‘Hunger Games’ Devours Undercooked Franchise Titles Over Thanksgiving
December 1, 2014 - box officeby Ray Subers
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
November 30, 2014
As expected, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 simply ruled a Thanksgiving weekend box office.
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In a second weekend, Mockingjay eased 53 percent to an estimated $56.9 million. That dump is matching to Catching Fire‘s, despite off of a most reduce opening weekend.
To date, Mockingjay ranks seventh in 2014 with $225.7 million. If it follows Catching Fire‘s pattern, it will hang adult with $324 million, that is a bit reduce than stream 2014 personality Guardians of a Galaxy ($331.9 million and counting).
Playing during 3,764 theaters, Penguins of Madagascar non-stop to an estimated $25.8 million this weekend. For a five-day weekend, a film warranted $36 million.
In comparison, a final dual Madagascar cinema any non-stop over $60 million over normal three-day weekends. Penguins looks even worse when compared to DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of a Guardians, that debuted to $32.3 million over a five-day Thanksgiving weekend dual years ago. An 11 percent strike from that scandalous wave isn’t going to cut it for a authorization title.
According to distributor 20th Century Fox, a assembly was 51 percent womanlike and 58 percent underneath a age of 25. 3D showings accounted for 24 percent of sales.
With an “A-” CinemaScore, plain reviews, and no new family foe for a subsequent 3 weeks, Penguins should reason adult decently. Still, there’s a picturesque possibility that this finishes subsequent $100 million.
DreamWorks Animation has been on a unequivocally severe strain as of late. Four of their final 6 cinema have non-stop subsequent $33 million and sealed subsequent $115 million (that’s including Penguins, that we’re presumption drops off during a normal rate). Compare that to their prior 11 movies, all of that non-stop above $33 million and wrapped adult above $125 million.
Even yet it’s already been in theaters for 3 weeks, Big Hero 6 wasn’t distant behind Penguins of Madagascar this weekend. The Disney Animation strike combined $18.8 millionnearly on standard with a sum from final weekendfor a new sum of $167.2 million. There’s zero new for family moviegoers until Dec 19th, that should give Big Hero 6 adequate room to fly past $200 million.
Interstellar combined $15.8 million over a three-day weekend, that was indeed adult 3 percent from a prior week. IMAX accounted for $5.7 million, or 36 percent. So far, a Christopher Nolan sci-fi epic has grossed $147.1 million, and stays on lane for over $170 million total.
Over a three-day weekend, Horrible Bosses 2 wound adult in fifth place with $15.7 million. That’s down 45 percent from a initial movie’s $28.3 million; hurl in Wednesday and Thursday, and a Bosses supplement was still off 19 percent to $23 million.
That also doesn’t review agreeably to We’re a Millers or Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, that had five-day starts of $37.9 million and $39.5 million, respectively. Thanksgiving weekend releases tend to be sincerely front-loaded; with bad reviews and churned word-of-mouth (“B+” CinemaScore), it wouldn’t be startling if Bosses wound adult underneath $50 million total.
This is one of those weekends where Hollywood’s mania with authorization transport is called in to question. In a U.S., during least, many moviegoers aren’t going to buy a sheet simply since of code familiarity: unless a film is a follow-up to something that’s unequivocally desired (22 Jump Street) or pushes a story brazen in a distinct, sparkling approach (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), there’s going to be a dump off in assemblage from one installment to a next. For these dual titles, that decrease was steeper than usual.
The Theory of Everything stretched to 802 theaters and warranted an considerable $5.08 million this weekend ($6.4 million over a five-day frame). In comparison, Birdman usually warranted $2.5 million in a national enlargement progressing this month. The Theory of Everything is also out-performing Dallas Buyers Club, that was Focus Features’ large awards film final November.
So far, a Stephen Hawking biopic has grossed $9.6 million. With clever word-of-mouth, certain reviews and ongoing awards buzz, this could be on lane to acquire over $30 million total.
Another awards-bait biopic got off to an glorious start this weekend: The Imitation Game non-stop to an estimated $482,000 from 4 locations, that translates to a overwhelming $120,500 per-theater average. That ranks second for a year behind The Grand Budapest Hotel, and seventh all-time for a live-action movie.
The Imitation Game also out-performed The King’s Speech, that averaged $88,863 during 4 locations on a same weekend in 2010. It’s way too early to advise that The Imitation Game will compare that movie’s long-term success, though this does advise that a World War II play has legitimate box bureau potential.
‘Mockingjay’ Can’t Catch ‘Fire’
This Timeframe in Past Years:
2013 – ‘Catching Fire,’ ‘Frozen’ Set Thanksgiving Records
2012 – ‘Twilight,’ Bond Dominate Fruitful Thanksgiving
2011 – ‘Twilight’ Leads, ‘Muppets’ Succeeds Over Thanksgiving Weekend
2010 – ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Tangled’ Tower Over Thanksgiving Weekend
2009 – Fading ‘New Moon’ Eclipses ‘Twilight,’ ‘Blind Side’ Surges
2008 – ‘Four Christmases’ Rushes Thanksgiving
2007 – ‘Enchanted’ Bewitches Thanksgiving
2006 – ‘Happy Feet,’ ‘Casino Royale’ Top Thanksgiving
2005 – ‘Goblet’ Gobbles ‘Rent’