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 Sun, Jul. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$13,009,750-25%4,0036$3,250$228,376,7752Universal
2Grown Ups 2$10,577,217-28%3,491--$3,030$41,508,5721Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$9,988,898-22%3,275--$3,050$37,285,3251Warner Bros.
4The Heat$3,993,235-30%3,128-56$1,277$112,365,5573Fox
5The Lone Ranger$3,293,780-30%3,9040$844$71,467,2922Disney
6Monsters University$3,010,379-30%3,142-597$958$237,771,0034Disney
7World War Z$2,776,600-26%3,003-313$925$176,971,7824Paramount
8White House Down$1,738,984-32%2,566-656$678$62,975,5663Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$1,411,085-27%2,150-755$656$280,888,9625Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$864,978-23%1,394-710$621$91,639,0115Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$1,237,340-35%89216$1,387$26,132,4612Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$378,180-32%850-756$445$113,311,8667Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$200,072-32%403-162$496$224,360,9059Paramount
4Epic$142,214-25%352-76$404$104,872,2938Fox
5Fast & Furious 6$139,160-40%392-225$355$236,533,1708Universal
6After Earth$84,907-21%238-32$357$59,383,5747Sony / Columbia
7The Croods$76,792-25%243-26$316$185,630,10117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$76,118-32%138-32$552$3,526,8266Roadside Attractions
9The Hangover Part III$61,244-22%265-73$231$111,651,6078Warner Bros.
10The Internship$60,154-33%233-146$258$43,220,7056Fox
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$54,185-18%125-60$433$143,218,77610Warner Bros.
12The Purge$48,330-25%179-77$270$63,833,9756Universal
13Mud$39,603-34%1132$350$21,070,58112Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$25,005-16%150-20$167$49,663,15712Paramount
1542 (2013)$16,946-33%105-77$161$94,927,85014Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$335,835-30%7960$4,251$1,866,3362Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$120,046-14%7--$17,149$386,2911Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$70,269-34%9121$772$785,1864Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$48,399-24%97-62$499$5,458,1525A24
5Scary Movie 5$27,911-7%33-10$846$31,957,94414Weinstein / Dimension
6The East$27,059-34%71-31$381$2,126,0907Fox Searchlight
7Escape From Planet Earth$20,886-10%55-7$380$56,958,05122Weinstein Company
8The Kings of Summer$20,867-31%565$373$1,206,7117CBS Films
9Stories We Tell$8,785-17%281$314$1,484,07410Roadside Attractions
10Kon-Tiki$8,76013%21-3$417$1,445,03412Weinstein Company
11G.I. Joe: Retaliation$6,301-7%41-22$154$122,512,05216Paramount
12The Sapphires$3,181-12%150$212$2,439,25317Weinstein Company
13Pawn Shop Chronicles$1,464-4%15--$98$4,9241Anchor Bay Films
14Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$1,450-2%31$483$508,43011eOne Films US
15Copperhead$966-56%5-10$193$119,1433Brainstorm Media
16Revelation Road 2$796-61%5--$159$3,7221Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$772-61%1-1$772$317,16514Freestyle Releasing