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, Jan. 3 - Sun, Jan. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$19,575,525-32%3,318-17$5,900$296,691,7297Disney
2Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$18,343,611--2,867--$6,398$18,343,6111Paramount
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$15,675,220-46%3,730-198$4,202$229,059,6424Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Wolf of Wall Street$13,230,353-28%2,55720$5,174$63,125,4672Paramount
5American Hustle$12,404,207-34%2,51811$4,926$87,923,1234Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$10,633,959-46%3,407-100$3,121$108,713,4723Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$8,694,891-35%2,1100$4,121$58,958,2804Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$8,001,717-37%2,92213$2,738$45,470,9542Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$7,051,309-30%2,143-172$3,290$407,139,6997Lionsgate
10Grudge Match$5,325,423-24%2,85618$1,865$24,835,4802Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$5,057,215-49%2,6901$1,880$32,687,6802Universal
12Walking With Dinosaurs$3,740,592-49%2,560-683$1,461$31,344,1853Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,912,311-58%1,474-314$1,976$50,227,2774Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,055,769-53%1,01035$1,045$7,061,5876Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$573,566-71%1,0370$553$5,962,9822Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,442,960-18%607-120$2,377$19,586,3117Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$1,078,455-14%156-5$6,913$6,890,8055CBS Films
3Nebraska$618,248-16%240-10$2,576$7,003,2968Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$529,211-14%329-152$1,609$19,091,8199Fox
5Gravity$477,241-6%165-10$2,892$255,621,66714Warner Bros.
6Thor: The Dark World$476,507-25%291-28$1,637$203,449,2049Disney
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$440,528-14%278-25$1,585$117,614,23715Sony / Columbia
812 Years a Slave$328,744-12%151-3$2,177$38,472,08612Fox Searchlight
9Dhoom 3$310,734-71%138-82$2,252$7,846,8723Yash Raj Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$303,6559%1284$2,372$16,300,84310Focus
11Ender's Game$220,537-18%242-7$911$61,656,84910Lionsgate / Summit
12Free Birds$210,161-7%25310$831$54,894,52510Relativity Media
13Last Vegas$198,965-21%25736$774$63,112,31810CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$174,804-25%220-37$795$101,625,44411Paramount
15Captain Phillips$121,032-14%105-6$1,153$104,834,73413Sony / Columbia
16The Best Man Holiday$105,935-51%13010$815$70,492,6858Universal
17Lee Daniels' The Butler$101,351334%13399$762$116,293,66221Weinstein Company
18Delivery Man$97,687-18%1459$674$29,866,4387Disney / DreamWorks
19Despicable Me 2$96,640-25%151-14$640$367,956,73527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$722,76511%470$15,378$2,987,7413Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$139,915-22%50$27,983$481,6842Weinstein Company
3The Great Beauty$89,53928%431$2,082$948,9068Janus Films
4Lone Survivor$84,857-7%20$42,429$326,6852Universal
5Hubble 3D$58,764-66%9-1$6,529$42,031,656199Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Escape Plan$50,093-27%84-23$596$25,063,55512Lionsgate / Summit
7All Is Lost$46,629-28%714$657$6,047,20712Roadside Attractions
8Space Station 3D$42,951167%2-1$21,476$89,779,230612IMAX
9The Past$34,8642%50$6,973$154,9193Sony Pictures Classics
10Personal Tailor$28,913-47%90$3,213$343,1293China Lion Film
11Blue Is the Warmest Color$27,6097%240$1,150$2,066,03411IFC Films
12The Invisible Woman$27,136-15%41$6,784$113,8252Sony Pictures Classics
13Out of the Furnace$23,087-44%59-43$391$11,187,5365Relativity Media
14Enough Said$21,264-12%23-4$925$17,497,66916Fox Searchlight
15Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$20,681-21%39-14$530$68,518,21022Fox
16The Saratov Approach$20,44418%162$1,278$1,573,12413Purdie Distribution
17Blue Jasmine$19,517-8%20-3$976$33,053,13324Sony Pictures Classics
18Kill Your Darlings$18,136-17%25-3$725$989,07412Sony Pictures Classics
19Journey to the South Pacific$7,703-61%41$1,926$78,7416IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
20To the Arctic 3D$7,027-28%6-2$1,171$13,745,67590Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Bettie Page Reveals All$6,71619%72$959$81,7767Music Box Films
22The Armstrong Lie$6,171-23%151$411$345,8919Sony Pictures Classics
23Interior. Leather Bar.$5,218--1--$5,218$5,2181Strand Releasing
24Wadjda$5,187-27%10-6$519$1,411,02817Sony Pictures Classics
25Under the Sea 3D$5,077-29%41$1,269$33,713,828256Warner Bros. / IMAX
26The Punk Singer$4,52826%133$348$115,8146IFC Films
27The Counselor$4,088-33%21-3$195$16,960,22411Fox
28Black Nativity$3,730-69%15-9$249$7,012,3166Fox Searchlight
2920 Feet from Stardom$3,660-25%4-4$915$4,821,58130RADiUS-TWC
30Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?$3,544-51%130$273$132,4097IFC Films
31Born to Be Wild 3D$3,448-9%3-1$1,149$23,125,926144Warner Bros. / IMAX
32Don Jon$3,204-21%21-10$153$24,475,19315Relativity Media
33The Family (2013)$2,973-33%19-10$156$36,917,73017Relativity Media
34The Selfish Giant$2,912126%63$485$10,5313IFC Films
35The Best Offer$2,595--1--$2,595$2,5951IFC Films
36Muscle Shoals$2,188-11%5-2$438$671,81015Magnolia Pictures
37The Act of Killing$1,94575%42$486$461,77725Drafthouse Films
38Beyond Outrage$1,938--1--$1,938$1,9381Magnolia / Magnet
39Museum Hours$1,672--2--$836$553,73628Cinema Guild
40I Am Divine$1,064-62%2-2$532$63,66113The Film Collaborative
41Paradise: Hope$841--3--$280$5,9425Strand Releasing
42The Last Days on Mars$5051%21$253$23,3765Magnolia / Magnet
43Short Term 12$477--1--$477$1,008,98420Cinedigm
44Inequality for All$475-65%43$119$1,192,89115RADiUS-TWC
45Here Comes the Devil$322-47%20$161$3,2714Magnolia / Magnet
46The Wait$161--1--$161$1611Monterey Media
47Sweet Dreams (2013)$101--1--$101$25,59110International Film Circuit