'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, Sep. 4 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$4,841,73726%2,823--$1,715$11,829,6481Focus
2Takers$4,204,06837%2,2060$1,906$33,720,5882Sony / Screen Gems
4The Last Exorcism$2,767,93323%2,8740$963$29,786,0752Lionsgate
5The Expendables$2,455,92349%3,3980$723$89,674,7034Lionsgate
6Going the Distance (2010)$2,388,0657%3,030--$788$4,617,4471Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Other Guys$1,950,06943%2,607-574$748$104,778,6455Sony / Columbia
8Eat Pray Love$1,758,32732%2,663-445$660$67,197,7864Sony / Columbia
9Inception$1,697,28247%1,704-366$996$275,428,3238Warner Bros.
10Nanny McPhee Returns$1,394,62058%2,708-90$515$21,140,6803Universal
11Vampires Suck$1,290,05857%2,434-799$530$31,408,8413Fox
12Despicable Me$1,160,03073%1,600-233$725$239,282,8659Universal
13The Switch (2010)$1,151,10735%1,885-132$611$20,377,8923Miramax
14Lottery Ticket$905,55576%1,310-663$691$19,778,6183Warner Bros.
15Piranha 3D$895,20346%1,789-702$500$21,602,9133Weinstein Company
16Toy Story 3$764,22882%1,520920$503$407,339,29512Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$577,00538%807-759$715$28,278,5554Universal
3Salt$474,95049%705-463$674$114,753,7167Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$380,44145%804-697$473$70,534,1046Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$304,17761%434-467$701$40,782,4555Disney
6Grown Ups$227,47163%383120$594$159,811,67711Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$180,60069%455-368$397$41,853,9116Warner Bros.
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$163,47744%396-80$413$298,530,25510Summit
9The Kids Are All Right$158,28756%239-103$662$19,656,8129Focus
10The Last Airbender$128,25371%257-49$499$130,940,14710Paramount
11Hubble 3D$111,456106%123-28$906$14,880,78525Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Ramona and Beezus$106,51669%305-49$349$25,109,0887Fox
13The Karate Kid (2010)$101,20989%227-28$446$176,146,73813Sony / Columbia
14Shrek Forever After$78,479105%179-28$438$238,240,39216Paramount / DreamWorks
15Charlie St. Cloud$60,52557%220-113$275$30,910,8006Universal
16Knight and Day$53,26348%142-87$375$76,156,73811Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 4 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We Are Family$110,97754%78--$1,423$183,1271UTV Communications
2The Tillman Story$52,16353%2419$2,173$210,4193Weinstein Company
3Winter's Bone$45,97951%90-27$511$5,567,90613Roadside Attractions
4Under the Sea 3D$26,54488%160$1,659$24,067,32782Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Flipped$19,38552%282$692$732,2635Warner Bros.
6The Concert$18,25785%200$913$422,3827Weinstein Company
7The A-Team$16,52966%54-38$306$77,146,93113Fox
8Peepli Live$12,05295%26-19$464$736,6584UTV Communications
10Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$10,58181%18-3$588$475,7437NeoClassics
11Cyrus$5,58626%26-6$215$7,373,61712Fox Searchlight
12Solitary Man$3,99170%245$166$4,333,47916Anchor Bay
13The Disappearance of Alice Creed$3,19243%6-1$532$140,9505Anchor Bay
14La Soga$2,95050%5-7$590$155,60347-57 Releasing
15White Wedding (2009)$1,716-28%4--$429$4,1001Dada Films
16Princess Kaiulani$833-5%32$278$874,61817Roadside Attractions