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 Thu, Oct. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$5,346,1800%3,575--$1,495$79,134,9191Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$981,95321%4,0010$245$63,836,6772Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$550,536-12%3,026--$182$10,388,9581Fox
4Prisoners$457,474-2%3,236-54$141$49,954,8793Warner Bros.
5Rush (2013)$392,360-3%2,30811$170$19,837,2693Universal
6Don Jon$383,837-8%2,4220$158$17,801,1502Relativity Media
7Insidious: Chapter 2$248,2626%2,607-513$95$75,797,0174FilmDistrict
8Baggage Claim$229,492-6%2,0303$113$16,197,4782Fox Searchlight
9The Family (2013)$125,278-11%2,023-871$62$35,224,3494Relativity Media
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$123,7570%1,563-499$79$112,920,7718Weinstein Company
11We're the Millers$122,367-2%1,606-799$76$145,423,8879Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$202,137-6%437210$463$6,251,5993Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$107,374-2%387--$277$2,974,4681Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$88,703-6%858-90$103$41,674,4886Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Metallica Through The Never$57,0521%589284$97$2,963,6392Picturehouse
5Grace Unplugged$55,3253%511--$108$1,224,1081Roadside Attractions
6Riddick$47,8250%795-1031$60$41,402,5555Universal
7Battle of the Year$39,71320%907-1101$44$8,650,4833Sony / Screen Gems
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$38,19028%513-494$74$66,121,0539Fox
9Despicable Me 2$31,60518%485-263$65$362,554,51514Universal
10Planes$22,62641%376-1050$60$88,210,3819Disney
11The Wolverine$19,0049%241-88$79$131,665,97511Fox
12Turbo$18,85736%222-60$85$82,285,29412Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Red 2$17,26211%20393$85$53,110,30912Lionsgate / Summit
14The Wizard of Oz 3D$15,1047%246-59$61$5,462,9563Warner Bros.
152 Guns$13,955-7%200-203$70$75,306,50010Universal
16The Conjuring$11,64015%202-136$58$137,206,46112Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Heat$11,0751%182-69$61$159,183,17415Fox
18Besharam$10,656-33%2170$49$562,5411Reliance Entertainment
19The World's End$8,09511%131-150$62$25,870,7787Focus
20The Way, Way Back$2,75619%131-27$21$21,402,13814Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$16,221180%9--$1,802$132,9441Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$7,91416%78-43$101$2,735,7169Roadside Attractions
3Pacific Rim$6,97538%92-48$76$101,752,07913Warner Bros.
4Haute Cuisine$6,91729%6046$115$128,4613Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$4,57525%58-84$79$6,758,56610A24
6Thanks for Sharing$3,7133%65-186$57$1,025,3023Roadside Attractions
7Fruitvale Station$2,911-5%7634$38$16,061,58113Weinstein Company
8World War Z$2,88820%75-85$39$202,359,71116Paramount
9The Grandmaster$2,79036%35-108$80$6,577,6437Weinstein Company
10Populaire$2,6925%5834$46$161,5515Weinstein Company
11Salinger$2,5010%21-113$119$566,2655Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,339-13%86$167$31,2382eOne Films US
13The Ultimate Life$69299%9-38$77$1,327,8415High Top Releasing
14You're Next$576-6%45-67$13$18,429,4997Lionsgate
15C.O.G.$365-13%4-5$91$55,0593Screen Media / Focus World
16Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$323-11%6-2$54$4,328,85018Roadside Attractions
17The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$287-40%10$287$17,1472Rialto Pictures
18Stories We Tell$232-37%2-2$116$1,600,14522Roadside Attractions
19The Last Day of August$156-29%1--$156$2,4921Striped Entertainment