'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 Mon, May. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$19,661,750-27%3,658--$5,375$117,036,9951Universal
2Star Trek Into Darkness$9,896,297-23%3,90739$2,533$156,013,8792Paramount
4The Hangover Part III$8,591,168-32%3,555--$2,417$62,051,8291Warner Bros.
5Iron Man 3$5,368,815-19%3,424-813$1,568$372,775,9314Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$3,484,035-23%3,090-460$1,128$117,754,2093Warner Bros.
7The Croods$414,328-6%1,008-1365$411$179,657,54610Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$145,104-31%1,003-1426$145$48,701,8055Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$569,633-17%712-248$800$15,124,9525Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$450,6490%915-1465$493$91,513,7667Warner Bros.
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$201,566-13%401-134$503$232,416,13012Disney
4Oblivion (2013)$168,740-44%572-1505$295$87,503,8956Universal
5The Iceman$111,565--258--$432$1,463,9034Millennium Entertainment
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$108,607-29%346-63$314$121,196,7009Paramount
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$107,6486%485-1556$222$8,896,2763Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$81,636-13%346-347$236$56,039,40015Weinstein Company
9The Big Wedding$54,688-28%265-1178$206$21,139,3185Lionsgate
10Olympus Has Fallen$47,346-21%209-257$227$97,726,85610FilmDistrict
11The Place Beyond the Pines$41,388-23%128-189$323$20,997,1729Focus
12The Call$38,443-31%166--$232$51,595,37211Sony / TriStar
13Jack the Giant Slayer$37,139-3%185-65$201$65,006,13313Warner Bros. / New Line
14Identity Thief$31,790-51%187-54$170$134,288,82516Universal
15Tyler Perry's Temptation$18,608-13%131-19$142$51,954,5249Lionsgate
16Scary Movie 5$9,612-50%171-337$56$31,379,5107Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frances Ha$134,436--60--$2,241$888,9122IFC Films
2Before Midnight$59,061--5--$11,812$305,9751Sony Pictures Classics
3Love Is All You Need$54,829--63--$870$477,1344Sony Pictures Classics
4Kon-Tiki$44,532-19%643$696$708,6685Weinstein Company
5What Maisie Knew$41,676--27--$1,544$301,3334Millenium Entertainment
6Renoir$39,887--75--$532$1,735,5699IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
7Stories We Tell$30,570-24%263$1,176$753,4243Roadside Attractions
8The Company You Keep$29,856--96--$311$4,780,0048Sony Pictures Classics
9Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$22,296-11%3713$603$314,1384eOne Films US
10Fill the Void$20,940--3--$6,980$80,1041Sony Pictures Classics
11The Sapphires$20,337-13%61-41$333$2,129,12410Weinstein Company
12At Any Price$19,798--81--$244$282,1305Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$15,622--18--$868$38,394,506167Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Filly Brown$15,363-13%29-10$530$2,833,3836Lionsgate / Pantelion
15The Reluctant Fundamentalist$15,294--51--$300$456,1575IFC Films
16Snitch (2013)$10,781-17%93-60$116$42,919,09614Lionsgate / Summit
17To the Arctic 3D$7,886-55%520$152$12,629,48258Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Quartet$7,73411%30-12$258$18,242,71720Weinstein Company
19In the House$7,565--21--$360$361,8106Cohen Media Group
20The Host (2013)$7,55139%59-172$128$26,616,9999Open Road
21Spring Breakers$7,472-15%7059$107$14,088,74311A24
22We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$6,502-29%4--$1,626$34,1911Focus World
23From Up on Poppy Hill$6,2772%24-12$262$965,75411GKIDS
24The Angels' Share$5,912--23--$257$287,9217IFC Films
25Born to Be Wild 3D$5,077-4%300$169$22,695,856112Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Space Station 3D$4,427--13--$341$87,916,598580IMAX
27Silver Linings Playbook$4,161-29%35-96$119$132,075,31128Weinstein Company
28Evil Dead$4,150-37%58--$72$54,115,7828Sony / TriStar
30Life of Pi$3,115-7%26-25$120$124,888,55027Fox
31The Painting (2013)$3,0502%65$508$18,1933GKIDS
32Augustine$2,926--4--$732$34,2642Music Box Films
33Free the Mind$2,870--6--$478$49,0744International Film Circuit
34No (2013)$2,657--23--$116$2,308,79115Sony Pictures Classics
35Venus and Serena$1,964--8--$246$37,5783Magnolia Pictures
36A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1,911-37%1--$1,911$11,9081Rialto Pictures
37Safe Haven$1,76917%36-54$49$71,346,93015Relativity Media
38Home Run$1,729--10--$173$2,844,9536IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39To the Wonder$1,616--16--$101$549,0197Magnolia Pictures
40The Gatekeepers$1,453--10--$145$2,402,28317Sony Pictures Classics
41Lore$1,440--6--$240$920,48316Music Box Films
42Something in the Air$1,406--10--$141$66,3864IFC Films
43A Green Story$1,352--4--$338$9,5151Indican Pictures
44Emperor$1,237-46%81$155$3,334,93912Roadside Attractions
45Not Today$1,202-38%5-1$240$196,0847Freestyle Releasing
46An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$1,194--4--$299$35,1255Variance Films
47Deep Sea 3D$1,165--5--$233$45,565,466378Warner Bros. / IMAX
48A Wedding Invitation$994--2--$497$4,1771CJ Entertainment
49Trance$968--11-12$88$2,310,3978Fox Searchlight
50One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$867--3--$289$25,2093Zeitgeist Films
51Searching For Sugar Man$755--6--$126$3,673,46244Sony Pictures Classics
52Pieta$673--5--$135$13,6672Drafthouse Films
53The Silence$610--4--$153$89,78612Music Box Films
54Hava Nagila (The Movie)$581--3--$194$321,71913International Film Circuit
55Under the Sea 3D$577--13--$44$32,975,647224Warner Bros. / IMAX
56Sightseers$566--2--$283$26,3853IFC Films
57The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$476--1--$476$8,74025Indican Pictures
58No Place on Earth$453--3--$151$150,1518Magnolia Pictures
59Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$417--1--$417$31,6838First Run Features
60Post Tenebras Lux$386--1--$386$21,8184Strand Releasing
61Sound City$379--2--$190$415,31217Variance Films
62Kiss of the Damned$148--2--$74$13,1314Magnolia / Magnet
63Paradise: Love$139--3--$46$20,8395Strand Releasing
6456 Up$69--1--$69$695,64021First Run Features