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, Apr. 22 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Heaven is for Real$2,435,665-2%2,417--$1,008$34,480,0581Sony / TriStar
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$2,205,248-15%3,825-113$577$205,301,8853Disney
3Rio 2$1,925,558-28%3,97527$484$79,649,7562Fox
4Transcendence$1,032,4084%3,455--$299$12,916,0921Warner Bros.
5Bears$931,06842%1,720--$541$6,361,0141Disneynature
6A Haunted House 2$615,226-8%2,310--$266$10,124,4791Open Road
7Draft Day$568,5529%2,7810$204$20,451,6512Lionsgate / Summit
8Divergent$547,802-16%2,486-624$220$134,976,6535Lionsgate / Summit
9Oculus$524,385-5%2,6480$198$22,223,3892Relativity Media
10Noah$491,137-2%2,537-745$194$94,268,8604Paramount
11God's Not Dead$450,796-6%1,796-64$251$49,100,6075Freestyle / Pure Flix
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$360,3504%1,280-187$282$45,671,0957Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$114,767-39%929-1332$124$48,609,5415Disney
22 States$74,76920%135--$554$1,210,7981UTV Motion Pictures
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$73,601-37%780-1221$94$107,355,5427Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The LEGO Movie$38,843-42%340-270$114$252,365,39211Warner Bros.
5Non-Stop (2014)$37,800-5%360-402$105$90,224,5308Universal
6Frozen (2013)$27,947-5%290-54$96$399,935,32722Disney
7300: Rise of an Empire$27,3281%265-260$103$105,536,2607Warner Bros.
8Bad Words$19,7979%223-540$89$7,601,0046Focus
9Dom Hemingway$19,1639%12987$149$336,7453Fox Searchlight
10Son of God$16,479-12%503-402$33$59,472,3308Fox
11Sabotage (2014)$13,22619%130-621$102$10,377,8044Open Road
12The Nut Job$11,747-14%201-60$58$64,040,50014Open Road
13Cesar Chavez$10,432-4%117-188$89$5,412,5464Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Make Your Move$10,1716%142--$72$100,9601High Top Releasing
15Gravity$8,87423%145-57$61$273,996,22129Warner Bros.
163 Days to Kill$7,690-1%11027$70$30,554,8759Relativity Media
17Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$7,13711%114-21$63$15,939,3186Lionsgate
18Philomena$5,17611%101-56$51$37,648,77822Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 22 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$35,36317%370$956$882,0563Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Railway Man$15,962-2%2622$614$284,6572Weinstein Company
3Joe (2014)$8,32310%480$173$242,8482Roadside Attractions
412 Years a Slave$5,99542%53-11$113$56,624,86027Fox Searchlight
5The Unknown Known$4,227-5%49-31$86$234,2533RADiUS-TWC
6Frankie & Alice$3,579-17%43-128$83$682,0683Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
7Watermark$3,36553%96$374$48,4253eOne Films US
8Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,969-21%1--$1,969$15,3551Rialto Pictures
9Ernest & Celestine$1,599-5%31-8$52$245,2438GKIDS
1013 Sins$1,218-2%45--$27$11,7241RADiUS-TWC
11Dallas Buyers Club$1,02242%14-19$73$27,290,86025Focus
12Veronica Mars$97045%15-8$65$3,320,7486Warner Bros.
13August: Osage County$88717%16-11$55$37,728,15717Weinstein Company
14Gloria (2014)$821-20%13-11$63$2,084,96813Roadside Attractions
15Cuban Fury$58521%8-71$73$91,3772eOne Films US
16Gabrielle (2014)$29788%1--$297$3,4791eOne Films US