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, May. 16 - Sun, May. 18

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Godzilla (2014)$93,188,384--3,952--$23,580$93,188,3841Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$25,065,895-49%3,31132$7,570$90,591,1002Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$16,803,227-53%3,991-333$4,210$172,169,8643Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$10,515,659--3,019--$3,483$10,515,6591Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$6,307,823-34%3,054-252$2,065$71,672,0164Fox
6Heaven is for Real$4,380,052-41%2,893-155$1,514$82,228,5935Sony / TriStar
7Rio 2$3,739,890-26%2,371-602$1,577$117,991,2156Fox
8Captain America: The Winter Soldier$3,664,058-36%2,271-430$1,613$250,532,3047Disney
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,957,456-48%2,578-80$759$6,564,4772Clarius Entertainment
10Moms' Night Out$1,773,470-59%1,0462$1,695$7,200,9022Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$1,164,742-33%991-242$1,175$146,789,7429Lionsgate / Summit
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,041,698-33%630-140$1,653$55,478,50411Fox Searchlight
3Belle$940,44693%173128$5,436$1,767,7443Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$737,811-48%780-220$946$58,924,1639Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The LEGO Movie$524,5987%355-46$1,478$254,342,25015Warner Bros.
6Brick Mansions$506,100-69%724-1230$699$19,609,9464Relativity Media
7Fading Gigolo$398,857-46%35616$1,120$2,681,3455Millennium Entertainment
8Bears$375,653-64%580-663$648$16,839,7225Disneynature
9Draft Day$369,998-56%495-325$747$28,393,6176Lionsgate / Summit
10The Railway Man$305,568-30%1832$1,670$2,749,9466Weinstein Company
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$304,7541%319-38$955$109,303,05411Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Transcendence$279,951-21%315-200$889$22,635,8405Warner Bros.
13Non-Stop (2014)$268,295-18%220-16$1,220$91,439,40012Universal
14Noah$211,230-58%286-191$739$100,262,3518Paramount
15Locke$204,922-8%12148$1,694$820,0474A24
16The Lunchbox$162,421-33%130-23$1,249$3,681,95312Sony Pictures Classics
17300: Rise of an Empire$162,271105%155-36$1,047$106,488,12811Warner Bros.
18The Quiet Ones$161,124-78%341-792$473$8,357,4634Lionsgate
19Need For Speed$124,2237%160-36$776$43,369,17910Disney / DreamWorks
20Muppets Most Wanted$104,091-41%195-90$534$50,154,1799Disney
21A Haunted House 2$92,425-73%124-402$745$17,059,6495Open Road
22Oculus$81,161-68%140-270$580$27,431,0316Relativity Media
23Frozen (2013)$43,107-30%112-30$385$400,523,07926Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$708,690246%7266$9,843$991,5622Open Road
2Fed Up$184,00746%5537$3,346$369,2082RADiUS-TWC
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$142,8029%371$3,860$1,833,4177Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Ida (2014)$127,06749%2114$6,051$346,5123Music Box Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$122,498-31%953$1,289$1,288,5366Sony Pictures Classics
6Palo Alto$106,19467%3632$2,950$199,3592Tribeca Film
7RoboCop (2014)$101,754-22%81-65$1,256$58,607,00714Sony / Columbia
8Under the Skin (2014)$77,587-39%56-37$1,385$2,224,8257A24
9God's Pocket$75,558252%8077$944$104,4012IFC Films
10Journey to the South Pacific$72,6552%150$4,844$2,696,69025IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11The German Doctor$63,1920%394$1,620$275,5534IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12Finding Vivian Maier$63,005-45%64-33$984$1,240,1468IFC Films
