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 Sat, Apr. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
142 (2013)$11,340,05725%3,003--$3,776$20,401,8801Warner Bros.
2The Croods$6,157,700102%3,689-190$1,669$138,534,7464Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Scary Movie 5$6,024,2149%3,402--$1,771$11,540,1681Weinstein / Dimension
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,963,72470%3,535-199$1,404$99,515,4773Paramount
5Evil Dead$4,023,14626%3,0250$1,330$39,261,0042Sony / TriStar
6Jurassic Park 3D$3,930,87061%2,7787$1,415$29,484,6752Universal
7Olympus Has Fallen$3,279,31060%2,935-124$1,117$79,929,3844FilmDistrict
8Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,274,81584%2,504-401$908$218,032,4256Disney
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,050,98750%1,805-242$1,136$44,344,1573Lionsgate
10The Host (2013)$1,062,00342%2,172-1030$489$22,855,4743Open Road
11The Call$894,03657%1,630-372$548$48,084,6935Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$1,670,28638%514484$3,250$4,255,1923Focus
2Admission$410,95249%909-498$452$16,603,8134Focus
3Trance$383,61734%438434$876$844,7962Fox Searchlight
4Identity Thief$262,26069%564-157$465$131,898,18510Universal
5Silver Linings Playbook$198,85768%451-73$441$130,242,55222Weinstein Company
6Spring Breakers$154,13521%426-646$362$13,430,5295A24
7Jack the Giant Slayer$150,40777%331-171$454$62,870,6397Warner Bros. / New Line
8Life of Pi$109,75371%217-52$506$124,216,16421Fox
9Quartet$103,84167%224-28$464$17,516,92414Weinstein Company
10Warm Bodies$100,16752%279-8$359$65,842,24611Lionsgate / Summit
11Safe Haven$82,63739%277-83$298$70,565,5749Relativity Media
12Escape From Planet Earth$75,569111%276-156$274$54,613,2689Weinstein Company
13A Good Day to Die Hard$70,70672%210-15$337$66,967,3979Fox
14The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$68,28349%274-261$249$22,089,3705Warner Bros. / New Line
15Snitch (2013)$61,59461%215-89$286$41,955,6818Lionsgate / Summit
16Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$46,74984%154-26$304$55,557,77212Paramount
17Django Unchained$38,37860%126-57$305$162,672,85316Weinstein Company
1821 And Over$31,69132%107-73$296$25,410,4477Relativity Media
19Argo$25,26240%1720$147$135,972,96527Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sapphires$118,23085%9333$1,271$717,5104Weinstein Company
2From Up on Poppy Hill$42,44884%498$866$580,4165GKIDS
3Not Today$33,454-13%41--$816$72,0971Freestyle Releasing
4The Impossible$27,12048%77-3$352$18,982,38517Lionsgate / Summit
5Parental Guidance$26,49082%90-20$294$77,107,28616Fox
6Side Effects (2013)$24,63063%53-27$465$31,466,10110Open Road
7Emperor$21,76941%96-24$227$3,204,2156Roadside Attractions
8To the Arctic 3D$19,887-14%520$382$12,111,07852Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Dark Skies$16,40136%25-3$656$17,211,4238Weinstein / Dimension
10Starbuck$15,58193%321$487$3,650,1924eOne Films US
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$13,32249%55-22$242$302,966,62318Warner Bros. / New Line
12Dead Man Down$11,43045%94-52$122$10,872,2056FilmDistrict
13Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$7,83855%13-3$603$103,8722CodeBlack Films
14Settai$7,419135%15-18$495$71,9992UTV Motion Pictures
15Born to Be Wild 3D$6,280-6%300$209$22,454,840106Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Stoker$5,35044%30-59$178$1,669,5547Fox Searchlight
17Himmatwala$368134%3-58$123$270,4343UTV Motion Pictures
18Kai Po Che$308123%1-1$308$1,120,6938UTV Motion Pictures