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 Tue, Jul. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$12,070,94015%3,997--$3,020$165,658,0101Universal
2The Heat$3,472,73519%3,1843$1,091$92,638,5072Fox
3The Lone Ranger$3,331,18010%3,904--$853$55,067,9851Disney
4Monsters University$3,175,75824%3,739-265$849$221,990,7103Disney
5World War Z$2,524,26712%3,316-291$761$163,765,0883Paramount
6White House Down$1,903,46920%3,2220$591$53,968,8292Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$1,468,47715%2,905-1226$505$273,930,4204Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$933,04912%2,104-606$443$87,437,2284Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$445,02723%1,606-958$277$111,306,5186Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$1,082,024-5%876--$1,235$19,615,3731Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$169,74016%565-470$300$223,381,0608Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$135,74016%617-933$220$235,741,6457Universal
4Epic$99,76533%428-346$233$104,217,4607Fox
5The Croods$69,94534%269-38$260$185,247,32816Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Internship$69,31114%379-629$183$42,892,3855Fox
7After Earth$65,05420%270-61$241$59,006,2706Sony / Columbia
8Iron Man 3$57,02527%294-246$194$406,512,88710Disney
9The Hangover Part III$53,28612%33861$158$111,355,1067Warner Bros.
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$53,13312%170-52$313$3,154,6795Roadside Attractions
11The Bling Ring$50,65814%159-471$319$5,214,8734A24
12The Great Gatsby (2013)$39,50918%185-70$214$142,980,9179Warner Bros.
13The Purge$33,2808%256-866$130$63,616,9405Universal
14Mud$19,91930%111-57$179$20,896,88211Roadside Attractions
15Pain and Gain$19,01814%170144$112$49,555,12511Paramount
16The East$18,15517%102-83$178$1,998,9246Fox Searchlight
1742 (2013)$14,47821%182-70$80$94,837,57713Warner Bros.
18Olympus Has Fallen$7,4256%110-55$68$98,909,83216FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$49,0546%19--$2,582$648,1501Fox Searchlight
2Unfinished Song$25,79115%7051$368$487,0943Weinstein Company
3The Kings of Summer$13,0519%513$256$1,109,1976CBS Films
4Kon-Tiki$4,92843%24-10$205$1,414,67111Weinstein Company
5Stories We Tell$4,90538%274$182$1,448,7759Roadside Attractions
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,5884%63-55$73$122,485,27115Paramount
7Girl Rising$3,42027%18--$190$1,443,34718Gathr Films
8Scary Movie 5$2,4035%43-79$56$31,873,01213Weinstein / Dimension
9Escape From Planet Earth$2,36745%62-39$38$56,889,48321Weinstein Company
10Copperhead$1,75534%15-44$117$112,5352Brainstorm Media
11The Sapphires$1,152-37%15-3$77$2,425,56516Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$461185%2-4$231$502,24810eOne Films US
13Redemption (2013)$412-20%4-15$103$35,8862Roadside Attractions
14Lost and Found in Armenia$272-61%20$136$121,4455High Top Releasing
15Not Today$100285%2-3$50$313,06713Freestyle Releasing
16Tiger Eyes$48-62%10$48$27,1605Freestyle Releasing