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 Wed, Oct. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$1,445,137-6%2,855-392$506$64,333,8813Warner Bros.
2Paranormal Activity 4$1,036,91252%3,4120$304$44,700,4462Paramount
3Sinister$832,70067%2,347-195$355$41,116,9833Lionsgate / Summit
4Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$830,06620%2,933--$283$10,065,1451Open Road
5Hotel Transylvania$825,6384%3,276-108$252$132,458,9915Sony / Columbia
6Cloud Atlas$812,115-21%2,008--$404$12,168,0421Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$687,870-5%2,995-494$230$118,990,7524Fox
8Alex Cross$442,206-7%2,5412$174$20,700,4382Lionsgate / Summit
9Here Comes the Boom$430,336-13%2,491-523$173$31,531,8453Sony / Columbia
10Fun Size$286,805-5%3,014--$95$4,891,8661Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$279,860-24%1,999-661$140$52,179,8185Universal
12Frankenweenie$251,46320%1,738-624$145$32,397,3454Disney
13Looper$233,671-15%1,189-1034$197$62,199,3365Sony / TriStar
14Chasing Mavericks$206,406-19%2,002--$103$2,906,9251Fox
15Seven Psychopaths$177,098-12%1,003-477$177$12,467,1153CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$127,114-17%736-9$173$11,630,8136Lionsgate / Summit
2Trouble with the Curve$40,66726%420-505$97$34,753,3786Warner Bros.
3The Master$38,32324%201-211$191$15,296,3177Weinstein Company
4End of Watch$33,123-1%290-461$114$38,655,1316Open Road
5Arbitrage$25,05041%125-44$200$7,395,1397Roadside Attractions
6The Dark Knight Rises$24,981-6%291-54$86$447,233,92915Warner Bros.
7House at the End of the Street$18,74742%302-444$62$31,096,9186Relativity Media
8ParaNorman$16,271-19%280112$58$54,985,60611Focus
9The Bourne Legacy$16,2356%191-41$85$113,044,81512Universal
10The Campaign$12,435-21%222148$56$86,624,04512Warner Bros.
11Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$11,933-4%147-798$81$3,239,4253Atlas Distribution
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,01018%192-30$57$160,283,79816Fox
13The Expendables 2$10,507-21%17886$59$84,740,50511Lionsgate
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,581-8%116-33$31$48,669,90213Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$27,305-6%2016$1,365$443,4222Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$11,9459%520$230$9,441,37228Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,71225%300$224$21,166,82682Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$5,89214%48-12$123$12,899,61923Weinstein Company
5Lawless$3,096-32%96-88$32$37,348,9839Weinstein Company
6Dredd 3D$2,716-24%72-88$38$13,411,1616Lionsgate
7The Possession$2,47747%82-51$30$48,885,5819Lionsgate
8Won't Back Down$2,0591%65-103$32$5,270,4065Fox
9War of the Buttons (2012)$1,14649%8-27$143$41,1193Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$1,121-3%15-14$75$45,511,13123Focus
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$41537%4--$104$57,4484Roadside Attractions
12Gayby$15475%10$154$11,3783The Film Collaborative