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'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, Aug. 13 - Sun, Aug. 15

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$34,825,135--3,270--$10,650$34,825,1351Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$23,104,523--3,082--$7,497$23,104,5231Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$17,408,501-51%3,6510$4,768$69,951,8222Sony / Columbia
4Inception$11,285,051-39%3,120-298$3,617$248,469,4825Warner Bros.
5Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$10,609,795--2,818--$3,765$10,609,7951Universal
6Despicable Me$6,971,355-25%2,923-490$2,385$222,197,3906Universal
7Step Up 3D$6,905,201-56%2,4394$2,831$29,844,4222Disney
8Dinner for Schmucks$6,285,179-39%3,04642$2,063$58,785,5473Paramount / DreamWorks
9Salt$6,219,502-43%2,834-483$2,195$103,438,2734Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$4,190,426-39%2,728-977$1,536$35,218,9373Warner Bros.
11Toy Story 3$2,222,731-29%1,219-495$1,823$400,824,8269Disney
12Charlie St. Cloud$2,113,930-55%2,083-642$1,015$28,758,4603Universal
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$1,279,650-44%1,212-492$1,056$295,842,4447Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$1,352,585-48%830-164$1,630$16,721,3916Focus
2Grown Ups$1,140,893-53%968-801$1,179$158,054,5908Sony / Columbia
3The Sorcerer's Apprentice$1,120,604-53%989-777$1,133$59,538,7645Disney
4Ramona and Beezus$833,589-48%632-846$1,319$23,335,2734Fox
5The Karate Kid (2010)$518,156-15%372-70$1,393$174,861,44710Sony / Columbia
6The Girl Who Played With Fire$364,484-23%166-12$2,196$5,188,6196Music Box
7Shrek Forever After$360,227-17%254-54$1,418$237,235,93613Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Last Airbender$358,798-49%364-275$986$129,703,6037Paramount
9Predators$339,057-24%343-111$989$51,061,8296Fox
10Knight and Day$260,761-16%310-26$841$75,289,3898Fox
11Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$229,847363%202134$1,138$90,100,57812Disney
12Winter's Bone$217,007-27%136-5$1,596$4,855,34010Roadside Attractions
13The A-Team$146,424-23%204-37$718$76,793,40110Fox
14I Am Love$139,904-30%102-11$1,372$4,195,0319Magnolia
15Iron Man 2$126,878-34%178-46$713$312,057,43315Paramount
16Marmaduke$98,064-10%151-19$649$33,341,63311Fox
17Middle Men$96,198-70%2520$382$639,4142Paramount
18Killers$84,079-24%169-3$498$47,000,48511Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Low$376,78172%5327$7,109$826,0133Sony Pictures Classics
2Peepli Live$350,054--64--$5,470$350,0541UTV Communications
3Hubble 3D$278,143-3%541$5,151$13,404,24622Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$119,310-47%44-1$2,712$448,5142Warner Bros.
