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 Mon, May. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$14,661,938-18%4,248--$3,451$69,254,7171Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$10,535,543-19%3,918-331$2,689$523,907,2024Disney
3Battleship$2,887,560-25%3,70212$780$47,443,3752Universal
4The Dictator$2,188,857-31%3,0146$726$43,313,5212Paramount
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,977,540-12%1,233879$1,604$18,564,2394Fox Searchlight
6Dark Shadows$1,934,859-25%3,404-351$568$64,922,1423Warner Bros.
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,677,646-26%3,0210$555$23,826,8132Lionsgate
8Chernobyl Diaries$1,399,817-31%2,433--$575$9,355,1241Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$701,977-15%1,421-643$494$396,022,16810Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Pirates! Band of Misfits$355,533-9%884-956$402$27,642,1255Sony / Columbia
2Think Like a Man$349,342-30%786-936$444$88,686,5486Sony / Screen Gems
3Bernie$258,014--194--$1,330$2,479,9745Millennium Entertainment
4Mirror Mirror$155,492-1%42215$368$62,356,2519Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$146,250-5%39011$375$210,985,80513Universal
6The Lucky One (2012)$137,450-25%615-1390$223$58,417,1126Warner Bros.
7Chimpanzee$127,359--368-527$346$27,815,8076Disneynature
821 Jump Street$108,241-48%364--$297$136,611,76311Sony / Columbia
9The Three Stooges$81,293-27%325-269$250$42,385,2207Fox
10The Five-Year Engagement$63,020-35%274-901$230$28,012,8605Universal
11Wrath of the Titans$60,977-25%255-105$239$82,988,7339Warner Bros.
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$53,513-10%175-70$306$103,164,12416Warner Bros. / New Line
13John Carter$50,172--175--$287$72,523,73112Disney
14The Cabin in the Woods$46,665-26%203-245$230$40,979,8107Lionsgate
15Girl in Progress$42,011-20%143-179$294$2,447,7743Lionsgate / Pantelion
16American Reunion$17,325-45%165-125$105$56,724,0808Universal
17The Raven$14,833-31%111-321$134$15,750,3365Relativity Media
18Safe (2012)$14,441-37%112-391$129$16,813,5695Lionsgate
19Bully (2012)$12,9049%104-100$124$3,309,9299Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$163,183-5%4--$40,796$686,1791Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$76,445-5%501$1,529$2,386,7916Warner Bros. / IMAX
3First Position$50,834--56--$908$544,1724IFC Films
4Hysteria$36,400--32--$1,138$230,4572Sony Pictures Classics
5Crooked Arrows$36,390-24%6712$543$493,2342Branded/Peck Films
6Headhunters$35,202--45--$782$605,7945Magnolia Pictures
7The Intouchables$33,497-11%4--$8,374$137,0041Weinstein Company
8Monsieur Lazhar$33,098--65--$509$1,483,22731Music Box Films
9Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$23,291-22%87-47$268$8,889,26912CBS Films
10Darling Companion$20,792--61--$341$539,2916Sony Pictures Classics
11Marley$20,351--53--$384$1,183,2806Magnolia Pictures
12Born to Be Wild 3D$19,207-3%340$565$19,088,24460Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Cowgirls n' Angels$16,724--50--$334$71,3991IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
14Jiro Dreams of Sushi$16,116--35--$460$2,285,28812Magnolia Pictures
15Polisse$14,097--14--$1,007$88,5382IFC Films
16Where Do We Go Now?$13,230--25--$529$134,7583Sony Pictures Classics
17Sound of My Voice$9,884-25%425$235$320,2655Fox Searchlight
18Titanic 3D$9,586-23%42-28$228$57,810,6088Paramount
19A Thousand Words$9,068-16%59-51$154$18,438,14912Paramount
20We Have a Pope$8,054--22--$366$434,5498IFC Films
21Footnote$7,980--31--$257$1,896,69712Sony Pictures Classics
22This Means War$6,145-14%44-46$140$54,725,89215Fox
23The Secret World of Arrietty$5,438--26--$209$19,178,30715Disney
24Grand Illusion: 75th Anniversary Restoration$5,167--3--$1,722$71,9623Rialto Pictures
25The Artist$4,112-7%20-83$206$44,579,48127Weinstein Company
26Elena (2012)$3,965--2--$1,983$37,8502Zeitgeist Films
27I Wish$3,435--5--$687$35,5553Magnolia Pictures
28Chronicle$3,395--20--$170$64,565,19117Fox
29Oslo, August 31st$3,337--2--$1,669$12,9011Strand Releasing
30The Kid With A Bike$3,301--20--$165$1,351,06711IFC Films
31Damsels in Distress$3,080--11--$280$827,6988Sony Pictures Classics
32Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,956--2--$1,478$131,85321Cinema Guild
33FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$2,868--9--$319$66,6434International Film Circuit
34The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$2,701--19--$142$1,061,73510Music Box Films
35Elles$2,569--8--$321$121,3195Kino Lorber
36The Perfect Family$2,463--6--$411$92,5244Variance Films
37OC87$2,217--1--$2,217$7,9501Fisher Klingenstein Films
38Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,180--22--$99$133,097,31724Fox
39God Bless America$2,015--15--$134$79,0803Magnolia / Magnet
40October Baby$1,932--16--$121$5,336,16731IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
41Act of Valor$1,864-45%39-57$48$70,004,36214Relativity Media
42The Raid: Redemption$1,803--12--$150$4,082,23410Sony Pictures Classics
43Friends With Kids$1,706-31%9-16$190$7,240,68312Roadside Attractions
44Undefeated$1,347-15%6-3$225$556,51215Weinstein Company
45Whores' Glory$1,150--2--$575$15,9305Kino Lorber
46A Separation$894--10--$89$7,079,54922Sony Pictures Classics
47Turn Me On, Dammit!$678--2--$339$72,2069New Yorker Films
48Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog$671--3--$224$5,9682Music Box Films
49Surviving Progress$599--2--$300$35,8158First Run Features
50Beyond the Black Rainbow$536--2--$268$12,2652Magnolia / Magnet
51Henning Mankell’s Wallander: The Revenge$511--1--$511$2,7411Music Box Films
52Red Tails$504-28%74$72$49,871,94419Fox
53Lovely Molly$48641%2-3$243$18,4632Image Entertainment
54Coriolanus$426-37%4-4$107$756,45219Weinstein Company
55Gerhard Richter Painting$386--3--$129$184,46011Kino Lorber
56Tonight You're Mine$380-44%3--$127$5,4663Roadside Attractions
57Virginia$351--2--$176$11,4202Entertainment One Films
58The Salt of Life$331--4--$83$302,06513Zeitgeist Films
59Goon$317--5--$63$4,168,1449Magnolia / Magnet
60Never Stand Still: Dancing at Jacob's Pillow$300--1--$300$4,4522First Run Features
61Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview$224--7--$32$97,5213Magnolia Pictures
62The Hunter (2012)$208--3--$69$170,7528Magnolia Pictures
63The Women on the 6th Floor$202--2--$101$711,51234Strand Releasing
64Hit So Hard$201--3--$67$28,6207Variance Films
65Bonsai$200--2--$100$9,7883Strand Releasing
66Jesus Henry Christ$142--2--$71$18,5326Entertainment One Films
67The Fairy$138--1--$138$24,17914Kino Lorber
68Payback (2012)$60--1--$60$12,2215Zeitgeist Films
69Blue Like Jazz$47-78%3-4$16$594,5147Roadside Attractions
70Nobody Else But You$18--1--$18$7,0743First Run Features