Grosses

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Delivers 2014’s Largest Debut with $121.9MNovember 24, 2014 01:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 registered the largest opening weekend of 2014 with $121.898 million this weekend. However, the third installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence debuted a significant 23 percent below the $158.07 million start of last year's Catching Fire and 20 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 $55.14 million on Friday, which included $17.0 million from Thursday night shows. The film declined 26 percent on Saturday to gross $40.91 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $25.85 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.21 to 1, which was just below the 2.21 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 $20.12 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 $135.75 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 $15.34 million, Interstellar topped Dumb and Dumber To by an estimated $1.26 million for the frame. Interstellar was down a significant 46 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 $120.93 million after 17 days of wide release. The film is also falling further and further behind the pace of last year's 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 61 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with $14.08 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 $57.73 million. However, the film has now fallen 6 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 $1.51 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 $10,798 for the frame. The Theory of Everything has grossed $2.81 million through 17 days of platform release and will continue its expansion over the upcoming Thanksgiving frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Feb. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,088,827-12%3,50030$1,740$59,050,4512Warner Bros. / New Line
2Safe House$3,901,250-47%3,1212$1,250$81,812,4402Universal
3The Vow$3,575,709-45%2,9580$1,209$88,567,6232Sony / Screen Gems
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$3,355,439-48%3,174--$1,057$25,470,7731Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$2,600,982-47%3,189--$816$21,616,7171Fox
6The Secret World of Arrietty$2,238,4693%1,522--$1,471$8,684,8641Disney
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,954,244-28%2,6550$736$35,793,9102Fox
8Chronicle$1,544,678-38%2,556-352$604$52,643,4873Fox
9The Woman in Black$1,114,980-44%2,559-297$436$46,404,7943CBS Films
10Big Miracle$898,6759%1,634-499$550$17,605,6853Universal
11The Grey$575,123-45%2,107-694$273$48,610,2934Open Road
12The Descendants$556,848-43%1,243-338$448$75,572,44214Fox Searchlight
13Red Tails$327,225-29%1,009-571$324$47,885,8545Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hugo$545,555-15%558-144$978$67,287,36313Paramount
2The Artist$541,093-37%8080$670$28,070,41213Weinstein Company
3The Iron Lady$232,770-35%623111$374$24,656,2608Weinstein Company
4Underworld Awakening$213,420-43%826-831$258$61,593,9075Sony / Screen Gems
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$189,3928%400-102$473$129,872,61010Fox
6One For the Money$144,573-44%933-1123$155$25,605,7204Lionsgate
7Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$143,528-32%577-798$249$30,774,1239Warner Bros.
8The Adventures of Tintin$138,3452%30346$457$76,529,5159Paramount
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$115,345-32%403138$286$185,386,50110Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$106,176-37%184-48$577$22,801,51411Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$105,482-33%275-194$384$207,404,96110Paramount
12Beauty and the Beast 3D$105,3263%214-464$492$47,104,4446Disney
13Contraband$94,500-46%420-661$225$65,860,2056Universal
14We Bought a Zoo$86,366-10%287-133$301$73,743,0209Fox
15The Muppets$81,230--269--$302$88,148,49013Disney
16Puss in Boots (2011)$75,976-4%163-46$466$149,074,00217Paramount / DreamWorks
17Man on a Ledge$73,699-28%401-1022$184$18,451,1554Lionsgate
182012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$72,362--138--$524$1,059,8472Shorts International
19War Horse$69,152-34%394-108$176$78,775,4509Disney / DreamWorks
20The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$66,176-44%189--$350$101,431,0909Sony / Columbia
21My Week with Marilyn$51,456-29%120-5$429$13,694,41413Weinstein Company
22Joyful Noise$47,611-28%340-346$140$30,355,5056Warner Bros.
23Albert Nobbs$47,514-31%119-32$399$2,407,7454Roadside Attractions
24Happy Feet Two$33,238-5%135-67$246$63,859,63814Warner Bros.
