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 Tue, Dec. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$7,855,0902%4,045--$1,942$100,210,6861Warner Bros. / New Line
2Lincoln$934,86516%2,285271$409$109,428,1006Disney / DreamWorks
3Skyfall$884,75126%2,924-477$303$273,507,8186Sony / Columbia
4Life of Pi$850,97141%2,548-398$334$71,026,7584Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$737,17949%3,387-252$218$72,316,4104Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$608,15416%3,042-604$200$277,958,0255Lionsgate / Summit
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$421,01026%2,8403$148$11,491,5072FilmDistrict
8Wreck-It Ralph$337,37931%2,249-497$150$169,316,7277Disney
9Red Dawn (2012)$273,23219%2,250-504$121$41,407,7344FilmDistrict
10Flight$269,86816%1,823-608$148$89,920,6727Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$176,24822%1,427-997$124$14,461,4733Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$309,75921%3710$835$17,544,4265Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$169,57319%409-13$415$8,692,4605Focus
3Argo$164,15214%667-277$246$105,263,36410Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$163,78221%561380$292$3,371,4784Fox Searchlight
5The Collection$69,5634%621-782$112$6,657,2313LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$36,1767%339-91$107$138,202,35811Fox
7Pitch Perfect$33,2005%332-55$100$63,934,16312Universal
8Talaash$23,505110%113-49$208$2,741,1693Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$21,54131%151-46$143$5,246,5229Fox Searchlight
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,87117%125-50$135$17,039,24813Lionsgate / Summit
11Looper$14,63410%190-42$77$66,333,02312Sony / TriStar
12End of Watch$14,0205%172-1077$82$40,497,30613Open Road
13Sinister$10,7979%184107$59$47,938,16610Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$9,78410%100-41$98$15,008,41910CBS Films
15Alex Cross$9,62818%175-39$55$25,757,5619Lionsgate / Summit
16The Man With the Iron Fists$7,87525%105-76$75$15,622,7157Universal
17Paranormal Activity 4$7,4268%157109$47$53,822,5669Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$32,5463%3632$904$469,0212Focus
2Cloud Atlas$17,09623%98-93$174$26,654,2688Warner Bros.
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$16,69249%14-3$1,192$477,3554Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$16,21468%520$312$10,233,93735Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$8,019-9%46-17$174$1,101,2037Entertainment One / RKO
6The Intouchables$6,209215%2513$248$13,078,08430Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$6,147-10%300$205$21,522,31789Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,93027%84-6$47$161,018,41723Fox
9The Master$2,370-2%14-9$169$15,917,28614Weinstein Company
10ParaNorman$2,0285%61-20$33$55,968,89718Focus
11Hecho en Mexico$1,4156%10-16$142$148,6873Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Arbitrage$1,23629%10-15$124$7,892,89314Roadside Attractions
13House at the End of the Street$1,0226%41-27$25$31,609,58513Relativity Media
14This Must Be the Place$596-2%3-2$199$143,4487Weinstein Company