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. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$5,161,13812%4,2530$1,214$294,723,5792Disney
2The Great Gatsby (2013)$4,957,08514%3,535--$1,402$59,405,4361Warner Bros.
3Pain and Gain$600,18727%3,30316$182$42,680,2173Paramount
4Oblivion (2013)$427,96519%2,770-660$155$82,694,3604Universal
542 (2013)$384,78818%2,930-415$131$85,382,1435Warner Bros.
6Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$346,81814%2,041--$170$5,261,6061Lionsgate
7The Big Wedding$289,04251%2,298-335$126$18,758,2853Lionsgate
8The Croods$220,86215%2,650-265$83$173,636,7988Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Scary Movie 5$57,17622%1,007-850$57$30,717,9185Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$241,1679%852276$283$9,020,4173Roadside Attractions
2The Place Beyond the Pines$101,35231%669-493$151$20,187,7487Focus
3Olympus Has Fallen$82,34211%836-796$98$96,775,8958FilmDistrict
4Jurassic Park 3D$61,90518%653-327$95$44,867,2556Universal
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$61,5533%774-386$80$230,381,71810Disney
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$57,33722%750-1054$76$119,868,7807Paramount
7Jack the Giant Slayer$20,0237%281-54$71$64,521,66111Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Host (2013)$17,08610%30111$57$26,398,6557Open Road
9Tyler Perry's Temptation$16,937-6%278-226$61$51,734,5057Lionsgate
10Identity Thief$15,48010%279-21$55$133,744,15514Universal
11Silver Linings Playbook$15,40926%323-145$48$131,955,15026Weinstein Company
12The Sapphires$14,82523%118-5$126$1,864,6158Weinstein Company
13Snitch (2013)$10,6652%188-27$57$42,708,67812Lionsgate / Summit
14Admission$9,71123%15643$62$17,891,1548Focus
15Escape From Planet Earth$6,87228%254-3$27$55,352,95313Weinstein Company
16Side Effects (2013)$5,05322%108-57$47$32,163,59114Open Road
17Safe Haven$4,44122%124-45$36$71,289,73413Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$15,500-17%6324$246$1,182,52710Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$11,95291%520$230$12,463,28756Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kon-Tiki$10,59624%228$482$244,6503Weinstein Company
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$9,09042%2319$395$122,2722eOne Films US
5No One Lives$6,070-5%53--$115$60,2461Anchor Bay Films
6Filly Brown$5,9989%92-112$65$2,737,2154Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Life of Pi$5,42159%70-29$77$124,826,26025Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$5,325-9%300$178$22,627,520110Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Trance$4,47150%40-46$112$2,276,1536Fox Searchlight
10Quartet$4,02821%59-27$68$18,166,25918Weinstein Company
11Stories We Tell$3,9762%2--$1,988$34,9391Roadside Attractions
12Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$3,940-19%4323$92$151,6942Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Spring Breakers$2,85835%16-27$179$14,035,7129A24
14From Up on Poppy Hill$2,674-14%37-2$72$902,8989GKIDS
15Dark Skies$1,9413%290$67$17,391,54312Weinstein / Dimension
16A Good Day to Die Hard$1,77418%50-22$35$67,326,89013Fox
1721 And Over$1,7432%37-45$47$25,679,21811Relativity Media
18Starbuck$1,29625%9-19$144$3,779,9018eOne Films US
19The Lords of Salem$89647%15-35$60$1,165,0124Anchor Bay Films
20Emperor$5235%10-10$52$3,320,37510Roadside Attractions
21The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$44837%6-4$75$550,40711Methinx Entertainment
22Not Today$443-11%52$89$160,0725Freestyle Releasing
23The Painting (2013)$19013%1--$190$3,9851GKIDS
24Camp (2013)$145-14%3-9$48$315,27112Freestyle Releasing
25Django Unchained$142-16%5-7$28$162,804,96020Weinstein Company