13Turbo$429,027-43%358-80$1,198$80,613,7488Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Jobs$409,016-66%502-800$815$15,524,1284Open Road
15Grown Ups 2$374,699-53%355-116$1,055$130,648,7219Sony / Columbia
16The Heat$364,680-46%350-43$1,042$157,896,66611Fox
17Pacific Rim$345,796-56%307-94$1,126$100,860,3909Warner Bros.
18In a World...$280,775-16%10211$2,753$1,669,0325Roadside Attractions
19Now You See Me$194,032-49%205-34$946$117,386,29015Lionsgate / Summit
20The Lone Ranger$193,857-52%231-23$839$88,818,15810Disney
21Red 2$163,584-55%250-11$654$52,443,3148Lionsgate / Summit
23Man of Steel$120,814-58%201-83$601$290,925,47113Warner Bros.
24White House Down$116,547-52%168-38$694$72,997,13811Sony / Columbia
25Fruitvale Station$107,444-44%188-106$572$15,760,4879Weinstein Company
26Iron Man 3$79,236-58%124-36$639$408,992,27219Disney
27Star Trek Into Darkness$59,751-92%106-852$564$228,756,23217Paramount
28Paranoia$57,603-67%178-214$324$7,192,9604Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Austenland$168,091-12%586$2,898$732,2784Sony Pictures Classics
2Adore$119,806--57--$2,102$119,8061Exclusive Media
3Satyagraha$102,986-75%79-4$1,304$673,1372UTV Motion Pictures
4Short Term 12$93,5322%2610$3,597$319,2083Cinedigm
5Salinger$86,956--4--$21,739$86,9561Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$66,095-72%53-40$1,247$5,220,9265UTV Motion Pictures
7Winnie Mandela$61,847--32--$1,933$61,8471RLJ / Image Entertainment
8Afternoon Delight$56,377106%2523$2,255$94,9582The Film Arcade
920 Feet from Stardom$52,293-37%53-5$987$4,488,66513RADiUS-TWC
10Blackfish$42,808-53%60-22$713$1,929,7618Magnolia Pictures
11Drinking Buddies$42,110-7%186$2,339$143,8343Magnolia Pictures
12Ain't Them Bodies Saints$39,119-41%443$889$289,2544IFC Films
13The Attack$35,591-38%16-1$2,224$1,625,70712Cohen Media Group
15Hubble 3D$29,302-57%132$2,254$40,620,839182Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Still Mine$20,86539%205$1,043$1,042,4149IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
17The Internship$16,59317%17-3$976$44,665,96314Fox
18Passion$16,226-52%13-1$1,248$71,8462eOne Films US
19Populaire$15,690--3--$5,230$15,6901Weinstein Company
20The Croods$14,363-70%26-19$552$187,150,63825Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21Space Station 3D$13,122-28%30$4,374$88,958,458595IMAX
22Museum Hours$11,899-45%13-1$915$392,14711Cinema Guild
23Therese (2013)$11,521-45%5-3$2,304$101,9443MPI Pictures
24Unfinished Song$11,23578%214$535$1,647,75412Weinstein Company
25The Hunt$11,2272%110$1,021$585,3669Magnolia Pictures
26Una Noche$10,554-33%61$1,759$65,2333IFC Films
27Before Midnight$10,450-35%16-2$653$8,067,72516Sony Pictures Classics
28When Comedy Went to School$10,137-37%9-3$1,126$148,4176International Film Circuit
29Hannah Arendt$9,9055%80$1,238$650,32915Zeitgeist Films
30The Patience Stone$8,80968%116$801$77,7264Sony Pictures Classics
31I'm So Excited$8,3485%8-3$1,044$1,337,54411Sony Pictures Classics
32Contempt (2013 re-issue)$8,322--1--$8,322$8,3221Rialto Pictures
33Prince Avalanche$8,198-46%14-9$586$163,7275Magnolia Pictures
34To the Arctic 3D$7,832-53%11-2$712$13,512,42373Warner Bros. / IMAX
