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 Sat, Mar. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$17,905,88087%3,74617$4,780$110,355,7402Universal
2John Carter$12,327,41726%3,749--$3,288$22,139,3521Disney
3Project X (2012)$4,429,26411%3,0550$1,450$36,992,6012Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$3,104,63755%2,951-102$1,052$54,213,7673Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$2,722,35642%1,890--$1,440$4,635,7531Paramount
6Silent House (2012)$2,665,1010%2,124--$1,255$5,329,1951Open Road
7Safe House$2,239,79567%2,144-409$1,045$114,383,4455Universal
8The Vow$1,709,58835%2,478-348$690$116,589,7195Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$1,689,50638%1,949-393$867$46,049,6474Fox
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,689,23393%2,525-535$669$89,594,0505Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,381,40469%1,516-616$911$29,739,7893Lionsgate
12The Artist$979,75571%1,505-251$651$39,708,18316Weinstein Company
13Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$907,89373%1,804-683$503$47,532,1674Sony / Columbia
14Wanderlust$750,70050%1,220-782$615$15,114,5703Universal
15Gone$400,39829%1,144-1042$350$10,541,2463Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$912,26053%369--$2,472$1,507,6091Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$412,96962%595-459$694$62,031,0546Fox
3The Descendants$331,32683%517-177$641$81,290,52017Fox Searchlight
4Hugo$298,56897%313-93$954$72,095,96516Paramount
5The Iron Lady$269,41477%447-64$603$27,785,79311Weinstein Company
6The Woman in Black$224,86444%433-379$519$52,921,5586CBS Films
7The Secret World of Arrietty$194,504136%501-930$388$17,432,1804Disney
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$159,746116%258-473$619$42,737,7825Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$142,34063%229122$622$208,313,54613Paramount
10Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$134,76492%287-27$470$131,105,33813Fox
11Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$88,477107%109-17$812$23,880,94714Focus
12We Bought a Zoo$87,35372%228-38$383$74,619,80512Fox
13The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$82,16771%211-45$389$102,320,91012Sony / Columbia
14Big Miracle$72,70565%238-121$305$19,557,8606Universal
15Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$72,36746%208-58$348$186,487,26813Warner Bros.
16The Adventures of Tintin$63,29791%153-62$414$77,340,25412Paramount
17The Grey$54,51764%151-157$361$50,924,0607Open Road
18Red Tails$51,79956%178-71$291$49,313,0178Fox
19Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$51,18447%202-101$253$31,682,08712Warner Bros.
20My Week with Marilyn$38,701114%1200$323$14,462,45016Weinstein Company
21Contraband$33,91563%119-29$285$66,465,6259Universal
22Joyful Noise$25,62553%103-99$249$30,851,4929Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$107,29785%18--$5,961$165,1871CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$48,38819%400$1,210$16,974,99049Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Undefeated$26,97295%130$2,075$237,5944Weinstein Company
4Coriolanus$22,01358%195$1,159$460,8818Weinstein Company
5Being Flynn$20,42870%128$1,702$90,8382Focus
6Haywire$17,67446%8250$216$18,886,5518Relativity Media
7Albert Nobbs$17,43574%45-23$387$2,780,4827Roadside Attractions
8W.E.$15,59478%245$650$373,7446Weinstein Company
9One For the Money$15,16635%64-53$237$26,110,9127Lionsgate
10Shame$10,22559%20-2$511$3,890,49215Fox Searchlight
11Pariah (2011)$8,93533%196$470$751,75111Focus
12Paan Singh Tomar$3,35165%5-5$670$31,7082UTV Communications
13Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$2,336124%10-16$234$168,9783UTV Communications
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$938299%4-21$235$1,152,9895UTV Communications
15The Devil Inside$9262%10-7$93$53,205,35510Paramount