In a very busy stretch at the box office, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is in good position to top the charts for the second consecutive weekend, though heavy competition from "Penguins of Madagascar" could make it tight at the top as it hits theaters in time for Thanksgiving. Also in the mix this weekend will be "Horrible Bosses 2."
Though a $123 million opening was actually below most expectations, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" still posted far and away the biggest opening of 2014 over the weekend, hauling in nearly $30,000 per site at an aggressive 4,151 total theaters. Meanwhile, "Dumb and Dumber To" had a sharp drop-off from its opening total.
Though many of the biggest releases of the year have underwhelmed over opening weekend, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1" is in great position to post far and away the top domestic opening of 2014, with more than $150 million looking very possible as it launches at roughly 4,000 theaters.
Even 20 years after the release of the original, "Dumb and Dumber To" had no problem finding its target audience this weekend, grossing a very solid $38 million thanks to a strong per venue average of more than $12,000. Even as "Dumb and Dumber To" hit with mainstream comedy seekers, animated "Big Hero 6" had another big weekend, grossing $36 million.
With "Big Hero 6" and "Interstellar" both battling near the top of the charts once again this weekend, long-awaited sequel "Dumb and Dumber To" is in position to be the top new release, but it doesn't seem to be in line for an enormous opening even with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels back in starring roles.
Even with Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar" racking up a solid $50 million in opening revenue, "Big Hero 6" was the big winner of the weekend at the box office, earning a studio estimated $56 million to get it off to an excellent start for Disney. With a strong international showing, however, "Interstellar" might be the release with the most upside.
After one of the slowest weekends of the year, the box office will get a major shot in the arm this weekend with both Disney's "Big Hero 6" and Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar," which could be neck-and-neck atop the box office as they gear up for lucrative theatrical runs. "Big Hero 6" and "Interstellar" should each be able cross $50 million in weekend revenue.
With a little under $11 million in total, Jake Gyllenhaal-starring crime-thriller "Nightcrawler" took the top box office slot, barely beating out "Ouija" in one of the weakest weekends of the year for movies in theaters. While "Nightcrawler" ended up with a fairly subdued opening, the other new releases completely tanked, with thriller "Before I Go to Sleep" landing well outside of the top 10.
In a weekend that has the potential to be the slowest of 2014, Jake Gyllenhaal-starring action-thriller "Nightcrawler" stands a good chance to top "John Wick" and end up as the number one draw, though it's also not poised for too big of an opening as it takes aim at 2,766 theaters.