Grosses

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Delivers 2014’s Largest Debut with $121.9MNovember 24, 2014 01:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 registered the largest opening weekend of 2014 with $121.898 million this weekend. However, the third installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence debuted a significant 23 percent below the $158.07 million start of last year's Catching Fire and 20 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 $55.14 million on Friday, which included $17.0 million from Thursday night shows. The film declined 26 percent on Saturday to gross $40.91 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $25.85 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.21 to 1, which was just below the 2.21 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 $20.12 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 $135.75 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 $15.34 million, Interstellar topped Dumb and Dumber To by an estimated $1.26 million for the frame. Interstellar was down a significant 46 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 $120.93 million after 17 days of wide release. The film is also falling further and further behind the pace of last year's 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 61 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with $14.08 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 $57.73 million. However, the film has now fallen 6 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 $1.51 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 $10,798 for the frame. The Theory of Everything has grossed $2.81 million through 17 days of platform release and will continue its expansion over the upcoming Thanksgiving frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Feb. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$2,826,90013%3,141--$900$39,875,0201Universal
2Side Effects (2013)$903,11223%2,605--$347$10,943,2681Open Road
3Warm Bodies$777,7360%3,0090$258$38,036,2882Lionsgate / Summit
4Silver Linings Playbook$604,36519%2,8090$215$90,630,41613Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$572,31114%3,285-90$174$44,912,1833Paramount
6Zero Dark Thirty$348,4406%2,562-309$136$84,243,5428Sony / Columbia
7Mama$294,4705%2,677-104$110$64,527,3654Universal
8Argo$267,47717%1,405470$190$124,104,80518Warner Bros.
9Bullet to the Head$254,37822%2,4040$106$8,732,7832Warner Bros.
10Lincoln$247,57520%1,517-239$163$174,075,37914Disney / DreamWorks
11Parker$237,97028%2,004-234$119$16,272,5773FilmDistrict
12Django Unchained$232,6663%1,502-275$155$154,974,4767Weinstein Company
13Les Miserables (2012)$166,4055%1,447-401$115$144,309,2807Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$128,138-14%1,001-299$128$298,609,9309Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$87,407-5%1,219-261$72$74,523,7467Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$288,22513%300--$961$2,509,0201Paramount
2Life of Pi$180,040-5%92422$195$108,900,38612Fox
3Quartet$124,96315%24442$512$5,233,7845Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$105,45621%739-26$143$16,861,2788Lionsgate / Summit
5Gangster Squad$103,21610%942-683$110$45,005,2505Warner Bros.
6Stand Up Guys$86,09718%67011$129$2,925,4592Lionsgate / Roadside
7Wreck-It Ralph$66,123-26%75797$87$184,570,49915Disney
8A Haunted House$60,1083%913-588$66$39,119,0825Open Road
9Broken City$57,15618%755-1031$76$19,338,7424Fox
10Movie 43$31,2396%777-1246$40$8,721,8153Relativity Media
11Jack Reacher$21,6685%307-143$71$79,159,1578Paramount
12This is 40$18,0708%278-95$65$67,290,3708Universal
13Hyde Park on Hudson$17,85819%130-14$137$5,865,22110Focus
14Rise of The Guardians$12,134-56%275-32$44$100,905,92512Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Guilt Trip$11,54515%225-66$51$36,717,1048Paramount
16The Last Stand$8,93220%239-450$37$11,921,2054Lionsgate
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$8,823-12%18564$48$34,204,6846Lionsgate
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,586-12%160-29$47$291,445,45013Lionsgate / Summit
19Flight$5,6296%115-85$49$93,760,15515Paramount
20Red Dawn (2012)$3,334-20%105-48$32$44,758,13712FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$11,89285%25--$476$113,5521UTV Motion Pictures
2Anna Karenina (2012)$9,46220%911$104$12,696,55613Focus
3Race 2$8,78745%63-76$139$1,539,7073UTV Motion Pictures
4To the Arctic 3D$6,255-23%520$120$11,183,65243Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,283-12%47-3$91$12,505,0188Paramount
6Lost in Thailand$3,740-12%35--$107$40,2161WAMCR
7Hitchcock$2,895-24%36-8$80$5,930,92412Fox Searchlight
8The Master$2,645-7%291$91$16,252,63922Weinstein Company
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,6412%81-67$33$13,086,90710FilmDistrict
10Born to Be Wild 3D$2,366-27%300$79$21,929,96597Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Sessions$1,503-29%18-11$84$5,937,43517Fox Searchlight
12Taken 2$1,2788%35-48$37$139,843,31519Fox
13Pitch Perfect$900140%15-26$60$64,999,64320Universal
14A Late Quartet$8596%120$72$1,515,69715Entertainment One / RKO
15Brief Reunion$30199%1--$301$6,3434Striped Entertainment
16LUV$184-13%3-5$61$156,6474Indomina Media