'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, Mar. 14 - Sun, Mar. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Mr. Peabody & Sherman$21,200,000-34%3,95117$5,366$63,179,9162Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2300: Rise of an Empire$19,105,000-58%3,49020$5,474$78,310,5532Warner Bros.
3Need For Speed$17,808,000--3,115--$5,717$17,808,0001Disney / DreamWorks
4Non-Stop (2014)$10,600,000-33%3,18370$3,330$68,789,8103Universal
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$8,300,000--1,896--$4,378$8,300,0001Lionsgate
6The LEGO Movie$7,705,000-29%3,040-250$2,535$236,931,9286Warner Bros.
7Son of God$5,400,000-48%2,990-281$1,806$50,874,7083Fox
8Frozen (2013)$2,117,000-28%1,466-194$1,444$396,355,85017Disney
9The Monuments Men$2,000,000-35%1,594-407$1,255$73,818,6926Sony / Columbia
103 Days to Kill$1,700,000-44%1,566-782$1,086$28,432,3684Relativity Media
11Ride Along$1,400,000-31%1,024-299$1,367$132,121,4659Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1Veronica Mars$2,021,000--291--$6,945$2,021,0001Warner Bros.
212 Years a Slave$1,180,000-44%925-140$1,276$55,047,99222Fox Searchlight
3RoboCop (2014)$850,000-58%965-749$881$56,520,5315Sony / Columbia
4About Last Night$675,000-59%624-450$1,082$47,820,9005Sony / Screen Gems
5American Hustle$600,000-43%503-102$1,193$149,343,28114Sony / Columbia
6Pompeii$585,000-63%671-987$872$22,413,0094Sony / TriStar
7Gravity$522,000-42%320-64$1,631$272,646,89224Warner Bros.
8The Nut Job$472,00045%405-85$1,165$62,080,5559Open Road
9The Wind Rises$412,000-54%305-191$1,351$4,260,9214Disney
10Philomena$410,000-40%502-168$817$36,640,16217Weinstein Company
11The Wolf of Wall Street$405,000-41%286-73$1,416$116,336,91412Paramount
12Dallas Buyers Club$362,000-42%281-31$1,288$26,765,35220Focus
13Lone Survivor$267,000-36%316-156$845$124,570,89112Universal
14Tim's Vermeer$218,17529%10944$2,002$1,010,5397Sony Pictures Classics
15The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$205,00073%268135$765$424,338,88117Lionsgate
16Endless Love (2014)$153,000-62%278-258$550$23,393,8805Universal
17That Awkward Moment$131,000-40%122-66$1,074$25,845,7217Focus
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$130,00017%15245$855$50,277,6449Paramount
19Repentance$103,000-65%126-31$817$1,116,6253Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
20August: Osage County$100,000-20%2037$493$37,468,75712Weinstein Company
21Nebraska$71,000-62%120-60$592$17,609,23618Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

1The Grand Budapest Hotel$3,640,034349%6662$55,152$4,778,9742Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$120,000--6--$20,000$120,0001Focus
3The Lunchbox$97,386-15%185$5,410$314,8123Sony Pictures Classics
4The Great Beauty$93,297-40%73-4$1,278$2,602,44818Janus Films
5Particle Fever$89,618109%1411$6,401$178,8722Abramorama / Bond 360
6Gloria (2014)$78,850-32%73-3$1,080$1,900,8548Roadside Attractions
7The Face of Love$56,700130%2118$2,700$89,9992IFC Films
8Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me$49,7002%3613$1,381$190,9544IFC Films
9I, Frankenstein$48,000-32%76-16$632$19,058,8788Lionsgate
10Le Week-End$45,000--3--$15,000$45,0001Music Box Films
11The Art of the Steal (2014)$38,500--60--$642$38,5001RADiUS-TWC
12Ernest & Celestine$36,468233%93$4,052$68,3543GKIDS
13Stalingrad (2014)$33,000-70%70-73$471$960,4423Sony / Columbia
14Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$21,000-86%50-254$420$127,343,44513Paramount
16Labor Day (2013)$15,000-66%42-42$357$13,362,3377Paramount
17Generation War$12,000106%60$2,000$74,0459Music Box Films
18On My Way$11,100--1--$11,100$11,1001Cohen Media Group
19Big Men$9,050--1--$9,050$9,0501Abramorama
2020 Feet from Stardom$8,902-65%18-37$495$4,928,65840RADiUS-TWC
22The Retrieval$6,400--1--$6,400$6,4001Variance Films
23Beijing Love Story$4,500-64%4-2$1,125$423,5985China Lion Film
24The Word$3,720--1--$3,720$3,7201Scarlet Sky Productions
25In Bloom$616-73%1-3$616$37,25410Big World Pictures
26Cutie and the Boxer$42033%42$105$199,46531RADiUS-TWC