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 Mon, May. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$17,480,581-33%3,615--$4,836$135,037,2421Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$13,214,873-18%3,925--$3,367$66,675,3041Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$10,183,364-26%4,1649$2,446$163,607,6252Disney
4Bridesmaids$4,185,555-28%2,95821$1,415$89,343,4653Universal
5Thor$2,546,271-25%3,296-628$773$162,439,4444Paramount
6Fast Five$1,490,500-31%2,981-641$500$197,308,7505Universal
7Rio (2011)$638,688-6%1,672-921$382$135,484,8457Fox
8Something Borrowed$417,337-32%1,440-1166$290$35,192,5184Warner Bros.
9Priest (2011)$412,736-31%1,918-946$215$27,748,0133Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$561,805-7%939-533$598$34,666,5024Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$287,463-23%794-1100$362$54,704,4966Fox
3Cave of Forgotten Dreams$146,154--118--$1,239$2,764,6885IFC Films
4Soul Surfer$131,861-5%401-583$329$41,421,8948Sony / TriStar
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$97,839-9%359-553$273$52,395,8756Lionsgate
6Rango$96,150-23%280-22$343$121,811,53213Paramount
7Source Code$81,448-25%299-78$272$53,513,8619Summit
8Everything Must Go$80,887-19%161-84$502$2,177,0983Roadside Attractions
9HOP$59,785-25%299-55$200$107,568,4309Universal
10Hanna$55,922-27%216-63$259$39,584,5838Focus
11Limitless$51,953-30%269-88$193$78,509,17111Relativity Media
12Win Win$50,125-31%124-78$404$9,696,77511Fox Searchlight
13Jane Eyre (2011)$47,470-9%143-65$332$10,703,78112Focus
14The Lincoln Lawyer$47,020-27%166-92$283$56,837,96211Lionsgate
15The Conspirator$45,578-18%137-132$333$11,200,4957Roadside Attractions
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$44,202-21%214-39$207$52,151,89210Fox
17Insidious$33,368-40%186-315$179$52,767,8259FilmDistrict
18Scream 4$29,609-35%26156$113$37,912,8717Weinstein Company
19The Beaver$26,883-22%109-59$247$792,6164Summit
20African Cats$26,663--147--$181$14,800,7486Disneynature
21Mars Needs Moms$25,861--128--$202$21,193,02212Disney
22Gnomeo and Juliet$24,085--111--$217$99,628,26316Disney
23Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$23,112-10%203-439$114$9,472,7335Weinstein Company
24The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$13,808--141--$98$568,2346Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$625,648--58--$10,787$3,460,1942Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$120,868-10%4--$30,217$493,7881Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$61,592-24%47-3$1,310$5,949,1188Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Incendies$60,860--72--$845$949,4286Sony Pictures Classics
5The Double Hour$44,992--58--$776$783,2547IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
6Hubble 3D$28,954-18%30-4$965$25,259,75463Warner Bros. / IMAX
713 Assassins$28,307--31--$913$450,0415Magnolia / Magnet
8Meek's Cutoff$24,036--40--$601$627,1388Oscilloscope
9The First Grader$17,411--36--$484$157,1783National Geographic
10Prom$15,346--98--$157$9,882,7445Disney
11Battle: Los Angeles$14,778-28%96--$154$83,552,42912Sony / Columbia
12Bill Cunningham New York$14,446--22--$657$1,148,11311Zeitgeist Films
13L'Amour fou$13,663--18--$759$184,3953IFC Films
14Potiche$13,478--36--$374$1,494,38610Music Box Films
15Arthur (2011)$10,957-62%77-160$142$32,951,0548Warner Bros.
16Hesher$9,303--11--$846$331,3633Wrekin Hill Entertainment
17Of Gods and Men$9,036--37--$244$3,862,62714Sony Pictures Classics
18Queen to Play$7,563--11--$688$278,7009Zeitgeist Films
19I Am Number Four$6,801--42--$162$55,092,83015Disney / DreamWorks
20The Princess of Montpensier$4,855--17--$286$281,7877IFC Films
21Winter in Wartime$4,628--13--$356$435,65411Sony Pictures Classics
22Tangled$3,953--34--$116$200,807,26227Disney
2335 and Ticking$3,87111%60$645$52,1512Image Entertainment
24A Beautiful Life$3,796--21--$181$55,5842China Lion Film
25Certified Copy$3,533--8--$442$1,310,64512IFC Films
26My Perestroika$3,499--11--$318$194,58310International Film Circuit
27The King's Speech$3,25930%18-22$181$138,777,57427Weinstein Company
28There Be Dragons$2,953--10--$295$1,068,3924IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
29In a Better World$2,696--28--$96$753,0219Sony Pictures Classics
30Kill the Irishman$2,440-11%10-2$244$1,168,97712Anchor Bay Films
31Tuesday, After Christmas$2,126--1--$2,126$10,4851Lorber Films
32Hobo with a Shotgun$1,633--21--$78$600,5414Magnolia / Magnet
33Harvest$987--4--$247$22,1344Monterey Media
34Poetry$978--3--$326$343,20416Kino International
35Biutiful$91299%5--$182$5,099,47422Roadside Attractions
36The Robber$904--1--$904$55,2575Kino International
37Barney's Version$849--9--$94$7,486,29820Sony Pictures Classics
38Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$640--5--$128$166,21913Strand Releasing
39How To Live Forever$621--2--$311$17,4663Variance Films
40United Red Army$592--1--$592$1,7531Lorber Films
41Go For It!$5755%14-50$41$178,7393Lionsgate / Pantelion
42Into Eternity$510--4--$128$44,30417International Film Circuit
43Henry's Crime$500--1--$500$100,9508Moving Pictures Film & Television
44Rubber$492--5--$98$88,5869Magnolia / Magnet
45Dum Maaro Dum$418-41%6-5$70$563,1056Fox Searchlight
46City of Life and Death$408--2--$204$19,9723Kino International
47The Music Never Stopped$373-19%50$75$245,09711Roadside Attractions
48Circo$361--1--$361$59,8199First Run Features
49Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$305--2--$153$43,9996Variance Films
50Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$199--1--$199$247,76321First Run Features
51Battle of the Brides$186--1--$186$64,3024Variance Films
52Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$186--2--$93$13,5573First Run Features
53Skateland$133-40%2-9$67$17,8373Freestyle Releasing
54The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$115--2--$58$11,1463Argot Pictures
55Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$60--1--$60$6,8983Strand Releasing
56American: The Bill Hicks Story$41--2--$21$82,4158Variance Films
57To Die Like a Man$26--1--$26$3,9398Strand Releasing