'Mockingjay – Part 1' Easily Leads Thanksgiving Day with $11.05M; 'Penguins of Madagascar' a Distant Second with $3.95M; 'Horrible Bosses 2' #3 with $3.06MNovember 28, 2014 11:20 AM

by Daniel Garris

Please note that most grosses for Thursday, November 27 are studio estimates and that not all studios are currently reporting due to Thanksgiving. Complete actuals will be reported on Monday.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in an estimated $11.05 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence was down 24 percent from Thursday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 28 percent on Thanksgiving Day to gross $14.95 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $168.61 million through its first week of release. That places the film 24 percent behind the massive $222.12 million seven-day start of Catching Fire. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed an estimated $25.6 million on Wednesday and Thursday and looks to be headed for a five-day weekend take in the area of $79 million based on past Thanksgiving weekend trends.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in a distant second with an estimated $3.95 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 37 percent from Wednesday. Family films tend to fall off sharply on Thanksgiving Day, but the daily decline for Penguins of Madagascar was even larger than usual for a family film on Thanksgiving. Penguins of Madagascar has grossed an estimated $10.20 million in two days. That places the film 19 percent ahead of the $8.57 million two-day take of 2012's Rise of the Guardians and 17 percent behind the $12.28 million two-day start of 2011's The Muppets. Penguins of Madagascar currently appears headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $37 million.

Horrible Bosses 2 grossed $3.06 million to land in third. The comedy sequel from Warner Bros. was down 28 percent from Wednesday's opening day performance. Yesterday's percentage decline was a concerning sign, as films aimed at adult audiences tend to hold up better on Thanksgiving Day. Horrible Bosses 2 is off to a modest two-day start of just $7.31 million. That places the film a very disappointing 51 percent behind the $14.98 million two-day start of 2008's Four Christmases. Unless Horrible Bosses 2 rebounds in an unexpectedly big way today, the film appears to be on course for a lackluster five-day debut in the area of $24 million.

Disney's Big Hero 6 followed very closely behind in fourth place with an estimated $3.056 million. That was down 27 percent from Wednesday and up 166 percent over last Thursday. Big Hero 6 placed in second for the week with $32.82 million. That was down just 18 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's 21-day total to $148.44 million. Big Hero 6 is currently taking advantage of the slower than expected start of Penguins of Madagascar and has grossed an estimated $7.24 million on Wednesday and Thursday. That places the film on course for a five-day weekend gross in the neighborhood of $26.5 million.

Paramount's Interstellar rounded out Thursday's top five with an estimated $3.04 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film held up much better than other films in the top five on Thursday, as it fell just 4 percent from Wednesday. Interstellar placed in third for the week with $25.69 million. That represented a 30.5 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's domestic total to $131.29 million after 21 days of wide release. Interstellar has grossed an estimated $6.21 million on Wednesday and Thursday and appears to be headed for a five-day holiday take in the area of $21 million.

The Theory of Everything continued to perform well in limited release on Thursday with an estimated $0.727 million from 749 locations. The awards season hopeful from Focus was up 17 percent over Wednesday. The Theory of Everything has grossed an estimated $1.35 million on Wednesday and Thursday. The film's 21-day total stands at $4.52 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, May. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$4,117,720-11%3,644--$1,130$107,333,9651Universal
2Water for Elephants$790,531-12%2,8203$280$36,013,6172Fox
3Rio (2011)$586,967-9%3,708-134$158$106,702,0683Fox
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$438,354-4%2,2880$192$42,906,3322Lionsgate
5African Cats$345,20322%1,2244$282$11,829,7212Disneynature
7Source Code$191,106-5%1,645-718$116$49,700,1485Summit
8Soul Surfer$178,496-1%2,010-230$89$34,579,1214Sony / TriStar
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$161,524-9%2,505--$64$4,833,6141Weinstein Company
11Scream 4$151,123-12%2,221-1093$68$36,219,0903Weinstein Company
14Arthur (2011)$76,487-13%1,251-1519$61$32,026,9244Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$99,938-9%695-154$144$9,174,6533Roadside Attractions
2Limitless$95,877-10%838-525$114$76,519,7597Relativity Media
3Jane Eyre (2011)$70,1450%294-25$239$9,006,6118Focus
4The Lincoln Lawyer$68,202-2%719-501$95$55,082,2087Lionsgate
5Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$58,692-10%875--$67$1,011,5001Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
6Win Win$48,929-15%302-86$162$7,822,5317Fox Searchlight
7Your Highness$30,150-12%402-1208$75$21,242,7704Universal
8The Adjustment Bureau$23,5456%27714$85$61,775,6809Universal
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$17,09618%503-425$34$51,069,3556Fox
11The King's Speech$13,7639%185-49$74$138,589,92723Weinstein Company
13Red Riding Hood$10,181-7%209-99$49$37,440,0188Warner Bros.
14Beastly$8,72010%126-11$69$27,771,0449CBS Films
15Hall Pass$6,314-9%116-86$54$45,013,47610Warner Bros. / New Line
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,61311%109-57$42$72,964,47012Paramount
17Unknown (2011)$4,417-4%101-61$44$63,658,06311Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$66,24812%69-139$960$3,962,7164Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$25,47538%320$796$24,534,60259Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sucker Punch$6,393-10%74-170$86$36,089,1906Warner Bros.
4Dum Maaro Dum$6,1397%93-8$66$509,3542Fox Searchlight
5Kill the Irishman$4,1962%307$140$1,082,5038Anchor Bay Films
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,657-1%45-44$59$1,286,1194Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,459-2%69-23$36$37,826,00611Fox
8Biutiful$2,117-6%221$96$5,064,73718Roadside Attractions
9Cedar Rapids$1,85929%26-10$72$6,806,62012Fox Searchlight
10The Company Men$1,208-9%150$81$4,417,48115Weinstein Company
11Miral$7828%10-10$78$363,2856Weinstein Company
12Meet Monica Velour$6327%21$316$26,7934Anchor Bay Films
13Sympathy For Delicious$5227%2--$261$11,7331Maya Entertainment
14Thank You$135-23%7--$19$463,5404UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$7421%4-2$19$235,0367Roadside Attractions