35You Will Be My Son$7,406-74%4-2$1,852$96,2074Cohen Media Group
36Born to Be Wild 3D$7,295-59%101$730$22,953,198127Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,254126%196$382$4,279,34814Roadside Attractions
38Deep Sea 3D$7,244-39%8-1$906$45,861,867393Warner Bros. / IMAX
39Under the Sea 3D$7,188-59%103$719$33,590,407239Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Good Ol' Freda$6,798--1--$6,798$6,7981Magnolia Pictures
41Love Is All You Need$6,34443%63$1,057$1,622,26619Sony Pictures Classics
42Cutie and the Boxer$6,268-73%7-5$895$124,3874RADiUS-TWC
43Stories We Tell$5,271457%95$586$1,591,10718Roadside Attractions
44Red Obsession$5,060--2--$2,530$5,0601Area23a / FilmBuff
45Hell Baby$4,980--10--$498$4,9801Millennium Entertainment
46The Act of Killing$4,894-50%13-2$376$391,5328Drafthouse Films
47Fire in the Blood$4,856--1--$4,856$4,8561International Film Circuit
48Andre Gregory: Before and After Dinner$4,230--3--$1,410$40,21023Cinema Guild
49Frances Ha$4,067-50%51$813$4,063,23817IFC Films
50Europa Report$3,473143%63$579$118,6006Magnolia / Magnet
51Touchy Feely$3,447--2--$1,724$3,4471Magnolia Pictures
52I Give It a Year$3,30175%40$825$27,9205Magnolia Pictures
53Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$2,98329%31$994$33,42813First Run Features
54Savannah$2,9462%50$589$29,6733Ketchup Entertainment
55Fill the Void$2,754-11%6-1$459$1,764,29616Sony Pictures Classics
56The Bling Ring$2,72446%60$454$5,841,04613A24
57Il Futuro$2,583--1--$2,583$2,5831Strand Releasing
58Our Nixon$2,566-58%2-1$1,283$11,8422Cinedigm
59Out of the Clear Blue Sky$2,344--1--$2,344$2,3441Area23a
60A Hijacking$1,980-43%3-2$660$404,40912Magnolia Pictures
61La Maison de la Radio$1,410--1--$1,410$2,4481Kino Lorber
62Crystal Fairy$1,324-51%7-2$189$190,7049IFC Films
63The Servant (2013 re-issue)$1,322-82%1-1$1,322$36,6687Rialto Pictures
64Rising From Ashes$1,033--2--$517$21,9466First Run Features
65Leviathan (2013)$976--2--$488$73,79228Cinema Guild
66Mud$931-57%4-2$233$21,589,30720Roadside Attractions
67Paradise: Faith$828-8%31$276$5,9593Strand Releasing
68Girl Most Likely$79652%21$398$1,378,4268Roadside Attractions
69Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$674296%54$135$20,41414Magnolia Pictures
70I Declare War$646-93%3-11$215$13,5802Drafthouse Films
71More Than Honey$614169%21$307$69,14313Kino Lorber
72Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$570--2--$285$2,2294First Run Features
73Underdogs (2013)$503-78%10$503$34,8104Freestyle Releasing
74Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$4561371%32$152$102,18210Magnolia Pictures
75The Citizen$368--1--$368$3681Monterey Media
76You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$355--1--$355$17,05814Kino Lorber
77Computer Chess$295-47%10$295$93,0288Kino Lorber
78Free the Mind$279-94%2-2$140$119,66019International Film Circuit
79Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$226--1--$226$111,79421Kino Lorber
80The Trials of Muhammad Ali$136-93%10$136$8,8983Kino Lorber
81Approaching Midnight$91-92%1-5$91$1,8682Monterey Media
82A Band Called Death$65-87%1-1$65$123,98511Drafthouse Films