25Jack and Jill$31,413-25%134--$234$74,051,63615Sony / Columbia
26The Darkest Hour$17,255-47%11395$153$21,336,9519Summit
27The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$8,328-49%148-82$56$281,275,99114Lionsgate / Summit
28Agneepath$8,031--132--$61$1,981,6054Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pina$68,606--78--$880$2,243,1009IFC Films
2A Separation$60,795--54--$1,126$2,086,6328Sony Pictures Classics
3Born to Be Wild 3D$53,004-3%451$1,178$16,426,13446Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Thin Ice$33,917--53--$640$217,4441IDP/ATO Pictures
5Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$31,934-57%98-13$326$1,058,2372UTV Communications
6Rampart$29,574--28--$1,056$239,9912Millennium Entertainment
7A Dangerous Method$27,839--96--$290$5,199,78313Sony Pictures Classics
8In Darkness$19,056--14--$1,361$161,5702Sony Pictures Classics
9Shame$14,908-31%44-8$339$3,735,07512Fox Searchlight
10Haywire$14,649-37%79-184$185$18,766,1095Relativity Media
11W.E.$12,891-32%203$645$219,8373Weinstein Company
12We Need to Talk About Kevin$12,394--16--$775$617,21511Oscilloscope
13Bullhead$9,803--7--$1,400$42,0701Drafthouse Films
14Coriolanus$9,507-35%132$731$331,4725Weinstein Company
15Undefeated$9,082-28%5--$1,816$42,2471Weinstein Company
16Chico & Rita$7,767--5--$1,553$68,1302GKIDS
17Carnage (2011)$7,223--35--$206$2,427,52310Sony Pictures Classics
18The Sitter$5,631--0-99--$30,476,84011Fox
19Young Adult$5,269-44%8752$61$16,300,30211Paramount
20Pariah (2011)$4,693-37%130$361$692,6158Focus
21The Help$3,475--13--$267$169,672,06128Disney / DreamWorks
22Midnight in Paris$2,815--16--$176$56,556,23140Sony Pictures Classics
23New Year's Eve$2,512-22%33-122$76$54,540,52511Warner Bros. / New Line
24The Devil Inside$2,442-45%34-61$72$53,183,2267Paramount
25On the Ice$2,439--0----$20,3401PMK*BNC
26Death of the Virgin$2,034--2--$1,017$18,8602Indican Pictures
27In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,793-22%8-2$224$286,7849FilmDistrict
28The Women on the 6th Floor$1,556--6--$259$605,03820Strand Releasing
29The Turin Horse$1,311--2--$656$19,0742Cinema Guild
30The Flowers of War$988--3--$329$219,8205Wrekin Hill Entertainment
31Declaration of War$900--7--$129$35,0814IFC Films
32Michael (2012)$812--1--$812$5,3581Strand Releasing
33Immortals$758-45%29-4$26$83,503,16115Relativity Media
34Khodorkovsky$727--1--$727$33,78112Kino Lorber
35The Skin I Live In$724--4--$181$3,168,68219Sony Pictures Classics
36Kung Fu Joe$612--1--$612$7,6942Indican Pictures
37The Way$558--5--$112$4,422,69120Producers Distribution Agency
38J. Edgar$499-73%11-31$45$37,304,95015Warner Bros.
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$492--2--$246$63,2257Cinema Guild
40Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$482--2--$241$863,38333International Film Circuit
41Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$382--1--$382$48,71328Lorber Films
42Circus Columbia$364--1--$364$1,6481Strand Releasing
43Melancholia$357--5--$71$3,023,55315Magnolia Pictures
44Putin's Kiss$333--1--$333$1,8581Kino Lorber
45How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$313--4--$78$12,7434First Run Features
46The Innkeepers$266--7--$38$75,1723Magnolia / Magnet
47Kill List$147--4--$37$19,5483IFC Films
48Take Shelter$127--4--$32$1,724,58821Sony Pictures Classics