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 Sun, Apr. 13 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$11,847,273-23%3,948--$3,001$39,327,8691Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$11,673,765-34%3,9380$2,964$158,883,0322Disney
3Oculus$2,660,421-39%2,648--$1,005$12,005,4021Relativity Media
4Draft Day$2,408,426-37%2,781--$866$9,783,6031Lionsgate / Summit
5Noah$2,302,280-28%3,282-289$701$84,975,2423Paramount
6Divergent$1,908,665-40%3,110-521$614$124,757,4534Lionsgate / Summit
7God's Not Dead$1,801,499-16%1,860102$969$40,897,9904Freestyle / Pure Flix
8The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,063,681-42%1,467204$725$39,488,8006Fox Searchlight
9Muppets Most Wanted$724,539-27%2,261-791$320$45,752,9914Disney
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$567,467-32%2,001-930$284$105,262,7826Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Non-Stop (2014)$186,690-46%762-962$245$89,454,5307Universal
2The LEGO Movie$165,729-23%610-740$272$251,560,80410Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$158,388-49%613-1166$258$42,076,5615Disney / DreamWorks
4Bad Words$148,521-44%763-311$195$7,126,3425Focus
5300: Rise of an Empire$126,335-32%525-1030$241$105,020,8906Warner Bros.
6Son of God$114,7570%905424$127$58,969,6407Fox
7Sabotage (2014)$113,079-23%751-1735$151$10,069,5693Open Road
8Frozen (2013)$101,590-45%34423$295$399,445,24821Disney
9Cesar Chavez$98,418-6%305-359$323$5,186,3303Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Nut Job$60,213-24%261-24$231$63,799,50513Open Road
11RoboCop (2014)$49,141-19%19476$253$57,545,2029Sony / Columbia
12The Monuments Men$45,252-40%265-43$171$77,256,82710Sony / Columbia
13Gravity$38,414-32%202-53$190$273,838,26928Warner Bros.
14Ride Along$38,055-41%177-59$215$134,141,53013Universal
15Frankie & Alice$34,879-38%1710$204$592,2202Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
16Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$20,105-50%135-290$149$15,850,3815Lionsgate
17Philomena$13,188-44%157-40$84$37,574,90021Weinstein Company
18The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$7,632-38%101-29$76$258,355,35418Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 13 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$43,833-12%370$1,185$449,3082Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Joe (2014)$31,249-31%48--$651$105,8811Roadside Attractions
3Dom Hemingway$18,976-37%4238$452$119,9412Fox Searchlight
4The Unknown Known$18,537-32%80--$232$152,1982RADiUS-TWC
5The Railway Man$17,237-35%4--$4,309$61,8451Weinstein Company
6Cuban Fury$14,884-39%79--$188$57,1051eOne Films US
7Pompeii$13,294-21%93-41$143$23,169,0338Sony / TriStar
812 Years a Slave$9,688-30%64-64$151$56,567,84426Fox Searchlight
9Ernest & Celestine$9,264-11%3915$238$212,1797GKIDS
103 Days to Kill$9,055-48%83-48$109$30,455,3868Relativity Media
11Dallas Buyers Club$5,033-35%33-19$153$27,272,14524Focus
12Afflicted$4,833-31%34-10$142$121,1792CBS Films
13Her (2013)$4,635-37%38-47$122$25,556,06517Warner Bros.
14Gloria (2014)$4,303-11%247$179$2,064,69712Roadside Attractions
15About Last Night$3,469-46%26-18$133$48,500,5199Sony / Screen Gems
16Veronica Mars$2,244-37%23-51$98$3,309,8315Warner Bros.
17August: Osage County$1,960-46%27-15$73$37,718,08316Weinstein Company
18Watermark$1,881-23%31$627$20,2142eOne Films US
19Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$187-20%1-2$187$29,39710Rialto Pictures