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 Thu, Aug. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$7,631,397-13%4,080--$1,870$134,390,8391Disney
2Lucy$1,681,050-12%3,20229$525$88,022,8052Universal
3Hercules (2014)$894,856-23%3,5950$249$57,761,2472Paramount
4Get On Up$800,980-16%2,468--$325$17,914,6101Universal
5Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$739,897-22%3,283-385$225$193,433,6244Fox
6Planes: Fire and Rescue$717,336-10%3,241-598$221$50,531,3283Disney
7The Purge: Anarchy$516,595-26%2,656-200$195$66,248,3003Universal
8And So It Goes$339,508-19%1,81654$187$12,038,5192Clarius Entertainment
9Sex Tape$317,291-32%2,500-562$127$35,782,6983Sony / Columbia
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$178,665-30%1,732-744$103$242,303,5756Paramount
11Tammy$131,123-24%1,415-1147$93$82,235,1675Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$268,750-11%726365$370$8,212,2332Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$250,278-12%310203$807$8,563,3874IFC Films
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$179,533-11%861-497$209$169,431,1158Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$178,534-79%257--$695$2,116,3380Screenvision
5Maleficent$164,673-9%681-396$242$235,514,97410Disney
622 Jump Street$114,795-26%828-785$139$189,124,6168Sony / Columbia
7Edge of Tomorrow$76,9964%40249$192$98,948,2939Warner Bros.
8Earth to Echo$73,182-12%536-736$137$37,309,8195Relativity Media
9Begin Again$72,845-15%727-517$100$14,099,6006Weinstein Company
10Chef$71,685-10%350-55$205$28,623,92213Open Road
11Wish I Was Here$60,423-20%753128$80$3,364,3413Focus
12The Fault in Our Stars$55,814-8%282-105$198$123,644,8469Fox
13The Fluffy Movie$41,782-29%4320$97$2,609,1812Open Road
14America (2014)$38,607-12%478-282$81$14,254,0656Lionsgate
15Jersey Boys$35,450-13%286-176$124$46,377,5247Warner Bros.
16Godzilla (2014)$30,5150%277-25$110$200,300,72412Warner Bros.
17Rio 2$29,589-1%212-18$140$131,141,48217Fox
18Kick$26,826-32%162-15$166$2,296,2422UTV Motion Pictures
19Blended$20,839-5%187-36$111$45,980,29711Warner Bros.
20X-Men: Days of Future Past$19,670-18%190-99$104$231,799,37011Fox
21Snowpiercer$18,957-5%100-49$190$4,213,3376RADiUS-TWC
22Neighbors (2014)$17,705-9%177-31$100$149,848,13013Universal
23I Origins$10,058-7%12246$82$274,7593Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$54,102-1%410$1,320$5,639,56618Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$9,144-26%50-24$183$3,248,94110eOne Films US
3Calvary$7,276-13%4--$1,819$105,6501Fox Searchlight
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$4,215-45%591$71$111,413,83822Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Yves Saint Laurent$1,92029%80$240$270,0026Weinstein Company
6Words and Pictures$1,352-38%18-10$75$2,149,28211Roadside Attractions
7The LEGO Movie$945-23%38-164$25$257,726,85226Warner Bros.
8God's Not Dead$469-15%7-2$67$60,755,73220Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Fed Up$37556%7-6$54$1,534,73013RADiUS-TWC
10A Long Way Off$9512%10$95$30,1049Moving Visions Entertainment
11As It Is in Heaven (2014)$36-69%1--$36$10,0964Embark Visuals
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$33-57%40$8$211,1419RADiUS-TWC