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'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 Thu, Jul. 18 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$5,000,505-4%3,891-106$1,285$251,100,0352Universal
2Turbo$4,150,356-25%3,551--$1,169$9,702,7590Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Grown Ups 2$3,827,861-8%3,491--$1,096$59,515,8761Sony / Columbia
4Pacific Rim$3,112,071-9%3,275--$950$52,280,2921Warner Bros.
5The Heat$1,736,981-10%2,995-189$580$119,967,4363Fox
6Monsters University$1,327,433-8%2,838-901$468$243,992,2544Disney
7The Lone Ranger$1,135,415-9%3,432-472$331$76,911,2432Disney
8World War Z$970,463-16%3,003-313$323$181,741,0674Paramount
9White House Down$597,905-26%2,566-656$233$66,052,6293Sony / Columbia
10Man of Steel$445,345-18%2,150-755$207$283,181,0875Warner Bros.
11This Is The End$294,676-28%1,394-710$211$93,250,0925Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$370,033-6%89216$415$27,912,8002Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$105,581-28%850-756$124$113,974,6167Lionsgate / Summit
3Epic$85,6950%336-92$255$105,214,5728Fox
4Star Trek Into Darkness$77,894-10%403-162$193$224,733,7039Paramount
5Fast & Furious 6$59,570-3%322-295$185$236,798,9758Universal
6The Croods$50,6772%232-37$218$185,829,52317Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$44,0633%138-32$319$3,687,2046Roadside Attractions
8After Earth$44,0384%238-32$185$59,558,6677Sony / Columbia
9The Internship$34,1051%198-181$172$43,356,8006Fox
10The Hangover Part III$29,533-1%265-73$111$111,770,2358Warner Bros.
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$26,8762%125-60$215$143,329,95410Warner Bros.
12The Purge$22,405-10%160-96$140$63,934,9356Universal
13Mud$18,921-7%1130$167$21,145,36212Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$11,62115%150-20$77$49,706,45812Paramount
1542 (2013)$10,5594%105-77$101$94,968,02714Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 18 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$134,072-3%7960$1,697$2,392,2702Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$48,702-5%7--$6,957$592,2131Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$33,038-9%9121$363$914,2394Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$23,501-8%97-62$242$5,558,5915A24
5Escape From Planet Earth$13,9836%55-7$254$57,010,84222Weinstein Company
6Scary Movie 5$13,6585%33-10$414$32,011,72414Weinstein / Dimension
7The East$12,6023%67-35$188$2,173,8687Fox Searchlight
8The Kings of Summer$11,104-3%565$198$1,251,0187CBS Films
9Stories We Tell$3,2809%281$117$1,495,20710Roadside Attractions
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,92314%41-22$71$122,523,06016Paramount
11Kon-Tiki$2,411-2%21-3$115$1,457,08012Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,1521394%20$1,076$513,34311eOne Films US
13The Sapphires$1,680-17%150$112$2,446,15717Weinstein Company
14Pawn Shop Chronicles$7511%15--$50$8,0881Anchor Bay Films
15Copperhead$67243%5-10$134$121,4323Brainstorm Media
16Revelation Road 2$37032%5--$74$4,8711Freestyle Releasing
17Not Today$133-13%1-1$133$317,69714Freestyle Releasing