'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, Apr. 8 - Sun, Apr. 10

Wide (1000+)

3Arthur (2011)$12,222,756--3,276--$3,731$12,222,7561Warner Bros.
4Soul Surfer$10,601,862--2,214--$4,789$10,601,8621Sony / TriStar
6Your Highness$9,360,020--2,769--$3,380$9,360,0201Universal
7Source Code$8,650,238-42%2,97110$2,912$28,218,8712Summit
8Limitless$5,461,378-41%2,655-183$2,057$64,149,6084Relativity Media
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,770,987-52%2,881-288$1,656$45,348,2473Fox
10The Lincoln Lawyer$4,281,598-37%2,420-287$1,769$46,136,4084Lionsgate
12Sucker Punch$2,102,082-65%1,755-1278$1,198$33,973,7363Warner Bros.
14Battle: Los Angeles$1,528,411-57%1,408-855$1,086$81,228,7885Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Jane Eyre (2011)$1,157,935-5%24767$4,688$5,146,6955Focus
2Win Win$1,150,1801%22677$5,089$3,434,8254Fox Searchlight
3The Adjustment Bureau$876,960-59%783-742$1,120$60,108,6606Universal
4Born to Be Wild 3D$871,478--206--$4,230$871,4781Warner Bros. / IMAX
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$588,938--226--$2,606$588,9381Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Red Riding Hood$511,380-71%777-1011$658$36,678,7505Warner Bros.
7The King's Speech$502,565-56%675-332$745$137,538,27520Weinstein Company
8Unknown (2011)$275,98621%36540$756$63,097,5308Warner Bros.
9Beastly$271,363-67%339-482$800$27,328,3066CBS Films
10Hall Pass$267,074-65%366-337$730$44,302,0647Warner Bros. / New Line
11Just Go With It$265,288-58%320-277$829$101,917,2679Sony / Columbia
13Gnomeo and Juliet$211,676-51%284-451$745$97,287,5639Disney
14True Grit (2010)$209,559-29%263-61$797$170,760,87416Paramount
15Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$152,529-24%184-66$829$37,499,0008Fox
16Mars Needs Moms$118,328-66%226-475$524$20,676,0065Disney
17The Green Hornet$102,395-33%161-50$636$98,695,08913Sony / Columbia
18I Am Number Four$99,193-50%145-125$684$54,048,5748Disney / DreamWorks
19Cedar Rapids$95,839-54%118-92$812$6,659,2629Fox Searchlight
20Drive Angry$59,256288%126104$470$10,655,7997Summit
21Black Swan$51,033-52%103-59$495$106,882,29019Fox Searchlight
22Take Me Home Tonight$37,321164%10250$366$6,898,4836Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

