'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. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$11,933,56234%2,330--$5,122$20,853,4831Disney
2Contagion$6,441,95539%3,2220$1,999$40,800,0892Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$4,426,69310%2,886--$1,534$8,436,1381FilmDistrict
4The Help$2,837,95046%3,01479$942$145,705,1606Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$1,923,764-3%2,408--$799$3,903,3951Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$1,815,80116%2,476--$733$3,381,4821Weinstein Company
7The Debt$1,368,63257%1,831-45$747$25,860,6293Focus
8Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,216,70362%2,340-547$520$170,960,1227Fox
9Warrior (2011)$1,153,90327%1,88314$613$9,203,6992Lionsgate
10Colombiana$1,001,19739%1,933-421$518$32,770,0874Sony / TriStar
11Shark Night 3D$844,37756%2,082-766$406$16,895,6673Relativity Media
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$770,561175%1,650-894$467$35,567,9385Weinstein Company
13Crazy, Stupid, Love$711,42642%1,145-165$621$80,384,2498Warner Bros.
14The Smurfs$589,070129%1,419-558$415$137,197,3128Sony / Columbia
15Our Idiot Brother$572,32940%1,747-649$328$23,358,2044Weinstein Company
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$498,79541%1,334-917$374$22,512,0124FilmDistrict
17Apollo 18$492,59644%1,795-1535$274$16,622,2563Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$154,98218%1,5000$103$2,222,3852Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$444,508-1%230132$1,933$3,300,2802CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$314,22874%601-209$523$377,974,74410Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$260,28769%540-264$482$174,152,2219Paramount
4Cowboys & Aliens$239,46060%614-306$390$98,689,0568Universal
5Seven Days in Utopia$228,57223%437-118$523$3,447,8003Visio Entertainment
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$208,04877%306129$680$351,188,67112Paramount / DreamWorks
7Horrible Bosses$199,65442%444-59$450$116,399,17311Warner Bros. / New Line
8Zookeeper$174,35783%3485$501$79,129,90211Sony / Columbia
9Bad Teacher$143,24845%474378$302$99,306,42813Sony / Columbia
10Sarah's Key$120,21569%266-40$452$6,241,7339Weinstein Company
11The Change-Up$102,84543%307-67$335$36,787,5207Universal
1230 Minutes or Less$98,57941%291-355$339$36,846,4986Sony / Columbia
13Final Destination 5$89,97934%302-353$298$42,085,1636Warner Bros. / New Line
14Mr. Popper's Penguins$77,021112%213-39$362$67,845,43414Fox
15One Day$64,90236%254-238$256$13,727,4045Focus
16Kung Fu Panda 2$43,930113%142-22$309$165,095,30417Paramount / DreamWorks
17Super 8$39,80445%159-44$250$126,844,61215Paramount
18Conan the Barbarian (2011)$37,34742%154-397$243$21,125,9795Lionsgate
20Saving Private Perez$27,83320%116-49$240$1,293,4523Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Green Lantern (2011)$24,71754%103-52$240$116,537,01414Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$47,589121%490$971$12,803,74324Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Friends With Benefits$29,23537%96-18$305$55,790,6439Sony / Screen Gems
3Monte Carlo$28,74392%46-23$625$23,115,87312Fox
4Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$21,73340%1916$1,144$148,5853Indomina Media
5Circumstance$20,42240%318$659$240,6434Roadside Attractions
6The Tree of Life$15,36468%41-21$375$13,139,90617Fox Searchlight
7Attack the Block$10,09738%35-16$288$996,5688Sony / Screen Gems
8The Future$6,80444%293$235$496,9948Roadside Attractions
9The Devil's Double$3,29616%25-8$132$1,338,7228Lionsgate
10Project Nim$2,91864%176$172$381,57711Roadside Attractions
11Another Earth$2,65912%17-24$156$1,290,6809Fox Searchlight
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$54119%5-3$108$1,341,27510Fox Searchlight
13Tanner Hall$79-46%1-4$79$4,9162Anchor Bay Films