Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: November 23rd, 2014

Here's our box office report for the weekend of November 23, 2014 – featuring 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1'.

Josh Hutcherson Jennifer Lawrence on The Hunger Games Fame

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.

November Preview - Big Hero 6

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.

Bill Murray and Jaeden Lieberher in St. Vincent

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.]

Source: Box Office Mojo

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