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, Sep. 20 - Sun, Sep. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$20,817,053--3,260--$6,386$20,817,0531Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$13,801,818-66%3,155106$4,375$60,157,0782FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$7,000,722-50%3,0910$2,265$25,641,2442Relativity Media
4Battle of the Year$4,603,177--2,008--$2,292$4,603,1771Sony / Screen Gems
5We're the Millers$4,558,271-16%3,003-235$1,518$138,064,5687Warner Bros. / New Line
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,193,123-24%2,931-308$1,431$106,341,2376Weinstein Company
7Riddick$3,656,620-47%3,022-95$1,210$37,164,9103Universal
8Planes$2,709,736-13%2,446-293$1,108$86,392,0297Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,776,271-6%1,473-165$1,206$64,248,0827Fox
10Elysium$1,466,321-30%1,392-328$1,053$90,790,0307Sony / TriStar
11Despicable Me 2$1,360,4206%1,004-2$1,355$360,730,82012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$1,130,536-54%1,706-594$663$28,450,5264Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$650,370-42%1,047-529$621$30,654,9015Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$5,396,68811%97845$5,518$33,958,4134Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$3,093,998--318--$9,730$3,093,9981Warner Bros.
3Blue Jasmine$1,212,206-25%847-146$1,431$29,605,7019Sony Pictures Classics
4The World's End$716,329-45%833-410$860$25,223,6425Focus
52 Guns$650,480-25%752-156$865$74,468,1458Universal
6Thanks for Sharing$536,591--269--$1,995$536,5911Roadside Attractions
7The Smurfs 2$533,021-16%596-97$894$69,583,6928Sony / Columbia
8The Wolverine$458,114-19%462-78$992$130,884,9169Fox
9The Conjuring$417,477-30%561-115$744$136,625,07510Warner Bros. / New Line
10Turbo$408,594-5%333-20$1,227$81,637,92910Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Spectacular Now$383,070-46%571-199$671$6,402,1368A24
12This Is The End$323,754-59%527-806$614$101,099,11415Sony / Columbia
13Monsters University$303,958-16%314-68$968$265,840,98814Disney
14The Heat$274,048-3%310-26$884$158,674,18013Fox
15Grown Ups 2$250,661-15%258-36$972$131,331,96011Sony / Columbia
16The Grandmaster$240,136-50%473-232$508$6,296,5535Weinstein Company
17In a World...$236,044-18%1440$1,639$2,406,2417Roadside Attractions
18Austenland$231,352-30%234-40$989$1,526,0066Sony Pictures Classics
19The Way, Way Back$215,951-26%324-97$667$21,168,56912Fox Searchlight
20Getaway$199,145-71%515-863$387$10,405,9734Warner Bros.
21You're Next$198,226-65%532-578$373$18,317,1355Lionsgate
22World War Z$187,174-41%203-77$922$202,136,14514Paramount
23Salinger$182,218315%138134$1,320$358,1073Weinstein Company
24Pacific Rim$176,108-23%202-52$872$101,453,41411Warner Bros.
25Kick-Ass 2$100,505-60%201-142$500$28,751,7156Universal
26R.I.P.D.$100,415-22%151-13$665$33,592,41510Universal
27Red 2$97,823-24%178-31$550$52,770,87710Lionsgate / Summit
28The Ultimate Life$96,442-60%184-228$524$1,261,3543High Top Releasing
29The Lone Ranger$94,751-28%138-58$687$89,146,11012Disney
30Jobs$90,353-53%152-87$594$16,052,6286Open Road
31Now You See Me$81,145-36%133-38$610$117,698,89417Lionsgate / Summit
32Fruitvale Station$43,557-42%103-34$423$15,962,23711Weinstein Company
33Closed Circuit$36,349-83%105-308$346$5,733,3104Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Phata Poster Nikla Hero$260,188--94--$2,768$260,1881Eros International
2Generation Iron$245,000--55--$4,455$245,0001The Vladar Company
3Enough Said$232,800--4--$58,200$286,5341Fox Searchlight
4Rush (2013)$187,289--5--$37,458$187,2891Universal
5Short Term 12$129,071-17%7512$1,721$702,3675Cinedigm
6Grand Masti$73,307-67%640$1,145$362,5602Eros International
7Wadjda$66,56661%96$7,396$204,3942Sony Pictures Classics
8Paranoia$61,15165%8817$695$7,329,4316Relativity Media
9My Lucky Star$47,006--23--$2,044$47,0061China Lion Film
10Hubble 3D$39,74733%141$2,839$40,740,695184Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Drinking Buddies$36,052-33%334$1,092$288,5155Magnolia Pictures
12C.O.G.$32,677--20--$1,634$32,6771Screen Media / Focus World
13Museum Hours$31,62054%191$1,664$460,98413Cinema Guild
14You Will Be My Son$29,14498%2115$1,388$152,5106Cohen Media Group
15The Short Game$28,434--20--$1,422$28,4341Phase 4 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
