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 Sun, Jul. 31 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cowboys & Aliens$10,162,555-23%3,750--$2,710$36,431,2901Universal
2The Smurfs$9,740,511-23%3,395--$2,869$35,611,6371Sony / Columbia
3Captain America: The First Avenger$7,750,118-22%3,7150$2,086$117,421,5712Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,962,129-18%4,145-230$1,680$318,511,6023Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$5,446,148-23%3,020--$1,803$19,104,3031Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$2,670,092-22%2,9260$913$38,175,9732Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$2,154,012-24%2,510-594$858$96,290,9174Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,825,860-26%2,604-771$701$338,007,7255Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$1,187,906-30%2,418-797$491$68,832,7334Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$735,093-20%1,763-905$417$182,118,6906Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$575,635-14%1,632-773$353$22,435,4903Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$249,260-27%484-196$515$165,457,08012Universal
2Bad Teacher$244,486-26%765-1269$320$96,718,1476Sony / Columbia
3Kung Fu Panda 2$208,441-18%31969$653$161,681,66710Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$126,145-19%34671$365$253,027,04310Warner Bros.
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$122,426-33%412-179$297$64,625,4697Fox
6The Tree of Life$106,011-21%196-34$541$11,685,37110Fox Searchlight
7Super 8$88,583-29%325-333$273$124,973,8318Paramount
8X-Men: First Class$87,297-23%254-41$344$144,723,8429Fox
9Thor$67,518-15%190-46$355$180,580,79513Paramount
10Beginners$67,156-34%147-10$457$5,032,4059Focus
11Larry Crowne$65,325-42%335-700$195$35,107,9455Universal
12Green Lantern (2011)$64,500-5%135-286$478$114,327,6147Warner Bros.
13Rio (2011)$58,437-17%174-36$336$143,021,06816Fox
14Fast Five$43,750-20%125-49$350$209,688,23514Universal
15Monte Carlo$36,630-28%168-192$218$22,275,8955Fox
16A Better Life$24,733-20%108-74$229$1,585,5586Summit
17Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$13,972-47%161-29$87$14,880,4568Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$121,678-22%3328$3,687$536,6502Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$73,136-11%491$1,493$10,282,55517Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$56,842-24%9332$611$710,0153Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$43,185-14%8--$5,398$139,5061Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$34,983-19%2016$1,749$221,4922Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$31,292-6%5--$6,258$96,4141Lionsgate
7Singham$21,710-13%39-11$557$287,4582Reliance Big Pictures
8Project Nim$10,387-23%212$495$227,0484Roadside Attractions
9A Little Help$9,21816%240$384$85,7892Freestyle Releasing
10The Future$7,272-30%1--$7,272$27,1371Roadside Attractions
11Water for Elephants$6,702-31%41-50$163$58,664,10015Fox
12Insidious$5,948-25%41-18$145$53,943,19218FilmDistrict
13Submarine$3,6439%191$192$449,3039Weinstein Company
14Delhi Belly$1,912-59%7-18$273$1,524,3865UTV Communications
15Everything Must Go$1,180-11%8-1$148$2,694,12312Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$164-62%2-1$82$112,1709Dada Films
17The Conspirator$156-26%3-7$52$11,531,76316Roadside Attractions
1835 and Ticking$141-33%2-1$71$94,65211Image Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$114-61%2--$57$256,59020Roadside Attractions
20Daylight (2011)$90-76%0----$2,6483Cinema Purgatorio