Grosses

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Delivers 2014’s Largest Debut with $121.9MNovember 24, 2014 01:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 registered the largest opening weekend of 2014 with $121.898 million this weekend. However, the third installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence debuted a significant 23 percent below the $158.07 million start of last year's Catching Fire and 20 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 $55.14 million on Friday, which included $17.0 million from Thursday night shows. The film declined 26 percent on Saturday to gross $40.91 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $25.85 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.21 to 1, which was just below the 2.21 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 $20.12 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 $135.75 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 $15.34 million, Interstellar topped Dumb and Dumber To by an estimated $1.26 million for the frame. Interstellar was down a significant 46 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 $120.93 million after 17 days of wide release. The film is also falling further and further behind the pace of last year's 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 61 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with $14.08 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 $57.73 million. However, the film has now fallen 6 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 $1.51 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 $10,798 for the frame. The Theory of Everything has grossed $2.81 million through 17 days of platform release and will continue its expansion over the upcoming Thanksgiving frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Jul. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,263,877-59%3,881--$1,356$51,893,1361Fox
2The Amazing Spider-Man$4,353,626-59%4,3180$1,008$204,853,9772Sony / Columbia
3Ted (2012)$2,939,670-57%3,30347$890$162,196,9203Universal
4Brave$1,507,472-57%3,392-499$444$197,568,7914Disney
5Magic Mike$1,304,435-44%3,090-30$422$93,145,6333Warner Bros.
6Savages$1,198,925-61%2,6357$455$33,324,2152Universal
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$666,750-41%2,7322$244$19,320,2942Paramount
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$608,986-58%2,004-157$304$56,220,7073Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$500,165-56%2,285-576$219$204,401,5626Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$435,875-61%92440$472$32,918,8778Focus
2Marvel's The Avengers$188,724-55%747-378$253$613,849,21011Disney
3Snow White and the Huntsman$135,400-51%677-475$200$151,766,2007Universal
4Prometheus$126,730-57%559-546$227$124,434,1466Fox
5Men in Black 3$106,691-48%497-382$215$174,894,5898Sony / Columbia
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$101,209-55%655-1002$155$36,017,0514Fox
7People Like Us$95,284-57%961-1094$99$11,289,8203Disney / DreamWorks
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$84,309-60%342-17$247$43,125,13611Fox Searchlight
9The Hunger Games$42,133-49%212-16$199$404,906,78417Lionsgate
10Safety Not Guaranteed$39,919-62%18273$219$2,661,7436FilmDistrict
11Dark Shadows$34,165-50%239-64$143$77,302,35310Warner Bros.
12Battleship$33,060-51%228-21$145$64,768,0109Universal
13Rock of Ages$28,774-60%255-446$113$37,588,7605Warner Bros. / New Line
14What to Expect When You're Expecting$25,782-48%221-15$117$40,755,6629Lionsgate
15Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$21,840-41%168-7$130$213,767,73520Universal
16The Dictator$15,547-54%161-25$97$59,519,9749Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beasts of the Southern Wild$91,380-64%8162$1,128$1,784,0553Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$49,045-27%520$943$5,571,85913Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$39,544-66%8323$476$3,621,0328Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$11,835-26%330$359$19,970,13767Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$11,797-40%72-4$164$44,064,83914Fox
6Mirror Mirror$9,177-25%91-28$101$64,766,24116Relativity Media
7For Greater Glory$8,675-62%423$207$5,503,2897ARC Entertainment
8The Obama Effect$4,251-67%25--$170$88,1471ARC Entertainment
9The Lucky One (2012)$2,871-44%41-31$70$60,446,10813Warner Bros.
10Easy Money (2012)$2,477-71%2--$1,239$30,2601Weinstein Company
11A Cat In Paris$2,413-64%18--$134$211,1637GKIDS
12Chernobyl Diaries$1,742-54%23-15$76$18,114,6718Warner Bros.
13Crooked Arrows$469-50%9-2$52$1,830,9449Branded/Peck Films