Grosses

'Mockingjay' Still Leads on Wednesday with $14.55M; 'Penguins of Madagascar' Takes $6.25M; 'Horrible Bosses 2' Starts Softly w/ $4.25MNovember 27, 2014 02:50 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Please note that all grosses for Wednesday, November 26 are estimates and that not all studios are currently reporting due to Thanksgiving. Complete actuals will be reported after the holiday.

Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 earned an estimated $14.55 million on Wednesday, up 20 percent from Tuesday. That brings the sequel's domestic tally to $157.56 million through six days of release--24 percent off the pace of last year's Catching Fire.

Fox/DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar bowed to an estimated $6.25 million for its opening day yesterday. That's generally on par with The Muppets' $6.5 million pre-Thanksgiving Wednesday opening three years ago, and 29 percent ahead of DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians pre-Thanksgiving first day take of $4.8 million.

Warner Bros. reports that Horrible Bosses 2 took in an estimated $4.25 million on Wednesday, including Tuesday's $1 million from early shows. With no R-rated comedy sequels having opened over Thanksgiving weekend in the recent past, comparisons this early may be futile. That being said, the best samples may be that of last year's Anchorman: The Legend Continues ($8.1 million opening Wednesday, one week before Christmas) and 2008's Four Christmases ($6.1 million opening Wednesday before Thanksgiving). Warner Bros. also reports the Bosses sequel earned a "B+" CinemaScore.

Disney's Big Hero 6 posted $4.18 million yesterday, up 28 percent from Tuesday. The toon's domestic total now stands at $145.4 million.

Rounding out the top five, Interstellar added $3.17 million on Wednesday for a 31 percent increase from Tuesday. Christopher Nolan's space epic has now taken in $128.25 million domestically up to this point.

Studio Extended Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Extended Weekend

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$70,000,000--4,248--$16,478$70,000,0001Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$46,878,000-16%3,918-331$11,965$523,562,7884Disney
3Battleship$13,768,664-46%3,70212$3,719$47,274,0092Universal
4The Dictator$11,755,000-33%3,0146$3,900$43,603,1042Paramount
5Dark Shadows$9,405,000-25%3,404-351$2,763$64,887,8963Warner Bros.
6Chernobyl Diaries$9,300,000--2,433--$3,822$9,300,0001Warner Bros.
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$8,850,000-16%3,0210$2,929$23,871,2482Lionsgate
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$8,225,000155%1,233879$6,671$18,428,4964Fox Searchlight
9The Hunger Games$2,850,000-3%1,421-643$2,006$395,858,78510Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,800,000-32%786-936$2,290$88,671,9416Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$1,485,000-6%884-956$1,680$27,689,3045Sony / Columbia
3Bernie$1,161,151136%19499$5,985$2,512,9575Millennium Entertainment
4The Lucky One (2012)$700,000-61%615-1390$1,138$58,412,8336Warner Bros.
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$657,15043%39011$1,685$211,020,92013Universal
6The Five-Year Engagement$379,490-66%274-901$1,385$28,034,7755Universal
7The Three Stooges$350,000-20%325-269$1,077$42,331,3547Fox
8The Cabin in the Woods$235,000-38%203-245$1,158$40,993,7217Lionsgate
9Girl in Progress$165,000-64%143-179$1,154$2,443,2733Lionsgate / Pantelion
10American Reunion$115,500-56%165-125$700$56,707,6058Universal
11Safe (2012)$75,000-75%112-391$670$16,811,9535Lionsgate
12Bully (2012)$50,400-44%104-100$485$3,304,8739Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$669,486--4--$167,372$669,4861Focus
2Crooked Arrows$182,642-29%6712$2,726$501,0772Branded/Peck Films
3Hysteria$177,255397%3227$5,539$233,0612Sony Pictures Classics
4The Intouchables$137,438--4--$34,360$137,4381Weinstein Company
5Darling Companion$81,21438%611$1,331$535,0496Sony Pictures Classics
6Where Do We Go Now?$70,016196%2513$2,801$133,2833Sony Pictures Classics
7Titanic 3D$42,000-17%42-28$1,000$57,809,5918Paramount
8A Thousand Words$40,000-30%59-51$678$18,438,11812Paramount
9OC87$7,500--1--$7,500$7,5001Fisher Klingenstein Films