5Under the Sea 3D$81,41328%163$5,088$23,672,59279Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Cairo Time$79,03519%1611$4,940$184,5972IFC
7Restrepo$73,442-33%523$1,412$950,0318National Geographic
8The Extra Man$72,11956%3121$2,326$173,1833Magnolia
9Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$64,623-10%6657$979$1,477,71210Sony Pictures Classics
10The Concert$56,883-14%190$2,994$199,0954Weinstein Company
11La Soga$52,554--11--$4,778$52,55417-57 Releasing
12The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$51,640-24%142$3,689$182,3682National Geographic
13Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$50,977--24--$2,124$309,2624NeoClassics
14Cyrus$50,717-49%84-48$604$7,252,6859Fox Searchlight
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$35,884-17%40-3$897$9,872,88022Music Box
16Agora$33,695-23%130$2,592$486,65012Newmarket
17Letters to Juliet$32,374-47%61-42$531$52,979,56714Summit
18Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$30,901-41%43-30$719$2,835,35810IFC
19Life During Wartime$26,306-29%202$1,315$180,7614IFC
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$25,582-36%122$2,132$82,0432Anchor Bay
21Sex and the City 2$24,677-68%81-119$305$95,328,93712Warner Bros. / New Line
22Date Night$24,387-18%33-13$739$98,656,33519Fox
23Solitary Man$22,314-53%28-17$797$4,258,25913Anchor Bay
24Exit Through the Gift Shop$21,7174%131$1,671$3,150,06818Producers Distribution Agency
25Tales From Earthsea$20,614--5--$4,123$20,6141Disney
26Please Give$18,488-15%23-7$804$3,951,07916Sony Pictures Classics
27Lebanon$17,3011%31$5,767$48,35244Sony Pictures Classics
28Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$16,765140%61$2,794$344,52715Kino International
29The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$15,455-51%15-13$1,030$6,297,62518Sony Pictures Classics
30Micmacs$14,287-31%24-7$595$1,150,74412Sony Classics
31Mother and Child$8,69661%157$580$1,088,14115Sony Pictures Classics
32Patrik, Age 1.5$8,50980%53$1,702$16,4382Here Films
33Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$8,363-33%2-1$4,182$109,3654Arthouse Films
34Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$7,886-43%2113$376$324,5928Sony Pictures Classics
35Diary of a Wimpy Kid$7,278-44%3-37$2,426$64,001,29722Fox
36Mademoiselle Chambon$6,998-31%70$1,000$275,20012Lorber
37Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$6,764-9%4-1$1,691$650,79922Zeitgeist
38Orlando (2010 re-issue)$6,44827%42$1,612$48,3954Sony Pictures Classics
39Countdown to Zero$6,037-77%10-18$604$240,3144Magnolia
40Spoken Word$5,852216%43$1,463$17,1054Variance
41Salt of This Sea$4,973--1--$4,973$4,9731
42Winnebago Man$4,914-63%7-3$702$103,6386Kino International
43Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$4,645--1--$4,645$4,6451First Run Features
44The Sicilian Girl$4,398-26%10$4,398$16,4002Music Box
45Breathless (2010 re-issue)$4,113--2--$2,057$258,74912Rialto
46The People I've Slept With$3,716--1--$3,716$3,7161People Pictures
47Ondine$3,552-48%7-5$507$518,55924Magnolia
48Twelve$3,437-97%12-219$286$181,5912Hannover House
49Princess Kaiulani$3,231172%32$1,077$866,35814Roadside Attractions
50Everyone Else$2,931--2--$1,466$88,61261Cinema Guild
51The City of Your Final Destination$2,829-10%73$404$493,29618Screen Media Films
52Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,6844%30$895$23,278,848150National Geographic
53City Island$2,394-52%81$299$6,665,81122Anchor Bay
54The Killer Inside Me$2,272-71%5-6$454$214,9669IFC Films
55Kisses$2,004-82%3-8$668$71,8915Oscilloscope
56Spring Fever$1,693-37%1-1$1,693$8,76811Strand
57U2 3D$1,569-16%10$1,569$10,357,859134National Geographic
58The Oxford Murders$1,51527%21$758$3,6072Magnolia
59The Nature of Existence$1,125-74%1-2$1,125$36,8859Walking Shadows
60The Law$1,097--1--$1,097$14,0018Oscilloscope
61Brotherhood (2009)$955-61%10$955$5,3702Olive Films
62Only When I Dance$933--1--$933$6,3157Film Movement
63Mugabe and the White African$854--1--$854$4,5424First Run
64Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$772--2--$386$45,5268Kino International
65To the Sea$711-70%1-2$711$30,0405Film Movement
66Holy Rollers$707--1--$707$302,25829First Independent Pictures
67Stonewall Uprising$695-78%2-1$348$118,1559First Run Features
68Kings of the Evening$599-70%10$599$97,12527Indican Pictures
69OSS 117: Lost in Rio$557--1--$557$88,82270Music Box
70Ajami$477-53%10$477$619,12348Kino International
71Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead$450-65%10$450$65,77011Indican Pictures