Grosses

'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 Sat, Jul. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cowboys & Aliens$13,181,2501%3,750--$3,515$26,268,7351Universal
2The Smurfs$12,610,312-5%3,395--$3,714$25,871,1261Sony / Columbia
3Captain America: The First Avenger$9,939,60426%3,7150$2,676$109,671,4532Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$8,457,01129%4,145-230$2,040$311,549,4733Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$7,073,8207%3,020--$2,342$13,658,1551Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$3,435,5718%2,9260$1,174$35,505,8812Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$2,821,27927%2,510-594$1,124$94,136,9054Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$2,466,78438%2,604-771$947$336,181,8655Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$1,702,41721%2,418-797$704$67,644,8274Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$919,50632%1,763-905$522$181,383,5976Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$669,03726%1,632-773$410$21,859,8553Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$341,22527%484-196$705$165,207,82012Universal
2Bad Teacher$328,79122%765-1269$430$96,473,6616Sony / Columbia
3Kung Fu Panda 2$254,84128%31969$799$161,473,22610Paramount / DreamWorks
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$181,50511%412-179$441$64,503,0437Fox
5The Hangover Part II$156,62135%34671$453$252,900,89810Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$133,43543%196-34$681$11,579,36010Fox Searchlight
7Super 8$124,45137%325-333$383$124,885,2488Paramount
8X-Men: First Class$114,08432%254-41$449$144,636,5459Fox
9Larry Crowne$112,12531%335-700$335$35,042,6205Universal
10Beginners$101,59263%147-10$691$4,965,2499Focus
11Thor$79,50031%190-46$418$180,513,27713Paramount
12Rio (2011)$70,41228%174-36$405$142,962,63116Fox
13Green Lantern (2011)$67,99433%135-286$504$114,263,1147Warner Bros.
14Fast Five$54,37536%125-49$435$209,644,48514Universal
15Monte Carlo$51,0146%168-192$304$22,239,2655Fox
16A Better Life$31,05348%108-74$288$1,560,8256Summit
17Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$26,21310%161-29$163$14,866,4848Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$155,49074%3328$4,712$414,9722Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$82,250-8%491$1,679$10,209,41917Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$74,76743%9332$804$653,1733Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$50,1148%8--$6,264$96,3211Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$43,42041%2016$2,171$186,5092Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$33,3535%5--$6,671$65,1221Lionsgate
7Singham$25,03548%39-11$642$265,7482Reliance Big Pictures
8Project Nim$13,50771%212$643$216,6614Roadside Attractions
9The Future$10,40010%1--$10,400$19,8651Roadside Attractions
10Water for Elephants$9,70013%41-50$237$58,657,39815Fox
11A Little Help$7,93352%240$331$76,5712Freestyle Releasing
12Insidious$7,90925%41-18$193$53,937,24418FilmDistrict
13Delhi Belly$4,70680%7-18$672$1,522,4745UTV Communications
14Submarine$3,350-4%191$176$445,6609Weinstein Company
15Everything Must Go$1,32378%8-1$165$2,692,94312Roadside Attractions
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$830435%20$415$232,67846Collective Eye
17The Last Mountain$42850%2-1$214$112,0069Dada Films
18Daylight (2011)$370172%0----$2,5583Cinema Purgatorio
19The Music Never Stopped$29129%2-2$146$256,47620Roadside Attractions
2035 and Ticking$212-3%2-1$106$94,51111Image Entertainment
21The Conspirator$21046%3-7$70$11,531,60716Roadside Attractions