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Mockingjay Is the New Thanksgiving Bird

By John Hamann

November 30, 2014

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Focus Features successfully expanded The Theory of Everything this weekend, as the mini-major pushed the venue count from 140 in the last frame to 802 this weekend. The Stephen Hawking biopic earned $5.1 million from those 802 venues, and earned a decent average of $6,337. The well-reviewed film has now rung up $9.6 million from domestic theaters.

Eighth went to the seemingly always present Gone Girl, which is now in its ninth weekend. Gone Girl was down slightly compared to last weekend, earning $2.5 million and declining 13%. It will still be in the top ten over its tenth weekend, and has so far earned $160.8 million domestically and more than $170 million overseas.

Ninth is Birdman, which dropped 152 theaters this weekend to land on 710 screens. One might expect a drop due to the change in venues, but Birdman increased over its $1.85 million take last weekend by earning $1.9 million. The $18 million Fox Searchlight picture has now earned $17.2 million.


Bill Murray’s St. Vincent is tenth, as the story winds down on this one. The Weinstein Company release picked up another $1.8 million this weekend and was off 21% as it lost 451 venues. The comedy, which cost $13 million to make, has now earned $39.3 million.

In limited release, Benedict Cumberbatch’s The Imitation Game was white hot. It picked up an inimitable $482,000 from only four screens this weekend. That gives it a venue average of $120,500 as it looks to become a player in the Oscar game. I think we will be seeing a lot of this one going forward.

Overall this Thanksgiving weekend, 2014 couldn’t match last year, when Catching Fire’s second weekend led the top 12 to $194.6 million over three days. This year’s top 12 could only muster $155.6 million, leaving this year in the lurch once again. Next weekend, we will replay this all again, as nothing new hits screens save for Fox’s The Pyramid, which is going out to less than 600 screens.

Top Weekend Box Office for 11/28/14-11/30/14 (Estimates)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 1 Lionsgate $56,875,000 - 53% $225,692,805
2 Penguins of Madagascar Fox $25,800,000 New $36,000,000
3 Big Hero 6 Disney $18,770,000 - 7% $167,209,000
4 Interstellar Paramount $15,800,000 + 3% $147,090,000
5 Horrible Bosses 2 WARNER BROS. $15,700,000 New $23,010,000
6 Dumb And Dumber To Universal $8,294,500 - 41% $72,205,060
7 The Theory of Everything Focus Features $5,082,000 + 236% $9,603,942
8 Gone Girl Fox $2,470,000 - 13% $160,756,700
9 Birdman FOX SEARCHLIGHT $1,880,000 + 1% $17,237,400
10 St. Vincent $1,773,000 - 21% $39,327,000
11 Beyond the Lights Relativity $1,584,000 - 40% $12,853,858
12 Fury Sony $1,550,000 - 20% $81,907,000
  Also Opening/Notables
  The Imitation Game Fox $482,071 New $482,071
  Antarctica: a Year On Ice Music Box Films $32,000 New $32,000
  Touch the Wall Touch the Wall, Llc $6,150 New $6,150
  Rosewater Open Road Films $355,906 - 25% $2,642,783
  Foxcatcher Sony Classics $1,032,428 + 153% $2,125,888
  Whiplash Sony Classics $496,336 + 4% $3,964,754
Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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