Grosses

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Delivers 2014’s Largest Debut with $121.9MNovember 24, 2014 01:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 registered the largest opening weekend of 2014 with $121.898 million this weekend. However, the third installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence debuted a significant 23 percent below the $158.07 million start of last year's Catching Fire and 20 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 $55.14 million on Friday, which included $17.0 million from Thursday night shows. The film declined 26 percent on Saturday to gross $40.91 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $25.85 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.21 to 1, which was just below the 2.21 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 $20.12 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 $135.75 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 $15.34 million, Interstellar topped Dumb and Dumber To by an estimated $1.26 million for the frame. Interstellar was down a significant 46 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 $120.93 million after 17 days of wide release. The film is also falling further and further behind the pace of last year's 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 61 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with $14.08 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 $57.73 million. However, the film has now fallen 6 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 $1.51 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 $10,798 for the frame. The Theory of Everything has grossed $2.81 million through 17 days of platform release and will continue its expansion over the upcoming Thanksgiving frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Jun. 26 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$10,036,422-15%4,004--$2,507$115,333,1571Disney
2World War Z$6,226,175-22%3,607--$1,726$88,294,5431Paramount
3Man of Steel$4,112,073-21%4,2070$977$223,924,8182Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$1,881,267-18%3,0550$616$64,238,0732Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$1,184,878-14%2,823-259$420$98,122,6174Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$555,910-16%2,417-958$230$230,407,2855Universal
7The Internship$510,424-11%1,916-1483$266$39,884,4293Fox
8The Purge$484,220-15%2,201-390$220$61,166,5403Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$413,983-14%1,565-766$265$218,063,8516Paramount
10Epic$281,662-12%1,994-1157$141$101,896,2225Fox
11After Earth$134,872-17%1,166-1266$116$57,805,7704Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$281,070-18%650645$432$3,269,7742A24
2Iron Man 3$219,957-7%924-725$238$403,823,0468Disney
3The Great Gatsby (2013)$98,124-8%362-813$271$141,894,3317Warner Bros.
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$97,617-5%206183$474$1,517,2253Roadside Attractions
5The Croods$94,851-18%324-44$293$183,857,34914Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Hangover Part III$89,494-6%530-1371$169$110,279,9345Warner Bros.
7The East$43,882-9%19580$225$1,342,5994Fox Searchlight
842 (2013)$43,237-7%325-119$133$94,334,22011Warner Bros.
9Mud$40,370-7%213-192$190$20,328,4729Roadside Attractions
10Oblivion (2013)$20,235-12%201-57$101$89,085,09010Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$18,930-5%177-24$107$98,649,10614FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$13,993-14%139-31$101$122,306,13513Paramount
13The Big Wedding$13,835-9%141-24$98$21,656,1859Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$12,317-10%134-7$92$31,712,57011Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$8,928-22%138-13$65$56,812,95019Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 26 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$19,700-8%652$303$819,7014CBS Films
2To the Arctic 3D$8,654-6%520$166$12,881,75162Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kon-Tiki$8,4571%53-17$160$1,326,3519Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$6,652-19%300$222$22,870,059116Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Stories We Tell$6,50911%33-30$197$1,349,2677Roadside Attractions
6The Place Beyond the Pines$5,531-8%53-23$104$21,398,97813Focus
7The Sapphires$5,155-1%29-10$178$2,374,53314Weinstein Company
8Pain and Gain$4,260-3%50-20$85$49,345,6569Paramount
9Unfinished Song$4,00617%2--$2,003$36,3231Weinstein Company
10Lost and Found in Armenia$1,754-11%1-1$1,754$108,6003High Top Releasing
11Quartet$1,496-21%294$52$18,388,35724Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$8075%8-6$101$492,7568eOne Films US
13Made in Cleveland$335-17%5--$67$8,4681Striped Entertainment
14Tiger Eyes$25842%2-4$129$26,0873Freestyle Releasing
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$186-8%3-3$62$45,8513eOne Films US
16Not Today$17226%3-4$57$297,38611Freestyle Releasing
17Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$13655%17--$8$6,5511High Top Releasing