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, Sep. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,322,986-7%3,330220$1,598$79,466,3783Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$3,572,851-29%3,4450$1,037$113,240,0124Warner Bros. / New Line
3Planes$3,130,6174%3,259-119$961$73,969,9924Disney
4One Direction: This Is Us$2,657,378-9%2,735--$972$18,472,8751Sony / TriStar
5Elysium$1,981,915-21%2,539-374$781$80,524,5124Sony / TriStar
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,708,120-3%2,393-337$714$56,729,4664Fox
7The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,594,293-19%3,1180$511$24,523,8932Sony / Screen Gems
8The World's End$1,475,023-22%1,5532$950$18,320,5692Focus
9Blue Jasmine$1,319,595--1,179--$1,119$21,772,6316Sony Pictures Classics
10Getaway$1,102,250-26%2,130--$517$5,606,1421Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me 2$1,040,040-5%1,284-118$810$355,739,2909Universal
12You're Next$977,539-33%2,4370$401$14,409,0692Lionsgate
13The Smurfs 2$883,25115%1,366-486$647$66,985,8635Sony / Columbia
142 Guns$747,855-28%1,411-430$530$70,096,3305Universal
15Monsters University$717,4168%1,889--$380$264,286,36911Disney
16Kick-Ass 2$518,490-28%1,646-1299$315$26,998,0603Universal
17World War Z$387,654-21%1,2471008$311$200,674,20511Paramount
18Jobs$339,001-25%1,302-1079$260$14,806,3473Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$2,532,132-19%348--$7,276$10,378,5581Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$703,542-18%749742$939$3,377,3782Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$651,954-20%870--$749$3,628,7311Focus
4The Wolverine$500,059-23%988-461$506$128,322,2876Fox
5The Spectacular Now$349,410-15%385231$908$3,818,8605A24
6The Conjuring$287,696-46%903-452$319$134,183,9287Warner Bros. / New Line
7Turbo$284,2491%438-32$649$80,087,1337Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Star Trek Into Darkness$271,664-16%958814$284$228,496,82416Paramount
9The Way, Way Back$241,930-17%654352$370$19,806,5779Fox Searchlight
10Pacific Rim$199,817-35%401141$498$100,366,2648Warner Bros.
11Grown Ups 2$168,542-48%471-149$358$130,188,4478Sony / Columbia
12The Heat$125,021-55%393-16$318$157,430,52710Fox
13Now You See Me$115,670-19%239-7$484$117,096,98514Lionsgate / Summit
14Man of Steel$99,981-10%284-19$352$290,750,25712Warner Bros.
15Red 2$97,497-31%261-128$374$52,210,6077Lionsgate / Summit
16The Lone Ranger$88,444--254--$348$88,559,3389Disney
17Fruitvale Station$64,470-11%294-98$219$15,590,1348Weinstein Company
18White House Down$61,594-36%206--$299$72,834,44310Sony / Columbia
19Paranoia$57,167-6%392-2067$146$7,092,9693Relativity Media
20R.I.P.D.$52,490-37%1812$290$33,084,5457Universal
21Iron Man 3$48,763--160--$305$408,883,15618Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$110,042-11%9116$1,209$1,306,1044Roadside Attractions
2Satyagraha$88,566-41%83--$1,067$500,7141UTV Motion Pictures
3Austenland$73,321--52--$1,410$493,4643Sony Pictures Classics
4Chennai Express$55,455-41%93-51$596$5,122,2404UTV Motion Pictures
5Blackfish$34,445--82--$420$1,845,5097Magnolia Pictures
6Short Term 12$31,287--16--$1,955$199,7192Cinedigm
720 Feet from Stardom$28,790--58--$496$4,405,51012RADiUS-TWC
8Epic$20,6738%80-35$258$107,452,35615Fox
9Ain't Them Bodies Saints$20,059--41--$489$227,0953IFC Films
10Hubble 3D$19,424--11--$1,766$40,569,990181Warner Bros. / IMAX
11This Is The End$16,503-69%34--$485$96,924,49912Sony / Columbia
12Drinking Buddies$14,280--12--$1,190$88,7662Magnolia Pictures
