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, Sep. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1End of Watch$1,268,421-63%2,730--$465$14,421,1041Open Road
2Trouble with the Curve$854,376-68%3,212--$266$13,016,4161Warner Bros.
3House at the End of the Street$611,964-73%3,083--$198$12,899,1981Relativity Media
4Dredd 3D$567,929-65%2,506--$227$6,846,4201Lionsgate
5Resident Evil: Retribution$542,746-71%3,0164$180$34,012,2762Sony / Screen Gems
6Finding Nemo 3D$457,093-83%2,9040$157$30,632,5422Disney
7Lawless$204,706-64%2,614-449$78$34,681,8404Weinstein Company
8The Possession$167,245-71%2,598-262$64$45,458,8624Lionsgate
92016: Obama's America$119,289-55%1,216--$98$32,141,89111Rocky Mountain Pictures
10ParaNorman$111,096-85%1,617-709$69$52,693,8246Focus
11The Expendables 2$107,954-71%1,820-1076$59$83,127,7596Lionsgate
12The Bourne Legacy$107,325-69%1,431-739$75$110,509,9007Universal
13The Campaign$93,420-64%1,250-752$75$85,079,6217Warner Bros.
14The Odd Life of Timothy Green$81,862-80%1,752-663$47$48,737,6906Disney
15Hope Springs (2012)$73,572-62%1,147-799$64$62,227,9557Sony / Columbia
16Last Ounce of Courage$63,502-61%1,064--$60$2,829,0372Rocky Mountain Pictures
17The Words$57,838-66%1,247-1554$46$11,058,0493CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$351,070-66%788783$446$5,798,0452Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$103,442-67%948-633$109$443,227,45610Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$82,592-71%24447$338$3,940,7992Roadside Attractions
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$31,812-80%420-121$76$158,593,10411Fox
5Barfi!$31,321-83%130-2$241$2,008,8492UTV Communications
6Premium Rush$25,957-68%567-772$46$19,691,0595Sony / Columbia
7Ted (2012)$23,440-62%293-118$80$217,862,34013Universal
8Moonrise Kingdom$17,188-46%120-37$143$45,178,81118Focus
9Heroine$16,613-82%114--$146$406,5141UTV Communications
10The Intouchables$15,851-65%156-24$102$12,269,03418Weinstein Company
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$14,846-85%374-217$40$47,794,1648Fox
12Hit and Run$14,226-58%291-360$49$13,620,4445Open Road
13For A Good Time, Call...$14,142-61%105-2$135$1,098,3944Focus
14Beasts of the Southern Wild$12,262-63%132-80$93$10,915,23513Fox Searchlight
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$10,550-84%240-66$44$215,907,00116Paramount / DreamWorks
16Step Up Revolution$7,762-80%182-86$43$34,967,8309Lionsgate / Summit
17The Cold Light of Day$4,140-62%155-1356$27$3,695,5343Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$18,621-67%4--$4,655$246,9801Lionsgate / Summit
2To the Arctic 3D$14,890-29%520$286$8,672,27223Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$6,558-70%85-237$77$3,061,8613Paramount
410 Years$6,381-63%4340$148$111,4942Anchor Bay Films
5My Uncle Rafael$5,897-83%14--$421$115,6451Rocky Mountain Pictures
6The Watch$5,158-62%77-61$67$34,237,8089Fox
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,424-63%47-33$94$46,267,48521Fox Searchlight
8Born to Be Wild 3D$4,090-31%330$124$20,889,64377Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Magic Mike$2,291-49%55-60$42$113,712,28313Warner Bros.
10Safety Not Guaranteed$2,146-59%40-6$54$3,960,19116FilmDistrict
11Ruby Sparks$1,986-61%43-27$46$2,480,2409Fox Searchlight
12Toys in the Attic$725-65%6--$121$49,2873Hannover House
13The Apparition$685-65%35-33$20$4,861,1725Warner Bros.
14Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$351-60%70$50$3,371,8207ARC Entertainment
15Cosmopolis$242-63%9-22$27$757,8086Entertainment One Films
16Husbands In Goa$187-84%7--$27$4,6701UTV Communications
17Branded$94-11%2-78$47$353,3213Roadside Attractions