Weekend Box Office Report: November 21-23, 2014
Katniss collects cash!
The movie places Jennifer Lawrence's champion as the face of the future's revolution, but that didn't draw opening audiences quite like the previous two entries (THE HUNGER GAMES - $152.5 million, and last year's CATCHING FIRE - $158 million).
The first half of the final novel's adaptation also gathered an additional $152 million from international crowds for a three-day $275 million worldwide total. (The combined MOCKINGJAY production reportedly cost over $250 million.)
Moviegoers didn't seem too disgruntled that they have to wait until next November for the conclusion, giving the movie a three-finger salute (or an 'A-' CinemaScore, anyway), while critics were less enthused and offered fewer fingers with a 67% average on Rotten Tomatoes.
CATCHING FIRE went on to a $424.6 million domestic total, so if the Katniss fans keep coming for a while, MOCKINGJAY PART 1 still stands a chance of beating GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY's $331 million finish (it doesn't meet any major threats until EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS on December 12 and THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF FIVE ARMIES on the 17th).
Holding onto second place from last week was Disney's BIG HERO 6 with $20 million, followed by Christopher Nolan's INTERSTELLAR again orbiting third place with another $15.1 million (it's up to $450 million worldwide).
The moron reunion DUMB AND DUMBER TO seemed to suffer from negative word-of-mouth and/or the Katniss competition, as the continued idiocy from Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels fumbled from first down to fourth place with $13.8 million -- a 61% plunge from its opening last weekend.
David Fincher's GONE GIRL once again retained its grip on fifth place with $2.8 million, now two full months in the top half of the chart. Critical acclaim didn't seem to give much of a boost to the musical melodrama BEYOND THE LIGHTS, in sixth place with $2.6 million (a 57% drop from its opening).
Bill Murray's ST. VINCENT and Brad Pitt's FURY are still watching newer releases slide past them on the list, while Michael Keaton's drama BIRDMAN climbed a spot to ninth place. The Oscar-buzzed Stephen Hawking biopic THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING motored into the Top 10 with $1.5 million as it rolled out to 140 locations.
Outside the chart, OUIJA and NIGHTCRAWLER slipped out of sight while in limited release, the Steve Carell/Channing Tatum wrestling drama FOXCATCHER added 18 screens and stayed strong with a $19k per-screen average.
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|#||MOVIE TITLE||WKND $||TOTAL $|
|1.||The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1||$123 M|
|2.||Big Hero 6||$20 M||$135.7 M|
|3.||Interstellar||$15.1 M||$120.2 M|
|4.||Dumb and Dumber To||$13.8 M||$57.4 M|
|5.||Gone Girl||$2.8 M||$156.8 M|
|6.||Beyond the Lights||$2.6 M||$10.1 M|
|7.||St. Vincent||$2.3 M||$36.6 M|
|8.||Fury||$1.9 M||$79.1 M|
|9.||Birdman||$1.8 M||$14.4 M|
|10.||The Theory of Everything||$1.5 M||$2.8 M|
|Source:||Box Office Mojo|