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 Tue, Mar. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Battle: Los Angeles$3,001,655-1%3,417--$878$41,619,4521Sony / Columbia
2Rango$2,500,2459%3,9236$637$73,000,4802Paramount
3Red Riding Hood$1,376,17315%3,030--$454$16,577,6591Warner Bros.
4The Adjustment Bureau$1,281,15025%2,8477$450$40,895,6652Universal
5Mars Needs Moms$940,60427%3,117--$302$8,595,3661Disney
6Hall Pass$629,27515%2,555-395$246$36,019,0093Warner Bros. / New Line
7Gnomeo and Juliet$616,32423%2,585-399$238$90,221,7475Disney
8Beastly$610,74728%1,9597$312$18,000,0762CBS Films
9Just Go With It$501,80529%2,398-522$209$94,891,9005Sony / Columbia
10The King's Speech$412,56221%1,768-472$233$129,762,44116Weinstein Company
11Unknown (2011)$407,03223%2,303-610$177$59,149,2564Warner Bros.
12I Am Number Four$315,29819%2,005-898$157$51,036,8104Disney / DreamWorks
13Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$225,67224%1,247-1007$181$71,364,0155Paramount
14Take Me Home Tonight$187,9856%2,0030$94$6,257,1512Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$150,17023%931-711$161$35,435,1204Fox
2Cedar Rapids$104,24814%394159$265$4,793,2135Fox Searchlight
3Yogi Bear$87,96044%404138$218$98,826,84813Warner Bros.
4The Fighter$65,04717%463-112$140$93,051,86214Paramount
5Black Swan$56,65220%337-344$168$106,032,17115Fox Searchlight
6The Green Hornet$52,87625%30940$171$97,580,4699Sony / Columbia
7Drive Angry$43,37213%551-1739$79$10,389,7443Summit
8True Grit (2010)$41,66213%401-324$104$169,459,79612Paramount
9No Strings Attached$28,76834%254-171$113$70,052,6908Paramount
10Biutiful$24,10028%114-31$211$4,563,19311Roadside Attractions
11Little Fockers$15,04531%177-44$85$148,410,33012Universal
12The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$13,62218%123-62$111$104,146,31814Fox
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$11,91417%122-86$98$294,735,70517Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$44,90219%490$916$22,600,83352Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Jane Eyre (2011)$17,196-2%4--$4,299$217,5641Focus
3Kill the Irishman$12,720-12%5--$2,544$172,6791Anchor Bay Films
4Gulliver's Travels (2010)$11,88523%99-57$120$42,667,21412Fox
5127 Hours$8,08415%79-56$102$18,251,70919Fox Searchlight
6Blue Valentine (2010)$7,66817%60-36$128$9,528,67011Weinstein Company
7happythankyoumoreplease$7,39131%1917$389$107,6522Anchor Bay Films
8The Eagle$7,21311%99-228$73$19,306,6715Focus
9The Rite$6,701-3%85-116$79$32,736,1677Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Company Men$6,51336%63-49$103$4,166,8048Weinstein Company
11Season of the Witch$4,17011%54-55$77$24,802,17510Relativity Media
12The Mechanic$3,42938%42-67$82$28,937,1607CBS Films
13Rabbit Hole$3,168-8%38-17$83$2,166,17813Lionsgate
14I Love You Phillip Morris$1,75768%12-1$146$1,981,61715Roadside Attractions
15From Prada to Nada$1,4781%33-2$45$2,960,7187Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$982-13%51$196$73,9875Phase 4 Films
17Winter's Bone$53314%9-4$59$6,528,44940Roadside Attractions
18Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$19222%1--$192$29,12215Argot Pictures