Grosses

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Claims 2014’s Largest Debut with $123.0MNovember 23, 2014 08:33 AM

by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 registered the largest opening weekend of 2014 with an estimated $123.0 million this weekend. However, the third installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence debuted a significant 22 percent below the $158.07 million start of last year's Catching Fire and 19 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 $55.15 million on Friday, which included $17.0 million from Thursday night shows. The film declined 26 percent on Saturday to gross $40.75 million and is estimated to fall 33.5 percent on Sunday to gross $27.1 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.23 to 1, which is on par with the 2.23 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 an estimated $20.09 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 $135.71 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 an estimated $15.1 million, Interstellar topped Dumb and Dumber To by an estimated $1.3 million for the frame. Interstellar was down a significant 47 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 $120.69 million after 17 days of wide release. The film is also falling further and further behind the pace of 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 62 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with an estimated $13.8 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 $57.45 million. However, the film has now fallen 7 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 an estimated $1.50 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 $10,714 for the frame. The Theory of Everything has grossed $2.79 million through 17 days of platform release and will continue its expansion over the upcoming Thanksgiving frame.

Fellow awards season hopeful Foxcatcher grossed an estimated $474,339 from 24 locations. That gave the Bennett Miller directed film starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum a per-location average of $19,764. The Sony Pictures Classics release has grossed $0.822 million after ten days.

Daily Domestic Gross Fri, Dec. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$10,619,3345%4,1000$2,590$200,320,1483Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$9,695,41617%3,010--$3,221$43,015,6811Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$9,314,3452%2,814--$3,310$48,752,7701Universal
4Parental Guidance$5,061,70722%3,367--$1,503$19,850,3991Fox
5Jack Reacher$4,519,18527%3,3520$1,348$35,072,3432Paramount
6This is 40$4,108,74031%2,9141$1,410$28,039,0302Universal
7Lincoln$2,388,54213%1,966-327$1,215$126,918,3398Disney / DreamWorks
8Monsters, Inc. 3D$2,286,88018%2,6180$874$14,413,3442Disney
9The Guilt Trip$2,164,11928%2,4310$890$16,574,4752Paramount
10Rise of The Guardians$1,793,73113%2,055-976$873$87,040,8616Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$1,475,42714%1,637-728$901$286,473,5138Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$1,183,02513%1,178-572$1,004$82,053,2096Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$776,32718%1,191-809$652$284,456,1037Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,284,29733%745374$1,724$24,535,0197Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$740,93713%8400$882$5,767,5982Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$664,10216%913-531$727$174,314,2219Disney
4Argo$302,00225%345-105$875$107,724,11312Warner Bros.
5Hotel Transylvania$185,11925%3010$615$144,832,01614Sony / Columbia
6Anna Karenina (2012)$157,85012%218-113$724$10,337,9267Focus
7Flight$135,67031%400-342$339$91,570,4279Paramount
8Red Dawn (2012)$129,18650%425-586$304$43,131,7026FilmDistrict
9Hitchcock$114,56519%349-186$328$4,721,4996Fox Searchlight
10Here Comes the Boom$111,35618%252-39$442$43,311,78612Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$78,46430%232-43$338$138,732,83113Fox
12Pitch Perfect$53,98526%183-31$295$64,299,26814Universal
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$44,04852%268-583$164$12,606,6784FilmDistrict
14End of Watch$29,36041%162-10$181$40,691,96315Open Road
15The Perks of Being A Wallflower$29,21316%125-16$234$17,248,05415Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$124,16429%84-2$1,478$1,432,4664Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$94,081-3%50$18,816$1,146,6522Sony / Columbia
3Promised Land (2012)$53,453--25--$2,138$53,4531Focus
4The Impossible$51,82142%150$3,455$352,1682Lionsgate / Summit
5To the Arctic 3D$45,33769%520$872$10,414,22537Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sessions$20,88421%80-18$261$5,461,67211Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$19,27272%300$642$21,594,81191Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Not Fade Away$15,634245%1916$823$56,6462Paramount Vantage
9A Late Quartet$15,33021%37-2$414$1,227,4769Entertainment One / RKO
10Killing Them Softly$14,70677%68-81$216$14,802,1395Weinstein Company
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$14,0924%62-10$227$161,102,66825Fox
12Sinister$12,95628%82-11$158$48,029,74012Lionsgate / Summit
13Looper$12,39228%84-16$148$66,440,58514Sony / TriStar
14Alex Cross$11,81537%77-17$153$25,838,78511Lionsgate / Summit
15The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$6,7406%150$449$657,6596Warner Bros.
16Cloud Atlas$6,639-19%45-5$148$26,761,62510Warner Bros.
17Paranormal Activity 4$6,19121%500$124$53,870,26011Paramount
18The Collection$4,80987%17-95$283$6,833,3575LD Entertainment
19The Intouchables$4,43348%114$403$13,114,37732Weinstein Company
20Talaash$4,2343%16-9$265$2,840,2095Reliance Entertainment
21The Master$4,08374%130$314$15,947,30116Weinstein Company
22ParaNorman$2,715-2%22-2$123$55,988,39220Focus
23Arbitrage$1,38738%72$198$7,903,96016Roadside Attractions