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 Tue, Oct. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$4,001,126-35%3,66085$1,093$132,525,3772Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$2,628,046-27%3,020--$870$31,919,5131Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$858,284-72%3,874-127$222$81,534,9343Sony / Columbia
4Runner Runner$455,268-20%3,0260$150$15,185,4452Fox
5Prisoners$392,319-31%2,855-381$137$54,548,7994Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$365,001-19%2,538--$144$4,653,1951Open Road
7Don Jon$286,550-23%1,996-426$144$20,830,4173Relativity Media
8Rush (2013)$276,720-26%2,130-178$130$22,872,3944Universal
9Insidious: Chapter 2$203,191-37%2,156-451$94$79,040,9345FilmDistrict
10Baggage Claim$154,514-43%1,320-710$117$18,656,2313Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$103,093-29%1,150-456$90$146,772,71910Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$68,186-22%1,050-973$65$35,963,4385Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$195,453-22%606169$323$8,610,2464Fox Searchlight
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$80,338-32%980-583$82$113,742,4069Weinstein Company
3Pulling Strings$71,899-36%42841$168$4,428,8492Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Instructions Not Included$64,395-42%711-147$91$42,891,9297Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Romeo and Juliet (2013)$46,365-31%461--$101$633,5001Relativity Media
6Grace Unplugged$41,258-41%502-9$82$1,859,7422Roadside Attractions
7Despicable Me 2$36,890-60%434-51$85$363,188,16015Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$27,522-58%404-109$68$66,569,43810Fox
9Riddick$25,835-33%430-365$60$41,722,9406Universal
10The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$25,507-35%147--$174$319,2241Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
11The Wolverine$19,743-23%227-14$87$131,890,32312Fox
122 Guns$14,940-22%166-34$90$75,456,71511Universal
13Besharam$12,789-6%126-91$102$670,5692Reliance Entertainment
14The Heat$12,41615%139-43$89$159,302,65216Fox
15Turbo$11,755-53%187-35$63$82,482,25013Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Red 2$11,520-13%168-35$69$53,240,73613Lionsgate / Summit
17The Conjuring$6,413-17%145-57$44$137,288,63113Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$5,1734%54-24$96$2,790,90110Roadside Attractions
2You're Next$4,208-32%8742$48$18,484,6298Lionsgate
3Haute Cuisine$4,044-26%30-30$135$162,6234Weinstein Company
4The World's End$3,980-27%73-58$55$25,912,3418Focus
5Pacific Rim$3,357-43%52-40$65$101,794,72914Warner Bros.
6The Way, Way Back$3,1511%63-68$50$21,431,60715Fox Searchlight
7The Wizard of Oz 3D$3,045-44%50-196$61$5,501,6224Warner Bros.
8Linsanity$3,037-70%167$190$197,3902Ketchup Entertainment
9The Spectacular Now$2,459-21%33-25$75$6,783,46211A24
10We Are What We Are (2013)$2,137-19%135$164$52,2853eOne Films US
11Salinger$2,109-6%16-5$132$580,1356Weinstein Company
12Fruitvale Station$1,348-10%41-35$33$16,075,77014Weinstein Company
13Populaire$951-8%21-37$45$168,8876Weinstein Company
14The Grandmaster$947-50%16-19$59$6,588,3088Weinstein Company
15Thanks for Sharing$490-60%16-49$31$1,034,1904Roadside Attractions
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$315128%21$158$19,2833Rialto Pictures
17Cassadaga$97155%3--$32$1,8141Archstone Distribution