Grosses

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Delivers 2014’s Largest Debut with $121.9MNovember 24, 2014 01:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 registered the largest opening weekend of 2014 with $121.898 million this weekend. However, the third installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence debuted a significant 23 percent below the $158.07 million start of last year's Catching Fire and 20 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 $55.14 million on Friday, which included $17.0 million from Thursday night shows. The film declined 26 percent on Saturday to gross $40.91 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $25.85 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.21 to 1, which was just below the 2.21 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 $20.12 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 $135.75 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 $15.34 million, Interstellar topped Dumb and Dumber To by an estimated $1.26 million for the frame. Interstellar was down a significant 46 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 $120.93 million after 17 days of wide release. The film is also falling further and further behind the pace of last year's 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 61 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with $14.08 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 $57.73 million. However, the film has now fallen 6 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 $1.51 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 $10,798 for the frame. The Theory of Everything has grossed $2.81 million through 17 days of platform release and will continue its expansion over the upcoming Thanksgiving frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Oct. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life As We Know It$5,227,215--3,150--$1,659$5,227,2151Warner Bros.
2The Social Network$4,795,892163%2,7710$1,731$35,365,0622Sony / Columbia
3Secretariat$4,040,833--3,072--$1,315$4,040,8331Disney
4My Soul to Take$2,649,160--2,572--$1,030$2,649,1601Universal / Rogue
5The Town$1,844,406139%2,720-215$678$69,280,9254Warner Bros.
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,763,643210%3,225-350$547$34,149,6083Warner Bros.
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,382,84690%2,829-768$489$40,424,4243Fox
8Easy A$1,344,235194%2,847-127$472$45,283,0184Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$811,619129%2,2121$367$7,781,3192Paramount Vantage
10You Again$769,11585%2,332-216$330$19,026,3283Disney
11Let Me In$751,526117%2,04221$368$7,475,3272Relativity / Overture
12Devil$526,310131%1,442-950$365$28,763,1454Universal
13Resident Evil: Afterlife$348,59544%1,012-895$344$57,960,3215Sony / Screen Gems
14Alpha and Omega$339,409123%1,616-687$210$19,857,0834Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$675,287--742--$910$675,2871Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$256,151402%10369$2,487$1,031,1023Paramount Vantage
3Inception$142,91495%403-222$355$288,834,21013Warner Bros.
4Catfish$121,311133%1437$848$1,964,0624Universal / Rogue
5Takers$107,15299%412-361$260$56,491,9337Sony / Screen Gems
6Never Let Me Go$98,886403%167124$592$902,8494Fox Searchlight
7Despicable Me$93,545212%353-110$265$246,303,29514Universal
8Salt$71,877--266-22$270$117,758,70312Sony / Columbia
9The Other Guys$57,36568%289-277$198$117,883,15410Sony / Columbia
10Nanny McPhee Returns$42,885198%318-163$135$28,618,9208Universal
11Eat Pray Love$42,8618%215-183$199$79,909,8079Sony / Columbia
12Lottery Ticket$37,078148%194-108$191$24,344,9668Warner Bros.
13The Expendables$35,76945%225-185$159$102,646,3709Lionsgate
14Dinner for Schmucks$31,86881%159-102$200$72,911,49411Paramount / DreamWorks
15Grown Ups$29,978--159-71$189$161,724,33616Sony / Columbia
16Machete$27,81638%167-147$167$26,316,8066Fox
17Vampires Suck$26,947109%190-71$142$36,438,4978Fox
18The American$25,07620%174-200$144$35,315,1726Focus
19Going the Distance (2010)$20,294361%19675$104$17,702,8436Warner Bros. / New Line
20Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$13,39794%119-69$113$43,475,02911Warner Bros.
21Ramona and Beezus$13,379168%106-55$126$26,003,75512Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Buried$76,482420%9259$831$365,8263Lionsgate
2Hubble 3D$45,17441%602$753$16,327,10430Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$23,241--6--$3,874$23,2411Relativity / Overture
4Jack Goes Boating$15,21643%9011$169$331,3064Relativity / Overture
5Nowhere Boy$12,666--4--$3,167$12,6661Weinstein Company
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$12,58658%83-58$152$300,451,35215Summit
7Under the Sea 3D$11,384127%180$632$24,370,82387Warner Bros. / IMAX
8I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$11,000--12--$917$11,0001Anchor Bay
9Piranha 3D$7,12342%54-41$132$24,928,1298Weinstein Company
10Winter's Bone$6,6999%52-20$129$6,151,59318Roadside Attractions
11The Kids Are All Right$5,720-12%31-33$185$20,761,24114Focus
12The Tillman Story$5,04140%24-3$210$654,3558Weinstein Company
13Avatar$4,94095%14-5$353$760,295,23043Fox
14Marwencol$3,276--1--$3,276$3,2761Cinema Guild
15Flipped$1,83119%18-17$102$1,747,10510Warner Bros.
16The Concert$1,693-51%10-11$169$625,34112Weinstein Company
17The Disappearance of Alice Creed$48685%2-1$243$163,25910Anchor Bay