'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, Feb. 14 - Sun, Feb. 16

Wide (1000+)

1The LEGO Movie$49,846,430-28%3,7750$13,204$130,149,3602Warner Bros.
2About Last Night$25,649,011--2,253--$11,384$25,649,0111Sony / Screen Gems
3RoboCop (2014)$21,681,430--3,372--$6,430$26,627,0421Sony / Columbia
4The Monuments Men$15,475,490-30%3,0830$5,020$44,144,1572Sony / Columbia
5Endless Love (2014)$13,307,125--2,896--$4,595$13,307,1251Universal
6Ride Along$8,708,820-9%2,517-283$3,460$116,082,6155Universal
7Winter's Tale$7,297,694--2,965--$2,461$7,297,6941Warner Bros.
8Frozen (2013)$6,226,580-9%2,101-359$2,964$376,417,79413Disney
9Lone Survivor$4,086,435-27%2,013-856$2,030$118,412,6018Universal
10That Awkward Moment$3,480,453-34%1,922-887$1,811$21,543,3993Focus
11American Hustle$2,433,738-21%1,072-568$2,270$141,453,99610Sony / Columbia
12Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$2,232,275-37%1,278-861$1,747$47,679,1365Paramount
13Vampire Academy$1,911,651-51%2,6760$714$6,663,6502Weinstein Company
14The Nut Job$1,838,887-51%1,918-1086$959$57,589,5435Open Road
15Philomena$1,524,44391%1,225721$1,244$30,597,57013Weinstein Company
16Labor Day (2013)$1,250,675-61%1,664-920$752$12,445,2433Paramount
17August: Osage County$883,300-40%1,010-317$875$35,765,1078Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,929,392-25%751-416$2,569$110,675,5248Paramount
2Gravity$1,036,659-38%355-346$2,920$267,958,26920Warner Bros.
3Her (2013)$601,955-18%255-202$2,361$23,310,9459Warner Bros.
412 Years a Slave$562,764-31%386-292$1,458$48,214,74018Fox Searchlight
5Nebraska$540,664-23%324-201$1,669$15,800,78714Paramount Vantage
6The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$535,612-19%326-203$1,643$423,111,43113Lionsgate
7The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$497,509-28%285-252$1,746$256,122,88610Warner Bros. / New Line
8I, Frankenstein$474,108-68%468-959$1,013$18,338,9864Lionsgate
9Dallas Buyers Club$373,849-38%223-265$1,676$24,274,17016Focus
10The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$360,223-8%16725$2,157$1,380,6683ShortsHD
11Thor: The Dark World$313,436-6%212-21$1,478$205,459,22515Disney
12Saving Mr. Banks$234,444-45%212-273$1,106$82,246,82510Disney
13The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$196,5434%201-41$978$57,456,5488Fox
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$192,421-26%261-85$737$125,086,8519Paramount
15Walking With Dinosaurs$166,671-3%248-3$672$35,409,7309Fox
16Devil's Due$126,125-61%123-262$1,025$15,617,8545Fox
17Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$102,118-18%181-16$564$119,405,17121Sony / Columbia
18Grudge Match$92,054-36%291-50$316$29,661,4998Warner Bros.
19Captain Phillips$80,650-27%135-47$597$106,859,13819Sony / Columbia
20Delivery Man$70,444-9%114-28$618$30,475,30413Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

