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 Wed, Mar. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$4,227,300-16%4,046--$1,045$57,093,2841Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$2,215,685-28%3,098--$715$38,419,1331FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,158,594-20%3,805-107$567$184,206,5243Disney
4The Call$794,230-24%2,5070$317$33,775,0372Sony / TriStar
5Admission$560,498-20%2,160--$259$7,924,6061Focus
6Spring Breakers$464,051-16%1,104--$420$6,822,3572A24
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$433,134-22%3,1600$137$18,865,4002Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$301,259-28%2,560-797$118$60,092,1164Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$249,090-18%2,166-676$115$128,582,5507Universal
10Silver Linings Playbook$154,601-14%1,044-558$148$127,646,01019Weinstein Company
11Snitch (2013)$136,804-32%1,807-546$76$40,813,6195Lionsgate / Summit
12Safe Haven$118,558-19%1,279-927$93$69,298,0566Relativity Media
1321 And Over$100,530-33%1,134-1290$89$24,541,7964Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$80,808-13%1,494-717$54$53,607,4856Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$82,898-20%489-157$170$122,813,77018Fox
2Quartet$78,548-11%425-263$185$16,145,88511Weinstein Company
3Stoker$41,643-17%275181$151$1,256,3364Fox Searchlight
4Emperor$37,065-9%237-74$156$2,711,8993Roadside Attractions
5Side Effects (2013)$32,775-4%225-177$146$31,076,0407Open Road
6Django Unchained$31,521-17%29630$106$162,110,34113Weinstein Company
7A Good Day to Die Hard$31,021-31%448-669$69$66,369,6786Fox
8Dead Man Down$28,014-30%612-1576$46$10,715,2273FilmDistrict
9Warm Bodies$26,5710%299-360$89$65,099,7958Lionsgate / Summit
10Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$23,240-19%20979$111$55,009,0419Paramount
11Argo$20,31031%185-355$110$135,569,15024Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$18,517-19%235-70$79$302,757,02415Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Last Exorcism Part II$18,189-23%455-1120$40$15,076,6844CBS Films
14Parental Guidance$17,556-15%185-37$95$76,788,65013Fox
15InAPPropriate Comedy$14,841-29%275--$54$212,1191Freestyle Releasing
16Rise of The Guardians$13,629-15%162-51$84$103,215,57518Paramount / DreamWorks
17Dark Skies$12,489-27%205-498$61$17,060,8435Weinstein / Dimension
18Les Miserables (2012)$12,255-5%129-112$95$148,708,00013Universal
19Beautiful Creatures (2013)$11,532-17%18863$61$19,342,6736Warner Bros.
20Mama$9,750-6%130-74$75$71,501,43010Universal
21The Impossible$9,015-11%12318$73$18,763,96514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$18,719-9%520$360$11,833,09849Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Girl Rising$15,940-17%7-3$2,277$476,5103Gathr Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$12,59116%300$420$22,299,445103Warner Bros. / IMAX
4From Up on Poppy Hill$7,9841%64$1,331$154,9032GKIDS
5The Sapphires$4,16614%4--$1,042$50,0791Weinstein Company
6The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,60327%28-17$129$357,0444Methinx Entertainment
7Bless Me, Ultima$2,9936%21-24$143$1,522,1505Arenas Entertainment
8Gangster Squad$2,5357%500$51$45,975,03711Warner Bros.
9Hyde Park on Hudson$2,48724%20-11$124$6,373,71916Focus
10Parker$2,024-24%55-37$37$17,594,0629FilmDistrict
11Camp (2013)$1,880-30%172$111$96,5105Freestyle Releasing
12Starbuck$1,78414%3--$595$3,475,4251eOne Films US
13Kai Po Che$1,121-2%18-24$62$1,108,6685UTV Motion Pictures
14Rangrezz$47125%11--$43$5,5321UTV Motion Pictures
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$120--1--$120$98,75625Roadside Attractions