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, Aug. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We're the Millers$4,710,550-31%3,260--$1,445$11,488,7830Warner Bros. / New Line
2Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,404,065-38%2,907--$1,171$8,857,0590Fox
3The Smurfs 2$2,175,719-6%3,8660$563$37,143,5031Sony / Columbia
42 Guns$2,011,225-8%3,025--$665$37,388,9051Universal
5The Wolverine$1,824,277-8%3,785-139$482$103,986,1702Fox
6Despicable Me 2$1,382,250-5%2,850-441$485$332,566,1955Universal
7The Conjuring$1,273,354-6%3,11593$409$114,044,9063Warner Bros. / New Line
8Grown Ups 2$804,531-8%2,852-406$282$120,140,9314Sony / Columbia
9Turbo$704,937-12%2,141-1097$329$72,769,9543Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Red 2$458,032-7%2,755-261$166$47,411,2223Lionsgate / Summit
11Pacific Rim$446,078-13%1,803-799$247$95,229,5314Warner Bros.
12The Heat$440,712-6%1,714-422$257$151,615,9456Fox
13Fruitvale Station$277,634-2%1,08622$256$12,047,6604Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$286,392-6%91327$314$14,820,1885Fox Searchlight
2Chennai Express$196,016--144--$1,361$196,0160UTV Motion Pictures
3Monsters University$193,520-5%620-524$312$259,487,5167Disney
4World War Z$173,045-16%912-528$190$196,803,6327Paramount
5R.I.P.D.$133,380-18%988-1623$135$31,511,1953Universal
6Star Trek Into Darkness$65,781-4%300120$219$226,513,22612Paramount
7The Lone Ranger$52,095-5%408-420$128$87,054,3125Disney
8Man of Steel$52,0363%304-197$171$287,931,6638Warner Bros.
9Epic$44,7875%245-34$183$106,824,21211Fox
10The To Do List$37,142-3%585-6$63$3,377,5302CBS Films
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$28,7764%228-43$126$144,625,73913Warner Bros.
12Fast & Furious 6$28,7659%230-37$125$238,139,65511Universal
13The Croods$27,607-1%165-22$167$186,759,91620Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Now You See Me$27,495-3%206-9$133$115,606,54010Lionsgate / Summit
15The Internship$24,3131%163-34$149$44,321,6949Fox
16Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$15,032-8%214-284$70$32,100,9675Lionsgate / Summit
17The Purge$11,895-5%132-25$90$64,473,1159Universal
18The Hangover Part III$5,324-10%103-44$52$112,166,66611Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$15,573-7%4--$3,893$268,1031A24
2Unfinished Song$11,751-9%68-14$173$1,456,0237Weinstein Company
3Mud$9,10516%621$147$21,506,02315Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$8,93441%58-13$154$4,128,8539Roadside Attractions
5Girl Most Likely$3,091-20%36-191$86$1,362,2533Roadside Attractions
6The Bling Ring$2,731-10%395$70$5,789,4788A24
7Stories We Tell$2,081-17%173$122$1,563,65413Roadside Attractions
8Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,869-5%1--$1,869$47,44916Rialto Pictures
9Pain and Gain$1,28510%20-15$64$49,791,47915Paramount
10Kon-Tiki$1,273-25%9-5$141$1,517,41015Weinstein Company
11Copperhead$556-7%20$278$169,5016Brainstorm Media