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, Aug. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,882,00634%2,77888$2,117$92,581,6553Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$3,743,6040%2,614--$1,432$7,469,6721Sony / TriStar
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,689,58342%3,346-125$1,103$146,102,6324Fox
4Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$3,034,455-15%2,760--$1,099$6,617,3091FilmDistrict
5Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$2,615,40462%3,30510$791$20,214,0092Weinstein Company
6Our Idiot Brother$2,593,7899%2,555--$1,015$4,984,0151Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$2,045,10760%2,861-196$715$124,520,2365Sony / Columbia
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,283,07128%1,577-363$814$68,909,3365Warner Bros.
9Fright Night (2011)$1,242,03525%3,1140$399$13,418,0992Disney / DreamWorks
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$1,217,93229%3,0150$404$15,641,2922Lionsgate
11Final Destination 5$1,050,81429%2,085-1070$504$37,226,3553Warner Bros. / New Line
1230 Minutes or Less$1,038,71225%2,071-817$502$30,973,4623Sony / Columbia
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,029,43949%1,328-410$775$369,959,0137Warner Bros.
14Cowboys & Aliens$1,021,14554%1,559-654$655$92,830,1955Universal
15One Day$992,02518%1,7254$575$9,105,8272Focus
16Captain America: The First Avenger$955,97852%1,424-564$671$168,106,2016Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$497,18529%904-729$550$34,174,6554Universal
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$278,81857%51834$538$349,273,5849Paramount / DreamWorks
3Sarah's Key$264,63639%27271$973$3,905,2646Weinstein Company
4Horrible Bosses$260,88629%465-290$561$113,638,9418Warner Bros. / New Line
5Super 8$131,20752%242156$542$125,961,64712Paramount
6Mr. Popper's Penguins$117,89774%239-35$493$66,954,12111Fox
7Zookeeper$114,30152%225-145$508$77,132,6818Sony / Columbia
8Green Lantern (2011)$101,41259%222-20$457$115,907,50511Warner Bros.
9Bridesmaids$93,24527%222-22$420$167,987,71016Universal
10Kung Fu Panda 2$92,47880%194-43$477$164,211,34614Paramount / DreamWorks
11Friends With Benefits$90,07424%214-199$421$55,166,0176Sony / Screen Gems
12Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$73,47230%223-1759$329$11,631,6663Fox
13X-Men: First Class$49,50748%110-36$450$146,093,20013Fox
14The Hangover Part II$28,65943%128-65$224$254,285,04214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$64,98861%490$1,326$12,070,76621Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bad Teacher$49,09541%75-25$655$98,248,55210Sony / Columbia
3Another Earth$39,51347%947$420$1,074,6076Fox Searchlight
4The Devil's Double$33,74229%78-5$433$1,145,5385Lionsgate
5The Tree of Life$30,87723%971$318$12,826,38514Fox Searchlight
6Monte Carlo$27,02048%91-16$297$22,889,0479Fox
7Attack the Block$19,8144%30-14$660$693,3595Sony / Screen Gems
8Circumstance$14,181-18%7--$2,026$31,4751Roadside Attractions
9Beginners$12,38735%50-19$248$5,698,02013Focus
10Rio (2011)$11,540164%39-29$296$143,590,12820Fox
11The Future$8,6798%22-9$395$388,6685Roadside Attractions
12Redemption Road$8,03837%26--$309$13,9181Freestyle Releasing
13Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$4,60283%15-22$307$1,313,6437Fox Searchlight
14A Better Life$4,38159%31-34$141$1,750,71510Summit
15Insidious$2,98674%7-2$427$53,990,14122FilmDistrict
16Project Nim$2,80419%164$175$344,5378Roadside Attractions
17The Conspirator$441-6%3-1$147$11,537,48120Roadside Attractions
18Everything Must Go$414106%3-1$138$2,708,80016Roadside Attractions
195 Days of War$345-45%1-1$345$10,2852Anchor Bay Films
20Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$8-88%1-2$8$240,41750Collective Eye