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 Wed, Apr. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$4,608,765-13%4,1370$1,114$262,939,4072Lionsgate
2Titanic 3D$4,375,338--2,674--$1,636$4,700,3380Paramount
3Wrath of the Titans$2,251,221-23%3,545--$635$41,223,9121Warner Bros.
4Mirror Mirror$1,661,674-16%3,603--$461$23,303,4951Relativity Media
521 Jump Street$1,459,242-15%3,14827$464$97,402,3053Sony / Columbia
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$891,750-12%3,075-602$290$192,036,6005Universal
7John Carter$193,582-29%1,807-1405$107$66,906,9134Disney
8Act of Valor$119,6610%1,239-980$97$68,085,9616Relativity Media
9A Thousand Words$104,859-7%1,007-780$104$16,815,3294Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$126,249-10%483359$261$3,536,4064CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$83,296-26%908-432$92$98,730,3388Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$81,418-24%903-1162$90$53,630,4015Warner Bros.
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$68,430-15%513259$133$2,904,1903Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$62,255-22%622-708$100$124,086,1908Universal
6Casa de mi Padre$45,013-26%439-36$103$5,172,6843Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$42,082-11%222-26$190$132,473,07416Fox
8Friends With Kids$38,429-33%306-252$126$6,456,2474Roadside Attractions
9The Vow$36,028-13%514-744$70$123,580,6498Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$35,041-26%449-739$78$53,195,7437Fox
11The Iron Lady$31,07913%284-43$109$29,493,85014Weinstein Company
12The Artist$30,990-4%315-261$98$43,634,88519Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$23,068-17%321-300$72$34,476,9156Lionsgate
14Chronicle$17,359-6%189-103$92$63,810,4149Fox
15We Bought a Zoo$16,652-11%123-32$135$75,329,79915Fox
16Silent House (2012)$15,003-12%325-877$46$12,418,4164Open Road
17Hugo$14,594-24%174-109$84$73,735,05719Paramount
18The Woman in Black$14,1111%179-1$79$53,987,5839CBS Films
19Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$13,324-7%150-50$89$209,278,30116Paramount
20The Descendants$10,328-6%118-81$88$82,465,76120Fox Searchlight
21Big Miracle$10,200-14%170-54$60$20,144,5559Universal
22The Grey$7,305-10%2040$36$51,497,21410Open Road
23Wanderlust$6,960-29%116-119$60$17,278,8756Universal
24One For the Money$4,487-4%102-49$44$26,383,24410Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$34,3657%400$859$17,751,10052Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$9,328-6%5--$1,866$145,0511Weinstein Company
3Red Tails$6,278-42%83-48$76$49,726,89511Fox
4Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,075-14%55-31$74$186,842,73716Warner Bros.
5Being Flynn$3,174-29%40-33$79$491,4495Focus
6Undefeated$2,898-2%16-1$181$432,1527Weinstein Company
7Albert Nobbs$2,524-50%29-15$87$2,948,80910Roadside Attractions
8Coriolanus$2,229-8%16-3$139$606,50611Weinstein Company
9W.E.$2,159-29%213$103$498,2869Weinstein Company
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,974-50%20-54$99$43,280,8988Fox
11Gone$1,794-28%61-122$29$11,593,0666Summit
12My Week with Marilyn$848-2%12-32$71$14,599,69919Weinstein Company