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 Thu, Dec. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$8,246,568-3%3,4480$2,392$102,984,2072Paramount
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$6,522,184-1%3,683-43$1,771$76,359,3352Fox
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$6,331,128-3%3,7030$1,710$110,022,3262Warner Bros.
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$4,144,753-1%2,9140$1,422$40,760,3041Sony / Columbia
5The Adventures of Tintin$4,115,772-1%3,0870$1,333$36,038,9871Paramount
6We Bought a Zoo$4,087,5011%3,117--$1,311$27,487,3171Fox
7War Horse$3,614,519-3%2,376--$1,521$26,029,0431Disney / DreamWorks
8New Year's Eve$1,768,4654%2,225-826$795$39,665,0503Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Darkest Hour$1,208,166-3%2,324--$520$8,974,7221Summit
10The Muppets$1,014,9430%1,536-323$661$79,867,2615Disney
11The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$762,4691%1,411-411$540$273,469,7966Lionsgate / Summit
12The Sitter$531,113-2%1,486-987$357$24,644,0613Fox
13Arthur Christmas$361,570-5%1,524-581$237$45,137,0675Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$825,6022%753-82$1,096$36,024,6466Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$745,3323%951-536$784$46,992,5925Paramount
3Young Adult$613,312-1%9871$621$9,969,1383Paramount
4The Artist$318,3115%167150$1,906$3,733,5745Weinstein Company
5Puss in Boots (2011)$278,5364%389-368$716$144,731,4289Paramount / DreamWorks
6My Week with Marilyn$241,1300%602358$401$8,010,3725Weinstein Company
7Happy Feet Two$153,0085%525-235$291$60,411,1656Warner Bros.
8J. Edgar$66,4395%4550$146$36,326,9817Warner Bros.
9Jack and Jill$63,8431%242-435$264$71,519,6217Sony / Columbia
10Dolphin Tale$61,0037%188-62$324$71,811,66614Warner Bros.
11Moneyball$59,6672%2420$247$74,756,44914Sony / Columbia
12Tower Heist$55,1852%283-135$195$76,480,9108Universal
13Courageous$46,005-1%1925$240$33,883,38913Sony / TriStar
14Immortals$38,2410%228-988$168$82,531,6297Relativity Media
15A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$34,0820%2450$139$34,796,5238Warner Bros. / New Line
16Footloose (2011)$32,75710%182-71$180$51,556,15611Paramount
17The Ides of March$22,7267%1454$157$40,741,90112Sony / Columbia
18In Time$22,6852%112-161$203$36,956,6259Fox
19Paranormal Activity 3$16,2655%124-82$131$103,939,69510Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$244,3146%5539$4,442$2,870,2903Focus
2Shame$57,3541%500$1,147$1,765,5834Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$52,1835%490$1,065$15,058,27838Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$28,571-7%6--$4,762$202,2741Warner Bros.
5The Way$16,69513%27--$618$4,117,80212Producers Distribution Agency
6The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$13,339-10%20-2$667$681,7315Warner Bros.
7Pariah (2011)$9,867-55%4--$2,467$31,6910Focus
8Margin Call$7,89217%30-91$263$5,222,72110Roadside Attractions
9Drive (2011)$5,5538%26-30$214$34,808,52915FilmDistrict
10In the Land of Blood and Honey$4,9562%3--$1,652$39,6631FilmDistrict
11Like Crazy$4,7032%30-70$157$3,358,4679Paramount Vantage
12The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,960-11%37-86$107$20,374,48410Summit
13Martha Marcy May Marlene$3,16821%15-24$211$2,900,62510Fox Searchlight
1450/50$2,51911%31-80$81$35,014,19213Summit
15Inni$21641%1--$216$117,0539Cinema Purgatorio