Grosses

'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1' Claims 2014’s Largest Debut with $123.0MNovember 23, 2014 08:33 AM

by Daniel Garris

Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 registered the largest opening weekend of 2014 with an estimated $123.0 million this weekend. However, the third installment of the blockbuster franchise starring Jennifer Lawrence debuted a significant 22 percent below the $158.07 million start of last year's Catching Fire and 19 percent below the $152.54 million start of 2012's The Hunger Games. While Mockingjay - Part 1 had been largely expected to open below Catching Fire due in part to not having an IMAX boost this time around, the degree of the drop-off from Catching Fire was certainly unexpected.

With that said, it should be noted that in addition to easily generating the largest opening weekend of 2014 (the previous high being the $100.04 million start of Transformers: Age of Extinction), Mockingjay - Part 1 also claimed the sixth largest opening weekend ever for the month of November and the 15th largest opening weekend of all-time (without adjusting for ticket price inflation). Those are still impressive accomplishments, especially without the aid of either 3D or IMAX sales.

Mockingjay - Part 1 opened with $55.15 million on Friday, which included $17.0 million from Thursday night shows. The film declined 26 percent on Saturday to gross $40.75 million and is estimated to fall 33.5 percent on Sunday to gross $27.1 million. That places the film's estimated opening weekend to Friday ratio at 2.23 to 1, which is on par with the 2.23 to 1 ratio of Catching Fire. The ratio suggests that Mockingjay - Part 1 will likely display similar holding power to that of Catching Fire, though Mockingjay - Part 1 could potentially hold up slightly better due in part from having opened significantly lower and in part from not having to face competition from Frozen. Mockingjay - Part 1 received an A- rating on CinemaScore.

Disney's Big Hero 6 took in an estimated $20.09 million to remain in second place. The 3D computer animated film from Walt Disney Animation Studios was down 42 percent from last weekend. Even though Mockingjay - Part 1 didn't pack the same punch as Catching Fire did last year, it still had a clear effect on holdovers, as percentage declines from last weekend were significant in general. Big Hero 6 has grossed $135.71 million through 17 days of release. That places the film 11.5 percent ahead of the $121.75 million 17-day take of 2012's Wreck-It Ralph (which fell 44 percent in its third weekend to gross $18.58 million). While it will face new direct competition from Fox's Penguins of Madagascar beginning on Wednesday, Big Hero 6 is likely to hold up nicely over Thanksgiving weekend thanks in part to strong word of mouth and in part based on historical trends for family fare over the Thanksgiving frame.

It was a fairly close race for third place this weekend between Paramount's Interstellar and Universal's Dumb and Dumber To. With an estimated $15.1 million, Interstellar topped Dumb and Dumber To by an estimated $1.3 million for the frame. Interstellar was down a significant 47 percent from last weekend, as despite continued IMAX shows, the Christopher Nolan directed sci-fi film still took a hit from Mockingjay - Part 1. Interstellar continues to perform below expectations with $120.69 million after 17 days of wide release. The film is also falling further and further behind the pace of Gravity, as it is now running 29 percent behind the $169.56 million 17-day take of Gravity (which fell just 31 percent in its third weekend to gross $30.03 million). While Interstellar could experience stronger than usual stabilization over the next two weeks, the film will be facing very direct competition from both Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings and Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in December.

On the heels of last weekend's stronger than expected first place debut, Dumb and Dumber To fell three spots and a massive 62 percent from last weekend to land in fourth with an estimated $13.8 million. A fan-driven opening weekend performance combined with poor critical reviews and lackluster word of mouth among moviegoers (not to mention the added presence of Mockingjay - Part 1) clearly helped lead to a hefty second weekend decline for the long-awaited comedy sequel starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Despite the second weekend decline, Dumb and Dumber To is running in line with expectations at this point with a very solid ten-day take of $57.45 million. However, the film has now fallen 7 percent behind the $61.57 million ten-day pace of last year's Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (which fell just 38 percent in its second weekend to gross $20.01 million).

