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 Tue, May. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$11,286,8960%4,253--$2,654$196,699,0911Disney
2Pain and Gain$834,71128%3,28710$254$35,315,0542Paramount
3Oblivion (2013)$567,65023%3,430-362$165$76,844,9503Universal
442 (2013)$528,05322%3,345-60$158$79,143,2904Warner Bros.
5The Big Wedding$496,38447%2,6330$189$15,049,8822Lionsgate
6The Croods$240,75013%2,915-368$83$169,174,7077Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Place Beyond the Pines$180,98428%1,162-422$156$18,998,8116Focus
8Olympus Has Fallen$134,10415%1,632-702$82$95,625,1007FilmDistrict
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$116,05225%1,804-903$64$118,961,1456Paramount
10Scary Movie 5$94,13721%1,857-876$51$29,781,7174Weinstein / Dimension
11Oz: The Great and Powerful$86,5908%1,160-450$75$229,025,8649Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$230,76615%576213$401$5,601,9282Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$98,01511%980-868$100$43,942,9455Universal
3Evil Dead$72,98110%959-1227$76$53,339,2615Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$39,8010%504-438$79$51,445,2676Lionsgate
5Silver Linings Playbook$30,23941%468107$65$131,755,19625Weinstein Company
6Jack the Giant Slayer$23,53912%335-30$70$64,196,12110Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Host (2013)$18,82823%290-321$65$26,177,9546Open Road
8Identity Thief$18,14010%300-125$60$133,489,04013Universal
9Filly Brown$16,56315%204-55$81$2,635,9963Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Sapphires$16,13616%123-3$131$1,666,0987Weinstein Company
11Snitch (2013)$12,55211%215-37$58$42,548,18611Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$9,18925%16557$56$32,102,58113Open Road
13Escape From Planet Earth$7,80913%257-26$30$55,225,09512Weinstein Company
14Safe Haven$7,23019%169-90$43$71,223,57812Relativity Media
15Admission$5,60145%113-166$50$17,792,6597Focus
16Warm Bodies$4,955-6%140-50$35$66,370,18314Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$8,6747%1412$620$124,0372Weinstein Company
2Trance$7,92044%86-71$92$2,233,0725Fox Searchlight
3Quartet$7,71632%86-44$90$18,109,64217Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$6,547-6%300$218$22,583,998109Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Life of Pi$6,04343%99-32$61$124,767,56424Fox
6To the Arctic 3D$5,917-4%520$114$12,380,26955Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Girl Rising$5,750-23%39-33$147$1,110,8479Gathr Films
8Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$5,587-11%20--$279$95,4221Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$5,3787%4--$1,345$50,0431eOne Films US
10Spring Breakers$4,92014%43-29$114$14,010,0418A24
11Starbuck$4,52610%281$162$3,765,7257eOne Films US
1221 And Over$3,48414%82-54$42$25,657,12910Relativity Media
13A Good Day to Die Hard$3,26729%72-50$45$67,300,12812Fox
14From Up on Poppy Hill$3,058-2%39-5$78$860,1878GKIDS
15The Lords of Salem$3,034-22%50-230$61$1,150,5443Anchor Bay Films
16The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$3,0064%82-103$37$22,531,8208Warner Bros. / New Line
17Dark Skies$1,2823%29-34$44$17,369,97811Weinstein / Dimension
18Emperor$1,248133%20-5$62$3,311,0879Roadside Attractions
19Parental Guidance$90630%42-19$22$77,242,26719Fox
20Django Unchained$87692%12-26$73$162,801,81219Weinstein Company
21The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$77043%10-15$77$539,94110Methinx Entertainment
22Camp (2013)$73651%12-16$61$312,06911Freestyle Releasing
23Not Today$330106%30$110$153,3254Freestyle Releasing