Grosses

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Delivers 2014’s Largest Debut with $121.9MNovember 24, 2014 01:31 PM

by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 registered the largest opening weekend of 2014 with $121.898 million this weekend. However, the third installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence debuted a significant 23 percent below the $158.07 million start of last year's Catching Fire and 20 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 $55.14 million on Friday, which included $17.0 million from Thursday night shows. The film declined 26 percent on Saturday to gross $40.91 million and fell 37 percent on Sunday to gross $25.85 million. That placed the film's opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.21 to 1, which was just below the 2.21 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 $20.12 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 $135.75 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 $15.34 million, Interstellar topped Dumb and Dumber To by an estimated $1.26 million for the frame. Interstellar was down a significant 46 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 $120.93 million after 17 days of wide release. The film is also falling further and further behind the pace of last year's 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 61 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with $14.08 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 $57.73 million. However, the film has now fallen 6 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 $1.51 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 $10,798 for the frame. The Theory of Everything has grossed $2.81 million through 17 days of platform release and will continue its expansion over the upcoming Thanksgiving frame.

Daily Domestic Gross Mon, Feb. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$775,380-50%2,867108$270$93,473,8503Universal
2Lone Survivor$625,780-29%3,285123$190$105,415,6666Universal
3That Awkward Moment$610,084-41%2,809--$217$9,352,1931Focus
4Frozen (2013)$486,462-77%2,754-3$177$360,122,30411Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$461,467-36%2,907-480$159$39,339,8843Paramount
6Labor Day (2013)$400,100-53%2,584--$155$5,575,3821Paramount
7American Hustle$345,801-37%2,216-88$156$133,827,2148Sony / Columbia
8I, Frankenstein$323,267-59%2,7530$117$15,047,7602Lionsgate
9The Wolf of Wall Street$322,412-33%1,607-197$201$104,249,9536Paramount
10The Nut Job$312,186-81%3,4720$90$50,223,6313Open Road
11August: Osage County$265,436-54%2,319-92$114$31,846,2806Weinstein Company
12Gravity$182,112-47%1,132-128$161$264,171,48618Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$152,990-45%1,172-59$131$46,003,54916Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$130,122-40%1,052-58$124$22,672,60814Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$92,603-46%1,075-585$86$81,134,7168Disney
16Devil's Due$77,039-54%1,290-1254$60$14,867,0743Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$123,848-42%875-93$142$13,783,41912Paramount Vantage
2Her (2013)$118,221-45%803-522$147$21,355,1347Warner Bros.
3The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$108,140-55%933-352$116$254,373,0568Warner Bros. / New Line
4Philomena$101,181-52%56762$178$27,481,53411Weinstein Company
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$82,349-46%822-229$100$421,490,98511Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$51,997-50%598-773$87$18,013,4044Lionsgate / Summit
7Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$31,502-23%420-404$75$124,442,6317Paramount
8The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$28,670-38%410-130$70$56,915,8526Fox
9Inside Llewyn Davis$27,914-42%214-75$130$12,501,4479CBS Films
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$21,872-61%347-38$63$1,214,2032Roadside Attractions
11The Book Thief$19,234-23%178-19$108$20,781,48613Fox
12Captain Phillips$18,835-21%245-57$77$106,564,17317Sony / Columbia
1347 Ronin$15,580-40%174-65$90$38,312,8856Universal
14Walking With Dinosaurs$12,936-74%323-7$40$34,982,5237Fox
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,855-71%220-22$45$119,122,77919Sony / Columbia
16Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$8,553-35%150-377$57$32,295,0505Paramount
17Grudge Match$7,546-46%241-3$31$29,350,3546Warner Bros.
18Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,655-59%16331$41$52,440,0518Lionsgate
19Last Vegas$4,530-27%104--$44$63,839,01514CBS Films
20Free Birds$3,010-79%135-36$22$55,523,09514Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$11,214-75%2926$387$258,9082Roadside Attractions
2Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,924-34%77-25$51$8,145,00910Weinstein Company
3At Middleton$3,254-40%20--$163$37,0221Anchor Bay / Freestyle
4All Is Lost$1,918-42%25-5$77$6,246,20316Roadside Attractions
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,469-6%52-49$28$116,625,60325Weinstein Company
6Out of the Furnace$1,002-13%36-38$28$11,327,8389Relativity Media
7Love Is in the Air$380-62%6--$63$5,3171Focus World
8Knights of Badassdom$339-55%11-2$31$69,0192eOne Films US