Grosses

'Mockingjay – Part 1' Easily Leads Thanksgiving Day with $11.05M; 'Penguins of Madagascar' a Distant Second with $3.95M; 'Horrible Bosses 2' #3 with $3.06MNovember 28, 2014 11:20 AM

by Daniel Garris

Please note that most grosses for Thursday, November 27 are studio estimates and that not all studios are currently reporting due to Thanksgiving. Complete actuals will be reported on Monday.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in an estimated $11.05 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence was down 24 percent from Thursday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 28 percent on Thanksgiving Day to gross $14.95 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $168.61 million through its first week of release. That places the film 24 percent behind the massive $222.12 million seven-day start of Catching Fire. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed an estimated $25.6 million on Wednesday and Thursday and looks to be headed for a five-day weekend take in the area of $79 million based on past Thanksgiving weekend trends.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in a distant second with an estimated $3.95 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 37 percent from Wednesday. Family films tend to fall off sharply on Thanksgiving Day, but the daily decline for Penguins of Madagascar was even larger than usual for a family film on Thanksgiving. Penguins of Madagascar has grossed an estimated $10.20 million in two days. That places the film 19 percent ahead of the $8.57 million two-day take of 2012's Rise of the Guardians and 17 percent behind the $12.28 million two-day start of 2011's The Muppets. Penguins of Madagascar currently appears headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $37 million.

Horrible Bosses 2 grossed $3.06 million to land in third. The comedy sequel from Warner Bros. was down 28 percent from Wednesday's opening day performance. Yesterday's percentage decline was a concerning sign, as films aimed at adult audiences tend to hold up better on Thanksgiving Day. Horrible Bosses 2 is off to a modest two-day start of just $7.31 million. That places the film a very disappointing 51 percent behind the $14.98 million two-day start of 2008's Four Christmases. Unless Horrible Bosses 2 rebounds in an unexpectedly big way today, the film appears to be on course for a lackluster five-day debut in the area of $24 million.

Disney's Big Hero 6 followed very closely behind in fourth place with an estimated $3.056 million. That was down 27 percent from Wednesday and up 166 percent over last Thursday. Big Hero 6 placed in second for the week with $32.82 million. That was down just 18 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's 21-day total to $148.44 million. Big Hero 6 is currently taking advantage of the slower than expected start of Penguins of Madagascar and has grossed an estimated $7.24 million on Wednesday and Thursday. That places the film on course for a five-day weekend gross in the neighborhood of $26.5 million.

Paramount's Interstellar rounded out Thursday's top five with an estimated $3.04 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film held up much better than other films in the top five on Thursday, as it fell just 4 percent from Wednesday. Interstellar placed in third for the week with $25.69 million. That represented a 30.5 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's domestic total to $131.29 million after 21 days of wide release. Interstellar has grossed an estimated $6.21 million on Wednesday and Thursday and appears to be headed for a five-day holiday take in the area of $21 million.

The Theory of Everything continued to perform well in limited release on Thursday with an estimated $0.727 million from 749 locations. The awards season hopeful from Focus was up 17 percent over Wednesday. The Theory of Everything has grossed an estimated $1.35 million on Wednesday and Thursday. The film's 21-day total stands at $4.52 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, Aug. 28 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Takers$7,749,6354%2,206--$3,513$15,225,8421Sony / Screen Gems
2The Last Exorcism$7,050,793-25%2,874--$2,453$16,457,6141Lionsgate
3The Expendables$3,972,22046%3,398128$1,169$79,205,8073Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$2,751,97628%3,10826$885$58,615,9283Sony / Columbia
5The Other Guys$2,710,98741%3,181-291$852$97,360,0474Sony / Columbia
6Vampires Suck$2,297,56837%3,2330$711$26,584,6362Fox
7Inception$2,096,90346%2,070-331$1,013$269,177,3157Warner Bros.
8Nanny McPhee Returns$2,042,54054%2,79814$730$15,648,4952Universal
9The Switch (2010)$1,950,86734%2,0175$967$15,236,9712Miramax
10Lottery Ticket$1,736,94155%1,9730$880$16,290,0992Warner Bros.
11Piranha 3D$1,725,13235%2,49121$693$16,962,7412Weinstein Company
12Despicable Me$1,237,48065%1,833-403$675$235,405,4108Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,010,01030%1,566-1254$645$25,446,5853Universal
14Salt$819,65443%1,168-626$702$112,770,7976Sony / Columbia
15Dinner for Schmucks$779,12041%1,501-648$519$68,756,7285Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Step Up 3D$518,97139%901-691$576$39,378,7584Disney
2Toy Story 3$427,12360%600-130$712$405,342,43511Disney
3Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$288,68385%823-757$351$41,048,8185Warner Bros.
4The Kids Are All Right$242,41872%342-62$709$19,011,2458Focus
5The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$217,33846%476-81$457$297,879,1099Summit
6The Last Airbender$183,33661%30683$599$130,468,6199Paramount
7Ramona and Beezus$141,95764%354-34$401$24,725,9576Fox
8Grown Ups$128,64757%263-161$489$159,315,14210Sony / Columbia
9The Karate Kid (2010)$110,10868%255-59$432$175,835,97012Sony / Columbia
10Hubble 3D$99,81554%1510$661$14,459,94624Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Charlie St. Cloud$94,82542%333-314$285$30,698,2605Universal
12Shrek Forever After$88,24080%207-25$426$237,998,49515Paramount / DreamWorks
13Knight and Day$80,99137%229-48$354$75,944,04010Fox
14Predators$69,64252%187-47$372$51,581,4668Fox
15Winter's Bone$63,04367%117-13$539$5,385,87912Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 28 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$1,553,43326%0----$752,552,61937Fox
2The A-Team$30,29041%92-59$329$77,081,25312Fox
3Flipped$29,28543%26-3$1,126$650,4204Warner Bros.
4Peepli Live$26,40662%45-25$587$687,2223UTV Communications
5The Concert$23,64179%200$1,182$354,9056Weinstein Company
6Under the Sea 3D$21,61122%160$1,351$23,969,08281Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Marmaduke$18,389110%66-56$279$33,553,08913Fox
8Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$17,90186%21-6$852$439,1146NeoClassics
9The Tillman Story$12,41033%51$2,482$98,1562Weinstein Company
10Cyrus$6,46733%32-24$202$7,348,19311Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$5,81838%12-8$485$137,46937-57 Releasing
12Solitary Man$4,33929%190$228$4,309,99815Anchor Bay
13The Disappearance of Alice Creed$4,13413%7-1$591$126,4754Anchor Bay
14The People I've Slept With$1,71167%1--$1,711$10,4393People Pictures
15City Island$27752%1-3$277$6,670,52224Anchor Bay
16Princess Kaiulani$275-14%10$275$871,41916Roadside Attractions
17Tales From Earthsea$202159%1-4$202$47,7343Disney