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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Oct. 28 - Sun, Oct. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$34,000,000--3,952--$8,603$34,000,0001Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$18,530,000-65%3,3298$5,566$81,304,6542Paramount
3In Time$12,000,000--3,122--$3,844$12,000,0001Fox
4Footloose (2011)$5,400,000-48%3,224-331$1,675$38,442,7993Paramount
5The Rum Diary$5,010,631--2,272--$2,205$5,010,6311FilmDistrict
6Real Steel$4,702,000-57%2,914-498$1,614$73,860,2674Disney / DreamWorks
7The Three Musketeers (2011)$3,500,000-60%3,0170$1,160$14,839,8782Summit
8The Ides of March$2,700,000-44%1,572-470$1,718$33,496,1834Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$2,400,000-40%1,631-722$1,471$67,421,0506Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$1,800,000-28%1,134-61$1,587$27,643,8795Sony / TriStar
11Johnny English Reborn$1,662,780-57%1,5542$1,070$6,434,5502Universal
12Dolphin Tale$1,605,000-62%1,838-990$873$67,006,8646Warner Bros.
1350/50$1,350,000-52%1,194-738$1,131$31,281,7135Summit
14The Thing (2011)$882,460-71%1,394-1601$633$16,100,2103Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$1,000,000--265--$3,774$1,000,0001Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$713,28527%14084$5,095$1,474,5322Roadside Attractions
3Dream House$397,800-65%585-639$680$20,834,3805Universal
4The Help$383,000-46%450-326$851$166,894,40112Disney / DreamWorks
5The Way$358,000-29%258-25$1,388$1,609,7574Producers Distribution Agency
6Drive (2011)$249,247-59%194-173$1,285$33,702,7217FilmDistrict
7The Big Year$230,000-86%423-1727$544$6,823,0803Fox
8The Lion King 3D$220,000-82%378-713$582$93,159,7067Disney
9The Mighty Macs$215,895-78%389-586$555$1,501,5892Quaker Media
10Abduction$215,000-63%351-402$613$27,173,1126Lionsgate
11Killer Elite$105,040-74%257-494$409$24,906,2186Open Road
12Captain America: The First Avenger$77,000-52%139-45$554$176,549,74715Paramount
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$60,000-44%151-27$397$38,279,22011Weinstein Company
14Apollo 18$47,000674%120107$392$17,601,3799Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$240,55075%3228$7,517$439,5442Fox Searchlight
2Take Shelter$201,02311%9136$2,209$775,3295Sony Pictures Classics
3The Skin I Live In$170,451-31%3110$5,498$823,5713Sony Pictures Classics
4Like Crazy$120,000--4--$30,000$120,0001Paramount Vantage
5The Guard$66,585-40%56-26$1,189$5,070,97614Sony Pictures Classics
6Midnight in Paris$63,934-41%61-35$1,048$55,381,29124Sony Pictures Classics
7Cowboys & Aliens$61,880-35%91-40$680$100,216,48114Universal
8The Debt$49,020-51%87-32$563$31,145,4039Focus
9Laugh at My Pain$41,464-63%51-52$813$7,634,5758CodeBlack Entertainment
10The Double (2011)$27,545--11--$2,504$27,5451Image Entertainment
11Sarah's Key$14,000-37%29-19$483$7,057,28015Weinstein Company
12Our Idiot Brother$12,500-63%51-28$245$24,763,57110Weinstein Company
13Inni$8,851--2--$4,426$8,8511Cinema Purgatorio
14Warrior (2011)$7,500-74%31-34$242$13,651,4268Lionsgate
15I Don't Know How She Does It$3,500-60%14-15$250$9,602,4457Weinstein Company
16Labios Rojos$2,750-89%11-32$250$134,9373Lionsgate / Pantelion