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, Nov. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$34,505,044-34%4,163--$8,289$158,074,2861Lionsgate
2Thor: The Dark World$3,776,482-41%3,713-128$1,017$167,917,1233Disney
3The Best Man Holiday$3,020,680-47%2,04117$1,480$50,360,5102Universal
4Delivery Man$1,826,736-45%3,036--$602$7,944,9771Disney / DreamWorks
5Free Birds$1,693,247-34%3,071-439$551$48,657,0734Relativity Media
6Last Vegas$1,084,690-45%2,926-311$371$53,884,8244CBS Films
7Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$832,544-46%2,625-565$317$95,434,6295Paramount
8Gravity$826,965-45%1,845-715$448$245,407,7598Warner Bros.
912 Years a Slave$760,682-40%1,47463$516$29,426,9476Fox Searchlight
10Ender's Game$539,450-39%2,035-1201$265$57,195,5794Lionsgate / Summit
11Captain Phillips$440,572-48%1,656-970$266$100,705,8347Sony / Columbia
12About Time$320,250-41%1,050-230$305$13,822,5584Universal
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$298,227-29%1,121-524$266$114,228,3189Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$696,560-43%666482$1,046$6,374,0584Focus
2All Is Lost$100,462-39%347-136$290$4,944,7026Roadside Attractions
3Despicable Me 2$94,420-44%295-10$320$366,375,65021Universal
4Enough Said$57,597-53%233-160$247$16,989,90710Fox Searchlight
5Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$53,502-36%112--$478$199,4631Reliance Entertainment
6Escape Plan$34,138-42%267-420$128$24,460,0136Lionsgate / Summit
7Prisoners$33,422-41%255-100$131$60,805,08610Warner Bros.
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$31,384-39%185-30$170$68,062,80716Fox
9Insidious: Chapter 2$28,939-41%18518$156$83,312,58711FilmDistrict
10We're the Millers$27,458-48%195-108$141$150,208,28516Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Family (2013)$16,910-38%12696$134$36,719,25311Relativity Media
12The Counselor$16,840-40%129-352$131$16,797,9195Fox
13Carrie (2013)$16,666-47%210-723$79$35,266,6196Sony / Screen Gems
14Elysium$15,642-30%114-67$137$93,050,11716Sony / TriStar
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$13,722-47%124-52$111$115,570,23415Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Book Thief$180,497-35%7041$2,579$1,307,5123Fox
2Nebraska$88,721-41%2824$3,169$515,3682Paramount Vantage
3Frozen (2013)$84,194-9%1--$84,194$243,3901Disney
4Philomena$37,834-34%4--$9,459$128,4351Weinstein Company
5Instructions Not Included$22,714-4%8033$284$44,305,90313Lionsgate / Pantelion
6I'm in Love with a Church Girl$12,465-46%17-38$733$2,380,4056High Top Releasing
7Don Jon$7,745-45%36-12$215$24,257,0909Relativity Media
8Baggage Claim$4,567-60%46-62$99$21,503,6839Fox Searchlight
9Diana$2,735-17%26-57$105$331,6354eOne Films US
10Runner Runner$1,739-34%38-38$46$19,303,8398Fox
11In a World...$1,503-46%90$167$2,954,64816Roadside Attractions
12Grace Unplugged$1,189-27%10-19$119$2,505,4408Roadside Attractions
13Linsanity$966--1--$966$284,3328Ketchup Entertainment
14The World's End$840-63%6-2$140$25,996,22514Focus
15Reaching for the Moon$528-47%108$53$38,6153Wolfe Releasing
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$472-47%1--$472$58,3419Rialto Pictures
17Romeo and Juliet (2013)$81-79%12-17$7$1,153,9387Relativity Media
18Big Sur$70-64%10$70$34,4614Ketchup Entertainment