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 Tue, Dec. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$1,315,11115%4,046-20$325$249,388,8093Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$682,44419%3,4400$198$57,611,1812Disney
3Hugo$671,27730%1,840563$365$26,310,1922Paramount
4Immortals$494,01916%2,627-50$188$76,579,4184Relativity Media
5Arthur Christmas$428,48031%3,3760$127$26,099,9522Sony / Columbia
6Happy Feet Two$402,14729%3,536-75$114$52,418,9903Warner Bros.
7Jack and Jill$377,08234%3,04920$124$64,823,4584Sony / Columbia
8Tower Heist$324,54023%2,404-70$135$71,186,5455Universal
9J. Edgar$286,04928%1,98575$144$33,078,6894Warner Bros.
10Puss in Boots (2011)$207,02022%2,750-255$75$139,891,7646Paramount / DreamWorks
11Moneyball$64,71323%1,004817$64$73,904,73911Sony / Columbia
12The Ides of March$62,84625%1,016857$62$40,236,6919Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$465,36132%574141$811$18,495,5083Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$138,38025%2440$567$4,109,4832Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$123,07628%710-165$173$33,304,6345Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$60,92029%421-36$145$35,958,7516Fox
5Courageous$28,06422%26554$106$33,087,15610Sony / TriStar
6Like Crazy$27,52423%1522$181$2,924,1916Paramount Vantage
7Margin Call$26,88161%15111$178$4,728,3367Roadside Attractions
8The Way$24,53632%16059$153$3,666,8849Producers Distribution Agency
9Dolphin Tale$24,48225%410194$60$70,758,96011Warner Bros.
1050/50$17,64531%196-14$90$34,791,28710Summit
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$14,47035%208-16$70$20,119,6267Summit
12Footloose (2011)$11,01422%309-75$36$51,051,3058Paramount
13Paranormal Activity 3$10,875-3%255-100$43$103,464,5117Paramount
14Anonymous$9,46929%10533$90$4,412,2406Sony / Columbia
15Abduction$7,61321%151-12$50$27,981,56911Lionsgate
16Contagion$6,78522%155-63$44$75,578,74413Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$43,81011%10--$4,381$432,6671Fox Searchlight
2The Artist$22,1336%62$3,689$544,6582Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$17,638167%490$360$14,588,61535Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Martha Marcy May Marlene$8,9553%84-29$107$2,749,6877Fox Searchlight
5Drive (2011)$8,29215%86-7$96$34,613,80912FilmDistrict
6The Rum Diary$6,14426%639$98$13,029,9166FilmDistrict
7The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$5,890304%245$245$166,8792Warner Bros.
8Pastorela$5,581-20%55--$101$94,7661Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,89913%84-19$46$176,653,74418Fox
10Answers to Nothing$2,26136%21--$108$18,1881Roadside Attractions
11Circumstance$1,665-3%2--$833$449,16615Roadside Attractions
12Inni$648-27%2-3$324$110,9996Cinema Purgatorio
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$47034%31-17$15$38,529,48716Weinstein Company
14Sarah's Key$3275%7-20$47$7,692,33920Weinstein Company
15Laugh at My Pain$15122%51$30$7,704,75613CodeBlack Entertainment