13The Croods$13,76918%45-24$306$187,130,66724Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Fast & Furious 6$9,145-77%59-39$155$238,673,37015Universal
15Under the Sea 3D$9,123--7--$1,303$33,579,519238Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Passion$8,924-16%14--$637$42,4691eOne Films US
17Afternoon Delight$7,124-23%2--$3,562$34,4761The Film Arcade
18Therese (2013)$6,917--8--$865$59,0692MPI Pictures
19Space Station 3D$6,604--3--$2,201$88,933,852594IMAX
20To the Arctic 3D$5,781--13--$445$13,500,70072Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Before Midnight$5,692--18--$316$8,052,14215Sony Pictures Classics
22Born to Be Wild 3D$5,606--9--$623$22,945,051126Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Cutie and the Boxer$5,314--12--$443$106,6483RADiUS-TWC
24When Comedy Went to School$4,911--12--$409$136,0755International Film Circuit
25Prince Avalanche$4,827--23--$210$148,1534Magnolia Pictures
26Still Mine$4,797--15--$320$1,016,7688IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
27The Internship$4,353--20--$218$44,645,49613Fox
28Una Noche$4,348--5--$870$47,2882IFC Films
29The Act of Killing$3,722--15--$248$379,5987Drafthouse Films
30The Hunt$3,440--11--$313$568,4858Magnolia Pictures
31Hannah Arendt$3,363--8--$420$636,50514Zeitgeist Films
32Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,07589%13-14$237$4,268,49713Roadside Attractions
33Deep Sea 3D$2,989--9--$332$45,842,333392Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Frances Ha$2,448--4--$612$4,054,00416IFC Films
35I'm So Excited$2,414--11--$219$1,327,69110Sony Pictures Classics
36Unfinished Song$2,22110%17-10$131$1,634,53211Weinstein Company
37I Declare War$2,159--14--$154$10,7931Drafthouse Films
38The Servant (2013 re-issue)$2,126-13%2--$1,063$33,4156Rialto Pictures
39Lovelace$2,029--5--$406$354,7844RADiUS-TWC
40The Patience Stone$1,768--5--$354$66,6633Sony Pictures Classics
41Drug War$1,734--7--$248$110,2686Variance Films / Well Go USA
42Our Nixon$1,476--3--$492$7,5661Cinedigm
43Free the Mind$1,132--4--$283$116,10418International Film Circuit
44Savannah$1,0184%5-9$204$25,5512Ketchup Entertainment
45Fill the Void$1,002--7--$143$1,761,27615Sony Pictures Classics
46Underdogs (2013)$9898%1-1$989$33,9013Freestyle Releasing
47Love Is All You Need$756--3--$252$1,614,16018Sony Pictures Classics
48The Last Flight of the Champion$72744%15--$48$2,2201High Top Releasing
49Mud$644-17%6-10$107$21,588,04819Roadside Attractions
50Inch'Allah$56122%20$281$460,9453eOne Films US
51I Give It a Year$524--4--$131$24,1584Magnolia Pictures
52Crystal Fairy$523--9--$58$187,4818IFC Films
53Europa Report$496--3--$165$114,8555Magnolia / Magnet
54A Hijacking$477--5--$95$401,36611Magnolia Pictures
55The Silence$397--1--$397$97,25926Music Box Films
56American Made Movie$326--2--$163$36,1471Variance Films
57Paradise: Faith$262--2--$131$4,6782Strand Releasing
58Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers$107--2--$54$18,7655Doppelgänger Releasing
59An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$105--1--$105$67,96319Variance Films
60Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$61--1--$61$19,29313Magnolia Pictures
61Girl Most Likely$42-63%10$42$1,377,5817Roadside Attractions
62A Band Called Death$26--2--$13$123,77010Drafthouse Films
63Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$24--1--$24$101,5819Magnolia Pictures
64Only God Forgives$16--3--$5$775,8657RADiUS-TWC
65100 Bloody Acres$14--1--$14$6,24810Doppelgänger Releasing