Grosses

'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 Fri, Oct. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 3$26,305,745--3,321--$7,921$26,305,7451Paramount
2Footloose (2011)$3,509,954207%3,5556$987$23,522,9852Paramount
3Real Steel$3,105,491204%3,412-28$910$59,013,1313Disney / DreamWorks
4The Three Musketeers (2011)$2,969,687--3,017--$984$2,969,6871Summit
5The Ides of March$1,528,814161%2,042-157$749$25,788,1403Sony / Columbia
6Moneyball$1,325,990175%2,353-487$564$60,984,8845Sony / Columbia
7Dolphin Tale$1,246,449155%2,828-458$441$61,437,1245Warner Bros.
8Johnny English Reborn$1,163,845--1,552--$750$1,163,8451Universal
9The Thing (2011)$1,003,32597%2,995-1$335$11,982,6702Universal
1050/50$925,870128%1,932-459$479$26,911,4104Summit
11Courageous$793,717144%1,195-19$664$23,274,8834Sony / TriStar
12The Big Year$573,658125%2,1500$267$4,893,0362Fox
13Dream House$379,445132%1,224-948$310$19,427,1254Universal
14The Lion King 3D$307,57846%1,091-879$282$91,661,8786Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Mighty Macs$346,840--975--$356$346,8401Quaker Media
2Contagion$271,54677%901-783$301$72,892,8387Warner Bros.
3The Help$217,62842%776-491$280$165,694,46411Disney / DreamWorks
4Drive (2011)$187,14067%367-336$510$32,767,5896FilmDistrict
5Abduction$179,03259%753-954$238$26,390,6315Lionsgate
6Killer Elite$121,00118%751-680$161$24,343,6005Open Road
7The Smurfs$108,766--327-43$333$140,276,67813Sony / Columbia
8What's Your Number?$98,755-1%343-939$288$13,495,9834Fox
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$79,287415%308146$257$83,484,60813Warner Bros.
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$70,521226%249-24$283$175,464,72012Fox
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$55,20462%240-90$230$380,405,84115Warner Bros.
12Captain America: The First Avenger$51,01396%184-62$277$176,313,66514Paramount
13Laugh at My Pain$34,84884%103-85$338$7,480,7247CodeBlack Entertainment
14Colombiana$32,261--17644$183$36,457,4799Sony / TriStar
15Cowboys & Aliens$29,485103%131-77$225$100,052,42613Universal
16The Debt$28,23957%119-81$237$30,980,3138Focus
17Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$25,74550%178-133$145$38,116,18210Weinstein Company
18Shark Night 3D$16,220647%102-13$159$18,681,9078Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Margin Call$169,290--56--$3,023$169,2901Roadside Attractions
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$40,165--4--$10,041$40,1651Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$31,80467%490$649$13,609,70729Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Zookeeper$11,483--94-61$122$80,328,69616Sony / Columbia
5Munger Road$11,137190%16-16$696$200,4124Freestyle Releasing
6Our Idiot Brother$10,638294%7938$135$24,709,9329Weinstein Company
7Warrior (2011)$9,87524%65-70$152$13,613,8177Lionsgate
8Machine Gun Preacher$9,22217%25-18$369$453,5215Relativity Media
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$8,972277%53-27$169$23,906,6189FilmDistrict
10Horrible Bosses$7,46431%50-35$149$117,513,72316Warner Bros. / New Line
11Sarah's Key$6,915-21%48-38$144$7,010,36314Weinstein Company
12Labios Rojos$6,50830%43-24$151$104,3212Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Seven Days in Utopia$4,23734%20-21$212$4,348,0758Visio Entertainment
14Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,211--21-1$153$465,9488Indomina Media
15Texas Killing Fields$3,002157%41$751$16,3762Anchor Bay Films
16I Don't Know How She Does It$2,815-33%29-78$97$9,589,5466Weinstein Company
17Circumstance$2,3493%10-9$235$412,1689Roadside Attractions
18Apollo 18$2,32193%13-5$179$17,548,2878Weinstein Company
19The Future$1,72386%14-2$123$556,92113Roadside Attractions
20Dirty Girl$1,1472%5-5$229$44,9463Weinstein Company
21Project Nim$472183%129$39$400,42216Roadside Attractions
22Thunder Soul$235-61%4-8$59$142,2245Roadside Attractions