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, Dec. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Dec. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$7,643,37957%3,463-63$2,207$241,539,4754Sony / Columbia
2The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,525,54837%4,008-62$1,878$250,209,0353Lionsgate / Summit
3Rise of The Guardians$6,258,906111%3,67219$1,704$44,677,0032Paramount / DreamWorks
4Lincoln$5,882,01146%2,0180$2,915$80,112,1474Disney / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$5,351,65561%2,9281$1,828$45,035,1652Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$3,317,975100%3,087-172$1,075$156,209,7705Disney
7Red Dawn (2012)$2,906,02641%2,78156$1,045$29,740,1912FilmDistrict
8Killing Them Softly$2,717,5688%2,424--$1,121$5,234,4651Weinstein Company
9Flight$2,046,91456%2,603-35$786$80,345,1055Paramount
10The Collection$1,201,1234%1,403--$856$2,359,1861LD Entertainment
11Argo$959,39669%1,043-212$920$100,506,8188Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Dec. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,378,59551%3714$3,716$9,939,7293Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$955,30354%384318$2,488$3,438,8353Focus
3Talaash$734,39551%174--$4,221$1,219,1711Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$220,73053%496-267$445$137,060,3249Fox
5Pitch Perfect$177,51538%403-89$440$63,018,44810Universal
6The Sessions$151,60463%226-289$671$4,493,2287Fox Searchlight
7Here Comes the Boom$108,14165%334-156$324$42,301,1838Sony / Columbia
8Cloud Atlas$102,07251%194-64$526$26,107,5726Warner Bros.
9The Perks of Being A Wallflower$94,25140%189-53$499$16,590,24111Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$87,05843%280-13$311$65,862,92510Sony / TriStar
11Hotel Transylvania$66,692133%248-216$269$143,650,86310Sony / Columbia
12Seven Psychopaths$43,60946%16280$269$14,749,9928CBS Films
13The Man With the Iron Fists$43,50043%174-31$250$15,357,8955Universal
14ParaNorman$27,906139%104-30$268$55,852,72816Focus
15Ice Age: Continental Drift$25,806141%102-7$253$160,868,75421Fox
16Alex Cross$24,14865%114-30$212$25,471,8747Lionsgate / Summit
17Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$23,03261%124-66$186$17,451,8696Open Road
18Fun Size$22,17191%116-28$191$9,347,9816Paramount
19House at the End of the Street$21,14674%108-30$196$31,540,90311Relativity Media
20Trouble with the Curve$15,55332%100-40$156$35,713,97011Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Dec. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$181,08769%5033$3,622$667,4192Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$39,24459%74-14$530$848,1305Entertainment One / RKO
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$34,873227%161$2,180$159,7572Warner Bros.
4Hecho en Mexico$27,97619%12--$2,331$51,5591Lionsgate / Pantelion
5To the Arctic 3D$20,77913%520$400$10,039,18433Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,08863%300$636$21,422,76887Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Dark Knight Rises$18,77155%80-28$235$448,083,82920Warner Bros.
8Sinister$18,68053%88-39$212$47,760,2438Lionsgate / Summit
9Chasing Mavericks$18,29843%7919$232$5,820,2366Fox
10Paranormal Activity 4$11,78439%70-38$168$53,712,0397Paramount
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$11,102166%52-7$214$48,956,35718Fox
12End of Watch$9,94763%24-10$414$39,219,79811Open Road
13The Master$7,55947%23-2$329$15,868,53912Weinstein Company
14Arbitrage$7,47437%35-13$214$7,843,88212Roadside Attractions
15Silent Night$3,90216%11--$355$7,1611Anchor Bay Films
16The Intouchables$3,30558%19-7$174$13,039,92028Weinstein Company
17This Must Be the Place$2,68663%7-1$384$126,1485Weinstein Company