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 Wed, Jun. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$5,753,661-19%4,258--$1,351$79,539,2871Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$4,075,776-19%3,396--$1,200$65,333,2281Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$2,400,090-19%3,7774$635$106,585,5952Universal
4Men in Black 3$1,648,982-15%3,792-456$435$141,127,9493Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$1,349,418-13%3,129-541$431$576,583,1826Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$489,281-12%1,2984$377$32,485,7556Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$394,862-16%2,087-820$189$37,068,5124Lionsgate
8The Dictator$318,114-18%1,651-998$193$56,296,2964Paramount
9Battleship$272,595-4%1,954-1190$140$60,650,6204Universal
10Dark Shadows$181,241-12%1,550-1452$117$74,354,2695Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$127,293-8%1,180-1253$108$17,345,7873Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$156,889-9%751-348$209$400,758,01012Lionsgate
2For Greater Glory$119,190-1%642-115$186$3,878,4072ARC Entertainment
3Mirror Mirror$49,963-8%303-54$165$63,626,12011Relativity Media
4The Lucky One (2012)$49,844-6%402-2$124$59,629,3808Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$49,160-11%290-25$170$212,177,58015Universal
6Think Like a Man$39,398-9%287-222$137$90,439,6788Sony / Screen Gems
7The Three Stooges$29,071-5%245-40$119$43,209,6579Fox
8Crooked Arrows$28,991-9%278-49$104$1,646,2044Branded/Peck Films
9The Pirates! Band of Misfits$19,979-2%317-268$63$29,028,0517Sony / Columbia
10Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$16,579-23%126-29$132$103,600,77418Warner Bros. / New Line
11Wrath of the Titans$15,495-4%150-55$103$83,457,01311Warner Bros.
12The Five-Year Engagement$14,790-20%175-43$85$28,538,5307Universal
13The Cabin in the Woods$11,044-1%113-23$98$41,322,8459Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$7,973-7%111-64$72$17,076,6157Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$230,266-1%9680$2,399$4,388,6193Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$56,976-13%511$1,117$3,351,2838Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$49,1062%7727$638$1,152,1653Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,0067%330$515$19,407,71562Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Safety Not Guaranteed$12,7948%9--$1,422$132,7481FilmDistrict
6Bully (2012)$4,907-18%31-57$158$3,476,58511Weinstein Company
7Piranha 3DD$4,712-57%78-8$60$335,3432Weinstein Company
8Girl in Progress$4,6284%577$81$2,569,5795Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Lola Versus$3,97711%4--$994$42,7011Fox Searchlight
10The Raven$2,837-15%34-27$83$15,825,7107Relativity Media
11The Artist$2,005-23%36-51$56$44,657,59329Weinstein Company
12Sound of My Voice$1,299-7%24-24$54$390,5427Fox Searchlight
13High School$641-33%4-196$160$138,3262Anchor Bay Films
14Friends With Kids$37950%5-3$76$7,250,95514Roadside Attractions