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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. 20 - Sun, Aug. 22

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$16,968,032-51%3,2700$5,189$65,357,1172Lionsgate
2Vampires Suck$12,202,831--3,233--$3,774$18,566,7331Fox
3Eat Pray Love$12,111,162-48%3,0820$3,930$47,214,0782Sony / Columbia
4Lottery Ticket$10,652,297--1,973--$5,399$10,652,2971Warner Bros.
5The Other Guys$10,163,337-42%3,472-179$2,927$88,253,4823Sony / Columbia
6Piranha 3D$10,106,872--2,470--$4,092$10,106,8721Weinstein Company
7The Switch (2010)$8,436,713--2,012--$4,193$8,436,7131Miramax
8Nanny McPhee Returns$8,407,685--2,784--$3,020$8,407,6851Universal
9Inception$7,838,179-31%2,401-719$3,265$262,031,5946Warner Bros.
10Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$5,201,970-51%2,8202$1,845$20,898,2552Universal
11Despicable Me$4,662,065-33%2,236-687$2,085$231,056,9907Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$3,520,805-44%2,149-897$1,638$65,800,9194Paramount / DreamWorks
13Step Up 3D$3,150,401-54%1,592-847$1,979$36,868,9513Disney
14Salt$2,510,012-60%1,794-1040$1,399$109,895,1055Sony / Columbia
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,701,134-59%1,580-1148$1,077$39,660,6114Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$1,523,124-31%730-489$2,086$403,803,64210Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$818,213-40%404-426$2,025$18,239,7257Focus
3Get Low$713,79489%14693$4,889$1,697,8774Sony Pictures Classics
4The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$566,864-56%557-655$1,018$297,216,7988Summit
5The Sorcerer's Apprentice$476,035-58%472-517$1,009$60,605,5266Disney
6Charlie St. Cloud$475,545-78%647-1436$735$30,346,1404Universal
7Grown Ups$427,136-63%424-544$1,007$158,951,3329Sony / Columbia
8Ramona and Beezus$402,882-52%388-244$1,038$24,288,6525Fox
9The Karate Kid (2010)$378,103-27%314-58$1,204$175,514,42411Sony / Columbia
10The Girl Who Played With Fire$375,8053%1715$2,198$5,769,9137Music Box
11Hubble 3D$350,02026%15197$2,318$14,031,19223Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Shrek Forever After$277,464-23%232-22$1,196$237,736,71014Paramount / DreamWorks
13Knight and Day$260,3720%277-33$940$75,679,5299Fox
14Winter's Bone$211,965-2%130-6$1,631$5,180,69011Roadside Attractions
15Predators$200,414-41%234-109$856$51,397,6577Fox
16The Last Airbender$188,596-47%223-141$846$130,085,6438Paramount
17Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$174,365-24%186-16$937$90,402,16213Disney
18The A-Team$108,366-26%151-53$718$76,980,76111Fox
19Marmaduke$80,561-18%122-29$660$33,492,95012Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mao's Last Dancer$199,657--33--$6,050$777,6571Samuel Goldwyn
2Peepli Live$162,914-53%706$2,327$600,6272UTV Communications
3Cairo Time$131,77967%3115$4,251$357,5713IFC
4I Am Love$112,373-20%83-19$1,354$4,398,58510Magnolia
5Animal Kingdom$101,440--22--$4,611$198,4822Sony Pictures Classics
6Under the Sea 3D$73,985-9%160$4,624$23,844,77880Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Extra Man$60,025-17%332$1,819$277,4954Magnolia
8Restrepo$59,249-19%44-8$1,347$1,049,7979National Geographic
9Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$56,32410%273$2,086$390,4805NeoClassics
10The Wildest Dream: Conquest of Everest$55,0467%173$3,238$268,3773National Geographic
11The Concert$53,235-6%201$2,662$288,5075Weinstein Company
12The Tillman Story$52,185--4--$13,046$52,1851Weinstein Company
13What If...$49,770--23--$2,164$49,7701Five & Two Pictures
14Flipped$49,709-58%29-15$1,714$570,5773Warner Bros.
