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 Sun, Mar. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$9,682,790-38%3,719--$2,604$51,008,6891Paramount
2The Croods$6,318,946-35%4,06519$1,554$88,887,9452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$4,297,776-46%2,047--$2,100$21,641,6791Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$3,672,634-35%3,1068$1,182$54,890,0852FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,935,661-34%3,324-481$883$198,374,7164Disney
6The Host (2013)$1,776,000-49%3,202--$555$10,600,1121Open Road
7The Call$1,269,793-33%2,439-68$521$39,605,8913Sony / TriStar
8Admission$767,007-41%2,1611$355$11,744,1412Focus
9Spring Breakers$684,573-31%1,379--$496$10,074,4353A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$343,061-32%1,575-1585$218$20,629,6463Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack the Giant Slayer$265,701-28%1,080-1480$246$61,399,3845Warner Bros. / New Line
12Identity Thief$265,090-39%1,082-1084$245$129,916,1058Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$224,305-40%752-292$298$128,712,56320Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$116,294-30%340-149$342$123,321,12519Fox
3Snitch (2013)$107,921-40%746-1061$145$41,353,8596Lionsgate / Summit
4Quartet$106,144-36%302-123$351$16,599,66412Weinstein Company
5Safe Haven$82,196-45%550-729$149$69,811,4367Relativity Media
621 And Over$75,086-33%344-790$218$24,952,0895Relativity Media
7Escape From Planet Earth$60,864-23%977-517$62$53,927,0967Weinstein Company
8Django Unchained$43,665-37%233-63$187$162,314,68314Weinstein Company
9Stoker$43,651-40%194-81$225$1,473,8225Fox Searchlight
10Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$41,538-44%202-7$206$55,220,48810Paramount
11Emperor$38,015-42%138-99$275$2,890,3054Roadside Attractions
12A Good Day to Die Hard$37,788-40%209-239$181$66,551,0697Fox
13Argo$36,706-37%26075$141$135,730,13525Warner Bros.
14Side Effects (2013)$34,439-34%102-123$338$31,234,5758Open Road
15Warm Bodies$25,058-48%162-137$155$65,246,5979Lionsgate / Summit
16Mama$17,225-43%123-7$140$71,588,22011Universal
17The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$16,324-41%145-90$113$302,849,49316Warner Bros. / New Line
18Parental Guidance$15,993-54%140-45$114$76,898,48814Fox
19Rise of The Guardians$14,961-38%134-28$112$103,295,83719Paramount / DreamWorks
20Les Miserables (2012)$13,625-36%109-20$125$148,775,46014Universal
21The Last Exorcism Part II$13,513-45%102-353$132$15,152,8795CBS Films
22Dark Skies$9,914-58%101-104$98$17,130,7486Weinstein / Dimension
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$9,356-42%115-73$81$19,398,3457Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$79,521-24%4--$19,880$279,4571Focus
2Himmatwala$55,300-21%99--$559$197,7701UTV Motion Pictures
3From Up on Poppy Hill$32,527-30%2519$1,301$283,4493GKIDS
4The Sapphires$20,510-37%128$1,709$126,2182Weinstein Company
5To the Arctic 3D$16,222-19%520$312$11,917,07550Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Starbuck$13,935-36%1714$820$3,527,3392eOne Films US
7The Impossible$11,191-36%86-37$130$18,818,96215Lionsgate / Summit
8Born to Be Wild 3D$9,010-39%300$300$22,361,546104Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Dead Man Down$6,851-41%75-537$91$10,764,6134FilmDistrict
10Gangster Squad$4,598-40%500$92$45,996,71812Warner Bros.
11Girl Rising$3,550--30$1,183$518,5304Gathr Films
12Parker$3,291-45%36-19$91$17,609,98210FilmDistrict
13Bless Me, Ultima$3,157-28%11-10$287$1,536,5196Arenas Entertainment
14Kai Po Che$1,440-49%5-13$288$1,116,2946UTV Motion Pictures
15The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$641-55%7-21$92$363,8375Methinx Entertainment
16Camp (2013)$499-63%6-11$83$104,3116Freestyle Releasing
17Rangrezz$10914%2-9$55$6,1082UTV Motion Pictures