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, Sep. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$4,505,150-38%3,107--$1,450$19,030,3751Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,073,878-48%3,3300$623$91,403,1064Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$1,777,397-51%3,4450$516$123,613,9315Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$1,206,307-41%3,033-226$398$79,124,9955Disney
5One Direction: This Is Us$1,008,666-46%2,7350$369$23,936,9652Sony / TriStar
6Elysium$795,555-45%2,241-298$355$85,118,5995Sony / TriStar
7Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$677,370-44%2,045-348$331$59,773,3055Fox
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$583,897-43%2,519-599$232$27,851,2043Sony / Screen Gems
9The World's End$567,095-46%1,520-33$373$21,784,1113Focus
10Getaway$521,253-49%2,1355$244$8,680,1632Warner Bros.
11This Is The End$463,426-46%2,1612127$214$98,847,91213Sony / Columbia
12Despicable Me 2$425,255-41%1,050-234$405$357,558,31510Universal
13You're Next$358,219-52%1,902-535$188$16,907,0323Lionsgate
142 Guns$332,025-50%1,165-246$285$72,077,4206Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$3,208,641-3%717369$4,475$20,360,8932Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Smurfs 2$293,375-37%949-417$309$68,177,4266Sony / Columbia
3The Grandmaster$286,994-36%80455$357$4,959,0063Weinstein Company
4Closed Circuit$215,399-50%8700$248$5,023,6672Focus
5The Wolverine$179,316-50%698-290$257$129,411,1337Fox
6The Spectacular Now$164,962-46%41530$397$4,775,7366A24
7The Conjuring$160,602-53%716-187$224$135,185,9858Warner Bros. / New Line
8Kick-Ass 2$152,265-48%662-984$230$28,094,5604Universal
9The Ultimate Life$149,113-34%412--$362$659,9121High Top Releasing
10Monsters University$135,582-38%596-1293$227$264,989,13612Disney
11Turbo$132,253-37%358-80$369$80,613,7488Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12World War Z$119,632-40%374-873$320$201,359,01912Paramount
13Jobs$103,002-46%502-800$205$15,524,1284Open Road
14The Way, Way Back$101,778-55%550-104$185$20,409,13310Fox Searchlight
15Pacific Rim$87,734-47%307-94$286$100,860,3909Warner Bros.
16Grown Ups 2$84,308-56%355-116$237$130,648,7219Sony / Columbia
17The Heat$78,495-56%350-43$224$157,896,66611Fox
18In a World...$68,173-48%10211$668$1,669,0325Roadside Attractions
19Now You See Me$48,597-45%205-34$237$117,386,29015Lionsgate / Summit
20R.I.P.D.$41,630-47%1810$230$33,284,6308Universal
21Red 2$36,464-53%250-11$146$52,443,3148Lionsgate / Summit
22Man of Steel$33,636-40%201-83$167$290,925,47113Warner Bros.
23White House Down$28,428-48%168-38$169$72,997,13811Sony / Columbia
24Fruitvale Station$24,962-50%188-106$133$15,760,4879Weinstein Company
25Star Trek Into Darkness$15,558-43%106-852$147$228,756,23217Paramount
26Paranoia$11,845-56%178-214$67$7,192,9604Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$26,800-43%79-4$339$673,1372UTV Motion Pictures
2Salinger$22,274-36%4--$5,569$86,9561Weinstein Company
3Chennai Express$15,563-52%53-40$294$5,220,9265UTV Motion Pictures
4Winnie Mandela$14,972-42%32--$468$61,8471RLJ / Image Entertainment
5Afternoon Delight$14,486-42%2523$579$94,9582The Film Arcade
6Epic$12,199-26%56-24$218$107,492,28416Fox
7Populaire$4,082-48%3--$1,361$15,6901Weinstein Company
8Passion$3,981-46%13-1$306$71,8462eOne Films US
9Unfinished Song$3,349-31%214$159$1,647,75412Weinstein Company
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,01915%196$159$4,279,34814Roadside Attractions
11Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,189-32%1--$2,189$8,3221Rialto Pictures
12Stories We Tell$1,832-18%95$204$1,591,10718Roadside Attractions
13Savannah$963-6%50$193$29,6733Ketchup Entertainment
14The Servant (2013 re-issue)$470-1%1-1$470$36,6687Rialto Pictures
15Girl Most Likely$43722%21$219$1,378,4268Roadside Attractions
16Mud$43745%4-2$109$21,589,30720Roadside Attractions
17Underdogs (2013)$17-95%10$17$34,8104Freestyle Releasing