'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, Sep. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,364,07848%2,84365$1,887$113,386,0884Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$3,658,55539%1,826--$2,004$8,191,9681Focus
3Apollo 18$3,008,1486%3,328--$904$5,855,4571Weinstein Company
4Shark Night 3D$3,003,9387%2,806--$1,071$5,801,4151Relativity Media
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,937,52457%3,193-153$920$157,029,4685Fox
6Colombiana$2,749,12338%2,6140$1,052$19,296,2562Sony / TriStar
7Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,924,89531%2,78020$692$14,837,4172FilmDistrict
8Our Idiot Brother$1,913,64233%2,5550$749$13,585,1562Weinstein Company
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,883,98579%3,007-298$627$27,337,3863Weinstein Company
10The Smurfs$1,590,44478%2,706-155$588$130,434,9446Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,197,85438%1,450-127$826$73,269,5116Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$904,24662%1,092-236$828$373,615,0168Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$713,28556%1,050-374$679$170,869,0647Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$699,15057%1,185-374$590$95,524,6806Universal
1530 Minutes or Less$646,67537%1,355-716$477$34,315,9374Sony / Columbia
16Final Destination 5$576,85651%1,226-859$471$40,004,3664Warner Bros. / New Line
17Conan the Barbarian (2011)$532,19343%1,722-1293$309$19,122,4923Lionsgate
18Fright Night (2011)$491,67142%1,468-1646$335$16,599,5283Disney / DreamWorks
19One Day$487,09436%1,187-538$410$11,823,1813Focus
20Cars 2$460,65693%2,043--$225$188,178,12611Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$425,9051%561--$759$846,8321Visio Entertainment
2Zookeeper$294,24968%401176$734$77,746,0589Sony / Columbia
3The Change-Up$274,89034%539-365$510$35,495,1105Universal
4Horrible Bosses$253,49743%422-43$601$114,584,8789Warner Bros. / New Line
5Sarah's Key$246,50169%31947$773$4,814,9347Weinstein Company
6Saving Private Perez$226,86515%161--$1,409$424,9441Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$223,54766%424-94$527$350,118,11010Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bad Teacher$180,12644%986911$183$98,605,72811Sony / Columbia
9Kung Fu Panda 2$133,68189%305111$438$164,565,14215Paramount / DreamWorks
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$117,12167%25213$465$67,308,92612Fox
11Super 8$103,73848%240-2$432$126,349,95713Paramount
13Green Lantern (2011)$74,95274%185-37$405$116,181,75812Warner Bros.
14Friends With Benefits$68,11441%161-53$423$55,463,4577Sony / Screen Gems
15X-Men: First Class$37,88844%101-9$375$146,234,16614Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$313,47236%88--$3,562$854,9081Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$78,577113%490$1,604$12,376,12822Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$32,46435%6636$492$802,5296Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$28,91359%86-11$336$12,956,15715Fox Searchlight
5The Hangover Part II$27,05381%90-38$301$254,375,11915Warner Bros.
6Another Earth$22,29639%71-23$314$1,188,8007Fox Searchlight
7Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$20,89673%64-159$327$11,790,5974Fox
8Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$18,57027%3--$6,190$33,2021Indomina Media
9The Devil's Double$15,59649%49-29$318$1,252,0296Lionsgate
10Circumstance$13,97029%114$1,270$92,1232Roadside Attractions
12The Future$8,30422%17-5$488$430,6266Roadside Attractions
13Monte Carlo$7,96453%41-50$194$22,930,14010Fox
15Rio (2011)$4,544142%25-14$182$143,609,02421Fox
16Project Nim$4,12688%15-1$275$357,8879Roadside Attractions
17In/Sight$3,69517%23--$161$6,8411Check Entertainment
18Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,17437%12-3$181$1,329,3048Fox Searchlight
19Redemption Road$1,46378%10-16$146$24,6082Freestyle Releasing
20Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$1,0903%1--$1,090$2,1531Argot Pictures
21Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,090-36%54$218$243,21951Collective Eye
225 Days of War$922-46%32$307$14,3733Anchor Bay Films
23The Music Never Stopped$25067%1--$250$257,30325Roadside Attractions
24Everything Must Go$17048%41$43$2,709,84117Roadside Attractions
25The Conspirator$24--1-2$24$11,538,17221Roadside Attractions