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, Feb. 18 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$3,552,198-72%3,7750$941$146,333,5942Warner Bros.
2RoboCop (2014)$1,754,601-48%3,372--$520$31,761,7941Sony / Columbia
3The Monuments Men$1,309,323-46%3,0830$425$47,892,1132Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$1,165,608-47%2,253--$517$29,003,8091Sony / Screen Gems
5Endless Love (2014)$579,200-47%2,896--$200$14,986,8051Universal
6Frozen (2013)$547,266-70%2,101-359$260$378,795,61313Disney
7Ride Along$485,095-57%2,517-283$193$117,687,7755Universal
8Winter's Tale$444,208-37%2,965--$150$8,451,2671Warner Bros.
9That Awkward Moment$281,784-33%1,922-887$147$22,242,7153Focus
10Lone Survivor$271,755-52%2,013-856$135$119,248,0118Universal
11Philomena$211,389-36%1,225721$173$31,139,83213Weinstein Company
12The Nut Job$191,263-72%1,918-1086$100$58,469,0435Open Road
13American Hustle$184,015-53%1,072-568$172$142,031,54910Sony / Columbia
14Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$174,119-50%1,278-861$136$48,198,1435Paramount
15Vampire Academy$148,554-50%2,6760$56$7,106,8522Weinstein Company
16Labor Day (2013)$106,278-34%1,664-920$64$12,711,4903Paramount
17August: Osage County$96,517-44%1,010-317$96$36,035,4618Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolf of Wall Street$170,723-52%751-416$227$111,205,5278Paramount
2Gravity$89,457-58%355-346$252$268,262,38320Warner Bros.
312 Years a Slave$72,660-48%386-292$188$48,427,93518Fox Searchlight
4Nebraska$61,102-44%324-201$189$15,971,92714Paramount Vantage
5Her (2013)$51,115-53%255-202$200$23,470,2469Warner Bros.
6The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$43,212-60%285-252$152$256,274,85310Warner Bros. / New Line
7I, Frankenstein$42,610-39%468-959$91$18,451,9254Lionsgate
8The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$36,591-60%326-203$112$423,239,43913Lionsgate
9Dallas Buyers Club$36,273-48%223-265$163$24,380,79316Focus
10The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$18,453-55%201-41$92$57,515,9678Fox
11Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$17,355-45%261-85$66$125,135,4909Paramount
12Walking With Dinosaurs$14,609-70%248-3$59$35,472,8509Fox
13Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$9,592-68%181-16$53$119,444,65621Sony / Columbia
14Devil's Due$9,089-25%123-262$74$15,639,1025Fox
15Grudge Match$9,060-25%291-50$31$29,682,6468Warner Bros.
16Captain Phillips$7,479-41%135-47$55$106,879,19919Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 18 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$33,988-41%9833$347$1,045,2164Roadside Attractions
2Inside Llewyn Davis$11,228-49%86-43$131$12,973,15811CBS Films
3The Book Thief$10,456-50%94-41$111$21,109,88815Fox
4Hasee Toh Phasee$9,830-52%77-11$128$585,7762Reliance Entertainment
5The Legend Of Hercules$5,900-49%90-158$66$18,536,2886Lionsgate / Summit
6Knights of Badassdom$3,302163%2-7$1,651$105,2624eOne Films US
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,231-26%34-12$95$8,225,08712Weinstein Company
8Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$2,780-51%62-41$45$32,456,1257Paramount
9Free Birds$2,431-74%75-34$32$55,620,64416Relativity Media
10Gimme Shelter (2014)$1,75411%15-61$117$1,356,1564Roadside Attractions
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$641-24%10$641$16,6142Rialto Pictures
12Last Vegas$578-76%41-19$14$63,911,16116CBS Films
13All Is Lost$245-56%9-3$27$6,259,86718Roadside Attractions
14The Pretty One$230-25%10$230$4,8692Dada Films
15At Middleton$206-3%1-7$206$53,3453Anchor Bay / Freestyle