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 Mon, Jul. 28 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lucy$4,967,320-58%3,173--$1,565$48,866,6601Universal
2Hercules (2014)$3,337,517-61%3,595--$928$33,137,7801Paramount
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$2,211,648-58%3,668-301$603$174,667,5373Fox
4The Purge: Anarchy$1,526,550-50%2,85650$535$53,385,4552Universal
5Planes: Fire and Rescue$1,499,628-51%3,83913$391$36,847,1062Disney
6Sex Tape$865,371-51%3,0620$283$27,818,9532Sony / Columbia
7Transformers: Age of Extinction$669,180-55%2,476-748$270$237,124,2085Paramount
8And So It Goes$576,647-59%1,762--$327$5,218,9761Clarius Entertainment
9Tammy$456,136-52%2,562-840$178$78,657,4464Warner Bros. / New Line
10How to Train Your Dragon 2$435,441-44%1,358-811$321$166,099,2407Fox / DreamWorks Animation
1122 Jump Street$407,232-47%1,613-616$252$186,161,8027Sony / Columbia
12Maleficent$341,122-40%1,077-464$317$232,515,5449Disney
13Earth to Echo$245,744-40%1,272-1178$193$35,777,5704Relativity Media
14Begin Again$196,044-60%1,244-58$158$12,506,7975Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$270,416-67%361--$749$2,957,6431Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$228,212--10773$2,133$4,390,8933IFC Films
3Kick$203,900-31%177--$1,152$1,275,2731UTV Motion Pictures
4Wish I Was Here$144,571-60%625557$231$2,024,3592Focus
5The Fluffy Movie$144,101-61%432--$334$1,455,5471Open Road
6America (2014)$128,691-56%760-270$169$13,371,1955Lionsgate
7Chef$99,225-61%405-147$245$27,361,90912Open Road
8The Fault in Our Stars$98,560-35%387-170$255$122,802,5548Fox
9Jersey Boys$73,274-55%462-541$159$45,713,2906Warner Bros.
10Edge of Tomorrow$71,014-52%353-249$201$97,780,5318Warner Bros.
11X-Men: Days of Future Past$58,817-51%289-98$204$231,331,68710Fox
12Godzilla (2014)$56,621-54%302-24$187$199,760,64611Warner Bros.
13Rio 2$38,333-41%230-26$167$130,716,99516Fox
14Snowpiercer$31,129-53%149-62$209$3,935,5875RADiUS-TWC
15Blended$31,033-49%223-62$139$45,638,52310Warner Bros.
16Neighbors (2014)$26,965-50%208-22$130$149,516,89012Universal
17The LEGO Movie$9,667-28%2020$48$257,592,58125Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 28 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$58,431-4%410$1,425$5,088,95717Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$13,370-38%74-16$181$3,112,6109eOne Films US
3I Origins$11,493-55%7672$151$130,3222Fox Searchlight
4Belle$9,505-49%58-34$164$10,586,11513Fox Searchlight
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,766-26%58-5$99$111,347,63321Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Other Woman (2014)$3,665-35%39-21$94$83,869,38614Fox
7Words and Pictures$3,531-62%28--$126$2,115,82010Roadside Attractions
8Yves Saint Laurent$1,791-67%8-3$224$244,1495Weinstein Company
9Come Back to Me$998-20%10--$100$5,1541Freestyle Releasing
10Fed Up$820-61%131$63$1,529,06012RADiUS-TWC
11God's Not Dead$542-63%9-2$60$60,747,24619Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$180-22%4-6$45$209,2378RADiUS-TWC
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$179-52%6-2$30$8,461,16912Clarius Entertainment
14The Hornet's Nest$94-71%10$94$312,06912Freestyle Releasing
15A Long Way Off$47-77%1--$47$28,9988Moving Visions Entertainment