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'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 Thu, Mar. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$2,794,256-7%3,121--$895$49,751,3281Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,413,3754%3,76923$375$164,230,0103Universal
3John Carter$861,987-8%3,7490$230$57,333,3802Disney
4Project X (2012)$338,101-9%2,922-133$116$49,802,1483Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$332,012-3%2,765-186$120$63,879,7244Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$230,321-3%1,8955$122$13,000,1682Paramount
7Safe House$220,825-4%1,920-224$115$121,179,3156Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$193,5935%1,935-590$100$95,782,0896Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Vow$186,0732%2,175-303$86$121,934,7746Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$177,596-1%1,660-289$107$51,284,7375Fox
11Silent House (2012)$155,785-8%2,1240$73$11,322,7732Open Road
12The Artist$110,1093%1,155-350$95$42,563,33817Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$85,9503%1,016-500$85$33,099,5434Lionsgate
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$70,1872%1,024-780$69$50,031,2795Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$119,822-6%382--$314$2,848,2521Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$116,949-8%640271$183$4,696,6812Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$69,528-14%254--$274$1,187,3581Paramount Vantage
4The Iron Lady$55,8620%4569$123$28,845,71112Weinstein Company
5Wanderlust$52,3500%698-522$75$16,974,6204Universal
6Hugo$44,288-1%38370$116$73,187,40217Paramount
7Chronicle$38,985-7%432-163$90$63,327,0357Fox
8The Descendants$33,1612%347-170$96$82,132,86818Fox Searchlight
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$32,4677%286-1$114$131,773,98814Fox
10Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$24,5456%2290$107$208,881,63714Paramount
11Seeking Justice$23,219-16%231--$101$358,5071Anchor Bay Films
12Gone$20,2370%476-668$43$11,450,2994Summit
13We Bought a Zoo$18,8797%188-40$100$74,980,95413Fox
14The Woman in Black$17,443-6%305-128$57$53,550,9597CBS Films
15The Grey$17,0991%21968$78$51,240,1258Open Road
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$15,44611%156-102$99$43,171,4636Fox
17Red Tails$12,98819%152-26$85$49,526,4509Fox
18Big Miracle$12,92510%236-2$55$19,841,9157Universal
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,5457%125-83$68$186,711,43414Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$8,0968%11248$72$26,226,9928Lionsgate
21The Adventures of Tintin$6,831-17%123-30$56$77,591,83113Paramount
22Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$4,9196%105-97$47$31,816,66613Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$37,1524%6244$599$926,2002CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$28,53037%400$713$17,354,01450Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$12,990-15%8876$148$327,2583Focus
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$12,03510%86-23$140$24,149,39315Focus
5Albert Nobbs$5,19913%481$108$2,864,7618Roadside Attractions
6Undefeated$4,817-7%218$229$351,5605Weinstein Company
7The Devil Inside$4,47914%7767$58$53,261,94411Paramount
8My Week with Marilyn$3,77241%50-70$75$14,568,40817Weinstein Company
9Coriolanus$3,628-5%212$173$547,0119Weinstein Company
10W.E.$3,418-14%20-4$171$443,3457Weinstein Company
11Joyful Noise$3,30617%65-38$51$30,932,11310Warner Bros.
12Haywire$2,22625%69-13$32$18,942,3969Relativity Media