'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1' Claims Best Opening Day of 2014 with $55 MillionNovember 22, 2014 02:40 AM

by Shawn Robbins

Lionsgate reports that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 opened to $55 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $17 million start. While Friday's showing is down 22.5 percent from Catching Fire's $71 million opening day, the first Mockingjay drew a stronger Thursday-to-Friday multiple (3.2x) than did Catching Fire (2.8x) from its $25.25 million early shows on the same weekend last year.

Fans and casual viewers didn't feel the need to rush out so abruptly for Mockingjay - Part 1, which can likely be explained by a number of reasons such as the lack of a true ending to the story, the general perception that Mockingjay is the least favorite among fans of the original book series, hazardous snowstorms plaguing some parts of the country, and other contributing factors. How the film plays out from here will be even more telling, although it seems like the general consensus for now is that split stories and split finales have finally played out some of their welcome among audiences. The only franchise to mostly escape that fate thus far has been Harry Potter, which essentially began the trend with November 2010's Deathly Hallows Part 1. That film bowed to a $61.7 million opening day as part of a $125 million weekend.

Early word of mouth for the first half of Mockingjay is mostly positive with an 83 percent Flixster score as of Saturday morning, although that's down from Catching Fire's excellent 1-day after score of 94 percent. Critics haven't been as kind to the film this time around either (driven by the same aversion to split finales), giving it a 68 percent Rotten Tomatoes score. All of this being said, the film will still claim 2014's best opening weekend thus far with a projected $122 million. That figure could go higher if this entry proves to be a bit more back-loaded by general audiences. Where the film lands in the end is difficult to tell right now given the new territory the franchise is in right now, but combined with strong overseas returns, Lionsgate still has plenty of reason to be satisfied as they prepare the series' final film for November 2015.

Meanwhile, Big Hero 6 took second place yesterday with $4.48 million. That figure was down 44 percent from last Friday, identical to Wreck-It Ralph's drop on its third Friday. Big Hero 6 has tallied $120.1 million domestically so far, placing it 12 percent ahead of Ralph's pace. BoxOffice projects an $18.9 million weekend.

Dumb and Dumber To slid 70 percent from opening day to $4.3 million yesterday. With $47.95 million in the bank through eight days of release, BoxOffice is projecting a $13.9 million sophomore frame.

Interstellar was off 49 percent from last Friday to $4.22 million yesterday. Christopher Nolan's space epic has earned a domestic total of $109.8 million through its first 15 days. BoxOffice projects a $14 million third weekend.

Rounding out the top five in a tie for Friday, Gone Girl and Beyond the Lights each brought in $0.8 million. The former title's domestic haul is now up to $154.8 million, while the latter title's 8-day gross stands at $8.3 million.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 21 - Sun, May. 23

Wide (1000+)

1Shrek Forever After$70,838,207--4,359--$16,251$70,838,2071Paramount / DreamWorks
2Iron Man 2$26,361,258-49%4,177-213$6,311$251,026,0613Paramount
3Robin Hood$18,769,000-48%3,5052$5,355$66,166,0002Universal
4Letters to Juliet$9,006,266-33%2,9757$3,027$27,332,5072Summit
5Just Wright$4,290,431-48%1,8310$2,343$14,697,9712Fox Searchlight
6MacGruber$4,043,000--2,551--$1,585$4,043,0001Universal / Rogue
7Date Night$2,913,504-24%1,869-612$1,559$90,748,8187Fox
8A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$2,321,000-50%2,125-950$1,092$59,968,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
9How to Train Your Dragon$1,901,211-62%1,751-869$1,086$210,990,9189Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Back-up Plan$942,930-61%1,079-1418$874$35,919,7075CBS Films
11Furry Vengeance$531,018-76%1,369-1326$388$16,131,7844Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

