THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1 Earns $17 Million from Thursday Showings; Can It Hit $150 Million?

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Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is off to a fairly strong, if a tad underwhelming, start at the box office.  The film took in an estimated $17 million from Thursday night showings, which is actually short of its previous two entries.  The first Hunger Games took in $19.7 million from midnight-only showings in 2012 and ended up with a $152.5 million opening weekend, while last year’s Catching Fire earned a whopping $25 million from Thursday night showings on the same weekend last year, going on to gross $158 million for the weekend.  While experts have been predicting a massive opening weekend for the highly anticipated (and also well-crafted) Mockingjay – Part 1, these Thursday numbers have some wondering if it might miss the $150 million mark.  More after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: DUMB AND DUMBER TO Claims First with $38 Million

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After a decisive victory on Friday, Dumb and Dumber To held on to the top spot this weekend and beat most expectations in the process.  An expected challenge from Disney holdover Big Hero 6 fell a bit short, which left the comedy sequel the undisputed box office champ.  DDT opened with an estimated $38 million this weekend – easily surpassing the high end of its projections.  The sequel now ranks as the highest domestic debut ever for the Farrelly Brothers, topping 2000’s Me, Myself and Irene even after adjusting for inflation.  Both Big Hero 6 and Interstellar  had strong sophomore holds, though neither was able to overtake Harry and Lloyd in the end.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Dumb and Dumber To $38,053,000 $38
2.  Big Hero 6 $36,010,000 $111.6
3.  Interstellar $29,100,000 $97.8
4.  Beyond the Lights $6,500,000 $6.5
5.  Gone Girl $4,625,000 $152.7
6.  St. Vincent $4,025,000 $33.2
7.  Fury $3,810,000 $76
8.  Nightcrawler $3,038,000 $25
9.  Ouija $3,025,000 $48.1
10.  Birdman $2,450,000 $11.57

 

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Weekend Box Office: BIG HERO 6 Knocks INTERSTELLAR into Second

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In this weekend’s box office showdown, Big Hero 6 took the title over Interstellar.  But there were no real losers on the first frame of the 2014 holiday movie season.  It’s been months since the last high-profile animated film was in theatres, so the fact that Big Hero 6 came out on top makes sense.  And while the sky-high expectations for director Christopher Nolan’s latest were not realized, Interstellar did come close to matching the $55.7 million debut of Gravity – without the advantage of 3D pricing.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Big Hero 6 $56,200,000 $56.2
2.  Interstellar $52,151,000 $52.1
3.  Gone Girl $6,100,000 $145.4
4.  Ouija $6,017,000 $43.4
5.  St. Vincent $5,707,000 $27.3
6.  Nightcrawler $5,512,000 $19.7
7.  Fury $5,500,000 $69.2
8.  John Wick $4,075,000 $34.7
9.  Alexander… $3,495,000 $59.2
10.  The Book of Life $2,800,000 $45.2

 

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Box Office: NIGHTCRAWLER and OUIJA in Dead Heat on Tame Halloween Weekend

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With Halloween behind it, the weekend box office got back to the business of being… boring.  Or maybe it’s just saving it’s strength for next week – when Interstellar and Big Hero 6 kick off the year’s final quarter?  Open Road’s Nightcrawler managed to take first place – but only by the slimmest of margins.  After coming in second behind horror holdover Ouija on Halloween, it looked like the Nightcrawler would take first place with $13 million this weekend: a win for a low-budget movie that had been tracking in the $11 million range.  In the end, the original projections were correct and the box office wound up with two underwhelming estimates in a near-tie at the top.  Nightcrawler and Ouija are so close, in fact, that that the horror pic could easily come out on top after actual box office totals are released on Monday.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Nightcrawler $10,909,000 $10.9
2.  Ouija $10,900,000 $34.9
3.  Fury $9,100,000 $60.4
4.  Gone Girl $8,800,000 $136.6
5.  The Book of Life $8,300,000 $40.5
6.  John Wick $8,050,000 $27.5
7.  St. Vincent $7,752,000 $19.5
8.  Alexander and… $6,485,000 $53.6
9.  The Judge $3,400,000 $39.5
10.  Dracula Untold $2,946,000 $52.8

 

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GONE GIRL Is Now David Fincher’s Highest Grossing Film Domestically

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In case you needed further proof that Gone Girl is a bona fide hit, the film has now become director David Fincher’s highest grossing film on the domestic charts.  With a domestic total of $127.8 million and climbing, the satirical thriller has surpassed Fincher’s previous victor of the domestic charts, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which topped out at $127.5 million.  It’s an impressive feat to be sure, and while anticipation was certainly high due to the popularity of author Gillian Flynn’s novel, it helps that Fincher’s film manages to be wildly entertaining, bitingly funny, and somewhat terrifying at the same time.  So where does Gone Girl rank in relation to Fincher’s filmography on the worldwide charts, and how does Fincher’s oeuvre fall in line as a whole?  Find out after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: OUIJA Wins with $20 Million; JOHN WICK Second with $14.1 Million