1Gloria (2014)$310,39226%9833$3,167$953,5974Roadside Attractions
2Hasee Toh Phasee$153,047-55%77-11$1,988$555,3782Reliance Entertainment
3Beijing Love Story$140,106--9--$15,567$140,1061China Lion Film
4Inside Llewyn Davis$121,321-24%86-43$1,411$12,940,12211CBS Films
5Journey to the South Pacific$121,059134%152$8,071$496,34712IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
6The Attorney$119,825-45%26-1$4,609$425,0202Well Go USA
7The Great Beauty$102,702-6%52-1$1,975$1,949,40914Janus Films
8The Past$99,796-4%7710$1,296$996,4759Sony Pictures Classics
9The Book Thief$82,022-20%94-41$873$21,078,31815Fox
10The Legend Of Hercules$73,562-68%90-158$817$18,518,8426Lionsgate / Summit
11Tim's Vermeer$57,75648%125$4,813$202,7463Sony Pictures Classics
12Hubble 3D$43,9079%16-1$2,744$42,480,336205Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$40,740-41%62-41$657$32,447,6507Paramount
14Girl on a Bicycle$37,610--52--$723$38,1301Monterey Media
15Like Father, Like Son (2014)$33,517245%158$2,234$133,5755IFC Films
16Free Birds$33,411-3%75-34$445$55,608,78116Relativity Media
17The Invisible Woman$32,744-45%44-30$744$1,040,9908Sony Pictures Classics
18When Comedy Went to School$25,008620%72$3,573$269,38629International Film Circuit
19Stranger By the Lake$21,153-44%9-3$2,350$169,4784Strand Releasing
20Last Vegas$17,708-21%41-19$432$63,908,21716CBS Films
21Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$16,584-16%34-12$488$8,217,51212Weinstein Company
22Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$12,869--1--$12,869$12,8691Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
2320 Feet from Stardom$12,606229%169$788$4,856,68536RADiUS-TWC
24The Saratov Approach$12,048-71%22-34$548$2,085,09719Purdie Distribution
25Blue Jasmine$9,252-15%16-6$578$33,265,91230Sony Pictures Classics
26Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq$9,052-41%1-1$9,052$39,2352Kino Lorber
27To the Arctic 3D$8,443205%90$938$13,809,03996Warner Bros. / IMAX
28The Last of the Unjust$7,760-46%4-4$1,940$28,5712Cohen Media Group
30Under the Sea 3D$7,385138%41$1,846$33,743,487262Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Jimmy P$7,191--1--$7,191$7,1911IFC Films
32Gimme Shelter (2014)$5,091-91%15-61$339$1,352,8254Roadside Attractions
33Born to Be Wild 3D$4,35319%6-2$726$23,171,468150Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Blue Is the Warmest Color$4,237-10%93$471$2,189,15817IFC Films
35Adult World$3,783--2--$1,892$3,7831IFC Films
36All Is Lost$3,49810%9-3$389$6,259,06018Roadside Attractions
37Knights of Badassdom$3,496-32%2-7$1,748$100,7044eOne Films US
38Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$2,866-61%10$2,866$15,1332Rialto Pictures
39A Field in England$2,831-70%8-5$354$19,5892Drafthouse Films
40Kill Your Darlings$2,0251%40$506$1,028,18118Sony Pictures Classics
41The Pretty One$1,98033%10$1,980$4,3342Dada Films
42Generation War$1,936--3--$645$36,1185Music Box Films
43Camille Claudel 1915$1,770--1--$1,770$33,51218Kino Lorber
44At Middleton$1,708-51%1-7$1,708$52,9263Anchor Bay / Freestyle
45The Act of Killing$1,657-54%2-18$829$482,71331Drafthouse Films
46The Best Offer$1,418-70%8-4$177$72,2797IFC Films
47Museum Hours$1,24288%20$621$557,98034Cinema Guild
48Cousin Jules (2013 re-issue)$1,219382%10$1,219$19,18812Cinema Guild
49Muscle Shoals$1,164338%31$388$690,19921Magnolia Pictures
50Cutie and the Boxer$85348%64$142$194,22727RADiUS-TWC
51Maidentrip$775781%21$388$34,3419First Run Features
52Big Bad Wolves$707-38%3-2$236$23,4565Magnolia / Magnet
53Sweet Dreams (2013)$612-36%20$306$33,79116International Film Circuit
54The Armstrong Lie$525-70%1-2$525$381,67315Sony Pictures Classics
55Peter Brook: The Tightrope$502-71%21$251$17,3053First Run Features
56The Rocket (2013)$497-73%2-2$249$22,7166Kino Lorber
57In Bloom$443-84%20$222$28,1596Big World Pictures
58The End of Time$354-28%10$354$4,37512First Run Features
59Inequality for All$286-65%2-1$143$1,204,87321RADiUS-TWC