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 Wed, Oct. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$953,698-10%2,9930$319$40,867,5922Sony / Columbia
250/50$754,492-20%2,458--$307$11,087,4641Summit
3Dolphin Tale$652,271-17%3,5158$186$39,231,1712Warner Bros.
4The Lion King 3D$500,218-20%2,34010$214$80,908,3553Disney
5Courageous$467,011-22%1,161--$402$10,730,9091Sony / TriStar
6Killer Elite$452,120-25%2,9860$151$19,008,3872Open Road
7What's Your Number?$425,212-26%3,002--$142$6,841,0561Fox
8Dream House$412,465-26%2,661--$155$9,579,6101Universal
9Contagion$363,097-16%2,744-392$132$65,718,0644Warner Bros.
10The Help$332,020-9%2,505541$133$160,358,2588Disney / DreamWorks
11Abduction$308,424-27%3,1180$99$20,148,8792Lionsgate
12Drive (2011)$304,276-16%1,974-930$154$27,959,4153FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Debt$62,601-9%603-464$104$30,259,2525Focus
2Laugh at My Pain$47,570-16%274-13$174$6,412,4184CodeBlack Entertainment
3Warrior (2011)$41,675-9%707-704$59$13,211,6314Lionsgate
4I Don't Know How She Does It$41,391-8%745-1745$56$9,341,1673Weinstein Company
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$39,477-7%405-270$97$82,877,28810Warner Bros.
6Straw Dogs (2011)$39,244-16%874-1534$45$10,196,1873Sony / Screen Gems
7Rise of the Planet of the Apes$39,170-7%591-587$66$174,601,0799Fox
8Captain America: The First Avenger$38,374-15%35016$110$175,453,01111Paramount
9Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$24,335-2%252-68$97$379,317,92012Warner Bros.
10Cowboys & Aliens$16,870-6%241-104$70$99,603,13110Universal
11Horrible Bosses$16,013-5%222-91$72$117,271,51513Warner Bros. / New Line
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$14,579-8%710-497$21$37,589,3087Weinstein Company
13Sarah's Key$14,0352%139-12$101$6,809,42411Weinstein Company
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$13,084-7%208-43$63$352,262,44314Paramount / DreamWorks
15Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$11,49613%216-208$53$23,739,6166FilmDistrict
16Seven Days in Utopia$9,3007%135--$69$4,225,8635Visio Entertainment
17Shark Night 3D$8,822-14%292-345$30$18,519,9015Relativity Media
18Our Idiot Brother$6,505-14%136-275$48$24,623,1196Weinstein Company
19Conan the Barbarian (2011)$5,803-12%11559$50$21,289,1627Lionsgate
20Final Destination 5$5,456-16%144-110$38$42,538,7798Warner Bros. / New Line
21Apollo 18$4,5298%114-225$40$17,498,8935Weinstein Company
22Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,818-20%103-50$27$68,141,07316Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$12,99615%490$265$13,218,03726Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$9,4869%3329$287$169,9472Relativity Media
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,3561%34-14$158$370,9325Indomina Media
4Circumstance$2,52921%23-6$110$352,8606Roadside Attractions
5Munger Road$1,692-26%1--$1,692$42,8401Freestyle Releasing
6The Future$1,48540%16-11$93$539,68110Roadside Attractions
7Margaret$1,12611%2--$563$10,6331Fox Searchlight
8Thunder Soul$979-37%13-22$75$84,9542Roadside Attractions
9Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$762-5%6--$127$8,9951Freestyle Releasing
10Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$63046%9--$70$11,0381UTV Communications
11Muran$420-69%10--$42$19,2401UTV Communications
12Project Nim$30419%7-11$43$398,54813Roadside Attractions