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 Sun, Mar. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$4,883,163-34%2,756--$1,772$18,907,3021Relativity Media
2Rango$4,356,554-33%3,843-80$1,134$92,338,6913Paramount
3Battle: Los Angeles$3,920,111-36%3,4170$1,147$60,540,1352Sony / Columbia
4The Lincoln Lawyer$3,513,236-37%2,707--$1,298$13,206,4531Lionsgate
5Paul$3,460,470-32%2,802--$1,235$13,043,3101Universal
6Red Riding Hood$1,671,551-46%3,0300$552$25,895,5142Warner Bros.
7Mars Needs Moms$1,509,372-35%3,1170$484$15,400,4342Disney
8The Adjustment Bureau$1,370,125-47%2,660-187$515$48,619,5503Universal
9Beastly$710,334-48%1,810-149$392$22,183,9433CBS Films
10Gnomeo and Juliet$671,545-31%1,748-837$384$93,587,2906Disney
11Hall Pass$636,701-42%1,905-650$334$39,557,9404Warner Bros. / New Line
12The King's Speech$526,628-44%1,249-519$422$132,476,38117Weinstein Company
13Just Go With It$490,730-51%1,708-690$287$97,964,3246Sony / Columbia
14Unknown (2011)$303,739-46%1,401-902$217$61,094,9035Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Number Four$228,585-50%955-1050$239$52,616,8495Disney / DreamWorks
2Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$157,501-53%550-381$286$36,407,6785Fox
3Cedar Rapids$143,275-38%46268$310$5,475,3166Fox Searchlight
4Yogi Bear$133,137-30%43834$304$99,415,32714Warner Bros.
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$130,060-34%480-767$271$72,209,3636Paramount
6The Green Hornet$71,026-44%282-27$252$97,952,45410Sony / Columbia
7True Grit (2010)$57,674-50%268-133$215$169,780,60813Paramount
8The Fighter$53,951-46%316-147$171$93,367,57515Paramount
9Black Swan$45,191-41%191-146$237$106,303,65716Fox Searchlight
10No Strings Attached$41,380-38%232-22$178$70,257,7679Paramount
11Take Me Home Tonight$36,993-32%281-1722$132$6,704,8503Relativity Media
12The Rite$32,255-26%202117$160$32,858,1908Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Roommate$13,527-62%112-101$121$37,300,1077Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$141,508-28%2622$5,443$719,5142Focus
2Win Win$46,746-29%5--$9,349$150,3621Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$38,883-32%490$794$22,837,27653Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$36,926-45%2116$1,758$332,6382Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$27,216-30%89-25$306$4,701,24712Roadside Attractions
6The Music Never Stopped$20,192-44%32--$631$76,5431Roadside Attractions
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$19,437-32%94-28$207$294,825,35018Warner Bros.
8The Mechanic$17,743-22%9957$179$28,998,3628CBS Films
9The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$13,911-35%82-41$170$104,225,31415Fox
10The Eagle$12,265-36%92-7$133$19,365,5526Focus
11Blue Valentine (2010)$10,336-31%43-17$240$9,576,56112Weinstein Company
12Drive Angry$10,186-39%95-456$107$10,510,8464Summit
13The Company Men$9,383-36%58-5$162$4,210,8529Weinstein Company
14happythankyoumoreplease$6,039-22%12-7$503$137,5613Anchor Bay Films
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$4,963-5%43-56$115$42,705,23513Fox
16127 Hours$4,401-46%32-47$138$18,282,89820Fox Searchlight
17I Love You Phillip Morris$4,026-34%11-1$366$1,997,12716Roadside Attractions
18Season of the Witch$3,798-27%31-23$123$24,823,28311Relativity Media
19Rabbit Hole$3,103-35%29-9$107$2,185,20614Lionsgate
20Nostalgia for the Light$2,653-43%1--$2,653$10,6811Icarus Films
21From Prada to Nada$2,307-34%27-6$85$2,971,4098Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,268-47%52$254$81,2126Phase 4 Films
23Winter's Bone$363-14%4-5$91$6,530,50641Roadside Attractions