'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 Mon, Oct. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$6,027,128-61%3,575--$1,686$61,812,2401Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$980,996-84%4,0010$245$60,987,9142Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$680,153-64%3,026--$225$8,386,8651Fox
4Prisoners$488,419-67%3,236-54$151$48,416,8513Warner Bros.
5Don Jon$411,766-60%2,4220$170$16,484,3442Relativity Media
6Rush (2013)$380,820-66%2,30811$165$18,544,6643Universal
7Baggage Claim$278,963-69%2,0303$137$15,414,0552Fox Searchlight
8Insidious: Chapter 2$264,117-69%2,607-513$101$75,037,2704FilmDistrict
9The Family (2013)$141,178-65%2,023-871$70$34,778,9064Relativity Media
10We're the Millers$132,288-64%1,606-799$82$145,027,7769Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$122,685-62%1,563-499$78$112,527,8208Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$182,249-69%437210$417$5,611,4873Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$137,949-83%387--$356$2,605,1171Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$112,963-83%858-90$132$41,371,3566Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$57,980-79%511--$113$1,056,1251Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$56,170-64%589284$95$2,795,1482Picturehouse
7Battle of the Year$37,727-74%907-1101$42$8,524,6203Sony / Screen Gems
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$30,939-74%513-494$60$66,016,4109Fox
9Despicable Me 2$29,100-79%485-263$60$362,464,71014Universal
10The Wolverine$18,834-60%241-88$78$131,608,85111Fox
12Besharam$17,124-82%217--$79$499,3061Reliance Entertainment
13Red 2$16,157-58%20393$80$53,059,56112Lionsgate / Summit
14The Wizard of Oz 3D$15,822-75%246-59$64$5,420,0343Warner Bros.
15Turbo$15,619-76%222-60$70$82,235,81912Fox / DreamWorks Animation
162 Guns$11,985-60%200-203$60$75,259,55010Universal
17The Conjuring$10,645-62%202-136$53$137,173,69612Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Heat$10,014-65%182-69$55$159,147,90815Fox
19The World's End$7,402-56%131-150$57$25,845,9807Focus
20The Way, Way Back$6,769-14%131-27$52$21,394,03914Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$8,928-42%78-43$114$2,714,0239Roadside Attractions
2Linsanity$5,779-73%9--$642$105,2411Ketchup Entertainment
3Pacific Rim$5,690-68%92-48$62$101,734,22513Warner Bros.
4Haute Cuisine$3,830-62%6046$64$111,2173Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$3,581-64%58-84$62$6,744,89310A24
6Thanks for Sharing$3,138-67%65-186$48$1,013,9473Roadside Attractions
7The Grandmaster$2,881-66%35-108$82$6,569,7217Weinstein Company
8Fruitvale Station$2,780-58%7634$37$16,052,15713Weinstein Company
9World War Z$2,401-79%75-85$32$202,351,90516Paramount
10Populaire$1,764-63%5834$30$154,1095Weinstein Company
11Salinger$1,701-65%21-113$81$558,8755Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,402-51%86$175$27,0692eOne Films US
13You're Next$434-76%45-67$10$18,427,3717Lionsgate
14C.O.G.$400-28%4-5$100$53,8753Screen Media / Focus World
15The Ultimate Life$367-38%9-38$41$1,326,4265High Top Releasing
16Stories We Tell$30651%2-2$153$1,599,34422Roadside Attractions
17The Last Day of August$24766%1--$247$1,9401Striped Entertainment
18The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$63-73%10$63$16,3792Rialto Pictures
19Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$52-97%6-2$9$4,327,81618Roadside Attractions