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 Wed, Mar. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$3,308,229-21%3,936--$841$65,691,6451Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,146,496-19%3,194--$359$20,731,4161Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,066,214-14%3,607-344$296$84,402,5663Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$776,225-20%3,085-405$252$96,171,2233Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$680,613-24%3,1150$218$32,815,2312Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$588,895-18%2,945-238$200$80,579,5254Universal
7The LEGO Movie$440,152-17%2,501-539$176$244,767,8547Warner Bros.
8Son of God$277,068-15%2,139-851$130$56,548,8644Fox
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$234,833-20%1,8960$124$13,673,8342Lionsgate
10Frozen (2013)$75,339-15%1,069-397$70$397,979,97218Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$980,215-2%780--$1,257$12,055,9541Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$684,087-6%304238$2,250$15,034,8573Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$119,790-11%938-656$128$76,056,5117Sony / Columbia
43 Days to Kill$73,361-12%752-814$98$29,963,3505Relativity Media
5Ride Along$58,205-5%650-374$90$133,295,37510Universal
612 Years a Slave$54,245-19%522-403$104$56,201,27223Fox Searchlight
7The Nut Job$51,513-2%335-70$154$62,742,72510Open Road
8Veronica Mars$47,826-11%34756$138$2,978,5172Warner Bros.
9Philomena$31,702-16%297-205$107$37,188,30018Weinstein Company
10American Hustle$25,696-15%281-222$91$149,887,49015Sony / Columbia
11Gravity$24,733-17%202-118$122$273,167,22625Warner Bros.
12RoboCop (2014)$24,389-17%328-637$74$57,161,7276Sony / Columbia
13The Wolf of Wall Street$22,812-10%215-71$106$116,759,78213Paramount
14About Last Night$19,266-9%214-410$90$48,328,4276Sony / Screen Gems
15Lone Survivor$16,8807%211-105$80$124,858,75613Universal
16Dallas Buyers Club$15,887-22%178-103$89$27,120,04621Focus
17The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$15,834-1%224-53$71$258,085,87215Warner Bros. / New Line
18Pompeii$14,825-27%201-470$74$22,862,2995Sony / TriStar
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$12,618-6%211-57$60$424,569,76818Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$11,282-2%128-24$88$50,462,02810Paramount
21August: Osage County$9,960-10%141-62$71$37,629,66213Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$6,202-2%14494$43$12,573,3706Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$64,1488%8781$737$838,4972Focus
2Her (2013)$8,161-24%73-48$112$25,403,91714Warner Bros.
3That Awkward Moment$8,101-19%93-29$87$25,999,2108Focus
4Gloria (2014)$4,856-12%50-25$97$1,998,4669Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,07317%63-25$65$58,173,72113Fox
6Blood Ties$3,3985%28--$121$36,7131Roadside Attractions
7Walking With Dinosaurs$3,124-14%59-39$53$36,029,84214Fox
8Repentance$2,89529%43-83$67$1,187,4394Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Vampire Academy$1,523-15%3523$44$7,778,0977Weinstein Company
10Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,27775%18-5$71$8,321,34817Weinstein Company
11Stalingrad (2014)$1,171-39%13-57$90$991,9794Sony / Columbia
12Ernest & Celestine$1,098-1%7-2$157$97,0874GKIDS
13The Art of the Steal (2014)$7689%15-45$51$63,4632RADiUS-TWC
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$416259%1--$416$24,6407Rialto Pictures