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, Aug. 22 - Sun, Aug. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$17,202,212-32%3,371-326$5,103$251,456,0694Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$16,725,447-41%3,864-116$4,329$145,535,2533Paramount
3If I Stay$15,679,190--2,907--$5,394$15,679,1901Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$10,810,533-39%3,14046$3,443$45,056,7012Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$8,381,509--2,673--$3,136$8,381,5091Sony / TriStar
6The Expendables 3$6,485,385-59%3,2210$2,013$27,403,5622Lionsgate
7The Giver$6,434,240-48%3,0030$2,143$23,804,7782Weinstein Company
8Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$6,317,683--2,894--$2,183$6,317,6831Weinstein / Dimension
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$5,339,006-26%1,944-99$2,746$32,527,2103Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$3,803,309-52%2,375-1059$1,601$38,304,6933Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$3,463,590-37%1,768-752$1,959$113,698,8605Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$1,663,411-17%723-48$2,301$1,632,5497IFC Films
2Magic in the Moonlight$1,211,276-32%787-177$1,539$6,700,6015Sony Pictures Classics
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,076,581-46%733-529$1,469$203,937,5517Fox
4Get On Up$932,595-52%579-522$1,611$28,697,5854Universal
5A Most Wanted Man$853,510-32%433-211$1,971$14,043,4995Roadside Attractions
6Hercules (2014)$849,796-60%622-853$1,366$69,936,0925Paramount
7Step Up All In$724,072-73%948-1124$764$13,688,1203Lionsgate / Summit
8What If$668,855-22%680-107$984$2,221,3093CBS Films
9Maleficent$591,07360%344100$1,718$237,602,29413Disney
10Planes: Fire and Rescue$570,505-44%589-371$969$56,917,1346Disney
11Calvary$511,49426%240110$2,131$1,599,0074Fox Searchlight
12How to Train Your Dragon 2$500,324-14%353-24$1,417$172,107,28611Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Transformers: Age of Extinction$382,45986%28377$1,351$243,822,0629Paramount
14Earth to Echo$306,531238%781627$392$38,034,5728Relativity Media
15The Purge: Anarchy$305,530-52%295-280$1,036$70,711,2456Universal
16Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$260,94272%302261$864$6,526,22321Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Singham Returns$218,164-67%1270$1,718$1,085,3282Eros International
1822 Jump Street$176,499-26%135-37$1,307$190,267,74311Sony / Columbia
19And So It Goes$152,398-54%156-206$977$14,666,9995Clarius Entertainment
20X-Men: Days of Future Past$146,406-39%188-35$779$232,749,98714Fox
21Tammy$145,820-31%157-119$929$83,368,1608Warner Bros. / New Line
22Chef$141,473-16%105-17$1,347$29,517,27616Open Road
23The Fault in Our Stars$135,945-28%185-21$735$124,431,13412Fox
24Edge of Tomorrow$120,757-45%192-69$629$99,951,33912Warner Bros.
25Sex Tape$88,080-73%111-206$794$38,029,9746Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Admiral: Roaring Currents$435,128-23%4212$10,360$1,516,4213CJ Entertainment
2Love Is Strange$117,276--5--$23,455$117,2761Sony Pictures Classics
3The Trip to Italy$106,44648%107$10,645$213,7262IFC Films
4Land Ho!$77,48765%5221$1,490$353,9087Sony Pictures Classics
5Frank$55,161244%1211$4,597$86,5012Magnolia Pictures
6The One I Love$48,059--8--$6,007$48,0591RADiUS-TWC
7Yves Saint Laurent$46,350-56%213$2,207$492,2159Weinstein Company
8Jersey Boys$44,457-31%64-51$695$46,702,87810Warner Bros.
9Hubble 3D$43,797-17%8-2$5,475$45,824,150232Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Journey to the South Pacific$43,184-24%17-1$2,540$4,493,05539IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11Blended$36,064-48%66-45$546$46,280,50714Warner Bros.
