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 Fri, Jan. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$8,722,144--2,867--$3,042$8,722,1441Paramount
2Frozen (2013)$6,752,05427%3,318-17$2,035$283,868,2587Disney
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,097,41626%3,730-198$1,367$218,481,8384Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Wolf of Wall Street$4,303,84855%2,55720$1,683$54,198,9622Paramount
5American Hustle$4,163,94863%2,51811$1,654$79,682,8644Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$3,882,21148%3,407-100$1,139$101,961,7243Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$2,952,87948%2,1100$1,399$53,216,2684Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$2,819,26346%2,92213$965$40,288,5002Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$2,442,81145%2,143-172$1,140$402,531,2017Lionsgate
10Grudge Match$1,802,81074%2,85618$631$21,312,8672Warner Bros.
1147 Ronin$1,627,45035%2,6901$605$29,257,9152Universal
12Walking With Dinosaurs$1,242,7701%2,560-683$485$28,846,3633Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$1,031,49061%1,474-314$700$48,346,4564Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$337,96151%1,01035$335$6,343,7796Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$205,213-4%1,0370$198$5,594,6292Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$401,45843%607-120$661$18,544,8097Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$307,82758%156-5$1,973$6,120,1775CBS Films
3The Book Thief$177,86635%329-152$541$18,740,4749Fox
4Nebraska$174,87364%240-10$729$6,559,9218Paramount Vantage
5Thor: The Dark World$165,67543%291-28$569$203,138,3729Disney
6Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$159,58522%278-25$574$117,333,29415Sony / Columbia
7Gravity$152,40249%165-10$924$255,296,82814Warner Bros.
812 Years a Slave$97,56943%151-3$646$38,240,91112Fox Searchlight
9Dhoom 3$93,93533%138-82$681$7,630,0733Yash Raj Films
10Dallas Buyers Club$92,86969%1284$726$16,090,05710Focus
11Ender's Game$77,13038%242-7$319$61,513,44210Lionsgate / Summit
12Free Birds$75,44531%25310$298$54,759,80910Relativity Media
13Last Vegas$65,95035%25736$257$62,979,30310CBS Films
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$58,15834%220-37$264$101,508,79811Paramount
15Captain Phillips$37,85437%105-6$361$104,751,55613Sony / Columbia
16The Best Man Holiday$35,10063%13010$270$70,421,8508Universal
17Delivery Man$34,23342%1459$236$29,802,9847Disney / DreamWorks
18Despicable Me 2$33,22034%151-14$220$367,893,31527Universal
19Lee Daniels' The Butler$32,794648%13399$247$116,225,10521Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$205,94749%470$4,382$2,470,9233Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$40,61355%50$8,123$382,3822Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$23,25128%20$11,626$265,0792Universal
4Escape Plan$15,99529%84-23$190$25,029,45712Lionsgate / Summit
5All Is Lost$14,27445%714$201$6,014,85212Roadside Attractions
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$7,31022%39-14$187$68,504,83922Fox
7Out of the Furnace$7,023-21%59-43$119$11,171,4725Relativity Media
8Enough Said$5,72655%23-4$249$17,482,13116Fox Searchlight
9Black Nativity$1,211-9%15-9$81$7,009,7976Fox Searchlight
10Don Jon$1,09929%21-10$52$24,473,08815Relativity Media
11The Family (2013)$1,08992%19-10$57$36,915,84617Relativity Media