16Populaire$27,882-27%205$1,394$106,2473Weinstein Company
17Jewtopia$26,371--16--$1,648$26,3711Le Petit Canyon Productions
18Chennai Express$21,853-28%20-10$1,093$5,294,8537UTV Motion Pictures
19Snake and Mongoose$20,93664%126$1,745$129,2697Rocky Mountain Pictures
20Adore$19,646-69%32-20$614$302,0203Exclusive Media
21Good Ol' Freda$18,51427%114$1,683$51,4423Magnolia Pictures
22Ain't Them Bodies Saints$17,040-43%434$396$371,1776IFC Films
23The Attack$16,451-42%151$1,097$1,700,40914Cohen Media Group
24Still Mine$15,654-36%19-4$824$1,105,79311IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
25Ip Man: The Final Fight$15,514--14--$1,108$15,5141Well Go USA
26Haute Cuisine$15,387--3--$5,129$15,3871Weinstein Company
27Space Station 3D$13,7984%30$4,599$89,017,893597IMAX
28Blackfish$12,965-60%28-16$463$2,019,25410Magnolia Pictures
29Blue Caprice$12,525-7%98$1,392$30,6432IFC Films
30Unfinished Song$12,50459%236$544$1,681,32414Weinstein Company
31The Patience Stone$12,32043%158$821$106,4106Sony Pictures Classics
32Hannah Arendt$11,34566%61$1,891$676,23617Zeitgeist Films
33Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$10,84869%184$603$4,305,58916Roadside Attractions
34Mademoiselle C$10,280-28%71$1,469$33,8532Cohen Media Group
35A Single Shot$10,020--10--$1,002$10,0201Tribeca Film
36To the Arctic 3D$9,96237%11-1$906$13,537,31075Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Born to Be Wild 3D$8,65858%90$962$22,970,546129Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Jerusalem 3D$7,668--1--$7,668$8,6301National Geographic
39Under the Sea 3D$6,27416%80$784$33,608,513241Warner Bros. / IMAX
40When Comedy Went to School$5,919145%84$740$160,8218International Film Circuit
41Before Midnight$5,644-47%10-11$564$8,095,92818Sony Pictures Classics
42Satyagraha$5,359-78%9-26$595$736,8264UTV Motion Pictures
43Afternoon Delight$5,052-85%12-27$421$174,4964The Film Arcade
44Deep Sea 3D$4,696-37%2-6$2,348$45,878,619395Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Renoir$4,434-45%2-1$2,217$2,291,04726IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
46Touchy Feely$4,382-51%50$876$26,9713Magnolia Pictures
47Zaytoun$4,100--2--$2,050$4,1001Strand Releasing
48The Hunt$3,056-51%8-2$382$602,58511Magnolia Pictures
49Prince Avalanche$2,403-62%7-5$343$182,6147Magnolia Pictures
50Fill the Void$2,4011665%97$267$1,770,76718Sony Pictures Classics
51The Act of Killing$2,185-90%11-8$199$431,83510Drafthouse Films
52Drug War$2,147--4--$537$120,8569Variance Films / Well Go USA
53I'm So Excited$2,116-67%90$235$1,355,29213Sony Pictures Classics
54Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$2,101-80%2-1$1,051$20,1782Icarus Films
55Rising From Ashes$2,051-56%3-2$684$31,5378First Run Features
56Passion$1,878-69%4-8$470$91,1864eOne Films US
57Jayne Mansfield's Car$1,858-80%6-5$310$14,2762Anchor Bay Films
58Terms and Conditions May Apply$1,810--4--$453$46,17311Variance Films
59Men at Lunch$1,530--1--$1,530$1,5301First Run Features
60The Wall$1,445-48%1-1$1,445$38,67417Music Box Films
61Savannah$1,195-62%4-2$299$36,7465Ketchup Entertainment
62Spark: A Burning Man Story$1,047--2--$524$120,0596Paladin / Film Buff
63Stories We Tell$984232%51$197$1,597,01020Roadside Attractions
64Love Is All You Need$862-65%3-2$287$1,629,87621Sony Pictures Classics
65Viola$739-56%10$739$17,90011Cinema Guild
66The Trials of Muhammad Ali$718-33%10$718$11,9115Kino Lorber
67M (2013 re-issue)$717--1--$717$35,27428Kino Lorber
68Informant$704-76%20$352$5,1662Music Box Films
69Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$498-48%30$166$105,03012Magnolia Pictures
70Our Nixon$485-81%2-2$243$17,8424Cinedigm
71Free the Mind$482--1--$482$125,44121International Film Circuit
72I Spit on Your Grave 2$441--1--$441$4411Anchor Bay Films
73Computer Chess$367-55%20$184$94,69410Kino Lorber
74Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$366-66%10$366$150,40723Kino Lorber
75Il Futuro$323-87%1-2$323$8,6453Strand Releasing
76Leviathan (2013)$262-37%10$262$74,79430Cinema Guild
77Approaching Midnight$249-1%21$125$2,4854Monterey Media
78Europa Report$232-77%1-3$232$121,3478Magnolia / Magnet
79I Declare War$178-21%32$59$14,5664Drafthouse Films
80Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$170-3%31$57$21,47616Magnolia Pictures
81A Hijacking$163-91%2-1$82$409,43314Magnolia Pictures