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, Feb. 17 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$12,632,036-25%3,7750$3,346$142,781,3962Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$3,380,151-49%3,372--$1,002$30,007,1931Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$2,438,633-46%3,0830$791$46,582,7902Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$2,189,190-55%2,253--$972$27,838,2011Sony / Screen Gems
5Frozen (2013)$1,830,553-13%2,101-359$871$378,248,34713Disney
6Ride Along$1,120,065-48%2,517-283$445$117,202,6805Universal
7Endless Love (2014)$1,100,480-52%2,896--$380$14,407,6051Universal
8Winter's Tale$709,365-49%2,965--$239$8,007,0591Warner Bros.
9The Nut Job$688,2373%1,918-1086$359$58,277,7805Open Road
10Lone Survivor$563,655-52%2,013-856$280$118,976,2568Universal
11That Awkward Moment$417,532-48%1,922-887$217$21,960,9313Focus
12American Hustle$393,538-43%1,072-568$367$141,847,53410Sony / Columbia
13Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$344,888-42%1,278-861$270$48,024,0245Paramount
14Philomena$330,873-37%1,225721$270$30,928,44313Weinstein Company
15Vampire Academy$294,648-42%2,6760$110$6,958,2982Weinstein Company
16August: Osage County$173,837-42%1,010-317$172$35,938,9448Weinstein Company
17Labor Day (2013)$159,969-47%1,664-920$96$12,605,2123Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$359,280-44%751-416$478$111,034,8048Paramount
2Gravity$214,657-36%355-346$605$268,172,92620Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$140,535-29%386-292$364$48,355,27518Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$110,038-42%324-201$340$15,910,82514Paramount Vantage
5The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$108,755-30%285-252$382$256,231,64110Warner Bros. / New Line
6Her (2013)$108,186-39%255-202$424$23,419,1319Warner Bros.
7The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$91,417-38%326-203$280$423,202,84813Lionsgate
8The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2014$71,715--167--$429$1,452,3833ShortsHD
9Dallas Buyers Club$70,350-41%223-265$315$24,344,52016Focus
10I, Frankenstein$70,329-49%468-959$150$18,409,3154Lionsgate
11Thor: The Dark World$58,409--212--$276$205,517,63415Disney
12Saving Mr. Banks$50,557--212--$238$82,297,38210Disney
13Walking With Dinosaurs$48,511-19%248-3$196$35,458,2419Fox
14The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$40,966-16%201-41$204$57,497,5148Fox
15Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$31,284-45%261-85$120$125,118,1359Paramount
16Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$29,893-10%181-16$165$119,435,06421Sony / Columbia
17Captain Phillips$12,582-45%135-47$93$106,871,72019Sony / Columbia
18Devil's Due$12,159-61%123-262$99$15,630,0135Fox
19Grudge Match$12,087-53%291-50$42$29,673,5868Warner Bros.
20Delivery Man$10,498--114--$92$30,485,80213Disney / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 17 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$57,631-44%9833$588$1,011,2284Roadside Attractions
2Journey to the South Pacific$46,721--15--$3,115$543,06812IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
3Beijing Love Story$28,270--9--$3,141$168,3761China Lion Film
4Inside Llewyn Davis$21,808-45%86-43$254$12,961,93011CBS Films
5The Book Thief$21,114-10%94-41$225$21,099,43215Fox
6The Past$21,064--77--$274$1,017,5399Sony Pictures Classics
7The Great Beauty$21,045--52--$405$1,970,45414Janus Films
8Hasee Toh Phasee$20,568-56%77-11$267$575,9462Reliance Entertainment
9Hubble 3D$14,796--16--$925$42,495,132205Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Tim's Vermeer$12,925--12--$1,077$215,6713Sony Pictures Classics
11The Legend Of Hercules$11,546-51%90-158$128$18,530,3886Lionsgate / Summit
12The Invisible Woman$10,492--44--$238$1,051,4828Sony Pictures Classics
13Free Birds$9,432-16%75-34$126$55,618,21316Relativity Media
14Like Father, Like Son (2014)$8,711--15--$581$142,2865IFC Films
15Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$5,695-57%62-41$92$32,453,3457Paramount
16When Comedy Went to School$5,170--7--$739$273,86329International Film Circuit
17Stranger By the Lake$5,164--9--$574$174,6424Strand Releasing
18Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$4,344-20%34-12$128$8,221,85612Weinstein Company
19Under the Sea 3D$2,787--4--$697$33,746,274262Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Blue Jasmine$2,730--16--$171$33,268,64230Sony Pictures Classics
21The Last of the Unjust$2,368--4--$592$30,9392Cohen Media Group
22Last Vegas$2,366-44%41-19$58$63,910,58316CBS Films
23Born to Be Wild 3D$2,217--6--$370$23,173,685150Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Jimmy P$2,133--1--$2,133$9,3241IFC Films
25Visitors$1,704--10--$170$44,0994Cinedigm
26To the Arctic 3D$1,675--9--$186$13,810,71496Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,577-26%15-61$105$1,354,4024Roadside Attractions
28Blue Is the Warmest Color$1,352--9--$150$2,190,51017IFC Films
29Knights of Badassdom$1,256-55%2-7$628$101,9604eOne Films US
30The Best Offer$889--8--$111$73,1687IFC Films
31Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$8406%10$840$15,9732Rialto Pictures
32Adult World$585--2--$293$4,3681IFC Films
33All Is Lost$562-50%9-3$62$6,259,62218Roadside Attractions
34The Pretty One$305-45%10$305$4,6392Dada Films
35Kill Your Darlings$295--4--$74$1,028,46718Sony Pictures Classics
36At Middleton$213-59%1-7$213$53,1393Anchor Bay / Freestyle
37Big Bad Wolves$181--3--$60$23,6375Magnolia / Magnet
38Muscle Shoals$72--3--$24$690,27121Magnolia Pictures
39Sweet Dreams (2013)$47--2--$24$33,83816International Film Circuit
40The Armstrong Lie$30--1--$30$381,70315Sony Pictures Classics