'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 Fri, Feb. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snitch (2013)$4,162,673--2,511--$1,658$4,162,6731Lionsgate / Summit
2Identity Thief$4,092,850169%3,22257$1,270$83,695,3803Universal
3Safe Haven$3,545,935182%3,2230$1,100$41,007,5782Relativity Media
4Dark Skies$3,094,178--2,313--$1,338$3,094,1781Weinstein / Dimension
5A Good Day to Die Hard$2,821,694109%3,5552$794$44,623,9582Fox
6Escape From Planet Earth$2,359,750172%3,35365$704$26,490,4122Weinstein Company
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,535,102177%2,012-190$763$102,960,24815Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$1,443,438187%2,644-253$546$54,861,4914Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$1,047,323145%2,9500$355$14,009,5882Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$1,000,002100%2,070-535$483$22,742,5183Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$575,720120%1,197-330$481$89,884,71110Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$424,67563%1,425-678$298$51,685,2295Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$479,475179%802-101$598$128,305,81220Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$362,429107%572-75$634$112,282,18914Fox
3Lincoln$353,976121%875-132$405$177,476,46616Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$319,481101%35623$897$8,038,5457Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$262,85470%659-358$399$158,074,6299Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$163,78067%462-214$355$146,225,6459Universal
7Wreck-It Ralph$147,216127%402-104$366$186,177,75717Disney
8Kai Po Che$139,527--110--$1,268$139,5271UTV Motion Pictures
9Bless Me, Ultima$138,848--263--$528$615,9681Arenas Entertainment
10The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$130,20565%388-217$336$300,532,10111Warner Bros. / New Line
11Rise of The Guardians$84,616146%305-33$277$101,731,56314Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Impossible$79,91569%273-149$293$17,843,39810Lionsgate / Summit
13Parental Guidance$78,07393%381-222$205$75,553,8569Fox
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$56,725143%223-31$254$291,967,15615Lionsgate / Summit
15A Haunted House$49,011128%302-38$162$39,710,7157Open Road
16Skyfall$44,572--184-78$242$304,065,78916Sony / Columbia
17Gangster Squad$41,126118%202-8$204$45,496,1897Warner Bros.
18The Guilt Trip$39,740543%18698$214$36,863,80410Paramount
20Jack Reacher$23,02598%100-75$230$79,418,49710Paramount
21The Last Stand$15,221622%11460$134$11,986,2266Lionsgate
22Bullet to the Head$10,416-58%105-365$99$9,368,8684Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$20,12098%520$387$11,351,24045Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hyde Park on Hudson$17,14851%65-21$264$6,080,23312Focus
3This is 40$14,85077%96-71$155$67,490,26510Universal
4Broken City$14,52569%98-35$148$19,548,5436Fox
5Stand Up Guys$10,070-26%41-78$246$3,238,6994Lionsgate / Roadside
6Born to Be Wild 3D$6,89711%300$230$22,024,95099Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Camp (2013)$6,571--1--$6,571$6,5711Freestyle Releasing
8Anna Karenina (2012)$4,613-13%28-23$165$12,790,92315Focus
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$4,592-10%44-52$104$34,317,8868Lionsgate
10Hitchcock$4,168143%162$261$5,953,94814Fox Searchlight
11Movie 43$4,042127%21-14$192$8,791,2535Relativity Media
12ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$3,89229%9-13$432$206,7573UTV Motion Pictures
13The Sessions$2,58522%160$162$5,965,51119Fox Searchlight
14A Late Quartet$1,94164%7-6$277$1,541,27917Entertainment One / RKO
15Race 2$472-31%5-6$94$1,576,1955UTV Motion Pictures