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, Mar. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$3,577,283-70%3,936--$909$58,185,0301Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,158,166-78%3,194--$363$18,163,2921Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$961,653-75%3,607-344$267$82,096,5953Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$831,707-66%3,085-405$270$94,423,9013Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$670,136-70%3,1150$215$31,235,6502Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$559,550-67%2,945-238$190$79,269,1054Universal
7The LEGO Movie$410,776-69%2,501-539$164$243,796,6947Warner Bros.
8Son of God$276,725-71%2,139-851$129$55,945,7984Fox
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$233,628-69%1,8960$123$13,146,7092Lionsgate
10Frozen (2013)$71,076-70%1,069-397$66$397,815,93818Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$856,309-72%780--$1,098$10,073,3221Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$627,844-68%304238$2,065$13,626,3183Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$116,735-52%938-656$124$75,801,6107Sony / Columbia
43 Days to Kill$72,866-52%752-814$97$29,806,3935Relativity Media
5Ride Along$55,250-64%650-374$85$133,175,60510Universal
612 Years a Slave$50,082-58%522-403$96$56,080,42923Fox Searchlight
7Veronica Mars$44,076-65%34756$127$2,876,9952Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$37,814-66%335-70$113$62,638,65410Open Road
9Philomena$29,348-49%297-205$99$37,118,71918Weinstein Company
10RoboCop (2014)$25,307-60%328-637$77$57,107,9066Sony / Columbia
11American Hustle$24,904-54%281-222$89$149,831,62515Sony / Columbia
12Gravity$23,194-63%202-118$115$273,112,56925Warner Bros.
13The Wolf of Wall Street$22,812-55%215-71$106$116,711,75513Paramount
14About Last Night$20,154-58%214-410$94$48,287,9186Sony / Screen Gems
15Dallas Buyers Club$17,925-53%178-103$101$27,083,73421Focus
16Lone Survivor$15,755-59%211-105$75$124,826,05613Universal
17The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$14,887-63%224-53$66$258,054,06315Warner Bros. / New Line
18Pompeii$13,187-59%201-470$66$22,827,2175Sony / TriStar
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$11,217-65%211-57$53$424,543,69518Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$10,218-53%128-24$80$50,439,26110Paramount
21August: Osage County$7,630-56%141-62$54$37,608,68213Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$4,652-55%14494$32$12,560,8096Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$54,124-63%8781$622$714,9412Focus
2Her (2013)$7,076-66%73-48$97$25,385,01814Warner Bros.
3That Awkward Moment$6,740-58%93-29$72$25,981,0508Focus
4Gloria (2014)$4,552-66%50-25$91$1,988,0679Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$3,943-31%63-25$63$58,166,16013Fox
6Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$3,313135%18-5$184$8,319,34017Weinstein Company
7Blood Ties$3,161-57%28--$113$30,0731Roadside Attractions
8Walking With Dinosaurs$3,072-61%59-39$52$36,023,09414Fox
9Repentance$2,968-48%43-83$69$1,182,2954Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Vampire Academy$1,434-66%3523$41$7,774,7867Weinstein Company
11Stalingrad (2014)$1,123-52%13-57$86$988,8734Sony / Columbia
12Ernest & Celestine$1,121-73%7-2$160$94,8794GKIDS
13The Art of the Steal (2014)$542-54%15-45$36$61,9882RADiUS-TWC
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$294-47%1--$294$24,1087Rialto Pictures