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Mockingjay Part 1 Catches Fire

By David Mumpower and Kim Hollis

November 23, 2014

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Last week’s top film, Dumb and Dumber To, has a precarious drop down to fourth place as it sheds 62% of its opening weekend audience. The Jim Carrey/Jeff Daniels/Farrelly brothers comedy venture earned $13.8 million this weekend, bringing its cumulative domestic total to $57.5 million. Clearly, there was some level of fanboy rush to get out and see this film early, but since it likely had only about a $35 million budget, it’s done what it needed to do. The film has also seen $13 million from international theaters.

Fifth place goes to the persistent Gone Girl, which keeps hanging around in the upper echelons of the top 10 thanks to a weak set of recent releases. The Academy Award hopeful added another $2.8 million this weekend, bringing its domestic total to an impressive $156.8 million. Its overseas total has now passed the $170 million mark, meaning that it now has a worldwide take of over $325 million. It did decline a steeper-than-usual 38%, but this blip can obviously be attributed to the box office Godzilla that is Mockingjay.

Relativity’s Beyond the Lights finishes sixth, and if you thought that some excellent word-of-mouth might benefit it, you’d be mistaken. The romantic drama from Gina Prince-Bythewood sank 58% from its debut frame and earned $2.6 million. Still, its reported budget was just $7 million, so no one’s going to be hurt too badly here. Its total after two weekends is $10.1 million.

Seventh place is the Bill Murray dramedy St. Vincent, which has been hanging out in the lower rungs of the top 10 for several weekends now. Its Friday-to-Sunday earnings of $2.4 million brings its total to $36.6 million so far, and sets it up nicely to be a popular choice once it is released on home video.




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The World War II film Fury takes eighth place, though the Sony flick is now seeing its day in the sun come to an end. The Brad Pitt project earned $1.9 million, a 50% decline from the previous frame. Fury now sits with a so-so domestic total of $79.2 million, with almost $60 million additional coming from international locations.

We close out the top 10 with two films that are definitely in the hunt for Oscar in Birdman and The Theory of Everything. Fox Searchlight’s Birdman, featuring Michael Keaton in a role that is drawing accolades, earned $1.9 million and fell 25% from its previous frame. The total so far for the Alejandro González Iñárritu film is $27.2 million, a number that is likely to rise as more nominations and/or wins come in. The Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything expanded from 41 venues to 140, and in the process also increased its box office take by 104%. This film is just getting started, and has a total so far of $2.8 million in limited release.

The top 12 at the box office for 2014 earned $187.2 million, which is down from last year’s $218.4 million when The Hunger Games: Catching Fire earned $158.1 million in its opening frame. We start Thanksgiving early as Wednesday openers include Horrible Bosses 2 and Penguins of Madagascar.


Top Ten for Weekend of
Rank
Film
Distributor
Estimated Gross
Weekly Change
Running Total
1 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Lionsgate 123.0 New 123.0
2 Big Hero 6 Walt Disney 20.1 -42% 135.7
3 Interstellar Paramount 15.1 -47% 120.7
4 Dumb and Dumber To Universal 13.8 -62% 57.5
5 Gone Girl Fox 2.8 -38% 156.8
6 Beyond the Lights Relativity 2.6 -58% 10.1
7 St. Vincent Weinstein Co. 2.4 -38% 36.6
8 Fury Sony 1.9 -49% 79.2
9 Birdman Fox Searchlight 1.9 -25% 14.4
10 The Theory of Everything Focus 1.6 +104% 2.8
11 Nightcrawler Open Road 1.2 -59% 27.2
12 Ouija Universal 1.0 -68% 49.5

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