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, Jan. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$5,304,617-39%3,3350$1,591$277,116,2046Disney
2The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$4,050,170-48%3,9280$1,031$213,384,4223Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Wolf of Wall Street$2,775,143-51%2,5370$1,094$49,895,1141Paramount
4Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$2,630,663-46%3,5070$750$98,079,5132Paramount
5American Hustle$2,555,751-53%2,5070$1,019$75,518,9163Sony / Columbia
6Saving Mr. Banks$1,997,068-52%2,1100$946$50,263,3893Disney
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$1,924,565-53%2,9090$662$37,469,2371Fox
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$1,681,364-42%2,31510$726$400,088,3906Lionsgate
9Walking With Dinosaurs$1,232,342-39%3,24312$380$27,603,5932Fox
1047 Ronin$1,209,695-53%2,6890$450$27,630,4651Universal
11Grudge Match$1,033,505-54%2,8380$364$19,510,0571Warner Bros.
12Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$641,024-54%1,788-15$359$47,314,9663Lionsgate
13Justin Bieber's Believe$214,659-27%1,0370$207$5,389,4161Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$281,049-49%7270$387$18,143,3516Weinstein Company
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$224,352-59%9750$230$6,005,8185Weinstein Company
3Inside Llewyn Davis$195,061-53%1611$1,212$5,812,3504CBS Films
4The Book Thief$131,764-39%48118$274$18,562,6088Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$130,620-30%3030$431$117,173,70914Sony / Columbia
6Thor: The Dark World$115,945-43%3190$363$202,972,6978Disney
7Nebraska$106,825-51%2500$427$6,385,0487Paramount Vantage
8Gravity$102,463-43%1750$586$255,144,42613Warner Bros.
9Dhoom 3$70,400-74%220-19$320$7,536,1382Yash Raj Films
1012 Years a Slave$68,182-45%1547$443$38,143,34211Fox Searchlight
11Free Birds$57,672-31%2430$237$54,684,3649Relativity Media
12Ender's Game$55,775-43%24913$224$61,436,3129Lionsgate / Summit
13Dallas Buyers Club$54,991-42%124-13$443$15,997,1889Focus
14Last Vegas$48,902-33%2210$221$62,913,3539CBS Films
15Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$43,427-37%2570$169$101,450,64010Paramount
16Captain Phillips$27,573-43%1110$248$104,713,70212Sony / Columbia
17Despicable Me 2$24,750-41%165-10$150$367,860,09526Universal
18Delivery Man$24,066-40%1360$177$29,768,7516Disney / DreamWorks
19The Best Man Holiday$21,600-58%120-75$180$70,386,7507Universal
20Escape Plan$12,413-47%107-3$116$25,013,46211Lionsgate / Summit
21Out of the Furnace$8,883-42%1020$87$11,164,4494Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$137,876-49%470$2,934$2,264,9762Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$26,129-58%5--$5,226$341,7691Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$18,214-48%20$9,107$241,8281Universal
4Homefront$12,931-44%750$172$20,158,4925Open Road
5All Is Lost$9,817-47%67-16$147$6,000,57811Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$5,984-39%53-32$113$68,497,52921Fox
7Lee Daniels' The Butler$4,382-44%340$129$116,192,31120Weinstein Company
8Enough Said$3,692-55%27-15$137$17,476,40515Fox Searchlight
9Black Nativity$1,327-55%24-39$55$7,008,5865Fox Searchlight
10Oldboy (2013)$1,115-45%210$53$2,193,6585FilmDistrict
11Don Jon$855-51%310$28$24,471,98914Relativity Media
12The Family (2013)$566-54%290$20$36,914,75716Relativity Media