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 Fri, Sep. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$7,984,564--3,222--$2,478$7,984,5641Warner Bros.
2The Help$2,675,273105%2,93592$912$131,076,9315Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$1,770,745--1,869--$947$1,770,7451Lionsgate
4The Debt$1,433,487118%1,87650$764$18,530,4432Focus
5Colombiana$1,157,591155%2,354-260$492$26,936,2973Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,093,995180%2,887-306$379$165,054,8266Fox
7Shark Night 3D$1,001,904262%2,84842$352$12,266,0832Relativity Media
8Apollo 18$871,680150%3,3302$262$12,959,6342Weinstein Company
9Our Idiot Brother$835,074124%2,396-159$349$19,494,0833Weinstein Company
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$689,203186%1,310-140$526$76,938,2647Warner Bros.
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$674,589133%2,251-529$300$19,508,3473FilmDistrict
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$538,188--1,500--$359$538,1881Sony / Columbia
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$468,471344%2,544-463$184$32,190,0574Weinstein Company
14The Smurfs$351,256161%1,977-729$178$134,560,1017Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$264,29257%810-282$326$376,367,3939Warner Bros.
2Captain America: The First Avenger$244,177135%804-246$304$172,858,1878Paramount
3Cowboys & Aliens$234,555132%920-265$255$97,448,4217Universal
4Seven Days in Utopia$214,106123%555-6$386$2,314,4502Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$183,507256%50381$365$115,393,46210Warner Bros. / New Line
630 Minutes or Less$174,36139%646-709$270$36,113,2595Sony / Columbia
7Final Destination 5$167,92482%655-571$256$41,369,0945Warner Bros. / New Line
8One Day$127,14615%492-695$258$13,179,3684Focus
9Zookeeper$111,714--343-58$326$78,442,50010Sony / Columbia
10Sarah's Key$107,06265%306-13$350$5,570,3998Weinstein Company
11The Change-Up$100,98097%374-165$270$36,264,6656Universal
12Conan the Barbarian (2011)$87,412-24%551-1171$159$20,704,4284Lionsgate
13Saving Private Perez$61,731128%1654$374$988,9982Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Bridesmaids$52,205116%197-23$265$168,642,20518Universal
15Transformers: Dark of the Moon$46,97821%177-247$265$350,672,11711Paramount / DreamWorks
16Super 8$40,260133%203-37$198$126,627,28414Paramount
17Mr. Popper's Penguins$38,996339%2520$155$67,577,96113Fox
18Green Lantern (2011)$29,208161%155-30$188$116,378,23213Warner Bros.
19Friends With Benefits$27,090--114-47$238$55,653,6458Sony / Screen Gems
20Kung Fu Panda 2$26,93899%164-141$164$164,905,69016Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$758,461--98--$7,739$758,4611CodeBlack Entertainment
2Monte Carlo$25,0632492%6928$363$22,972,72811Fox
3Bad Teacher$19,473-49%96-890$203$98,999,52212Sony / Columbia
4Attack the Block$17,21677%51-15$338$914,4997Sony / Screen Gems
5Circumstance$17,124387%2312$745$143,7023Roadside Attractions
6Born to Be Wild 3D$16,89028%490$345$12,607,69923Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Tree of Life$12,83828%62-24$207$13,056,25016Fox Searchlight
8X-Men: First Class$12,019106%67-34$179$146,329,93915Fox
9The Hangover Part II$9,211167%60-30$154$254,436,00716Warner Bros.
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$7,534120%30$2,511$86,0082Indomina Media
11The Devil's Double$6,41750%33-16$194$1,305,6107Lionsgate
12Another Earth$5,857-12%41-30$143$1,257,6418Fox Searchlight
13The Future$5,33965%269$205$463,0607Roadside Attractions
14Project Nim$1,90131%11-4$173$369,93610Roadside Attractions
15Tanner Hall$1,074--5--$215$1,0741Anchor Bay Films
16Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$830-23%8-4$104$1,335,8379Fox Searchlight
17Everything Must Go$17950%40$45$2,710,81618Roadside Attractions
185 Days of War$102-70%1-2$102$17,0404Anchor Bay Films
19In/Sight$82-94%3-20$27$16,8322Check Entertainment
20The Music Never Stopped$40--10$40$257,90926Roadside Attractions
21The Conspirator$16--1--$16$11,538,18822Roadside Attractions