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 Mon, Jul. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$10,512,110-56%3,997--$2,630$153,587,0701Universal
2The Lone Ranger$3,021,795-62%3,904--$774$51,736,8051Disney
3The Heat$2,906,577-58%3,1843$913$89,165,7722Fox
4Monsters University$2,560,973-52%3,739-265$685$218,814,9523Disney
5World War Z$2,251,183-57%3,316-291$679$161,240,8213Paramount
6White House Down$1,580,111-57%3,2220$490$52,065,3602Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$1,273,493-61%2,905-1226$438$272,461,9434Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$829,859-53%2,104-606$394$86,504,1794Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$362,888-54%1,606-958$226$110,861,4916Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$1,142,182-56%876--$1,304$18,533,3491Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$146,309-59%565-470$259$223,211,3208Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$117,230-54%617-933$190$235,605,9057Universal
4Epic$75,028-45%428-346$175$104,117,6957Fox
5The Internship$60,536-51%379-629$160$42,823,0745Fox
6After Earth$54,234-50%270-61$201$58,941,2166Sony / Columbia
7The Croods$52,194-43%269-38$194$185,177,38316Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Hangover Part III$47,577-55%33861$141$111,301,8207Warner Bros.
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$47,400-61%170-52$279$3,101,5465Roadside Attractions
10Iron Man 3$44,875-57%294-246$153$406,455,86210Disney
11The Bling Ring$44,632-55%159-471$281$5,164,2154A24
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$33,504-59%185-70$181$142,941,4089Warner Bros.
13The Purge$30,695-56%256-866$120$63,583,6605Universal
14Pain and Gain$16,740-54%170144$98$49,536,10711Paramount
15The East$15,464-66%102-83$152$1,980,7696Fox Searchlight
16Mud$15,310-65%111-57$138$20,876,96311Roadside Attractions
1742 (2013)$11,966-61%182-70$66$94,823,09913Warner Bros.
18Olympus Has Fallen$6,990-61%110-55$64$98,902,40716FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$46,308-70%19--$2,437$599,0961Fox Searchlight
2Unfinished Song$22,355-69%7051$319$461,3033Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$11,967-56%513$235$1,096,1466CBS Films
4G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,405-56%63-55$70$122,480,68315Paramount
5Stories We Tell$3,567-67%274$132$1,443,8709Roadside Attractions
6Kon-Tiki$3,451-50%24-10$144$1,409,74311Weinstein Company
7Girl Rising$2,700--18--$150$1,439,92718Gathr Films
8Scary Movie 5$2,295-55%43-79$53$31,870,60913Weinstein / Dimension
9The Sapphires$1,838-57%15-3$123$2,424,41316Weinstein Company
10Escape From Planet Earth$1,631-40%62-39$26$56,887,11621Weinstein Company
11Copperhead$1,306-59%15-44$87$110,7802Brainstorm Media
12Lost and Found in Armenia$693371%20$347$121,1735High Top Releasing
13Redemption (2013)$518-51%4-15$130$35,4742Roadside Attractions
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$162-70%2-4$81$501,78710eOne Films US
15Tiger Eyes$126--10$126$27,1125Freestyle Releasing
16Not Today$26-82%2-3$13$312,96713Freestyle Releasing