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 Sun, Sep. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,599,0884%2,84365$1,969$118,985,1764Disney / DreamWorks
2The Debt$3,618,945-1%1,826--$1,982$11,810,9131Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,110,5206%3,193-153$974$160,139,9885Fox
4Apollo 18$2,848,814-5%3,328--$856$8,704,2711Weinstein Company
5Colombiana$2,729,066-1%2,6140$1,044$22,025,3222Sony / TriStar
6Shark Night 3D$2,602,845-13%2,806--$928$8,404,2601Relativity Media
7Our Idiot Brother$2,101,07210%2,5550$822$15,686,2282Weinstein Company
8Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,879,2030%3,007-298$625$29,216,5893Weinstein Company
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$1,798,040-7%2,78020$647$16,635,4572FilmDistrict
10The Smurfs$1,617,1462%2,706-155$598$132,052,0906Sony / Columbia
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,240,6014%1,450-127$856$74,510,1126Warner Bros.
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,008,56812%1,092-236$924$374,623,5848Warner Bros.
13Captain America: The First Avenger$758,4776%1,050-374$722$171,627,5417Paramount
14Cowboys & Aliens$734,8855%1,185-374$620$96,259,5656Universal
1530 Minutes or Less$700,2548%1,355-716$517$35,016,1914Sony / Columbia
16Conan the Barbarian (2011)$672,24126%1,722-1293$390$19,794,7333Lionsgate
17Final Destination 5$539,121-7%1,226-859$440$40,543,4874Warner Bros. / New Line
18Cars 2$508,19110%2,043--$249$188,686,31711Disney
19One Day$483,134-1%1,187-538$407$12,306,3153Focus
20Fright Night (2011)$464,830-5%1,468-1646$317$17,064,3583Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Seven Days in Utopia$470,07810%561--$838$1,316,9101Visio Entertainment
2The Change-Up$296,4508%539-365$550$35,791,5605Universal
3Horrible Bosses$267,8066%422-43$635$114,852,6849Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$267,681-9%401176$668$78,013,7399Sony / Columbia
5Saving Private Perez$239,5736%161--$1,488$664,5171Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Sarah's Key$231,816-6%31947$727$5,046,7507Weinstein Company
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$230,1153%424-94$543$350,348,22510Paramount / DreamWorks
8Bad Teacher$171,848-5%986911$174$98,777,57611Sony / Columbia
9Kung Fu Panda 2$129,717-3%305111$425$164,694,85915Paramount / DreamWorks
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$117,4510%25213$466$67,426,37712Fox
11Super 8$101,930-2%240-2$425$126,451,88713Paramount
12Bridesmaids$100,095-2%220-2$455$168,452,53017Universal
13Friends With Benefits$76,38612%161-53$474$55,539,8437Sony / Screen Gems
14Green Lantern (2011)$70,974-5%185-37$384$116,252,73212Warner Bros.
15X-Men: First Class$43,18414%101-9$428$146,277,35014Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bodyguard$319,2812%88--$3,628$1,174,1891Reliance Big Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$91,11316%490$1,859$12,467,24122Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$33,0892%6636$501$835,6186Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$32,51512%86-11$378$12,988,67215Fox Searchlight
5The Hangover Part II$29,75310%90-38$331$254,404,87215Warner Bros.
6Another Earth$23,1364%71-23$326$1,211,9367Fox Searchlight
7Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$20,311-3%64-159$317$11,810,9084Fox
8Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$19,4165%3--$6,472$52,6181Indomina Media
9The Devil's Double$16,5526%49-29$338$1,268,5816Lionsgate
10Beginners$13,085-5%34-16$385$5,764,84214Focus
11Circumstance$11,953-14%114$1,087$104,0762Roadside Attractions
12The Future$8,8607%17-5$521$439,4866Roadside Attractions
13Insidious$7,6183%4-3$1,905$54,008,44023FilmDistrict
14Monte Carlo$6,712-16%41-50$164$22,936,85210Fox
15Rio (2011)$4,6272%25-14$185$143,613,65121Fox
16Project Nim$3,997-3%15-1$266$361,8849Roadside Attractions
17In/Sight$2,730-26%23--$119$9,5711Check Entertainment
18Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,938-11%12-3$162$1,331,2428Fox Searchlight
19Redemption Road$1,232-16%10-16$123$25,8402Freestyle Releasing
20Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles$901-17%1--$901$3,0541Argot Pictures
215 Days of War$767-17%32$256$15,1403Anchor Bay Films
22Everything Must Go$374120%41$94$2,710,21517Roadside Attractions
23Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$348-68%5--$70$243,56751Collective Eye
24The Music Never Stopped$232-7%1--$232$257,53525Roadside Attractions