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 Fri, Nov. 29 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$31,570,448111%4,1630$7,584$253,686,5042Lionsgate
2Frozen (2013)$26,840,236143%3,7423741$7,173$53,382,1362Disney
3Thor: The Dark World$4,477,422118%3,286-427$1,363$180,097,2124Disney
4The Best Man Holiday$3,373,905144%1,717-324$1,965$58,289,4603Universal
5Delivery Man$2,736,52590%3,0360$901$15,257,0672Disney / DreamWorks
6Homefront$2,632,10188%2,570--$1,024$5,457,2791Open Road
7The Book Thief$1,901,112132%1,2341164$1,541$4,901,1714Fox
8Black Nativity$1,559,704132%1,516--$1,029$2,669,8971Fox Searchlight
9Last Vegas$1,097,73795%1,854-1072$592$57,003,8845CBS Films
10Gravity$1,074,976110%1,016-829$1,058$248,217,8379Warner Bros.
1112 Years a Slave$901,375140%1,165-309$774$31,751,5797Fox Searchlight
12Free Birds$840,930125%2,287-784$368$52,272,6615Relativity Media
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$726,44795%1,503-1122$483$97,739,6566Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$1,332,828209%835831$1,596$2,294,2462Weinstein Company
2Dallas Buyers Club$1,015,246165%69630$1,459$8,713,7745Focus
3Ender's Game$515,819150%843-1192$612$58,682,2715Lionsgate / Summit
4Captain Phillips$499,397113%807-849$619$102,075,3488Sony / Columbia
5Oldboy (2013)$338,31183%583--$580$735,5941FilmDistrict
6Nebraska$281,335211%10274$2,758$1,029,7013Paramount Vantage
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$153,081258%707-414$217$114,799,94910Sony / Columbia
8About Time$145,64083%331-719$440$14,435,2635Universal
9Despicable Me 2$135,555245%271-24$500$366,727,87522Universal
10All Is Lost$70,695194%154-193$459$5,183,5887Roadside Attractions
11Enough Said$46,173182%121-112$382$17,119,70811Fox Searchlight
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$42,612245%163-22$261$68,175,27217Fox
13We're the Millers$36,060138%164-31$220$150,307,99517Warner Bros. / New Line
14Prisoners$32,981146%203-52$162$60,903,16111Warner Bros.
15Insidious: Chapter 2$32,096188%140-45$229$83,401,41112FilmDistrict
16The Family (2013)$19,321137%1304$149$36,775,03812Relativity Media
17Escape Plan$17,476123%141-126$124$24,525,4747Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 29 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$30,700--4--$7,675$30,7001Weinstein Company
2Instructions Not Included$22,029211%68-12$324$44,363,53014Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Gori Tere Pyaar Mein$16,6116%56-56$297$293,5032Reliance Entertainment
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$15,881176%71-53$224$115,614,94416Weinstein Company
5The Counselor$10,991123%78-51$141$16,837,6296Fox
6Don Jon$7,66277%26-10$295$24,283,41410Relativity Media
7Reaching for the Moon$1,938--43$485$41,0284Wolfe Releasing
8In a World...$1,853181%5-4$371$2,959,35317Roadside Attractions
9Runner Runner$1,721110%23-15$75$19,309,4939Fox
10The World's End$1,42658%60$238$26,000,52115Focus
11Contempt (2013 re-issue)$206--1--$206$32,51113Rialto Pictures
12Grace Unplugged$18416%4-6$46$2,506,6529Roadside Attractions
13Romeo and Juliet (2013)$158-96%120$13$1,160,8198Relativity Media
14Linsanity$13743%3--$46$284,6279Ketchup Entertainment
15Big Sur$47--21$24$34,6565Ketchup Entertainment