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, Oct. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$8,533,690--3,440--$2,481$8,533,6901Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$3,426,434--2,199--$1,558$3,426,4341Sony / Columbia
3Dolphin Tale$2,408,305255%3,478-37$692$42,317,9503Warner Bros.
4Moneyball$2,214,597150%3,01825$734$43,967,7753Sony / Columbia
550/50$1,783,164140%2,47921$719$13,613,5362Summit
6Courageous$1,413,038152%1,1610$1,217$12,705,1942Sony / TriStar
7Dream House$1,358,645229%2,6643$510$11,350,6102Universal
8The Lion King 3D$1,212,604142%2,267-73$535$82,622,5934Disney
9What's Your Number?$1,036,588150%3,0119$344$8,292,6062Fox
10Contagion$847,522131%2,250-494$377$66,931,7435Warner Bros.
11Abduction$840,971163%2,591-527$325$21,310,1133Lionsgate
12Killer Elite$643,20047%2,411-575$267$20,088,7673Open Road
13The Help$561,66561%2,064-441$272$161,268,9809Disney / DreamWorks
14Drive (2011)$545,40878%1,330-644$410$28,810,7304FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$136,833176%248-30$552$6,598,7705CodeBlack Entertainment
2The Smurfs$128,755--515104$250$138,998,49811Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$112,169316%407155$276$379,457,05513Warner Bros.
4Captain America: The First Avenger$91,790123%303-47$303$175,585,89012Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$81,671100%382-209$214$174,723,58310Fox
6The Debt$65,51716%358-245$183$30,381,3546Focus
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$65,40358%222-183$295$82,984,07611Warner Bros.
8Colombiana$63,869--245-167$261$36,042,3177Sony / TriStar
9Warrior (2011)$52,10515%319-388$163$13,309,2065Lionsgate
10Cowboys & Aliens$43,260137%206-35$210$99,664,64111Universal
11Zookeeper$37,528--198-55$190$80,002,61914Sony / Columbia
12I Don't Know How She Does It$32,172-29%240-505$134$9,418,5374Weinstein Company
13Horrible Bosses$31,672104%142-80$223$117,318,72014Warner Bros. / New Line
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$28,64787%365-345$78$37,633,2918Weinstein Company
15Straw Dogs (2011)$26,815-34%181-693$148$10,263,6624Sony / Screen Gems
16Transformers: Dark of the Moon$22,24066%143-65$156$352,298,11815Paramount / DreamWorks
17Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$19,68592%114-102$173$23,769,5407FilmDistrict
18Shark Night 3D$16,46768%145-147$114$18,546,1676Relativity Media
19Sarah's Key$15,5905%113-26$138$6,839,81312Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machine Gun Preacher$31,823266%9360$342$210,4553Relativity Media
2Born to Be Wild 3D$27,63496%490$564$13,259,73827Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Seven Days in Utopia$15,70853%77-58$204$4,251,8616Visio Entertainment
4Munger Road$15,652--98$1,739$63,4392Freestyle Releasing
5Thunder Soul$10,546739%3724$285$96,7573Roadside Attractions
6Bad Teacher$9,986--64-290$156$100,270,28816Sony / Columbia
7Our Idiot Brother$9,65150%67-69$144$24,639,2017Weinstein Company
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$9,051121%68-35$133$68,154,21317Fox
9Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$8,91048%27-7$330$385,8516Indomina Media
10Final Destination 5$8,02727%61-83$132$42,553,1469Warner Bros. / New Line
11Dirty Girl$6,243--9--$694$6,2431Weinstein Company
12Apollo 18$5,44131%46-68$118$17,508,4846Weinstein Company
13Circumstance$4,50153%18-5$250$360,3017Roadside Attractions
14Margaret$3,414187%1412$244$15,2352Fox Searchlight
15Muran$1,378148%7-3$197$21,1732UTV Communications
16The Future$1,118-5%15-1$75$541,97211Roadside Attractions
17Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$41149%90$46$11,7252UTV Communications
18Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$365--4-2$91$9,9432Freestyle Releasing
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$153128%1--$153$244,38056Collective Eye
20Project Nim$53-74%6-1$9$398,80414Roadside Attractions