Grosses

'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 Tue, Sep. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$1,646,71018%3,107--$530$22,075,2351Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$922,02639%3,3300$277$92,987,7914Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$772,19334%3,4450$224$124,963,2675Warner Bros. / New Line
4Elysium$370,77438%2,241-298$165$85,757,2255Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$266,41634%1,520-33$175$22,249,8033Focus
6This Is The End$236,55426%2,1612127$109$99,271,53413Sony / Columbia
7Planes$219,63219%3,033-226$72$79,528,8285Disney
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$208,77836%2,519-599$83$28,213,9603Sony / Screen Gems
9Getaway$196,17036%2,1355$92$9,020,4392Warner Bros.
10One Direction: This Is Us$190,92648%2,7350$70$24,256,6692Sony / TriStar
112 Guns$151,45037%1,165-246$130$72,339,5456Universal
12You're Next$142,33116%1,902-535$75$17,171,9543Lionsgate
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$135,14133%2,045-348$66$60,009,8125Fox
14Despicable Me 2$78,75015%1,050-234$75$357,705,31510Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$514,234-12%717369$717$21,457,7092Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$118,89229%80455$148$5,170,0443Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$108,87836%8700$125$5,212,8522Focus
4The Wolverine$77,59035%698-290$111$129,545,9967Fox
5Kick-Ass 2$69,51040%662-984$105$28,213,7204Universal
6The Spectacular Now$67,89416%41530$164$4,902,1046A24
7The Conjuring$60,0697%716-187$84$135,302,1158Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jobs$53,65359%502-800$107$15,611,5254Open Road
9The Ultimate Life$51,04323%412--$124$752,5151High Top Releasing
10The Smurfs 2$46,09458%949-417$49$68,252,6636Sony / Columbia
11World War Z$44,16016%374-873$118$201,441,08712Paramount
12The Way, Way Back$42,69832%550-104$78$20,484,10810Fox Searchlight
13The Heat$34,38635%350-43$98$157,956,43111Fox
14Pacific Rim$32,01927%307-94$104$100,917,6519Warner Bros.
15In a World...$28,17041%10211$276$1,717,1775Roadside Attractions
16Monsters University$27,4369%596-1293$46$265,041,79312Disney
17Turbo$22,125-2%358-80$62$80,658,5228Fox / DreamWorks Animation
18Now You See Me$16,60214%205-34$81$117,417,47915Lionsgate / Summit
19Red 2$15,80329%250-11$63$52,471,3408Lionsgate / Summit
20R.I.P.D.$11,76518%1810$65$33,306,3508Universal
21Fruitvale Station$11,27911%188-106$60$15,781,9589Weinstein Company
22Paranoia$9,57294%178-214$54$7,207,4674Relativity Media
23Man of Steel$9,10114%201-83$45$290,942,55613Warner Bros.
24Star Trek Into Darkness$6,0411%106-852$57$228,768,27417Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$12,711226%79-4$161$689,7472UTV Motion Pictures
2Salinger$7,0589%4--$1,765$100,4601Weinstein Company
3Chennai Express$6,715189%53-40$127$5,229,9645UTV Motion Pictures
4Passion$1,89315%13-1$146$75,3822eOne Films US
5Populaire$1,88728%3--$629$19,0541Weinstein Company
6Epic$1,77322%56-24$32$107,495,51416Fox
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,40642%196$74$4,281,74614Roadside Attractions
8Unfinished Song$1,36420%214$65$1,650,25212Weinstein Company
9Stories We Tell$1,15823%9--$129$1,593,20718Roadside Attractions
10Contempt (2013 re-issue)$877-29%1--$877$10,4321Rialto Pictures
11Savannah$314-10%50$63$30,3343Ketchup Entertainment
12Mud$148-40%4-2$37$21,589,70220Roadside Attractions
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$13317%1-1$133$36,9157Rialto Pictures
14Underdogs (2013)$4610%10$46$34,8984Freestyle Releasing
15Girl Most Likely$18-44%2--$9$1,378,4768Roadside Attractions