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 Fri, Mar. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1John Carter$9,811,935--3,749--$2,617$9,811,9351Disney
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$9,571,030231%3,74617$2,555$92,449,8602Universal
3Project X (2012)$3,988,342149%3,0550$1,306$32,563,3372Warner Bros.
4Silent House (2012)$2,664,094--2,124--$1,254$2,664,0941Open Road
5Act of Valor$2,008,533117%2,951-102$681$51,109,1303Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$1,913,397--1,890--$1,012$1,913,3971Paramount
7Safe House$1,339,835128%2,144-409$625$112,143,6505Universal
8The Vow$1,266,385155%2,478-348$511$114,880,1315Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$1,220,791176%1,949-393$626$44,360,1414Fox
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$874,20680%2,525-535$346$87,904,8175Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$815,936110%1,516-616$538$28,358,3853Lionsgate
12The Artist$573,40578%1,505-251$381$38,728,42816Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$524,12770%1,804-683$291$46,624,2744Sony / Columbia
14Wanderlust$499,75051%1,220-782$410$14,363,8703Universal
15Gone$309,56647%1,144-1042$271$10,140,8483Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$595,349--369--$1,613$595,3491Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$255,213102%595-459$429$61,618,0856Fox
3The Descendants$181,43292%517-177$351$80,959,19417Fox Searchlight
4The Woman in Black$156,448114%433-379$361$52,696,6946CBS Films
5The Iron Lady$152,56280%447-64$341$27,516,37911Weinstein Company
6Hugo$151,593101%313-93$484$71,797,39716Paramount
7Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$87,440374%229122$382$208,171,20613Paramount
8The Secret World of Arrietty$82,408-23%501-930$164$17,237,6764Disney
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$73,863-7%258-473$286$42,578,0365Fox
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$70,233173%287-27$245$130,970,57413Fox
11We Bought a Zoo$50,796157%228-38$223$74,532,45212Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$49,728102%208-58$239$186,414,90113Warner Bros.
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$48,185--211-45$228$102,238,74312Sony / Columbia
14Big Miracle$44,050126%238-121$185$19,485,1556Universal
15Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$42,82097%109-17$393$23,792,47014Focus
16Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$34,78869%202-101$172$31,630,90312Warner Bros.
17The Grey$33,24225%151-157$220$50,869,5437Open Road
18Red Tails$33,23184%178-71$187$49,261,2188Fox
19The Adventures of Tintin$33,22156%153-62$217$77,276,95712Paramount
20Contraband$20,82566%119-29$175$66,431,7109Universal
21My Week with Marilyn$18,11918%1200$151$14,423,74916Weinstein Company
22Joyful Noise$16,71364%103-99$162$30,825,8679Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$57,890--18--$3,216$225,8941CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$40,69947%400$1,017$16,926,60249Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Coriolanus$13,901280%195$732$438,8688Weinstein Company
4Undefeated$13,812127%130$1,062$210,6224Weinstein Company
5Haywire$12,0671397%8250$147$18,868,8778Relativity Media
6Being Flynn$11,995289%128$1,000$70,4102Focus
7One For the Money$11,21871%64-53$175$26,095,7467Lionsgate
8Albert Nobbs$9,99538%45-23$222$2,763,0477Roadside Attractions
9W.E.$8,75753%245$365$358,1506Weinstein Company
10Pariah (2011)$6,721255%196$354$742,81611Focus
11Shame$6,42938%20-2$321$3,880,26715Fox Searchlight
12Paan Singh Tomar$2,03236%5-5$406$28,3572UTV Communications
13Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,045-45%10-16$105$166,6423UTV Communications
14The Devil Inside$9098%10-7$91$53,204,42910Paramount
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$23581%4-21$59$1,152,0515UTV Communications