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. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$1,351,910-74%2,75996$490$76,896,7152Universal
2Lone Survivor$916,980-73%3,162173$290$94,831,9015Universal
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$678,357-71%3,3870$200$31,131,1772Paramount
4Frozen (2013)$657,502-77%2,757-222$238$348,556,51310Disney
5I, Frankenstein$620,748-73%2,753--$225$9,231,1891Lionsgate
6The Nut Job$615,243-83%3,47245$177$40,671,6062Open Road
7American Hustle$493,930-72%2,304100$214$127,494,3597Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$461,690-70%1,804-126$256$98,970,5125Paramount
9August: Osage County$422,665-70%2,411360$175$26,937,1965Weinstein Company
10Devil's Due$211,891-67%2,5440$83$13,134,1952Fox
11Her (2013)$193,199-69%1,325-404$146$19,372,9256Warner Bros.
1212 Years a Slave$178,511-69%1,231470$145$43,738,64415Fox Searchlight
13Gravity$178,291-69%1,260316$142$261,387,25317Warner Bros.
14Dallas Buyers Club$171,677-70%1,110691$155$20,528,95413Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$166,192-69%1,660-789$100$79,324,5027Disney
16The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$162,222-75%1,285-530$126$252,488,5607Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$105,753-73%1,051-277$101$420,127,67010Lionsgate
18The Legend Of Hercules$94,219-75%1,371-733$69$17,139,2553Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$156,336-66%968560$162$11,876,73611Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$112,176-67%5050$222$25,926,65910Weinstein Company
3Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$68,414-64%824-907$83$123,871,7536Paramount
4Gimme Shelter (2014)$49,185-73%385--$128$738,2551Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$46,883-68%540-497$87$56,389,5635Fox
6Inside Llewyn Davis$41,307-70%289-296$143$12,037,2978CBS Films
7Captain Phillips$27,828-65%302-601$92$106,271,97916Sony / Columbia
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$25,867-63%527-1042$49$32,124,3624Paramount
947 Ronin$23,905-64%239-104$100$38,079,7455Universal
10The Book Thief$21,697-62%1977$110$20,535,45912Fox
11Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$16,396-80%242-14$68$118,886,90118Sony / Columbia
12Walking With Dinosaurs$14,081-83%330-124$43$34,705,6446Fox
13Grudge Match$9,753-66%244-164$40$29,246,0465Warner Bros.
14Free Birds$5,299-83%171-28$31$55,440,78913Relativity Media
15Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,384-73%102-20$43$8,084,2559Weinstein Company
16Lee Daniels' The Butler$3,439-60%101-18$34$116,600,72524Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$2,557-79%132-259$19$52,329,9937Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$5,500-69%3--$1,833$61,9541Roadside Attractions
2Out of the Furnace$2,324-59%74-23$31$11,311,2258Relativity Media
3All Is Lost$2,298-56%30-32$77$6,226,27115Roadside Attractions
4Knights of Badassdom$1,031-64%13--$79$47,7941eOne Films US