November 23, 2014

EARLY WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: “Mockingjay” Flight Steadies On Saturday


THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART I (Lionsgate) stabilized on Saturday, according to preliminary box office figures at Deadline.  The Day 2 drop was 23%, slightly better than the 25-26% Saturday drops for The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.  However, at $42.1M, Mockingjay‘s Saturday was still considerably below the $50.4M/$52.6M of its predecessors, and it’s headed for a $125M weekend that, while possibly the 14th largest opening ever (nosing out fellow next-to-last chapter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I), is still far from the #6-7 launches of the first two installments.

BIG HERO 6 (Disney) and INTERSTELLAR (Paramount/Warners) have the 2d and 3d slots, far back from Mockingjay.  Big Hero had a Saturday-to-Saturday drop of 43%, down to $9.3M and a weekend that should approach $20M.  Interstellar was down about 50% from last Saturday to $6.3M, heading for a $14-15M weekend.

DUMB AND DUMBER TO (Red Granite/Universal) fell 55% from last Saturday to $6.2M, on its way to a $14M weekend.  It’s worth noting that D&D 2 cost about 25% as much as Interstellar and will likely have a US total that’s more than half the one for Christopher Nolan’s epic, a far from shabby result.  (Interstellar, though, will far outstrip it overseas.)

The unstoppable GONE GIRL (20th) rounded out the Top 5, down 38% from last Saturday to $1.3M, with a $2.5-3M weekend in sight.


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Mitch Salem
MITCH SALEM has worked on the business side of the entertainment industry for 20 years, as a senior business affairs executive and attorney for such companies as NBC, ABC, USA, Syfy, Bravo, and BermanBraun Productions, and before that, at the NY law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. During all that, he has more or less constantly been going to the movies and watching TV, and writing about both since the 1980s. His film reviews also currently appear on and In addition, he is co-writer of an episode of the television series "Felicity."