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 Thu, Nov. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$2,061,93913%3,752--$550$60,634,6091Disney
2Flight$1,837,5395%1,884--$975$32,670,2991Paramount
3Argo$792,4517%2,774-81$286$78,965,9584Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$458,590-6%1,868--$245$10,228,3251Universal
5Cloud Atlas$402,304-4%2,0135$200$20,186,7062Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$388,7557%2,639-356$147$127,287,1715Fox
7Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$274,4647%2,9330$94$15,083,2692Open Road
8Paranormal Activity 4$239,93011%3,006-406$80$50,620,5793Paramount
9Here Comes the Boom$214,91016%2,314-177$93$36,511,0954Sony / Columbia
10Pitch Perfect$202,03522%1,502-497$135$56,526,6436Universal
11Hotel Transylvania$200,88321%2,922-354$69$138,553,9826Sony / Columbia
12Sinister$179,10413%1,882-465$95$45,054,2384Lionsgate / Summit
13Alex Cross$137,9789%1,648-893$84$23,691,0693Lionsgate / Summit
14Fun Size$107,76523%3,0162$36$8,043,1132Paramount
15Chasing Mavericks$105,71111%2,03028$52$4,805,2622Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$2,200,000--463--$4,752$2,200,0000Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$110,68231%622-114$178$13,481,8467Lionsgate / Summit
3Looper$101,890-1%696-493$146$64,087,2336Sony / TriStar
4Seven Psychopaths$68,9036%459-544$150$13,693,6574CBS Films
5Frankenweenie$43,6136%857-881$51$33,554,6005Disney
6The Master$22,05316%138-63$160$15,585,0588Weinstein Company
7The Dark Knight Rises$19,056-18%2910$65$447,614,51116Warner Bros.
8Trouble with the Curve$17,9796%286-134$63$35,036,2507Warner Bros.
9End of Watch$16,7598%158-132$106$38,917,8647Open Road
10Arbitrage$14,83836%118-7$126$7,584,8958Roadside Attractions
11ParaNorman$13,33912%246-34$54$55,295,31712Focus
12The Campaign$9,9607%188-34$53$86,785,16413Warner Bros.
13The Bourne Legacy$9,8708%153-38$65$113,203,87013Universal
14The Expendables 2$8,992-2%173-5$52$84,892,87412Lionsgate
15The Possession$7,6236%15573$49$49,013,23910Lionsgate
16Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,48323%157-35$48$160,453,32517Fox
17House at the End of the Street$4,089-1%128-174$32$31,200,2847Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$45,2119%6949$655$1,109,6723Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$19,74097%520$380$9,584,63929Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$10,60068%9--$1,178$110,3221Entertainment One / RKO
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,38117%70-77$63$3,300,9574Atlas Distribution
5Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$3,972-10%60--$66$115,2621UTV Communications
6The Intouchables$3,75730%28-20$134$12,950,24524Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,739-49%300$91$21,224,33983Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$2,64511%95-21$28$48,752,51314Fox
9The Bay$2,52717%23--$110$29,3711Roadside Attractions
10This Must Be the Place$1,72644%2--$863$13,3571Weinstein Company
11Lawless$1,71217%35-61$49$37,371,67810Weinstein Company
12Won't Back Down$1,53721%41-24$37$5,291,5936Fox
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$681138%40$170$71,4735Roadside Attractions
14War of the Buttons (2012)$49828%6-2$83$47,7714Weinstein Company
15Vamps$759%1--$75$7711Anchor Bay Films