15The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$41,87717%411$1,021$9,937,66223Music Box
16Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky$41,017-37%47-19$873$1,558,33411Sony Pictures Classics
17La Soga$36,330-31%209$1,817$110,96827-57 Releasing
18A Film Unfinished$34,060--4--$8,515$47,7801Oscilloscope
19Lebanon$33,95996%1512$2,264$95,97345Sony Pictures Classics
20Cyrus$33,715-34%56-28$602$7,318,03510Fox Searchlight
21Agora$24,368-28%11-2$2,215$527,25813Newmarket
22Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child$23,927186%42$5,982$140,2805Arthouse Films
23Soul Kitchen$20,916--2--$10,458$20,9161IFC
24Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work$20,201-35%30-13$673$2,871,56711IFC
25Solitary Man$19,562-12%19-9$1,030$4,290,17714Anchor Bay
26Exit Through the Gift Shop$19,342-11%10-3$1,934$3,180,53119Producers Distribution Agency
27Life During Wartime$18,993-28%15-5$1,266$216,9515IFC
28Patrik, Age 1.5$17,751109%94$1,972$38,5353Here Films
29Letters to Juliet$17,208-47%35-26$492$53,021,56015Summit
30The Disappearance of Alice Creed$15,439-40%8-4$1,930$110,3083Anchor Bay
31Middle Men$15,068-84%16-236$942$723,7143Paramount
32Date Night$15,026-38%23-10$653$98,684,12320Fox
33Mademoiselle Chambon$13,65795%125$1,138$293,56413Lorber
34Please Give$12,380-33%18-5$688$3,973,40617Sony Pictures Classics
35Winnebago Man$11,536135%70$1,648$117,4817Kino International
36Breathless (2010 re-issue)$10,484155%64$1,747$274,70213Rialto
37Wild Grass (Les Herbes Folles)$10,05427%19-2$529$339,7519Sony Pictures Classics
38Tales From Earthsea$9,940-52%50$1,988$41,0292Disney
39Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$9,710--1--$9,710$36,39110The Film Desk
40The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$9,416-39%9-6$1,046$6,318,05919Sony Pictures Classics
41Micmacs$8,490-41%240$354$1,170,02513Sony Classics
42Army of Crime$8,102--3--$2,701$8,1021Lorber
43Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$6,129-9%51$1,226$662,30423Zeitgeist
44Countdown to Zero$5,902-2%6-4$984$248,2735Magnolia
45Kisses$4,540127%63$757$77,8196Oscilloscope
46Spoken Word$2,691-54%3-1$897$22,5925Variance
47Neshoba: The Price of Freedom$2,616-44%21$1,308$9,8382First Run Features
48Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$2,375-12%30$792$23,284,314151National Geographic
49Ondine$2,297-35%5-2$459$522,96525Magnolia
50Mother and Child$2,110-76%13-2$162$1,095,68616Sony Pictures Classics
51U2 3D$1,98226%10$1,982$10,362,088135National Geographic
52Everyone Else$1,855-37%1-1$1,855$91,85362Cinema Guild
53City Island$1,732-28%4-4$433$6,669,09823Anchor Bay
54Brotherhood (2009)$1,71179%10$1,711$7,6733Olive Films
55Salt of This Sea$1,543-69%10$1,543$9,4932
56Altiplano$1,269--1--$1,269$1,2691First Run
57To the Sea$1,23173%21$616$31,6496Film Movement
58Ajami$1,205153%21$603$621,24049Kino International
59Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$1,204-93%1-5$1,204$346,56116Kino International
60Sweetgrass$1,199--1--$1,199$203,85448Cinema Guild
61Princess Kaiulani$1,167-64%1-2$1,167$869,84215Roadside Attractions
62The Sicilian Girl$1,164-74%21$582$19,6283Music Box
63The Law$1,1000%10$1,100$15,9379Oscilloscope
64Small Change (2009 re-issue)$927--1--$927$32,66039The Film Desk
65Only When I Dance$835-11%10$835$7,1508Film Movement
66Orlando (2010 re-issue)$779-88%51$156$53,7735Sony Pictures Classics
67Behind the Burly Q$760--1--$760$21,28618First Run Features
68The Beaches of Agnes$733--1--$733$239,71160Cinema Guild
69Kings of the Evening$535-11%10$535$98,03528Indican Pictures
70Videocracy$363--1--$363$23,56728Lorber Films
71Holy Rollers$345-51%10$345$302,88630First Independent Pictures
72Spring Fever$273-84%10$273$10,47812Strand
73The Nature of Existence$228-80%10$228$37,55410Walking Shadows
74Dogtooth (Kynodontas)$158-80%1-1$158$45,8519Kino International
75Stonewall Uprising$100-86%1-1$100$118,67510First Run Features