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. 31 - Sun, Feb. 2

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$12,035,720-43%2,867108$4,198$92,698,4703Universal
2Frozen (2013)$8,933,513-2%2,754-3$3,244$359,635,84211Disney
3That Awkward Moment$8,742,109--2,809--$3,112$8,742,1091Focus
4The Nut Job$7,278,450-40%3,4720$2,096$49,911,4453Open Road
5Lone Survivor$7,096,330-45%3,285123$2,160$104,789,8866Universal
6Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$5,310,447-42%2,907-480$1,827$38,878,4173Paramount
7Labor Day (2013)$5,175,282--2,584--$2,003$5,175,2821Paramount
8American Hustle$4,160,234-41%2,216-88$1,877$133,481,4138Sony / Columbia
9I, Frankenstein$3,754,423-56%2,7530$1,364$14,724,4932Lionsgate
10The Wolf of Wall Street$3,400,780-38%1,607-197$2,116$103,927,5416Paramount
11August: Osage County$2,952,698-41%2,319-92$1,273$31,580,8446Weinstein Company
12Gravity$2,022,0280%1,132-128$1,786$263,989,37418Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$1,442,164-29%1,172-59$1,231$45,850,55916Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$1,363,086-33%1,052-58$1,296$22,542,48614Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$1,069,136-49%1,075-585$995$81,042,1138Disney
16Devil's Due$1,034,167-63%1,290-1254$802$14,790,0353Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,235,102-42%933-352$1,324$254,264,9168Warner Bros. / New Line
2Her (2013)$1,189,397-48%803-522$1,481$21,236,9137Warner Bros.
3Nebraska$1,142,673-26%875-93$1,306$13,659,57112Paramount Vantage
4Philomena$965,107-10%56762$1,702$27,380,35311Weinstein Company
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$940,092-39%822-229$1,144$421,408,63611Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$532,267-57%598-773$890$17,961,4074Lionsgate / Summit
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$348,294-43%410-130$849$56,887,1826Fox
8The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$329,505--105--$3,138$329,5051ShortsHD
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$319,676-61%420-404$761$124,411,1297Paramount
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$307,185-55%347-38$885$1,192,3312Roadside Attractions
11Inside Llewyn Davis$291,294-43%214-75$1,361$12,473,5339CBS Films
12Walking With Dinosaurs$222,345-8%323-7$688$34,969,5877Fox
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$176,589-34%220-22$803$119,112,92419Sony / Columbia
14Jai Ho$176,214-79%1950$904$1,187,2662Eros International
15Captain Phillips$175,590-44%245-57$717$106,545,33817Sony / Columbia
16The Invisible Woman$156,462-40%136-17$1,150$860,2866Sony Pictures Classics
17The Book Thief$146,398-31%178-19$822$20,762,25213Fox
1847 Ronin$137,515-46%174-65$790$38,297,3056Universal
19Delivery Man$109,271201%173116$632$30,257,07811Disney / DreamWorks
20Thor: The Dark World$105,227-37%121-32$870$204,674,79013Disney
21Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$95,15991%16331$584$52,433,3968Lionsgate
22Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$80,064-73%150-377$534$32,286,4975Paramount
23Grudge Match$66,069-35%241-3$274$29,342,8086Warner Bros.
24Free Birds$59,969-37%135-36$444$55,520,08514Relativity Media
25Last Vegas$43,431-48%104-55$418$63,834,48514CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$169,285200%2926$5,837$247,6942Roadside Attractions
2The Saratov Approach$117,65897%8443$1,401$1,917,27817Purdie Distribution
3The Great Beauty$113,987-3%521$2,192$1,637,18912Janus Films
4The Past$109,3386%4916$2,231$674,4777Sony Pictures Classics
5Tim's Vermeer$49,777--4--$12,444$70,7541Sony Pictures Classics
6Journey to the South Pacific$48,091-15%120$4,008$288,11410IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
712 O'Clock Boys$44,108--21--$2,100$44,1081Oscilloscope
8Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$37,218-23%77-25$483$8,141,08510Weinstein Company
9Stranger By the Lake$36,56632%75$5,224$75,1652Strand Releasing
10At Middleton$33,768--20--$1,688$33,7681Anchor Bay / Freestyle
11Hubble 3D$27,878-32%172$1,640$42,334,106203Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Blue Jasmine$18,200-43%28-8$650$33,230,07328Sony Pictures Classics
13Like Father, Like Son (2014)$17,153-21%84$2,144$75,5483IFC Films
14Space Station 3D$16,719-19%30$5,573$89,970,849616IMAX
15All Is Lost$12,085-30%25-5$483$6,244,28516Roadside Attractions
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$11,812-67%52-49$227$116,624,13425Weinstein Company
17Out of the Furnace$7,919-63%36-38$220$11,326,8369Relativity Media
18Visitors$7,325-19%54$1,465$18,2492Cinedigm
19The Best Offer$7,006-54%10-5$701$56,4955IFC Films
20Peter Brook: The Tightrope$6,768--1--$6,768$10,3011First Run Features
21Knights of Badassdom$6,371-63%11-2$579$68,6802eOne Films US
22Born to Be Wild 3D$5,84711%9-2$650$23,155,250148Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Blue Is the Warmest Color$5,622-30%6-1$937$2,172,79115IFC Films
24To the Arctic 3D$5,4305%112$494$13,787,50894Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Love Is in the Air$4,937--6--$823$4,9371Focus World
26The Jewish Cardinal$3,578--1--$3,578$20,9354Film Movement
27Generation War$3,486-60%40$872$30,9923Music Box Films
28American Mustang$2,916-37%21$1,458$16,4593Vitagraph / Just Media
29A Touch of Sin$2,873-15%3-2$958$151,93818Kino Lorber
30Under the Sea 3D$2,725-18%3-1$908$33,731,799260Warner Bros. / IMAX
31The Wait$1,878--3--$626$2,1095Monterey Media
32Fire in the Blood$1,3672341%21$684$23,87322International Film Circuit
33The Armstrong Lie$1,309-75%1-3$1,309$377,47913Sony Pictures Classics
3420 Feet from Stardom$1,060-51%3-1$353$4,837,14234RADiUS-TWC
35Big Bad Wolves$1,055-73%70$151$20,4113Magnolia / Magnet
36Cutie and the Boxer$1,015217%2-1$508$192,04725RADiUS-TWC
37Run & Jump$1,000-75%1-1$1,000$6,5692IFC Films
38Muscle Shoals$9731%5-1$195$687,69419Magnolia Pictures
39The Act of Killing$97169%32$324$473,45729Drafthouse Films
40Kill Your Darlings$858-74%2-5$429$1,021,38116Sony Pictures Classics
41Maidentrip$723-90%1-3$723$33,0677First Run Features
42Sweet Dreams (2013)$717--2--$359$31,00014International Film Circuit
43Mercedes Sosa: The Voice of Latin America$499-65%10$499$2,3462First Run Features
44Short Term 12$31316%2-1$157$1,009,68524Cinedigm
45Trouble Every Day (2013 re-issue)$155--1--$155$7,80117The Film Desk
46Inequality for All$124-96%2-7$62$1,201,91219RADiUS-TWC
47People of a Feather$92--1--$92$5,65113First Run Features
48The Rocket (2013)$75-95%1-4$75$18,8044Kino Lorber