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 Sun, Apr. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$9,041,355-39%3,783--$2,390$37,054,4851Universal
242 (2013)$4,502,324-44%3,250247$1,385$53,753,5112Warner Bros.
3The Croods$2,590,884-41%3,435-254$754$154,633,0375Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,580,608-40%3,175-360$498$111,200,1574Paramount
5The Place Beyond the Pines$1,316,491-40%1,5421028$854$11,642,6454Focus
6Scary Movie 5$1,266,006-55%3,4020$372$22,798,1762Weinstein / Dimension
7Olympus Has Fallen$1,176,565-43%2,638-297$446$88,776,7955FilmDistrict
8Jurassic Park 3D$1,130,050-39%2,330-448$485$38,525,3753Universal
9Evil Dead$1,009,690-42%2,823-202$358$48,456,9513Sony / TriStar
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$804,398-44%2,045-459$393$223,726,7527Disney
11Tyler Perry's Temptation$543,258-47%1,405-400$387$48,884,4564Lionsgate
12The Host (2013)$232,003-50%1,356-816$171$25,178,8784Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Filly Brown$395,480-3%188--$2,104$1,478,3231Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Call$222,297-44%977-653$228$50,100,4436Sony / TriStar
3The Lords of Salem$153,087-25%355--$431$642,9421Anchor Bay Films
4Silver Linings Playbook$128,513-53%867416$148$131,030,87523Weinstein Company
5Trance$106,744-42%4435$241$1,826,3963Fox Searchlight
6Identity Thief$105,600-56%480-84$220$132,675,99511Universal
7Side Effects (2013)$83,939-40%645592$130$31,803,64511Open Road
8Admission$73,375-56%485-424$151$17,452,4975Focus
9The Sapphires$65,859-47%11421$578$1,137,7275Weinstein Company
10Jack the Giant Slayer$55,075-44%255-76$216$63,261,1268Warner Bros. / New Line
11Safe Haven$48,163-50%32548$148$70,876,74510Relativity Media
12The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$44,023-35%265-9$166$22,339,6676Warner Bros. / New Line
13Life of Pi$44,014-42%193-24$228$124,525,08422Fox
14Quartet$43,817-40%176-48$249$17,843,84415Weinstein Company
15Escape From Planet Earth$42,815-37%240-36$178$54,849,38110Weinstein Company
16Warm Bodies$39,876-42%240-39$166$66,118,64312Lionsgate / Summit
17Girl Rising$32,822-12%170122$193$849,4847Gathr Films
18Spring Breakers$28,794-31%122-304$236$13,831,7486A24
19A Good Day to Die Hard$26,416-39%170-40$155$67,153,51310Fox
20Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$19,531-29%112-42$174$55,682,07013Paramount
21Snitch (2013)$19,214-48%161-54$119$42,111,9929Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1From Up on Poppy Hill$22,295-33%48-1$464$722,4246GKIDS
2Dark Skies$16,566-46%9166$182$17,293,0659Weinstein / Dimension
3Parental Guidance$13,023-53%900$145$77,184,90717Fox
4Camp (2013)$10,850-31%32--$339$230,0459Freestyle Releasing
521 And Over$10,318-37%50-57$206$25,505,4758Relativity Media
6To the Arctic 3D$9,846-35%520$189$12,197,94253Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Django Unchained$9,257-51%77-49$120$162,760,25617Weinstein Company
8Emperor$7,826-33%64-32$122$3,274,2487Roadside Attractions
9Not Today$6,514-6%20-21$326$138,6772Freestyle Releasing
10Starbuck$6,198-49%29-3$214$3,696,7785eOne Films US
11The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$4,976-35%51-4$98$303,001,22919Warner Bros. / New Line
12Argo$3,915-49%43-129$91$136,019,44828Warner Bros.
13Born to Be Wild 3D$2,980-54%300$99$22,493,946107Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Stoker$2,753-38%28-2$98$1,690,8878Fox Searchlight
15Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,631-45%1--$2,631$10,3411Rialto Pictures
16Free Angela and All Political Prisoners$996-21%2-11$498$124,3663CodeBlack Films
17Settai$919-56%2-13$460$84,4053UTV Motion Pictures
18Pawn$303-23%1--$303$2,1371Anchor Bay Films
19Kai Po Che$222-57%21$111$1,121,8169UTV Motion Pictures
20Himmatwala$8156%1-2$81$270,8804UTV Motion Pictures