Grosses

'Mockingjay – Part 1' Easily Leads Thanksgiving Day with $11.05M; 'Penguins of Madagascar' a Distant Second with $3.95M; 'Horrible Bosses 2' #3 with $3.06MNovember 28, 2014 11:20 AM

by Daniel Garris

Please note that most grosses for Thursday, November 27 are studio estimates and that not all studios are currently reporting due to Thanksgiving. Complete actuals will be reported on Monday.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in an estimated $11.05 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a seventh consecutive day. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence was down 24 percent from Thursday. In comparison, last year's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire fell 28 percent on Thanksgiving Day to gross $14.95 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed $168.61 million through its first week of release. That places the film 24 percent behind the massive $222.12 million seven-day start of Catching Fire. Mockingjay - Part 1 has grossed an estimated $25.6 million on Wednesday and Thursday and looks to be headed for a five-day weekend take in the area of $79 million based on past Thanksgiving weekend trends.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in a distant second with an estimated $3.95 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was down 37 percent from Wednesday. Family films tend to fall off sharply on Thanksgiving Day, but the daily decline for Penguins of Madagascar was even larger than usual for a family film on Thanksgiving. Penguins of Madagascar has grossed an estimated $10.20 million in two days. That places the film 19 percent ahead of the $8.57 million two-day take of 2012's Rise of the Guardians and 17 percent behind the $12.28 million two-day start of 2011's The Muppets. Penguins of Madagascar currently appears headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $37 million.

Horrible Bosses 2 grossed $3.06 million to land in third. The comedy sequel from Warner Bros. was down 28 percent from Wednesday's opening day performance. Yesterday's percentage decline was a concerning sign, as films aimed at adult audiences tend to hold up better on Thanksgiving Day. Horrible Bosses 2 is off to a modest two-day start of just $7.31 million. That places the film a very disappointing 51 percent behind the $14.98 million two-day start of 2008's Four Christmases. Unless Horrible Bosses 2 rebounds in an unexpectedly big way today, the film appears to be on course for a lackluster five-day debut in the area of $24 million.

Disney's Big Hero 6 followed very closely behind in fourth place with an estimated $3.056 million. That was down 27 percent from Wednesday and up 166 percent over last Thursday. Big Hero 6 placed in second for the week with $32.82 million. That was down just 18 percent from the previous frame and brings the film's 21-day total to $148.44 million. Big Hero 6 is currently taking advantage of the slower than expected start of Penguins of Madagascar and has grossed an estimated $7.24 million on Wednesday and Thursday. That places the film on course for a five-day weekend gross in the neighborhood of $26.5 million.

Paramount's Interstellar rounded out Thursday's top five with an estimated $3.04 million. The Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film held up much better than other films in the top five on Thursday, as it fell just 4 percent from Wednesday. Interstellar placed in third for the week with $25.69 million. That represented a 30.5 percent decline from the previous week and brings the film's domestic total to $131.29 million after 21 days of wide release. Interstellar has grossed an estimated $6.21 million on Wednesday and Thursday and appears to be headed for a five-day holiday take in the area of $21 million.

The Theory of Everything continued to perform well in limited release on Thursday with an estimated $0.727 million from 749 locations. The awards season hopeful from Focus was up 17 percent over Wednesday. The Theory of Everything has grossed an estimated $1.35 million on Wednesday and Thursday. The film's 21-day total stands at $4.52 million.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, Jul. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$24,546,980-30%3,956--$6,205$59,557,6450Universal
2The Lone Ranger$9,853,0432%3,904--$2,524$19,504,1610Disney
3The Heat$6,403,42922%3,181--$2,013$61,495,2881Fox
4Monsters University$5,228,602-3%3,739-265$1,398$196,537,6322Disney
5World War Z$4,355,3588%3,405-202$1,279$140,580,6752Paramount
6White House Down$3,512,10132%3,222--$1,090$37,006,7631Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$3,015,17028%2,965-1242$1,017$259,774,1533Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$1,141,090-7%2,104-951$542$79,804,1533Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$673,12735%1,606-1217$419$107,645,4125Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$2,586,788-46%876--$2,953$7,360,7040Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$323,18745%660-905$490$221,754,5637Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$212,660-5%686-1731$310$234,415,1106Universal
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$153,58449%22216$692$2,607,6594Roadside Attractions
5Iron Man 3$122,7992%294-630$418$405,929,3199Disney
6Epic$100,6111%341-1653$295$103,531,3336Fox
7The Internship$95,10717%367-1549$259$42,302,8034Fox
8The Croods$91,10213%288-36$316$184,782,84615Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9After Earth$86,17628%270-896$319$58,504,7045Sony / Columbia
10The Bling Ring$79,1772%159-491$498$4,797,1173A24
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$66,13828%185-177$358$142,623,6188Warner Bros.
12The Hangover Part III$61,82815%338-192$183$110,903,5456Warner Bros.
13The East$58,93466%122-73$483$1,800,8225Fox Searchlight
14The Purge$55,955-3%361-1840$155$63,230,4104Universal
15Mud$45,81784%168-45$273$20,699,00010Roadside Attractions
1642 (2013)$38,17654%182-143$210$94,691,65912Warner Bros.
17Pain and Gain$21,78027%170120$128$49,402,28910Paramount
18Olympus Has Fallen$19,01146%165-12$115$98,834,31215FilmDistrict
19Scary Movie 5$6,423-9%122-12$53$31,850,58212Weinstein / Dimension
20Escape From Planet Earth$5,53124%101-37$55$56,876,26420Weinstein Company
21The Big Wedding$4,58657%101-40$45$21,819,34810Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unfinished Song$26,826113%1917$1,412$195,2202Weinstein Company
2The Kings of Summer$22,39965%48-17$467$987,9365CBS Films
3Copperhead$11,09641%59--$188$94,8341Brainstorm Media
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$10,15039%85-54$119$122,442,08614Paramount
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,10455%300$270$22,918,279117Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Ghanchakkar$7,533-7%89--$85$188,4171UTV Motion Pictures
7Stories We Tell$7,51152%23-10$327$1,405,4718Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$6,46863%34-19$190$1,381,65610Weinstein Company
9The Sapphires$4,36938%18-11$243$2,408,63215Weinstein Company
10To the Arctic 3D$4,325-7%520$83$12,947,89263Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Redemption (2013)$3,551107%19--$187$31,1471Roadside Attractions
12Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,75615%1--$1,756$37,13811Rialto Pictures
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$408-27%6-2$68$499,5179eOne Films US
14Not Today$228-53%52$46$312,46312Freestyle Releasing
15Detention of the Dead$1729%2--$86$1,7781Anchor Bay Films
16The Stroller Strategy$8857%1--$88$3,4623Rialto Premieres
17Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$44--1-16$44$6,9052High Top Releasing
18Lost and Found in Armenia$34-86%21$17$119,9884High Top Releasing