13Hubble 3D$57,10220%16-3$3,569$44,130,086218Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Monuments Men$53,495-31%94-28$569$78,031,62015Sony / Columbia
15The Immigrant$44,064--3--$14,688$44,0641Weinstein Company
162 States$35,949-61%32-27$1,123$2,221,6765UTV Motion Pictures
17Jerusalem 3D$34,438-30%14-6$2,460$4,139,61335National Geographic
18Le Week-End$34,143-40%40-25$854$2,155,85710Music Box Films
19Walking with the Enemy$30,085-56%47-25$640$799,6944Liberty Studios
20The Double (2014)$29,690103%1210$2,474$53,3442Magnolia Pictures
21Chinese Puzzle$23,544--2--$11,772$23,5441Cohen Media Group
22The Hornet's Nest$23,039-13%1713$1,355$53,5262Freestyle Releasing
23Bad Words$21,032147%8354$253$7,764,02710Focus
24Particle Fever$18,841--11--$1,713$829,58411Abramorama / Bond 360
25The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$15,046-24%153$1,003$205,4687Zeitgeist Films
26Jodorowsky's Dune$10,662-68%1410$762$556,8839Sony Pictures Classics
27Blue Ruin$9,240-80%24-37$385$239,0564RADiUS-TWC
28Under the Sea 3D$7,94441%7-6$1,135$33,952,720275Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Son of God$7,843-61%46-22$171$59,681,11712Fox
30To the Arctic 3D$7,516174%50$1,503$14,048,157109Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Godzilla: The Japanese Original$7,444-75%8-11$931$117,8825Rialto Pictures
32The Raid 2$6,850-51%11-11$623$2,602,1228Sony Pictures Classics
33Nymphomaniac: Volume I$6,8039%7-6$972$763,0869Magnolia Pictures
34Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$5,066--1--$5,066$5,0661International Film Circuit
35Half of a Yellow Sun$4,843--1--$4,843$4,8431Monterey Media
36The Wind Rises$4,830-13%132$372$5,201,87913Disney
37Young and Beautiful$4,684-38%3-4$1,561$31,7454IFC Films
38Redwood Highway$4,515-33%3-1$1,505$17,6746Monterey Media
39Rob the Mob$4,466-6%60$744$206,9099Millennium Entertainment
40Dancing in Jaffa$4,348-46%8-5$544$134,4846IFC Films
41For No Good Reason$4,27515%7-1$611$28,2644Sony Pictures Classics
42Tim's Vermeer$4,056-8%7-1$579$1,662,56616Sony Pictures Classics
43Philomena$3,716-25%9-4$413$37,707,71926Weinstein Company
44Born to Be Wild 3D$3,21814%104$322$23,318,874163Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Alan Partridge$2,64069%4-3$660$152,2117Magnolia Pictures
46Next Year Jerusalem$2,590--1--$2,590$2,5901First Run Features
4750 to 1$2,530-73%6-5$422$685,7319Ten Furlongs
48Tasting Menu$2,482696%43$621$12,7385Magnolia Pictures
49Joe (2014)$2,334-78%10-13$233$371,8976Roadside Attractions
50Horses of God$2,251--1--$2,251$3,7791Kino Lorber
51Nymphomaniac: Volume II$1,980-67%6-7$330$314,9197Magnolia Pictures
52The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$1,846--1--$1,846$1,8461First Run Features
53Bicycling with Molière$1,823-60%4-1$456$32,9274Strand Releasing
54Hateship Loveship$1,783-51%3-5$594$50,5736IFC Films
55Manakamana$1,48750%10$1,487$14,8675Cinema Guild
56Stage Fright (2014)$1,455-59%10-1$146$6,0212Magnolia / Magnet
57For a Woman$1,4040%42$351$13,9193Film Movement
58Queen Margot (2014 re-issue)$1,190-76%10$1,190$11,2782Cohen Media Group
59That Demon Within$1,156-31%1-1$1,156$169,5965China Lion Film
60Ilo Ilo$1,060-56%31$353$37,6907Film Movement
61The Protector 2$99865%10$998$2,3173Magnolia / Magnet
62The Jewish Cardinal$860-60%30$287$127,35619Film Movement
63The Unknown Known$6594%3-3$220$266,8707RADiUS-TWC
64A People Uncounted$390--1--$390$3901First Run Features
65The Missing Picture$3326%21$166$49,7689Strand Releasing
6620 Feet from Stardom$220-12%10$220$4,945,35949RADiUS-TWC
67In Bloom$128-69%1-1$128$51,21419Big World Pictures
68No God, No Master$79-88%1-3$79$6,7388Monterey Media