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 Mon, Feb. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$3,330,484-64%2,958--$1,126$44,532,9421Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$2,946,470-71%3,119--$945$43,119,1901Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,275,486-84%3,470--$368$28,610,8491Warner Bros. / New Line
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$917,433-83%2,655--$346$23,387,3651Fox
5Chronicle$776,742-75%2,9081$267$40,736,5982Fox
6The Woman in Black$562,339-74%2,8561$197$35,820,4842CBS Films
7The Grey$405,011-70%2,801-406$145$43,192,8953Open Road
8The Descendants$265,252-71%1,581-457$168$70,936,54113Fox Searchlight
9Underworld Awakening$246,003-66%1,657-979$148$59,160,5284Sony / Screen Gems
10Big Miracle$222,990-81%2,1334$105$13,504,9752Universal
11Red Tails$201,078-70%1,580-767$127$45,281,8504Fox
12One For the Money$177,558-71%2,056-681$86$23,857,2163Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$113,246-72%1,375-1130$82$29,520,1468Warner Bros.
14Contraband$102,155-68%1,081-966$95$64,744,9805Universal
15Man on a Ledge$100,107-68%1,423-1575$70$17,571,5393Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$207,606-67%808-197$257$24,209,64412Weinstein Company
2Hugo$135,885-77%702-328$194$64,577,90912Paramount
3The Iron Lady$114,391-65%512-509$223$22,911,6557Weinstein Company
4Beauty and the Beast 3D$56,929-82%678-1041$84$46,520,2355Disney
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$55,325-69%469-608$118$206,570,0939Paramount
6War Horse$42,263-70%502-661$84$78,242,4308Disney / DreamWorks
7Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$40,606-72%232-70$175$22,035,68410Focus
8Joyful Noise$34,764-74%686-664$51$29,924,8935Warner Bros.
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$32,349-81%502-316$64$129,087,2409Fox
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$26,368-64%265-592$100$184,599,5689Warner Bros.
11The Adventures of Tintin$26,366-77%257-229$103$75,897,8528Paramount
12Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$26,122-84%111--$235$663,2221UTV Communications
13Albert Nobbs$25,173-69%151-94$167$2,059,5713Roadside Attractions
14We Bought a Zoo$21,794-78%420-334$52$73,268,3938Fox
15My Week with Marilyn$21,019-62%125-46$168$13,365,08712Weinstein Company
16Haywire$19,634-64%263-988$75$18,599,0854Relativity Media
17Puss in Boots (2011)$17,424-75%209-44$83$148,758,44416Paramount / DreamWorks
18Happy Feet Two$12,377-80%202-53$61$63,687,50813Warner Bros.
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$11,958-71%230-66$52$281,170,13013Lionsgate / Summit
20New Year's Eve$6,048-61%155-67$39$54,499,49010Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$10,604-68%44-1$241$16,167,62745Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$9,228-62%52-12$177$3,616,12511Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$6,418-65%1713$378$130,2112Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$6,068-65%99-27$61$30,418,01810Fox
5Coriolanus$3,420-62%11-3$311$271,3674Weinstein Company
6The Devil Inside$3,240-62%95-208$34$53,153,0166Paramount
7Pariah (2011)$2,093-68%13-6$161$659,5307Focus
8Immortals$1,777-72%33-29$54$83,490,32314Relativity Media
9J. Edgar$1,389-65%42-93$33$37,294,86714Warner Bros.
10Young Adult$1,227-59%35-23$35$16,258,73910Paramount
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$924-75%103$92$273,3008FilmDistrict
12The Darkest Hour$582-71%18-21$32$21,218,0718Summit
13Vettai$168-85%2-2$84$198,3605UTV Communications
14Margin Call$144-31%2--$72$5,353,73017Roadside Attractions