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, Mar. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rango$9,608,091--3,917--$2,453$9,608,0911Paramount
2The Adjustment Bureau$6,730,885--2,840--$2,370$6,730,8851Universal
3Beastly$3,613,400--1,952--$1,851$3,613,4001CBS Films
4Hall Pass$2,697,396158%2,9500$914$20,683,1512Warner Bros. / New Line
5Just Go With It$1,935,481172%2,920-624$663$83,635,5514Sony / Columbia
6Unknown (2011)$1,852,387122%2,913-130$636$48,361,6513Warner Bros.
7The King's Speech$1,628,536117%2,240-145$727$118,944,41315Weinstein Company
8I Am Number Four$1,609,965129%2,903-253$555$42,348,3813Disney / DreamWorks
9Gnomeo and Juliet$1,517,172152%2,984-53$508$78,299,1824Disney
10Take Me Home Tonight$1,250,836--2,003--$624$1,250,8361Relativity Media
11Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$1,240,790219%2,254-556$550$65,792,2014Paramount
12Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$811,374170%1,642-1179$494$30,781,0523Fox
13Drive Angry$606,29067%2,2900$265$7,484,5822Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$281,961118%575-93$490$91,201,11013Paramount
2Black Swan$275,657117%68164$405$104,382,19714Fox Searchlight
3True Grit (2010)$256,92580%725-497$354$167,962,62511Paramount
4Cedar Rapids$209,441266%23599$891$2,779,3524Fox Searchlight
5The Roommate$182,45867%606-1120$301$36,442,7415Sony / Screen Gems
6No Strings Attached$116,547-14%425-941$274$69,406,0207Paramount
7The Eagle$75,010-45%327-1241$229$18,953,0524Focus
8Biutiful$67,18860%146-36$460$4,025,75010Roadside Attractions
9Yogi Bear$61,064287%266-100$230$97,986,41512Warner Bros.
10The Green Hornet$58,51625%269-398$218$96,878,5868Sony / Columbia
11Little Fockers$46,410174%221-40$210$148,088,04011Universal
12The Rite$45,37321%201-344$226$32,509,9206Warner Bros. / New Line
13127 Hours$36,54461%135-85$271$18,050,46718Fox Searchlight
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$36,429112%185-63$197$103,880,20513Fox
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$36,29066%208-95$174$294,440,02916Warner Bros.
16The Tourist$28,152--142-52$198$67,567,79613Sony / Columbia
17The Company Men$23,81915%112-73$213$3,986,5087Weinstein Company
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$21,836135%156-48$140$42,495,12511Fox
19The Mechanic$17,853-44%109-295$164$28,829,9986CBS Films
20Season of the Witch$14,98747%109-62$137$24,702,4389Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$34,76745%49-1$710$22,184,73051Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$25,9908%96-71$271$9,338,81610Weinstein Company
3happythankyoumoreplease$9,930--2--$4,965$9,9301Anchor Bay Films
4Rabbit Hole$7,393-8%55-28$134$2,098,62812Lionsgate
5From Prada to Nada$3,186-26%35-46$91$2,926,5146Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$2,341--10$2,341$17,2492Rialto
7Winter's Bone$2,072-5%13-122$159$6,512,89939Roadside Attractions
87 Khoon Maaf$1,659-33%15-53$111$264,9883UTV Communications
9Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,36914%41$342$55,3894Phase 4 Films
10I Love You Phillip Morris$1,34418%13-2$103$1,959,73614Roadside Attractions
11Public Speaking$1,213--10$1,213$18,2332Rialto
12Brotherhood (2010)$80-73%1-1$80$19,2913Phase 4 Films