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 Sun, Feb. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gnomeo and Juliet$3,880,339-39%3,03723$1,278$74,334,2363Disney
2Hall Pass$3,238,313-43%2,950--$1,098$13,535,3741Warner Bros. / New Line
3Unknown (2011)$2,825,903-52%3,0430$929$42,976,4502Warner Bros.
4I Am Number Four$2,812,603-44%3,1562$891$37,723,9402Disney / DreamWorks
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$2,572,593-38%2,810-308$916$62,963,7413Paramount
6Just Go With It$2,364,577-52%3,544-4$667$78,787,0663Sony / Columbia
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,872,132-50%2,8210$664$28,647,5192Fox
8The King's Speech$1,806,014-51%2,385299$757$114,231,03014Weinstein Company
9Drive Angry$1,375,629-37%2,290--$601$5,187,6251Summit
10True Grit (2010)$459,587-53%1,222-243$376$167,132,44210Paramount
11The Eagle$434,849-38%1,568-728$277$18,341,8243Focus
12The Roommate$388,049-58%1,726-434$225$35,818,2274Sony / Screen Gems
13No Strings Attached$319,737-52%1,366-600$234$68,760,0386Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$339,857-59%668-91$509$90,369,46312Paramount
2Black Swan$311,920-53%617-39$506$103,576,41813Fox Searchlight
3The Green Hornet$178,078-43%667-598$267$96,637,3217Sony / Columbia
4Cedar Rapids$131,138-61%13634$964$2,349,9963Fox Searchlight
5The Rite$128,804-40%545-503$236$32,310,5295Warner Bros. / New Line
6Biutiful$101,706-56%18225$559$3,783,8189Roadside Attractions
7Sanctum$97,825-40%392-985$250$23,070,0454Universal
8The Mechanic$93,966-33%404-548$233$28,677,7195CBS Films
9Yogi Bear$81,564-32%366-359$223$97,857,39311Warner Bros.
10127 Hours$70,425-52%220-20$320$17,915,44817Fox Searchlight
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$68,228-37%303-18$225$294,325,81015Warner Bros.
12The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$63,916-41%248-16$258$103,777,01712Fox
13Little Fockers$61,415-45%261-24$235$147,980,23010Universal
14The Company Men$47,597-55%185-57$257$3,880,6396Weinstein Company
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$44,610-38%204-31$219$42,439,63810Fox
16Blue Valentine (2010)$41,307-62%167-68$247$9,224,0119Weinstein Company
17The Tourist$33,773-47%194-30$174$67,483,18512Sony / Columbia
18The Dilemma$32,805-48%243-50$135$48,430,3557Universal
19Season of the Witch$29,986-34%17139$175$24,648,1068Relativity Media
20The Social Network$22,589-65%269156$84$96,917,89722Sony / Columbia
21Winter's Bone$4,714-92%135115$35$6,502,66638Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$38,505-40%500$770$22,058,97650Warner Bros. / IMAX
2From Prada to Nada$18,039-27%81-47$223$2,905,5255Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Rabbit Hole$11,028-58%835$133$2,063,10711Lionsgate
47 Khoon Maaf$9,972-49%683$147$253,2742UTV Communications
5Unstoppable (2010)$8,265-52%66-39$125$81,528,42116Fox
6Somewhere (2010)$4,634-64%27-2$172$1,768,41610Focus
7Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$2,230-38%1--$2,230$7,6741Rialto
8I Love You Phillip Morris$1,665-44%156$111$1,954,17813Roadside Attractions
9Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,405-55%31$468$49,3393Phase 4 Films
10Public Speaking$1,306-58%1--$1,306$11,0001Rialto
11Brotherhood (2010)$1,010-68%21$505$17,9602Phase 4 Films
12Immigration Tango$4483%2-28$224$23,8122Roadside Attractions