12Begin Again$35,727-36%39-23$916$14,521,8599Weinstein Company
13Godzilla (2014)$34,892-57%70-48$498$200,661,30915Warner Bros.
14A Five Star Life$32,70357%140$2,336$194,3926Music Box Films
15Rio 2$28,394-58%72-56$394$131,482,65220Fox
16Snowpiercer$24,617-42%28-14$879$4,428,2099RADiUS-TWC
17To Be Takei$22,846--22--$1,038$22,8461Starz Digital Media
18America (2014)$22,54018%7210$313$14,412,5829Lionsgate
19Third Person$22,154137%2414$923$940,27810Sony Pictures Classics
20Jerusalem 3D$17,883-7%110$1,626$5,004,90849National Geographic
21The Grand Seduction$16,147-34%19-6$850$3,366,79913eOne Films US
22The Fluffy Movie$14,713-64%30-21$490$2,820,9395Open Road
23Wish I Was Here$11,607-63%19-35$611$3,560,9456Focus
24Ida (2014)$10,658-10%171$627$3,648,92117Music Box Films
25Under the Sea 3D$10,470-3%3-3$3,490$34,298,296289Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Mood Indigo$8,689-64%13-12$668$247,0266Drafthouse Films
27Jealousy$8,67457%43$2,169$18,6982Distrib Films
28Belle$8,198-24%18-5$455$10,722,99017Fox Searchlight
29Born to Be Wild 3D$7,114-3%3-2$2,371$23,535,103177Warner Bros. / IMAX
30Mr. Peabody & Sherman$7,064-25%17-7$416$111,479,54625Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3150 to 1$6,7853%2-1$3,393$882,20223Ten Furlongs
32Expedition to the End of the World$6,635--1--$6,635$9,4341Argot Pictures
33The Grand Budapest Hotel$6,424-18%8-1$803$59,073,77325Fox Searchlight
34A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$6,407429%41$1,602$160,57510Big World Pictures
35Abuse of Weakness$4,957-46%54$991$17,1472Strand Releasing
36Life Itself$4,620-39%8-14$578$768,0368Magnolia Pictures
37NightLights$3,982-43%1-1$3,982$11,8682Indican Pictures
38The Dog$3,143-55%11-5$286$36,2353Drafthouse Films
39Only Lovers Left Alive$2,670-13%2-1$1,335$1,864,94420Sony Pictures Classics
40Siddharth$2,491--1--$2,491$59,8089Zeitgeist Films
41Kabbalah Me$2,196--1--$2,196$2,1961First Run Features
42To the Arctic 3D$2,169361%2-1$1,085$14,168,039123Warner Bros. / IMAX
43We Are the Best!$1,99047%30$663$179,43013Magnolia Pictures
44The Olivia Experiment$1,862--1--$1,862$1,8621Indican Pictures
45The Lunchbox$1,830-21%4-1$458$4,218,68826Sony Pictures Classics
46K2: Siren of the Himalayas$1,421--2--$711$1,4211First Run Features
47The Last Sentence$1,364-57%1-2$1,364$60,74210Music Box Films
48A Master Builder$965-74%2-2$483$34,3655Abramorama
49Happy Christmas$885233%32$295$27,8625Magnolia Pictures
50Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$709-42%10$709$66,70328Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
51Fort McCoy$606-85%1-1$606$5,8062Monterey Media
52Ragnarok$522--1--$522$5221Magnolia / Magnet
53The Girl on the Train (2014)$382-1%1-1$382$1,7558Monterey Media
54The LEGO Movie$377-89%7-8$54$257,749,64729Warner Bros.
55Fed Up$286-86%2-3$143$1,538,89816RADiUS-TWC
56The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$284--1--$284$11,61515First Run Features
57Redwood Highway$101-31%10$101$131,91920Monterey Media