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. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$9,569,130--3,952--$2,421$9,569,1301Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$6,444,371178%3,3298$1,936$69,219,0252Paramount
3In Time$4,286,983--3,122--$1,373$4,286,9831Fox
4The Rum Diary$1,841,255--2,272--$810$1,841,2551FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$1,800,572159%3,224-331$558$34,843,3713Paramount
6Real Steel$1,332,449124%2,914-498$457$70,490,7164Disney / DreamWorks
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$1,030,24478%3,0170$341$12,370,1222Summit
8The Ides of March$792,38192%1,572-470$504$31,588,5644Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$629,52280%1,631-722$386$65,650,5726Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$539,873126%1,134-61$476$26,383,7525Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$466,255107%1,5542$300$5,238,0252Universal
12Dolphin Tale$445,94950%1,838-990$243$65,847,8136Warner Bros.
1350/50$423,37958%1,194-738$355$30,355,0925Summit
14The Thing (2011)$271,830-5%1,394-1601$195$15,489,5803Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$315,095--265--$1,189$315,0951Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$193,521313%14084$1,382$953,3302Roadside Attractions
3Dream House$125,77588%585-639$215$20,562,3555Universal
4The Help$116,13332%450-326$258$166,627,53412Disney / DreamWorks
5Contagion$100,44131%411-490$244$73,866,9078Warner Bros.
6Drive (2011)$74,54924%194-173$384$33,528,0237FilmDistrict
7The Mighty Macs$69,750-25%389-586$179$1,355,4442Quaker Media
8The Big Year$68,790-53%423-1727$163$6,661,8703Fox
9The Smurfs$64,546--303-24$213$140,714,03114Sony / Columbia
10Abduction$63,58055%351-402$181$27,021,6926Lionsgate
11The Lion King 3D$51,567-41%378-713$136$92,991,2737Disney
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$49,66285%250-58$199$83,800,58214Warner Bros.
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$48,243113%231-18$209$175,762,01013Fox
14Killer Elite$31,919-27%257-494$124$24,833,0976Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$30,34266%163-77$186$380,626,89616Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$22,69085%139-45$163$176,495,43715Paramount
17Colombiana$21,625--151-25$143$36,607,56210Sony / TriStar
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$14,032161%151-27$93$38,233,25211Weinstein Company
19Apollo 18$13,7182440%120107$114$17,568,0979Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$67,136358%3228$2,098$266,1302Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$40,751--4--$10,188$40,7511Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$27,11427%490$553$13,760,30930Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cowboys & Aliens$16,83572%91-40$185$100,171,43614Universal
5What's Your Number?$15,227-43%62-281$246$13,844,5285Fox
6The Debt$13,34619%87-32$153$31,109,7299Focus
7Laugh at My Pain$13,34056%51-52$262$7,606,4518CodeBlack Entertainment
8Shark Night 3D$12,413189%90-12$138$18,763,6509Relativity Media
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$11,963484%7522$160$23,945,51010FilmDistrict
10The Double (2011)$10,690--11--$972$10,6901Image Entertainment
11Munger Road$6,017266%10-6$602$232,3435Freestyle Releasing
12Inni$4,598--2--$2,299$21,3671Cinema Purgatorio
13Machine Gun Preacher$3,940-10%13-12$303$496,6546Relativity Media
14Our Idiot Brother$3,881-10%51-28$76$24,754,95210Weinstein Company
15Sarah's Key$3,44551%29-19$119$7,046,72515Weinstein Company
16Warrior (2011)$2,516-20%31-34$81$13,646,4428Lionsgate
17Seven Days in Utopia$2,284--11-9$208$4,363,8059Visio Entertainment
18Circumstance$1,5256%7-3$218$425,27110Roadside Attractions
19Texas Killing Fields$1,45454%73$208$29,4673Anchor Bay Films
20I Don't Know How She Does It$1,116-20%14-15$80$9,600,0617Weinstein Company
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$622-68%6-15$104$481,6869Indomina Media
22Labios Rojos$611-77%11-32$56$132,7983Lionsgate / Pantelion
23The Future$556-30%5-9$111$563,30814Roadside Attractions
24Dirty Girl$268-66%1-4$268$50,9564Weinstein Company
25Project Nim$23029%3-9$77$405,61017Roadside Attractions
26Thunder Soul$32-37%40$8$143,4356Roadside Attractions