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 Tue, Feb. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The LEGO Movie$1,573,32427%3,890115$404$185,829,9293Warner Bros.
23 Days to Kill$1,097,52526%2,872--$382$14,209,0531Relativity Media
3Pompeii$1,001,63731%2,658--$377$12,107,7691Sony / TriStar
4RoboCop (2014)$819,15923%3,3720$243$45,493,0062Sony / Columbia
5The Monuments Men$802,00231%3,064-19$262$59,269,9413Sony / Columbia
6About Last Night$583,6985%2,2530$259$39,421,9972Sony / Screen Gems
7Ride Along$283,86518%2,186-331$130$123,653,5156Universal
8Frozen (2013)$270,69619%1,891-210$143$384,605,90514Disney
9Endless Love (2014)$260,64038%2,8960$90$20,257,6602Universal
10Winter's Tale$244,15741%2,9650$82$11,684,5772Warner Bros.
11Philomena$181,62631%1,004-221$181$33,040,21314Weinstein Company
12Lone Survivor$159,18011%1,516-497$105$122,012,4869Universal
13That Awkward Moment$150,39542%1,208-714$124$24,309,8694Focus
14The Nut Job$59,67016%1,235-683$48$60,016,9776Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Hustle$174,86025%903-169$194$144,430,11111Sony / Columbia
2The Wolf of Wall Street$142,60427%627-124$227$113,076,5339Paramount
3Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$84,42734%807-471$105$49,444,8276Paramount
4Gravity$82,18913%348-7$236$269,429,93721Warner Bros.
512 Years a Slave$75,36835%349-37$216$49,208,60419Fox Searchlight
6August: Osage County$57,21137%525-485$109$36,714,2269Weinstein Company
7Nebraska$54,32914%210-114$259$16,620,89115Paramount Vantage
8Her (2013)$53,09638%250-5$212$24,071,60410Warner Bros.
9Dallas Buyers Club$34,78428%175-48$199$24,808,79617Focus
10The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$32,25132%266-19$121$256,693,50211Warner Bros. / New Line
11In Secret$29,8749%266--$112$322,9591Roadside Attractions
12Labor Day (2013)$29,49055%418-1246$71$13,154,9724Paramount
13Gloria (2014)$25,78513%11012$234$1,393,5215Roadside Attractions
14The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$25,20826%240-86$105$423,671,89014Lionsgate
15Vampire Academy$21,13810%536-2140$39$7,646,7593Weinstein Company
16The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$15,9688%2087$77$57,751,5099Fox
17I, Frankenstein$15,56629%217-251$72$18,694,1305Lionsgate
18Inside Llewyn Davis$10,391-23%10721$97$13,095,87712CBS Films
19The Legend Of Hercules$9,86413%11020$90$18,666,5447Lionsgate / Summit
20Walking With Dinosaurs$7,8758%214-34$37$35,649,88610Fox
21Grudge Match$3,9986%108-183$37$29,755,0639Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wind Rises$33,79737%21--$1,609$514,2271Disney
2Highway$26,21780%97--$270$367,4101UTV Motion Pictures
3The Book Thief$7,7846%84-10$93$21,207,52116Fox
4Devil's Due$5,8159%84-39$69$15,733,2156Fox
5Hasee Toh Phasee$2,22755%33-44$67$638,0063Reliance Entertainment
6Knights of Badassdom$1,88511%31$628$117,8715eOne Films US
7Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,535-59%33-1$47$8,247,84513Weinstein Company
8Free Birds$1,246-5%56-19$22$55,654,39517Relativity Media
9Barefoot$7913%18--$44$13,3271Roadside Attractions
10The Pretty One$73647%54$147$12,4233Dada Films
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$25610%10$256$20,5073Rialto Pictures
12All Is Lost$150-14%5-4$30$6,263,26619Roadside Attractions
13Gimme Shelter (2014)$12666%5-10$25$1,359,7655Roadside Attractions