1Thank You$247,760--92--$2,693$247,7601UTV Communications
2Of Gods and Men$181,451-17%96-2$1,890$2,749,0937Sony Pictures Classics
3Potiche$138,75724%5531$2,523$421,8443Music Box Films
4Certified Copy$110,412-24%572$1,937$866,8725IFC Films
5Hubble 3D$95,986-28%41-4$2,341$23,980,81256Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Bill Cunningham New York$87,50527%183$4,861$417,5764Zeitgeist Films
7Kill the Irishman$85,711-24%52-4$1,648$840,4375Anchor Bay Films
8Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$57,576-31%13-1$4,429$2,105,842483D Entertainment
9Miral$55,140-25%2914$1,901$247,1983Weinstein Company
10In a Better World$44,85836%128$3,738$92,1902Sony Pictures Classics
11Barney's Version$43,148-53%67-45$644$7,337,99813Sony Pictures Classics
12Winter in Wartime$38,358105%2414$1,598$126,8724Sony Pictures Classics
13I Am (2011)$38,07011%185$2,115$362,7038Paladin
14Biutiful$37,914-12%38-20$998$4,696,16415Roadside Attractions
15Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$34,669-37%69-44$502$72,742,1379Paramount
16Super$29,000-38%154$1,933$92,1452IFC Films
17Under the Sea 3D$28,517-49%19-3$1,501$28,009,542113Warner Bros. / IMAX
18TRON: Legacy$28,516-49%29-34$983$172,051,78717Disney
19Queen to Play$23,858-15%60$3,976$65,6662Zeitgeist Films
20The Company Men$22,073-27%32-13$690$4,357,35512Weinstein Company
21Trust (2011)$20,218-65%20-8$1,011$104,4042Millennium Entertainment
22Meek's Cutoff$20,042--2--$10,021$20,0421Oscilloscope
23The Last Godfather$19,898-80%20-38$995$156,0782Roadside Attractions
24The Grace Card$19,087-58%39-22$489$2,411,8567IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
25The 5th Quarter$17,864--31--$576$399,6113Rocky Mountain
26Game$16,966-80%630$269$127,7592Eros International
27The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$16,491-47%32-28$515$104,383,62418Fox
28The Illusionist (2010)$14,540-34%320$454$2,189,69916Sony Pictures Classics
29Blank City$13,989--1--$13,989$21,4121Insurgent Releasing
30The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$13,678-16%10$13,678$43,2012Lorber Films
31My Perestroika$12,997-4%21$6,499$69,2853International Film Circuit
32Poetry$12,74921%153$850$254,0949Kino International
33Gulliver's Travels (2010)$12,380-7%18-8$688$42,776,25916Fox
34Another Year$9,208-45%16-8$576$3,180,46315Sony Pictures Classics
35Blue Valentine (2010)$8,735-54%19-20$460$9,690,53415Weinstein Company
36Henry's Crime$8,726--2--$4,363$8,7261Moving Pictures Film & Television
37Rubber$7,607-53%50$1,521$32,9402Magnolia / Magnet
38The Music Never Stopped$7,499-75%14-14$536$218,5764Roadside Attractions
39Meet Monica Velour$7,438--2--$3,719$7,4381Anchor Bay Films
40happythankyoumoreplease$7,129-51%9-3$792$206,4006Anchor Bay Films
41Ceremony$6,920--3--$2,307$6,9201Magnolia Pictures
42The Last Lions$6,680-70%18-18$371$593,3438National Geographic
43The Salvation Poem$6,287-87%10-20$629$725,25526CanZion Films
44Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$6,03999%52$1,208$91,22930Collective Eye
45American: The Bill Hicks Story$5,872--1--$5,872$5,8721Variance Films
46127 Hours$5,320-32%12-6$443$18,329,46623Fox Searchlight
47I Love You Phillip Morris$4,713-41%7-5$673$2,035,60719Roadside Attractions
48Cold Weather$4,504-28%8-2$563$134,58510IFC Films
49Inside Job$3,944-54%15-3$263$4,293,31227Sony Pictures Classics
50Circo$3,875-28%10$3,875$12,3962First Run Features
51Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$3,766-39%7-4$538$218,20414First Run Features
52Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$3,18131%3-1$1,060$198,85011Variance Films
53Heartbeats$3,1302%90$348$55,0027IFC Films
54Into Eternity$3,111103%64$519$29,66810International Film Circuit
55Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$2,802-14%4-1$701$131,4726Strand Releasing
56To Die Like a Man$2,346--1--$2,346$2,3461Strand Releasing
57Black Death$2,15227%53$430$22,0455Magnolia / Magnet
58Wrecked$1,974-4%10$1,974$4,8212IFC Films
59Desert Flower$1,944-77%3-5$648$41,7574National Geographic
60Kings of Pastry$1,595--3--$532$325,17530First Run
61I Saw the Devil$1,367-83%4-11$342$117,3576Magnolia / Magnet
62Peep World$1,156--5--$231$10,9083IFC Films
63Academy Award-Nominated Short Films (2011)$1,155-45%3-1$385$1,350,6409Shorts International
64Putty Hill$1,124-21%21$562$41,2888Cinema Guild
65Made in Dagenham$1,052-74%50$210$1,094,79821Sony Pictures Classics
66Kaboom$848-65%4-6$212$116,47811IFC Films
67Public Speaking$615-39%10$615$42,9867Rialto
68My Dog Tulip$566-60%1-1$566$235,67632New Yorker Films
69Le Amiche (2010 re-issue)$564--1--$564$56,58843The Film Desk
70Every Man For Himself (2010 re-issue)$533-85%10$533$45,68722Film Desk
71The Strange Case of Angelica$530116%21$265$43,06915Cinema Guild
72A Somewhat Gentle Man$431--1--$431$34,77513Strand Releasing
73Carancho$400-92%1-3$400$61,9739Strand Releasing
74Korkoro$3767%10$376$3,1123Lorber Films
75Battleship Potemkin (2011 re-issue)$359--1--$359$42,61113Kino International
76Winter's Bone$260-17%2-1$130$6,531,28144Roadside Attractions
77Bhutto$162--1--$162$98,94219First Run Features
78Marwencol$40--1--$40$111,53027Cinema Guild