The Hunger Games won again at the box office this weekend, but lower opening weekend grosses have many analysts speculating.
In at number 1 is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 with $123 million. That marks the biggest opening weekend for 2014, well ahead of Transformers: Age of Extinction‘s $100 million. It’s also the sixth best November opening for any film.
But, Mockingjay Part 1‘s debut was not all good news, as the third film saw a significant decline in opening weekend numbers. Catching Fire and the first Hunger Games both opened with $150M+.
Obviously, there’s nothing for Hunger Games to be ashamed of, but the decline is worth pointing out regardless. Some will say that the lack of IMAX and a fight-to-the-death tournament played a factor in the lower numbers, but it could simply be that B.O. numbers are lower across the board this year. Moviegoers have to prepare for next year’s one-two punch of Avengers 2 and Star Wars right?
Coming in at a distant number 2 is Big Hero 6 with $20 million. Disney Animation’s latest franchise-starter is up to $135 million domestic.
Interstellar is the number 3 film with $15.1 million, which brings its domestic total up to $120 million. Worldwide, Interstellar is doing even better with $449 million total.
Last weekend’s number one film Dumb and Dumber To fell to number 4 with $13.8 million. Clearly, the appeal of a sequel 20 years in the making didn’t hold much weight outside of the diehards. So far, the film has grossed $57 million, though.
Rounding out the top 5 is Gone Girl with $2.8 million. David Fincher’s big budget adaptation has hung around for quite a while now and is up to $156 million.
In at number 6 is Beyond the Lights with $2.6 million. Though the film has built some buzz thanks to word of mouth, a lackluster marketing campaign hurt any chances Beyond the Lights might find a significant audience. So far, the film has only grossed $10 million.
Coming in at number 7 is St. Vincent with $2.3 million. The Bill Murray-led film is up to $36 million.
Fury comes in at number 8 with $1.9 million. The film has made $79 million in domestic grosses after six weeks.
The number 9 this weekend is Birdman with $1.8 million. Michael Keaton’s indie drama with meta flair is up to $14 million.
Rounding out the top 10 is The Theory of Everything with $1.5 million. The Stephen Hawking biopic bumped up its theater count by 99 and saw a 100% increase in box office revenue. It has only grossed about $2 million, but awards season buzz should help give this film some legs.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates – based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, November 24th – at which time we’ll update this post with any changes.]