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 Sat, Aug. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$5,597,07546%3,35539$1,668$48,247,9272Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$4,129,02052%3,654-99$1,130$83,037,4653Universal
3ParaNorman$3,703,85061%3,45526$1,072$25,622,2642Focus
4The Campaign$3,250,55846%3,30247$984$62,580,8743Warner Bros.
5The Dark Knight Rises$3,144,56358%2,606-551$1,207$420,167,6986Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$3,073,74650%2,5980$1,183$25,074,7992Disney
7Hope Springs (2012)$2,527,03448%2,40241$1,052$43,315,9303Sony / Columbia
8Premium Rush$2,430,68724%2,255--$1,078$4,395,4751Sony / Columbia
9Hit and Run$1,860,01331%2,870--$648$4,473,0481Open Road
10Sparkle (2012)$1,774,95547%2,2440$791$17,651,4912Sony / TriStar
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$986,40361%1,965-772$502$42,237,1084Fox
12Total Recall (2012)$771,57446%1,576-858$490$54,711,9254Sony / Columbia
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$760,74468%1,550-724$491$152,961,0707Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$1,071,161-9%810--$1,322$2,248,0401Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$426,73545%783-386$545$214,535,7359Universal
3Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$261,77856%374-32$700$213,512,87512Paramount / DreamWorks
4Brave$224,79468%452-189$497$229,930,66910Disney
5Step Up Revolution$219,54754%428-477$513$33,571,9415Lionsgate / Summit
6The Amazing Spider-Man$212,49345%418-180$508$258,222,6448Sony / Columbia
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$198,05967%212-24$934$8,713,5579Fox Searchlight
8Ek Tha Tiger$188,32451%1191$1,583$2,226,3412Yash Raj Films
9Moonrise Kingdom$177,48457%33250$535$43,560,55914Focus
10The Intouchables$167,40299%1940$863$10,346,73714Weinstein Company
11The Watch$108,34253%250-263$433$33,413,8465Fox
12Men in Black 3$105,80662%232-26$456$178,447,21914Sony / Columbia
13Magic Mike$93,14526%355100$262$113,025,3059Warner Bros.
14Ruby Sparks$74,98570%135-83$555$2,061,0185Fox Searchlight
15Snow White and the Huntsman$70,81055%194-50$365$154,878,43013Universal
16The Hunger Games$50,55354%189-41$267$407,852,63623Lionsgate
17The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$39,85657%112-16$356$45,726,26317Fox Searchlight
18Savages$33,35533%117-37$285$47,176,5558Universal
19Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$32,82252%130-294$252$3,275,9373ARC Entertainment
20Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$29,67070%106-93$280$65,041,6159Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cosmopolis$59,55814%6360$945$405,5492Entertainment One Films
2To the Arctic 3D$55,95539%520$1,076$7,916,35819Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Prometheus$25,33952%91-10$278$126,281,82112Fox
4Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$22,58953%75-30$301$37,381,72910Fox
5Safety Not Guaranteed$21,84856%540$405$3,742,77712FilmDistrict
6Born to Be Wild 3D$17,76014%330$538$20,662,00673Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$11,31140%66-74$171$25,301,0338Paramount
8Little White Lies$11,26465%3--$3,755$18,1081MPI Media
9Easy Money (2012)$4,13485%50$827$178,1407Weinstein Company
10A Cat In Paris$1,737-17%6-1$290$301,52213GKIDS