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 Mon, Jan. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frozen (2013)$1,728,610-64%3,318-17$521$298,420,3397Disney
2The Wolf of Wall Street$1,392,973-59%2,55720$545$64,518,4402Paramount
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,301,012-67%3,730-198$349$230,360,6544Warner Bros. / New Line
4Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$1,100,541-65%2,867--$384$19,444,1521Paramount
5American Hustle$1,041,098-62%2,51811$413$88,964,2214Sony / Columbia
6Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$921,240-60%3,407-100$270$109,634,7123Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$703,688-63%2,1100$334$59,661,9684Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$693,202-60%2,92213$237$46,164,1562Fox
9The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$563,827-64%2,143-172$263$407,703,5267Lionsgate
1047 Ronin$538,015-60%2,6901$200$33,225,6952Universal
11Grudge Match$422,153-65%2,85618$148$25,257,6332Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$308,563-68%2,560-683$121$31,652,7483Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$153,292-71%1,474-314$104$50,380,5694Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$94,236-59%1,01035$93$7,155,8236Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$58,040-58%1,0370$56$6,021,0222Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$143,632-60%607-120$237$19,729,9437Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$104,633-62%156-5$671$6,995,4385CBS Films
3Nebraska$53,875-65%240-10$224$7,057,1718Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$52,894-55%329-152$161$19,144,7139Fox
5Thor: The Dark World$43,806-58%291-28$151$203,493,0109Disney
6Gravity$41,207-65%165-10$250$255,662,87414Warner Bros.
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$37,795-62%278-25$136$117,652,03215Sony / Columbia
812 Years a Slave$32,913-60%151-3$218$38,504,99912Fox Searchlight
9Dallas Buyers Club$24,982-67%1284$195$16,325,82510Focus
10Last Vegas$23,078-49%25736$90$63,135,39610CBS Films
11Free Birds$22,173-56%25310$88$54,916,69810Relativity Media
12Ender's Game$19,555-60%242-7$81$61,676,40410Lionsgate / Summit
13Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$16,646-61%220-37$76$101,642,09011Paramount
14Dhoom 3$15,114-78%138-82$110$7,861,9863Yash Raj Films
15Delivery Man$9,350-50%1459$64$29,875,7887Disney / DreamWorks
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$8,769-61%13399$66$116,302,43121Weinstein Company
17The Best Man Holiday$7,800-61%13010$60$70,500,4858Universal
18Despicable Me 2$7,555-64%151-14$50$367,964,29027Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$87,487-57%470$1,861$3,075,2283Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$14,086-66%50$2,817$495,7702Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$9,152-66%20$4,576$335,8372Universal
4All Is Lost$5,926-42%714$83$6,053,13312Roadside Attractions
5Escape Plan$4,472-63%84-23$53$25,068,02712Lionsgate / Summit
6Enough Said$4,450-15%23-4$193$17,502,11916Fox Searchlight
7Out of the Furnace$2,809-54%59-43$48$11,190,3455Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,669-64%39-14$43$68,519,87922Fox
9Don Jon$1,01412%21-10$48$24,476,20715Relativity Media
10Black Nativity$255-52%15-9$17$7,012,5706Fox Searchlight
11The Family (2013)$219-63%19-10$12$36,917,94917Relativity Media