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 Tue, Sep. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Retribution$1,869,69811%3,012--$621$24,604,3341Sony / Screen Gems
2Finding Nemo 3D$1,226,1221%2,904--$422$19,131,5411Disney
3Lawless$630,23443%3,063-75$206$31,342,3773Weinstein Company
4The Possession$455,2466%2,86026$159$42,019,0823Lionsgate
5The Expendables 2$364,71431%2,896-364$126$81,049,6985Lionsgate
6The Words$358,94644%2,8010$128$9,749,4492CBS Films
7The Bourne Legacy$314,65526%2,170-596$145$108,358,3406Universal
8The Campaign$283,06128%2,002-540$141$83,374,4956Warner Bros.
9ParaNorman$278,9634%2,326-530$120$49,935,6065Focus
10Hope Springs (2012)$268,86453%1,946-491$138$60,920,4306Sony / Columbia
11The Odd Life of Timothy Green$243,21115%2,415-302$101$46,827,6825Disney
12The Dark Knight Rises$238,13715%1,581-406$151$441,497,5819Warner Bros.
13Premium Rush$154,34936%1,339-843$115$19,102,9464Sony / Columbia
14The Cold Light of Day$119,09643%1,5110$79$3,481,9852Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Arbitrage$198,22014%197--$1,006$2,374,3841Roadside Attractions
2Barfi!$96,03643%132--$728$1,224,7081UTV Communications
3Hit and Run$47,68435%651-1159$73$13,404,8224Open Road
4Ted (2012)$47,26528%411-104$115$217,516,13512Universal
5Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$43,2139%32255$134$2,908,3592Paramount
6The Intouchables$41,05050%180-14$228$12,009,36717Weinstein Company
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$38,5361%541-222$71$157,970,34610Fox
8For A Good Time, Call...$36,07819%10751$337$881,9353Focus
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$34,391-16%591-340$58$47,417,3307Fox
10Beasts of the Southern Wild$33,08520%212-57$156$10,721,62412Fox Searchlight
11Moonrise Kingdom$27,846-1%157-43$177$44,987,50617Focus
12Step Up Revolution$20,25628%26870$76$34,789,6698Lionsgate / Summit
13Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$18,249-1%306-39$60$215,641,01115Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Watch$11,01013%1383$80$34,160,8388Fox
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$8,06112%160-7$50$65,638,41212Lionsgate
16Magic Mike$6,45223%115-87$56$113,676,71012Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$84,975-18%5--$16,995$924,9361Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$14,81520%520$285$8,553,78022Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$10,74234%80-34$134$46,204,23020Fox Searchlight
4Ruby Sparks$6,19618%70-6$89$2,447,2188Fox Searchlight
5Safety Not Guaranteed$3,9850%46-8$87$3,929,34615FilmDistrict
6Born to Be Wild 3D$3,96564%330$120$20,859,58476Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Apparition$3,48317%68-208$51$4,842,8724Warner Bros.
8Cosmopolis$3,0291%31-14$98$749,6715Entertainment One Films
9Branded$2,758-1%80-227$34$348,6252Roadside Attractions
1010 Years$2,200-10%3--$733$27,3451Anchor Bay Films
11Mugamoodi$1,018597%3-14$339$99,2743UTV Communications
12The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$80872%8-273$101$1,065,5563Kenn Viselman Presents
13Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$50318%7-15$72$3,368,8186ARC Entertainment
14Joker$5-85%3-40$2$169,1763UTV Communications