On the limited front, Focus' The Theory of Everything expanded nicely with an estimated $1.50 million from 140 locations. That placed the James Marsh directed awards season hopeful in tenth place among all films and gave the film a per-location average of $10,714 for the frame. The Theory of Everything has grossed $2.79 million through 17 days of platform release and will continue its expansion over the upcoming Thanksgiving frame.

Fellow awards season hopeful Foxcatcher grossed an estimated $474,339 from 24 locations. That gave the Bennett Miller directed film starring Steve Carell and Channing Tatum a per-location average of $19,764. The Sony Pictures Classics release has grossed $0.822 million after ten days.

Weekly domestic gross

WeekTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
46 (Nov 14 - Nov 20)$154,643,374-22%$174,158,000-20%Dumb and Dumber To
45 (Nov 07 - Nov 13)$197,207,68097%$217,787,00068%Big Hero 6
44 (Oct 31 - Nov 06)$99,964,533-21%$129,784,000-14%Nightcrawler
43 (Oct 24 - Oct 30)$126,307,561-16%$151,200,000-12%Ouija
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 23)$150,451,372-16%$172,254,000-16%Fury (2014)
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 16)$178,679,7542%$204,967,0006%Gone Girl
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 09)$175,329,01643%$193,066,00039%Gone Girl
39 (Sep 26 - Oct 02)$122,343,7867%$138,699,0005%The Equalizer
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 25)$114,768,66225%$132,059,00014%The Maze Runner
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 18)$91,833,86445%$115,981,00033%No Good Deed (2014)
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 11)$63,265,254-49%$87,343,000-47%Guardians of the Galaxy
35 (Aug 29 - Sep 04)$122,883,981-6%$163,465,0004%Guardians of the Galaxy
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 28)$130,765,914-26%$157,657,000-23%Guardians of the Galaxy
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 21)$176,836,799-28%$203,647,000-26%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 14)$246,226,8392%$276,135,0002%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 07)$240,966,02025%$271,893,00019%Guardians of the Galaxy
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 31)$192,387,4451%$228,446,0004%Lucy
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 24)$191,126,930-5%$220,449,000-3%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 17)$200,657,60514%$226,676,00011%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 10)$176,616,643-32%$204,661,000-29%Transformers: Age of Extinction
26 (Jun 27 - Jul 03)$260,558,19728%$289,843,00032%Transformers: Age of Extinction
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 26)$203,528,148-22%$220,078,000-20%22 Jump Street
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 19)$259,565,76818%$274,816,00017%22 Jump Street
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 12)$220,504,2242%$235,537,0002%The Fault in Our Stars
22 (May 30 - Jun 05)$216,842,737-15%$230,493,000-17%Maleficent
21 (May 23 - May 29)$256,416,76318%$276,208,00019%X-Men: Days of Future Past
20 (May 16 - May 22)$216,442,29134%$232,164,00030%Godzilla (2014)
19 (May 09 - May 15)$160,996,916-8%$179,009,000-7%Neighbors (2014)
18 (May 02 - May 08)$175,759,58740%$193,165,00027%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
17 (Apr 25 - May 01)$125,165,476-20%$151,557,000-16%The Other Woman (2014)
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 24)$156,755,754-16%$181,228,000-11%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 17)$186,574,452-5%$203,310,000-4%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 10)$196,678,72423%$212,524,00017%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
13 (Mar 28 - Apr 03)$159,801,347-6%$181,733,000-3%Noah
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 27)$170,465,44533%$188,052,00026%Divergent
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 20)$127,965,571-25%$149,568,000-23%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 13)$170,490,79928%$193,723,00021%300: Rise of an Empire
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 06)$132,712,05313%$159,661,00012%Non-Stop (2014)
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 27)$117,537,472-44%$142,091,000-41%The LEGO Movie
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 20)$208,274,58529%$241,277,00025%The LEGO Movie
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 13)$161,597,23089%$192,940,00069%The LEGO Movie
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 06)$85,426,599-29%$114,101,000-26%Ride Along
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 30)$120,508,099-41%$154,687,000-37%Ride Along
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 23)$203,205,96535%$246,792,00031%Ride Along
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 16)$150,397,106-6%$188,786,000-1%Lone Survivor
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 09)$159,343,109--$190,069,000--Frozen (2013)