1Kites$959,329--208--$4,612$959,3291Reliance Big Cinema
3Death at a Funeral (2010)$537,573-53%561-501$958$41,463,0306Sony / Screen Gems
4Alice in Wonderland (2010)$484,75710%4118$1,179$332,194,26612Disney
5The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$446,54921%14138$3,167$2,692,9606Sony Pictures Classics
6City Island$423,423-4%234-19$1,810$4,191,60510Anchor Bay
7Clash of the Titans (2010)$366,000-70%412-888$888$160,965,0008Warner Bros.
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$342,8375%1780$1,926$6,274,04410Music Box
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid$278,032-28%352-116$790$62,344,36510Fox
12Shutter Island$240,937-18%256-54$941$127,564,14114Paramount
13Hot Tub Time Machine$238,000-22%278-180$856$49,584,0009MGM
14The Last Song$220,028-60%357-445$616$61,641,7568Disney
16The Bounty Hunter$148,123-32%170-123$871$65,258,28010Sony / Columbia
17The Losers$127,000-72%185-516$686$23,082,0005Warner Bros.
18Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$90,189-27%166-43$543$88,480,61815Fox
19Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$68,134-60%133-148$512$59,808,1028Lionsgate
20The Tooth Fairy$53,553-35%115-17$466$59,903,07718Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$291,000-10%480$6,063$6,377,00010Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Please Give$236,553-5%534$4,463$1,061,5744Sony Pictures Classics
3Exit Through the Gift Shop$202,592-6%43-2$4,711$1,608,4916Producers Distribution Agency
4Harry Brown$168,07424%600$2,801$827,6734Samuel Goldwyn
5Princess Kaiulani$149,234-20%4714$3,175$426,5122Roadside Attractions
6Solitary Man$94,936--4--$23,734$94,9361Anchor Bay
7Mother and Child$82,38936%3713$2,227$231,4193Sony Pictures Classics
8The Ghost Writer$77,696-34%86-64$903$15,208,52014Summit
9La Mission$61,0009%35-1$1,743$796,0007Screen Media
10Our Family Wedding$50,862-19%84-19$606$20,165,79511Fox Searchlight
11Under the Sea 3D$42,00014%180$2,333$22,105,00067Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Holy Rollers$39,685--3--$13,228$39,68517First Independent Pictures
14Casino Jack and the United States of Money$26,44644%198$1,392$95,6033Magnolia
15The Secret of Kells$23,710-1%23-3$1,031$496,71412GKIDS
16Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$23,028-25%40$5,757$113,8713Kino International
17Chloe$20,0877%24-5$837$2,994,6749Sony Pictures Classics
18Racing Dreams$20,048--33--$608$20,0481Hanover House
19The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$18,983-27%191$999$115,1864IFC
20Letters to God$18,000-31%39-36$462$2,823,0007Vivendi
21The Runaways$17,867-12%30-19$596$3,560,50810Apparition
22Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$17,663-23%14-6$1,262$420,91110Zeitgeist
24The City of Your Final Destination$15,000--11--$1,364$254,0006Screen Media Films
25The Square (2010)$13,642-9%12-2$1,137$262,3147Apparition
26OSS 117: Lost in Rio$12,78560%73$1,826$40,17058Music Box
27The Joneses$11,287-57%27-29$418$1,426,5836Roadside Attractions
28Best Worst Movie$10,66230%21$5,331$31,2085Area23a
29The Father of My Children$10,414--1--$10,414$10,4141IFC Films
30A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$10,286-33%18-15$571$2,047,93613Sony Classics
31180┬░ South$10,269--4--$2,567$10,2691Magnolia
32The Cremaster Cycle (2010 re-issue)$9,787--1--$9,787$28,9437International Film Circuit
33Broken Embraces$9,037-51%11-9$822$5,009,11927Sony Classics
34Deadfall Trail$8,87019%52$1,774$20,6652Nocturnal Features
35Looking for Eric$8,85631%64$1,476$20,3572IFC
36Crazy Heart$8,443-55%28-22$302$39,455,07523Fox Searchlight
37Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$7,57521%60$1,263$23,178,565138National Geographic
38Touching Home$6,700--7--$957$89,0004CFI
39Sweetgrass$6,69987%40$1,675$158,03335Cinema Guild
40The Little Traitor$6,25514%41$1,564$316,31024Westchester Films
41The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers$5,900--5--$1,180$438,00017First Run Features
42The Good, the Bad, the Weird$5,834-61%8-7$729$86,0037IFC
43Two in the Wave$5,676--1--$5,676$8,1001Lorber Films
44The Last Station$5,381-34%10-8$538$6,594,68119Sony Pictures Classics
45The Art of the Steal (2010)$5,347-33%12-5$446$541,02713IFC Films
46No One Knows About Persian Cats$5,309-25%126$442$64,5476IFC
47John Rabe$4,892--3--$1,631$4,8921Strand
48Lbs.$4,062--1--$4,062$27,3019Truly Indie
49Terribly Happy$4,04284%30$1,347$165,08816Oscilloscope
50Madeo (Mother)$3,955-11%9-4$439$512,75752Magnolia
51When You're Strange$3,801-24%30$1,267$229,4007Abramorama
52Daddy Longlegs$3,359-60%21$1,680$15,5772Sundance Selects
53U2 3D$2,722110%10$2,722$10,327,967122National Geographic
54Everyone Else$2,524-49%3-1$841$53,99249Cinema Guild
55After the Cup: Sons of Sakhin United$2,501--1--$2,501$2,5011Variance Films
56The Oath$2,418-3%21$1,209$18,4603Zeitgeist
57The Girl on the Train (2010)$2,300-24%61$383$199,00018Strand Releasing
58The Living Wake$2,155-44%10$2,155$8,2972Mangusta Productions
59North Face (Nordwand)$1,884-73%3-8$628$704,13117Music Box Films
60Multiple Sarcasms$1,698-35%3-3$566$28,9433New Films International
61The Eclipse$1,688-68%5-2$338$113,8849Magnolia
62Ajami$1,594-82%3-10$531$584,57436Kino International
63The Good Heart$1,440-46%4-2$360$19,9594Magnolia
64Perrier's Bounty$828--1--$828$8281IFC
65The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus$653-59%1-5$653$7,689,45822Sony Pictures Classics
66October Country$616143%1-13$616$22,09515International Film Circuit
67A Town Called Panic$475-13%1-1$475$158,06423Zeitgeist Films
68In/Significant Others$275-80%10$275$2,4272Fourth Ward Productions
69The White Ribbon$249-82%2-1$125$2,221,76321Sony Classics
70Happiness Runs$88-97%1-1$88$7,1993Strand