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 Sun, Aug. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bourne Legacy$9,737,000-33%3,745--$2,600$38,142,8251Universal
2The Campaign$6,898,212-27%3,205--$2,152$26,588,4601Warner Bros.
3The Dark Knight Rises$5,539,206-29%3,690-552$1,501$389,588,2164Warner Bros.
4Hope Springs (2012)$3,871,298-37%2,361--$1,640$19,103,1781Sony / Columbia
5Total Recall (2012)$2,335,526-28%3,6010$649$44,101,4322Sony / Columbia
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,021,363-35%3,40110$594$30,356,1742Fox
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,752,119-33%3,103-439$565$143,694,9815Fox
8Ted (2012)$861,120-37%2,208-559$390$209,848,5857Universal
9Step Up Revolution$822,248-29%1,898-708$433$30,256,5803Lionsgate / Summit
10The Watch$645,304-27%2,463-705$262$31,396,0793Fox
11The Amazing Spider-Man$609,130-31%1,585-840$384$255,464,6776Sony / Columbia
12Brave$535,235-27%1,259-851$425$227,245,5318Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$354,619-17%800--$443$2,166,1591ARC Entertainment
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$206,692-33%286-32$723$7,160,1567Fox Searchlight
3Moonrise Kingdom$172,586-35%447-240$386$42,074,79212Focus
4Men in Black 3$148,015-29%295-31$502$177,549,43412Sony / Columbia
5Ruby Sparks$124,796-35%261197$478$1,240,6003Fox Searchlight
6Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$115,823-32%306-198$379$211,686,19910Paramount / DreamWorks
7Magic Mike$105,815-38%450-752$235$112,238,9497Warner Bros.
8The Intouchables$102,028-41%1940$526$9,298,84012Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games$91,408-31%260-31$352$407,294,29221Lionsgate
10Snow White and the Huntsman$76,440-34%273-36$280$154,299,06011Universal
11Savages$74,730-27%318-386$235$46,808,1256Universal
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$66,923-50%364-373$184$64,742,4957Lionsgate
13The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$46,783-36%184-46$254$45,375,33615Fox Searchlight
14Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$42,620-23%202-75$211$25,074,3076Paramount
15Prometheus$33,250-29%141-57$236$126,048,26910Fox
16Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$27,017-28%130-35$208$37,179,4538Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$53,458-32%520$1,028$7,296,33517Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Safety Not Guaranteed$17,321-33%73-48$237$3,603,02510FilmDistrict
3Born to Be Wild 3D$15,352-36%330$465$20,469,73971Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Dark Shadows$7,830-11%45-87$174$79,711,67814Warner Bros.
5Easy Money (2012)$5,776-23%71$825$143,2575Weinstein Company
6Rock of Ages$4,384-51%57-88$77$38,509,3429Warner Bros. / New Line
7A Cat In Paris$2,174-22%12-2$181$287,70911GKIDS
8For Greater Glory$1,4773%10-24$148$5,669,08111ARC Entertainment
9Mirror Mirror$401-16%456$9$64,933,67020Relativity Media
10Soldiers of Fortune$202-36%2-48$101$38,8422Roadside Attractions