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.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Sep. 29 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,586,625-20%3,565--$445$24,282,5601Fox
2The Town$1,294,331-19%2,88524$449$53,001,0532Warner Bros.
3Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$703,197-17%3,575--$197$18,490,8681Warner Bros.
4Easy A$622,664-18%2,8560$218$34,765,3102Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$589,282-20%2,548--$231$10,314,7161Disney
6Devil$420,295-19%2,8112$150$23,291,1802Universal
7Resident Evil: Afterlife$399,714-17%2,642-567$151$53,418,9533Sony / Screen Gems
8Alpha and Omega$199,573-14%2,6250$76$15,819,9002Lionsgate
9Takers$115,102-13%1,413-726$81$55,256,7555Sony / Screen Gems
10The American$92,891-15%1,315-1142$71$34,901,0014Focus
11The Other Guys$71,192-3%1,047-780$68$117,183,1968Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$104,324-16%907-398$115$287,390,68611Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$84,955-11%855-813$99$79,298,9737Sony / Columbia
3Machete$61,071-11%682-1022$90$25,931,3034Fox
4The Expendables$51,376-10%852-1002$60$102,230,0727Lionsgate
5The Virginity Hit$36,993-17%700--$53$453,4383Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$30,495-17%610-334$50$245,618,37012Universal
7Dinner for Schmucks$25,541-12%32310$79$72,619,8249Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Last Exorcism$23,4623%707-1306$33$40,841,8575Lionsgate
9Going the Distance (2010)$21,834-7%475-1532$46$17,605,0874Warner Bros. / New Line
10Nanny McPhee Returns$18,795-1%765-823$25$28,283,1956Universal
11Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$17,4757%233-151$75$31,406,6157Universal
12Lottery Ticket$14,849-6%370-307$40$23,988,5496Warner Bros.
13Vampires Suck$11,512-8%415-549$28$36,207,2266Fox
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$10,373-6%224-115$46$300,330,22713Summit
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$8,369-16%267-93$31$43,303,0439Warner Bros.
16The Kids Are All Right$8,323-9%107-62$78$20,680,55412Focus
17Flipped$4,88410%106-269$46$1,718,9428Warner Bros.
18Ramona and Beezus$4,559-20%191-69$24$25,886,29010Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 29 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$56,85612%5745$997$971,1032Universal / Rogue
2Hubble 3D$31,2380%0-63--$16,009,16128Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Never Let Me Go$23,813-5%2622$916$513,3092Fox Searchlight
4Waiting for 'Superman'$13,6604%4--$3,415$180,1971Paramount Vantage
5Jack Goes Boating$9,714-21%3733$263$161,9722Relativity / Overture
6Buried$9,527-5%11--$866$130,9251Lionsgate
7Winter's Bone$6,9210%82-21$84$6,070,03816Roadside Attractions
8The Tillman Story$6,01812%27-1$223$603,4436Weinstein Company
9Under the Sea 3D$5,316-17%182$295$24,299,48685Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Avatar$4,7802%29-100$165$760,250,85041Fox
11The Concert$4,0083%18-2$223$587,81910Weinstein Company
12Bran Nue Dae$3,9960%5538$73$100,7813Freestyle Releasing
13Piranha 3D$3,221-18%66-198$49$24,830,3446Weinstein Company
14Cyrus$1,95461%14-5$140$7,441,09515Fox Searchlight
15We Are Family$1,716-33%24-54$72$636,9864UTV Communications
16Knight and Day$1,340-17%45-19$30$76,406,77214Fox
17Solitary Man$1,257359%6-1$210$4,359,19419Anchor Bay
18The Romantics$568-46%6-8$95$105,5773Four of a Kind
19The Disappearance of Alice Creed$295157%2-1$148$158,7228Anchor Bay