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On a relatively quiet pre-Halloween weekend, teen horror flick Ouija reigned.  Based on the Hasbro toys property and released by Universal, Ouija took in an estimated $20 million from 2,858 locations for first place.  John Wick was second with $14.1 million.  While not quite at the level of recent R-rated fare like The Equalizer and Fury, the male-skewing action pic did manage to top last month’s A Walk Among the Tombstones – and its own pre-release projections.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Ouija $20,000,000 $20
2.  John Wick $14,150,000 $14.1
3.  Fury $13,000,000 $46
4.  Gone Girl $11,100,000 $124
5.  The Book of Life $9,800,000 $29.9
6.  St. Vincent $8,058,000 $9.1
7.  Alexander and Terrible… $7,023,000 $45.5
8.  The Best of Me $4,736,000 $17.6
9.  The Judge $4,345,000 $34.3
10.  Dracula Untold $4,302,000 $48.3

 

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Weekend Box Office: GONE GIRL Defeats DRACULA UNTOLD for Second First Place Finish

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For the second weekend in a row Gone Girl is on top of the domestic box office.  And for the second weekend in a row the R-rated drama got the win despite losing Friday to another title.  Last week’s Friday winner was the horror prequel Annabelle, while this week it was Dracula Untold that got the brief taste of glory.  Universal’s horror-fantasy was a lot stronger out of the gate than many expected, though not quite strong enough to chase down Gone Girl.  After taking in an estimated $78.2 million in ten days, the Fox drama is on its way to becoming the biggest hit of director David Fincher’s career.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Gone Girl $26,800,000 $78.2
2.  Dracula Untold $23,460,000 $23.4
3.  Alexander… $19,100,000 $19.1
4.  Annabelle $16,365,000 $62.1
5.  The Judge $13,330,000 $13.3
6.  The Equalizer $9,725,000 $79.8
7.  Addicted $7,600,000 $7.6
8.  The Maze Runner $7,500,000 $83.8
9.  The Boxtrolls $6,676,000 $41
10.  Left Behind $2,909,000 $10.9

 

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Box Office: DRACULA UNTOLD Wins Friday but GONE GIRL Should Capture Second Weekend Title

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Universal pulled off a bit of an upset on Friday, as Dracula Untold topped Gone Girl for box office bragging rights.  The PG-13 horror-fantasy took in an estimated $8.9 million from 2,887 locations on its first day in theatres, topping the entire first weekend of January’s I, FrankensteinDracula Untold was expected to earn between $15 and $17 million on its debut weekend, but with Friday’s win the projection is closer to $25 million.  That’s good news for Universal, though it’s unlikely to be enough to knock Gone Girl out of first place.  Last weekend’s top film earned an estimated $8.15 million from 3,014 locations on Friday, and should take in another $27 million this weekend, which would make it one of the few R-rated dramas to spend two consecutive weeks on top of the domestic box office.

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Weekend Box Office: Tight Race as GONE GIRL Edges Out ANNABELLE with $38 Million

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We told you yesterday that this weekend’s two big releases, Gone Girl and Annabelle, would come out strong but that David Fincher’s drama would come out on top.  That’s exactly how it played out, though the estimates for the two films were much closer than expected.  Annabelle, a prequel to last year’s The Conjuring, had a better Saturday hold than your typical horror franchise feature, earning an estimated $37.2 million for the three day frame.  Fox’s Gone Girl estimate is only slightly higher at $38 million.  This is good news for both films but great news for the box office, which is trying to bounce back from September’s near-record lows.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Gone Girl $38,000,000 $38
2.  Annabelle $37,200,000 $37.2
3.  The Equalizer $19,000,000 $64.5
4.  The Boxtrolls $12,425,000 $32.5
5.  The Maze Runner $12,000,000 $73.9
6.  Left Behind $6,850,000 $6.8
7.  This Is Where I Leave You $4,000,000 $29
8.  Dolphin Tale 2 $3,530,000 $37.9
9.  Guardians of the Galaxy $3,034,000 $323.3
10.  No Good Deed $2,500,000 $50.1

 

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Weekend Box Office: THE EQUALIZER Shoots to the Top with $35 Million

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As expected, The Equalizer came out on top this weekend, earning an estimated $35 million from 3,236 locations.  That’s surprisingly strong for a September debut – especially considering the movie is based on a TV series few people remember.  The credit goes to Denzel Washington, who has one of the best opening weekend records of any A-list actor.  Not all of Washington’s films in the past decade have gone on to be hits (Unstoppable, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3), but the man can definitely open a movie.  The Equalizer is Washington’s best box office debut since 2012’s Safe House and it also gives director Antoine Fuqua the highest opening of his career.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Equalizer $35,000,000 $35
2.  The Maze Runner $17,500,000 $58
3.  The Boxtrolls $17,250,000 $17.2
4.  This Is Where I Leave You $7,010,000 $22.5
5  Dolphin Tale 2 $4,835,000 $33.6
6.  No Good Deed $4,600,000 $46.6
7.  A Walk Among the Tombstones $4,234,000 $20.8
8.  Guardians of the Galaxy $3,789,000 $319.1
9.  Let’s Be Cops $1,515,000 $79.6
10.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $1,450,000 $187.1

