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 Mon, Oct. 11 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$2,188,088-49%2,7710$790$48,209,2492Sony / Columbia
2Secretariat$1,881,508-47%3,072--$612$14,576,2781Disney
3Life As We Know It$1,705,359-53%3,150--$541$16,211,8231Warner Bros.
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,270,908-41%3,225-350$394$40,544,8923Warner Bros.
5The Town$950,361-49%2,720-215$349$74,797,8884Warner Bros.
6My Soul to Take$655,410-59%2,572--$255$7,497,6301Universal / Rogue
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$605,291-50%2,829-768$214$44,249,9923Fox
8Easy A$562,740-51%2,847-127$198$48,790,9414Sony / Screen Gems
9Alpha and Omega$410,563-19%1,616-687$254$21,428,6274Lionsgate
10You Again$363,893-46%2,332-216$156$21,133,8883Disney
11Let Me In$354,968-49%2,04221$174$9,526,3872Relativity / Overture
12Case 39$350,229-54%2,2121$158$10,000,2342Paramount Vantage
13Devil$209,090-55%1,442-950$145$30,255,6204Universal
14Resident Evil: Afterlife$173,595-53%1,012-895$172$59,040,4415Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$264,214-51%742--$356$2,277,6201Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$120,262-27%10369$1,168$1,537,5183Paramount Vantage
3Inception$76,479-42%403-222$190$289,260,08613Warner Bros.
4Despicable Me$67,070-34%353-110$190$246,624,52514Universal
5Catfish$64,079-44%1437$448$2,300,1894Universal / Rogue
6Never Let Me Go$57,062-44%167124$342$1,206,7664Fox Searchlight
7Takers$50,128-50%412-361$122$56,823,3317Sony / Screen Gems
8Nanny McPhee Returns$30,210-27%318-163$95$28,755,6608Universal
9The Expendables$17,626-49%225-185$78$102,752,5199Lionsgate
10Lottery Ticket$16,712-58%194-108$86$24,469,3738Warner Bros.
11Dinner for Schmucks$13,147-50%159-102$83$72,993,25511Paramount / DreamWorks
12The American$12,827-45%174-200$74$35,388,5956Focus
13Machete$12,353-61%167-147$74$26,402,2206Fox
14Ramona and Beezus$10,882-21%106-55$103$26,049,93012Fox
15Vampires Suck$10,439-65%190-71$55$36,525,6278Fox
16Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$9,876-39%119-69$83$43,526,05311Warner Bros.
17Going the Distance (2010)$9,750-49%19675$50$17,757,7776Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 11 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$44,420-21%602$740$16,494,20630Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Buried$42,503-30%9259$462$553,5413Lionsgate
3Under the Sea 3D$13,019-30%180$723$24,423,21887Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Stone$10,818-49%6--$1,803$86,5841Relativity / Overture
5Jack Goes Boating$8,349-48%9011$93$380,6544Relativity / Overture
6Nowhere Boy$6,418-62%4--$1,605$59,1671Weinstein Company
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$5,632-39%83-58$68$300,482,41115Summit
8I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$5,195-41%12--$433$37,6351Anchor Bay
9Piranha 3D$3,916-61%54-41$73$24,954,2258Weinstein Company
10Last Train Home$3,456--12--$288$158,2506Zeitgeist Films
11The Tillman Story$3,390-32%24-3$141$670,2128Weinstein Company
12Winter's Bone$3,024-58%57-21$53$6,170,04518Roadside Attractions
13Avatar$2,638-40%14-5$188$760,310,23243Fox
14The Kids Are All Right$2,322-60%31-33$75$20,777,81614Focus
15The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$2,001--10--$200$547,88910National Geographic
16The Concert$763-67%10-11$76$632,71712Weinstein Company
17Flipped$652-65%18-17$36$1,752,86610Warner Bros.
18Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$522--2--$261$23,321,316158National Geographic
19The Disappearance of Alice Creed$40261%2-1$201$164,49510Anchor Bay