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 Tue, Jan. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$1,955,39640%2,55720$765$66,473,8362Paramount
2Frozen (2013)$1,901,41410%3,318-17$573$300,321,7537Disney
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$1,568,25221%3,730-198$420$231,928,9064Warner Bros. / New Line
4American Hustle$1,494,16044%2,51811$593$90,458,3814Sony / Columbia
5Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$1,145,35624%3,407-100$336$110,780,0683Paramount
6Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$1,134,2153%2,867--$396$20,578,3671Paramount
7Saving Mr. Banks$1,028,89946%2,1100$488$60,690,8674Disney
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$888,69628%2,92213$304$47,052,8522Fox
947 Ronin$685,95027%2,6901$255$33,911,6452Universal
10The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$669,24919%2,143-172$312$408,372,7757Lionsgate
11Grudge Match$524,08124%2,85618$184$25,781,7142Warner Bros.
12Walking With Dinosaurs$300,267-3%2,560-683$117$31,953,0153Fox
13Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$155,7842%1,474-314$106$50,536,3534Lionsgate
14Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$124,01732%1,01035$123$7,279,8406Weinstein Company
15Justin Bieber's Believe$52,816-9%1,0370$51$6,073,8382Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Philomena$238,38466%607-120$393$19,968,3277Weinstein Company
2Inside Llewyn Davis$140,89535%156-5$903$7,136,3335CBS Films
3Nebraska$80,38649%240-10$335$7,137,5578Paramount Vantage
4The Book Thief$66,91627%329-152$203$19,211,6299Fox
5Thor: The Dark World$49,56913%291-28$170$203,542,5799Disney
6Gravity$47,03614%165-10$285$255,709,91014Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$41,14125%151-3$272$38,546,14012Fox Searchlight
8Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$37,226-2%278-25$134$117,689,25815Sony / Columbia
9Dallas Buyers Club$36,85148%1284$288$16,362,67610Focus
10Dhoom 3$32,926118%138-82$239$7,894,9123Yash Raj Films
11Last Vegas$27,41619%25736$107$63,162,81210CBS Films
12Ender's Game$21,3849%242-7$88$61,697,78810Lionsgate / Summit
13Free Birds$19,412-12%25310$77$54,936,11010Relativity Media
14Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$18,0528%220-37$82$101,660,14211Paramount
15Lee Daniels' The Butler$11,56332%13399$87$116,313,99421Weinstein Company
16Delivery Man$11,11319%1459$77$29,886,9017Disney / DreamWorks
17The Best Man Holiday$8,4508%13010$65$70,508,9358Universal
18Despicable Me 2$7,5750%151-14$50$367,971,86527Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Her (2013)$102,60517%470$2,183$3,177,8333Warner Bros.
2August: Osage County$14,3692%50$2,874$510,1392Weinstein Company
3Lone Survivor$7,533-18%20$3,767$343,3702Universal
4All Is Lost$5,394-9%714$76$6,058,52712Roadside Attractions
5Escape Plan$5,07614%84-23$60$25,073,10312Lionsgate / Summit
6Out of the Furnace$3,0519%59-43$52$11,193,3965Relativity Media
7Enough Said$2,409-46%23-4$105$17,504,52816Fox Searchlight
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,656-1%39-14$42$68,521,53522Fox
9Don Jon$784-23%21-10$37$24,476,99115Relativity Media
10Black Nativity$38852%15-9$26$7,012,9586Fox Searchlight
11The Family (2013)$28329%19-10$15$36,918,23217Relativity Media