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, Aug. 22 - Sun, Aug. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$17,631,000-30%3,371-326$5,230$251,884,8574Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$16,800,000-41%3,864-116$4,348$145,609,8063Paramount
3If I Stay$16,355,000--2,907--$5,626$16,355,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$11,000,000-38%3,14046$3,503$45,246,1682Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$9,000,000--2,673--$3,367$9,000,0001Sony / TriStar
6The Giver$6,730,000-45%3,0030$2,241$24,100,5382Weinstein Company
7The Expendables 3$6,600,000-58%3,2210$2,049$27,518,1772Lionsgate
8Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$6,477,000--2,894--$2,238$6,477,0001Weinstein / Dimension
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$5,562,000-22%1,944-99$2,861$32,750,2043Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$3,800,000-52%2,375-1059$1,600$38,301,3843Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$3,500,000-36%1,768-752$1,980$113,735,2705Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$1,864,360-6%734-37$2,540$16,526,4087IFC Films
2Magic in the Moonlight$1,331,613-25%787-177$1,692$6,820,9385Sony Pictures Classics
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,100,000-45%733-529$1,501$203,960,9707Fox
4Get On Up$947,000-51%579-522$1,636$28,711,9904Universal
5A Most Wanted Man$920,775-27%433-211$2,127$14,110,7645Roadside Attractions
6Hercules (2014)$830,000-61%622-853$1,334$69,916,2965Paramount
7Step Up All In$760,000-71%948-1124$802$13,724,0483Lionsgate / Summit
8What If$652,000-24%680-107$959$2,204,4543CBS Films
9Maleficent$573,00055%344100$1,666$237,584,22113Disney
10Calvary$540,00033%240110$2,250$1,627,5134Fox Searchlight
11Planes: Fire and Rescue$532,000-48%589-371$903$56,878,6296Disney
12How to Train Your Dragon 2$510,000-12%353-24$1,445$172,116,96211Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Transformers: Age of Extinction$385,00087%28377$1,360$243,824,6039Paramount
14The Purge: Anarchy$329,000-48%295-280$1,115$70,734,7156Universal
15Chef$151,624-10%105-17$1,444$29,527,42716Open Road
16X-Men: Days of Future Past$147,000-39%188-35$782$232,750,58114Fox
17The Fault in Our Stars$143,000-25%185-21$773$124,438,18912Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Love Is Strange$126,552--5--$25,310$126,5521Sony Pictures Classics
2The Trip to Italy$114,00059%107$11,400$221,2802IFC Films
3Land Ho!$85,67083%5120$1,680$362,0917Sony Pictures Classics
4The One I Love$55,126--8--$6,891$55,1261RADiUS-TWC
5Snowpiercer$26,978-37%28-14$964$4,430,5709RADiUS-TWC
6Obvious Child$25,50011%15-6$1,700$3,050,02412A24
7Alive Inside$21,734--16--$1,358$150,1976BOND/360
8The Fluffy Movie$15,610-62%30-21$520$2,821,8365Open Road
9Life After Beth$13,500-15%2018$675$34,4002A24
10A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$7,814545%41$1,954$161,98210Big World Pictures
11Fed Up$286-86%2-3$143$1,538,89816RADiUS-TWC