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 Thu, Nov. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$2,377,57379%3,96311$600$83,309,1662Paramount / DreamWorks
2Tower Heist$1,801,34530%3,367--$535$30,691,8501Universal
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$1,121,27322%2,875--$390$17,322,3821Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$724,27037%3,1275$232$26,516,7372Fox
5Paranormal Activity 3$619,35448%3,286-43$188$97,197,5523Paramount
6Footloose (2011)$458,40883%2,811-413$163$46,040,7784Paramount
7The Rum Diary$309,99910%2,29220$135$11,567,9842FilmDistrict
8Real Steel$303,85061%2,438-476$125$79,748,1165Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$190,14720%1,391-181$137$37,414,0265Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$186,92745%1,1384$164$30,553,5886Sony / TriStar
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$179,45833%1,863-1154$96$18,670,3043Summit
12Moneyball$172,97833%1,278-353$135$70,791,5697Sony / Columbia
13Dolphin Tale$105,35780%1,105-733$95$68,940,7787Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$137,70626%514249$268$3,171,3912Sony / Columbia
250/50$107,47635%747-447$144$33,334,1156Summit
3Margin Call$64,63910%17838$363$2,766,6833Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$57,96050%644-910$90$7,924,7903Universal
5The Way$42,69219%224-34$191$2,298,9555Producers Distribution Agency
6Sarah's Key$37,65917%318289$118$7,477,40316Weinstein Company
7Contagion$26,90143%260-151$103$74,553,4489Warner Bros.
8The Thing (2011)$26,88017%384-1010$70$16,842,5254Universal
9Drive (2011)$22,82812%136-58$168$34,153,8458FilmDistrict
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$18,81531%199-32$95$176,202,65114Fox
11Dream House$16,49543%330-255$50$21,204,5256Universal
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$16,13230%172-78$94$84,162,42615Warner Bros.
13Abduction$13,19240%207-144$64$27,411,7907Lionsgate
14The Mighty Macs$11,62623%101-288$115$1,771,5553Quaker Media
15The Big Year$10,58433%213-210$50$7,049,4414Fox
16Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$9,67551%22562$43$380,901,82117Warner Bros.
17What's Your Number?$7,2109%10240$71$13,965,0116Fox
18Killer Elite$5,84912%119-138$49$25,027,8787Open Road
19Captain America: The First Avenger$5,84255%102-37$57$176,654,50516Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1J. Edgar$45,889-13%7--$6,556$98,5340Warner Bros.
2Martha Marcy May Marlene$45,4277%9866$464$1,200,0463Fox Searchlight
3Like Crazy$30,97423%1612$1,936$551,2662Paramount Vantage
4Born to Be Wild 3D$21,59048%490$441$14,027,04531Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Double (2011)$8,0527%4534$179$128,2362Image Entertainment
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,13989%98-53$52$38,369,78412Weinstein Company
7Inni$3,7483%75$535$57,1542Cinema Purgatorio
8Apollo 18$3,38526%93-27$36$17,675,92110Weinstein Company
9Our Idiot Brother$2,84716%35-16$81$24,802,27511Weinstein Company
10Laugh at My Pain$2,46752%38-13$65$7,682,1839CodeBlack Entertainment
11The Son of No One$2,37830%10--$238$26,1871Anchor Bay Films
12Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,25314%52-23$43$24,028,64511FilmDistrict
13Shark Night 3D$1,88947%44-46$43$18,844,57210Relativity Media
14Machine Gun Preacher$1,28647%12-1$107$524,7477Relativity Media
15Munger Road$85333%9-1$95$261,2776Freestyle Releasing
16Circumstance$722142%5-2$144$438,41511Roadside Attractions
17Texas Killing Fields$57413%103$57$44,5634Anchor Bay Films
18I Don't Know How She Does It$423-30%8-6$53$9,610,5018Weinstein Company
19Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$392120%5-1$78$486,76210Indomina Media
20Dirty Girl$268-25%65$45$55,1255Weinstein Company
21Project Nim$14955%30$50$406,80918Roadside Attractions
22The Future$42-82%50$8$567,72515Roadside Attractions