 

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Weekend Box Office: MAZE RUNNER Leads with $32.5 Million; TOMBSTONES Soft in Second with $13.1 Million

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Among this weekend’s three new releases only Fox’s The Maze Runner showed strength.  The sci-fi thriller brought in an estimated $32.5 million from 3,064 locations for the sixth-biggest September debut of all time.  Way back in second place with $13.1 million from 2,712 locations, A Walk Among the Tombstones suggests that audiences may be tiring of Liam Neeson and his now-familiar tough guy roles.  Finally, despite an ensemble cast that includes Jason Bateman and Tine Fey, This Is Where I Leave You failed to hit its very modest $15 million target.  In short, it was business as usual for the September box office.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Maze Runner $32,500,000 $32.5
2.  A Walk Among the Tombstones $13,126,000 $13.1
3.  This Is Where I Leave You $11,860,000 $11.8
4.  No Good Deed $10,200,000 $40.1
5.  Dolphin Tale 2 $9,005,000 $27
6.  Guardians of the Galaxy $5,180,000 $313.6
7.  Let’s Be Cops $2,675,000 $77.2
8.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $2,650,000 $185
9.  The Drop $2,050,000 $7.7
10.  If I Stay $1,835,000 $47.6

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Box Office: NO GOOD DEED Opens in First with $24.5 Million; GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Hits $300 Million

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It’s September, and that means modest movies doing modest box office business.  With that said, two of the weekend’s new films – No Good Deed and The Drop – look rather impressive, at least in terms  of the modest expectations most of us have for September releases.  In less equivocally impressive terms, Guardians of the Galaxy became the first release of 2014 to pass $300 million in domestic earnings.  The last film to hit that benchmark was Frozen back in January but, because the Disney hit was released in 2013, GotG stands alone as 2014’s one and only triple blockbuster.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  No Good Deed $24,500,000 $24.5
2.  Dolphin Tale 2 $16,550,000 $16.5
3.  Guardians of the Galaxy $8,041,000 $305.9
4.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $4,800,000 $181
5.  Let’s Be Cops $4,300,000 $72.9
6.  The Drop $4,200,000 $4.2
7.  If I Stay $4,050,000 $44.9
8.  The November Man $2,750,000 $22.4
9.  The Giver $2,626,000 $41.3
10.  The Hundred-Foot Journey $2,461,000 $49.4

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Weekend Box Office: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Leads Labor Day Holiday

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As expected, the biggest movie of the summer – and as of yesterday, the biggest movie of the year – had no trouble holding on to first place this Labor Day weekend.  Guardians of the Galaxy took in an estimated $16.3 million through Sunday, which gave the blockbuster it’s third box office victory.  Although its wins were not consecutive, the Disney/Marvel pic is the only film to spend three weeks in first place this summer and just the fourth title to three-peat in 2014.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Guardians of the Galaxy $16,313,000 $274.6
2.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles $11,750,000 $162.4
3.  If I Stay $9,260,000 $29.8
4.  As Above/So Below $8,342,000 $8.3
5.  Let’s Be Cops $8,200,000 $57.3
6.  The November Man $7,660,000 $9.35
7.  When the Game Stands Tall $5,650,000 $16.3
8.  The Giver $5,253,000 $31.5
9.  The Hundred-Foot Journey $4,603,000 $39.4
10.  The Expendables 3 $3,500,000 $33.1

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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Is Now the Highest Grossing Film of the Year, But for How Long?

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new 2014 box office champion.  After a stellar opening weekend and extremely solid legs in the following weeks, Marvel’s swell Guardians of the Galaxy now stands as the highest grossing film of the year at the domestic box office with a grand total of $262.1 million.  The year’s previous champion, fittingly enough, was Marvel’s other 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which totaled out at $259.7 million domestically.  Though Guardians’ worldwide total of $507.4 million is still eclipsed by The Winter Soldier’s $714 million take, the galactic film’s international rollout will continue in the weeks to come, including a Chinese debut.

Hit the jump for more on the Guardians of the Galaxy box office standing, why it’s unlikely to remain the champion, and an overview of the full domestic Top 10 of the year thus far.

Box Office: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Ends Summer As the Biggest Movie of 2014; AS ABOVE SO BELOW Underwhelms as Weekend’s Only New Release

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Labor Day weekend is here, which means that this summer’s box office will soon be put out of its misery.  But before we close the book on a season of disappointment, we should take the time to praise the one unalloyed bright spot of the summer box office: Guardians of the Galaxy.  Last weekend, the Marvel title passed Transformers: Age of Extinction to become the highest grossing release of the season; and today GotG emerged as the biggest film of the entire year.  Guardians earned an estimated $3.8 million on Friday, bringing its domestic total up to $262.1.  That beats the $259.7 million final gross of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the April release that has made a mockery of the term “summer blockbuster” for the last four months.

Hit the jump for this summer’s final Friday top five.

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