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 Tue, Apr. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$4,178,63028%3,827--$1,092$46,675,3751Fox
2HOP$1,569,48043%3,608-8$435$84,827,5253Universal
3Scream 4$1,462,0328%3,305--$442$21,503,7801Weinstein Company
4Hanna$866,66123%2,54510$341$24,852,4042Focus
5Arthur (2011)$804,42431%3,2760$246$23,584,4992Warner Bros.
6Soul Surfer$794,86229%2,2140$359$21,278,3592Sony / TriStar
7Insidious$709,11316%2,233-186$318$37,193,8243FilmDistrict
8Source Code$709,08325%2,557-414$277$38,174,0183Summit
9Your Highness$512,82016%2,7723$185$17,033,8152Universal
10Limitless$455,25026%1,885-770$242$70,405,2205Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$360,47259%1,849-1032$195$48,710,3774Fox
12The Lincoln Lawyer$298,50527%1,702-718$175$50,988,2525Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$330,36314%707--$467$4,125,9061Roadside Attractions
2Born to Be Wild 3D$138,46032%2071$669$2,091,1422Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Jane Eyre (2011)$134,51621%27427$491$6,850,4786Focus
4Win Win$132,84633%384158$346$5,266,3365Fox Searchlight
5Rango$92,37123%976-1031$95$118,943,4947Paramount
6Sucker Punch$75,3888%555-1200$136$35,437,4784Warner Bros.
7Battle: Los Angeles$60,2117%554-854$109$82,309,8516Sony / Columbia
8Paul$50,92012%536-1131$95$36,200,9805Universal
9The Adjustment Bureau$38,28016%348-435$110$60,806,4857Universal
10The King's Speech$36,12531%315-360$115$138,056,95321Weinstein Company
11Just Go With It$35,08333%3266$108$102,332,75110Sony / Columbia
12Hall Pass$27,29415%333-33$82$44,681,7148Warner Bros. / New Line
13No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$25,261-2%189-37$134$1,039,2922Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Unknown (2011)$21,08019%275-90$77$63,418,6809Warner Bros.
15Red Riding Hood$14,72818%248-529$59$36,969,6636Warner Bros.
16Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$11,80729%128-56$92$37,636,1299Fox
17True Grit (2010)$11,02819%177-86$62$170,958,87917Paramount
18Beastly$9,37260%110-229$85$27,488,5637CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$58,11821%321$1,816$23,947,83457Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$10,66582%71-21$150$408,7042UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$7,5178%39-13$193$954,8566Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$5,49642%26-3$211$314,2974Weinstein Company
5Cedar Rapids$3,86711%47-71$82$6,739,49410Fox Searchlight
6Drive Angry$3,85430%71-55$54$10,713,6008Summit
7Black Swan$3,62820%49-54$74$106,935,64220Fox Searchlight
8Biutiful$3,45814%32-6$108$5,019,06216Roadside Attractions
9The Company Men$2,43365%20-12$122$4,387,97613Weinstein Company
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$2,15417%35-34$62$72,776,09510Paramount
11Meet Monica Velour$1,511192%42$378$16,6372Anchor Bay Films
12Blue Valentine (2010)$1,40175%15-4$93$9,703,76216Weinstein Company
13The Music Never Stopped$1,04179%13-1$80$229,5325Roadside Attractions
14Take Me Home Tonight$9758%42-60$23$6,925,7717Relativity Media
15happythankyoumoreplease$797305%4-5$199$213,0117Anchor Bay Films
16The Last Godfather$238284%1-19$238$163,8913Roadside Attractions