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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, Apr. 15 - Sun, Apr. 17

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$39,225,962--3,827--$10,250$39,225,9621Fox
2Scream 4$18,692,090--3,305--$5,656$18,692,0901Weinstein Company
3HOP$10,715,205-50%3,608-8$2,970$82,157,6053Universal
4Hanna$7,282,546-41%2,54510$2,862$23,282,8582Focus
5Soul Surfer$7,268,502-31%2,2140$3,283$19,865,1292Sony / TriStar
6Arthur (2011)$6,755,340-45%3,2760$2,062$22,163,7572Warner Bros.
7Insidious$6,744,623-28%2,233-186$3,020$35,870,8913FilmDistrict
8Source Code$6,209,058-28%2,557-414$2,428$36,898,5803Summit
9Your Highness$4,019,710-57%2,7723$1,450$16,077,4752Universal
10Limitless$3,660,104-33%1,885-770$1,942$69,589,3225Relativity Media
11The Lincoln Lawyer$2,884,979-33%1,702-718$1,695$50,454,6405Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,081,944-56%1,849-1032$1,126$48,122,7734Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$3,506,602--707--$4,960$3,506,6021Roadside Attractions
2Atlas Shrugged: Part 1$1,686,347--299--$5,640$1,686,3471Rocky Mountain
3Win Win$1,276,19611%384158$3,323$5,033,5675Fox Searchlight
4Jane Eyre (2011)$993,232-14%27427$3,625$6,605,0356Focus
5Rango$715,526-69%976-1031$733$118,775,7317Paramount
6Born to Be Wild 3D$624,468-28%2071$3,017$1,847,7262Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Sucker Punch$606,242-71%555-1200$1,092$35,292,2864Warner Bros.
8Battle: Los Angeles$507,452-67%554-854$916$82,193,2666Sony / Columbia
9Paul$485,080-72%536-1131$905$36,104,5005Universal
10Gnomeo and Juliet$407,89993%35571$1,149$97,767,31610Disney
11The Adjustment Bureau$356,615-59%348-435$1,025$60,735,1457Universal
12Just Go With It$270,6022%3266$830$102,271,33110Sony / Columbia
13The King's Speech$254,196-49%315-360$807$137,993,20721Weinstein Company
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$245,653-58%189-37$1,300$988,1302Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Hall Pass$234,838-12%333-33$705$44,630,7188Warner Bros. / New Line
16Unknown (2011)$170,928-38%275-90$622$63,379,8859Warner Bros.
17Red Riding Hood$126,735-75%248-529$511$36,942,4326Warner Bros.
18True Grit (2010)$104,950-50%177-86$593$170,938,57517Paramount
19Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$86,061-44%128-56$672$37,615,1519Fox
20Tangled$85,574-61%184-55$465$199,584,48421Disney
21Beastly$70,222-74%110-229$638$27,473,3357CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Potiche$156,87413%6813$2,307$636,9804Music Box Films
2Of Gods and Men$152,437-16%982$1,555$2,996,0728Sony Pictures Classics
3Hubble 3D$109,12914%33-8$3,307$24,187,79657Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Thank You$85,872-65%71-21$1,209$392,1942UTV Communications
5Bill Cunningham New York$78,463-10%213$3,736$549,3235Zeitgeist Films
6Certified Copy$77,039-30%56-1$1,376$983,7626IFC Films
7The Salvation Poem$73,4281068%2111$3,497$801,02427CanZion Films
8In a Better World$72,12761%3018$2,404$182,9043Sony Pictures Classics
9I Am Number Four$66,052-33%80-65$826$54,152,7099Disney / DreamWorks
10Kill the Irishman$62,540-27%39-13$1,604$939,9196Anchor Bay Films
11The Green Hornet$54,246-47%95-66$571$98,780,04214Sony / Columbia
12Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$47,150-18%11-2$4,286$2,211,846493D Entertainment
13Mars Needs Moms$41,154-65%99-127$416$20,781,9776Disney
14Under the Sea 3D$40,29341%14-5$2,878$28,084,100114Warner Bros. / IMAX
15Cedar Rapids$38,655-60%47-71$822$6,732,13610Fox Searchlight
16Super$38,45633%2611$1,479$145,6853IFC Films
17Miral$33,956-38%26-3$1,306$304,9374Weinstein Company
18Barney's Version$30,271-30%50-17$605$7,400,65914Sony Pictures Classics
19The Double Hour$30,246--2--$15,123$30,2461IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
20Winter in Wartime$26,934-30%21-3$1,283$174,9885Sony Pictures Classics
21Drive Angry$25,179-58%71-55$355$10,706,7868Summit
22The Princess of Montpensier$23,456--3--$7,819$23,4561IFC Films
23Biutiful$22,586-40%32-6$706$5,012,58316Roadside Attractions
24I Am (2011)$20,966-45%13-5$1,613$401,4069Paladin
25Black Swan$19,584-62%49-54$400$106,928,99820Fox Searchlight
26Henry's Crime$18,494112%75$2,642$29,8002Moving Pictures Film & Television
27Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$17,571-49%35-34$502$72,772,10610Paramount
28The Company Men$15,273-31%20-12$764$4,384,06513Weinstein Company
29The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$15,06810%54$3,014$64,1033Lorber Films
30Meek's Cutoff$14,092-30%20$7,046$44,1622Oscilloscope
31My Perestroika$13,9988%53$2,800$90,7784International Film Circuit
32Queen to Play$13,353-44%93$1,484$90,1073Zeitgeist Films
33The Last Lions$12,22883%6143$200$607,8029National Geographic
34American: The Bill Hicks Story$12,056105%54$2,411$21,5812Variance Films
35Poetry$10,471-18%13-2$805$275,67010Kino International
36Blank City$9,184-34%10$9,184$41,3512Insurgent Releasing
37The Grace Card$8,416-56%18-21$468$2,428,2418IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
38Rubber$8,2569%83$1,032$45,9043Magnolia / Magnet
39Even the Rain (Tambien la lluvia)$7,272--9--$808$501,4649Vitagraph
40The Music Never Stopped$6,293-16%13-1$484$227,9105Roadside Attractions
41Take Me Home Tonight$6,193-83%42-60$147$6,923,8917Relativity Media
42The Illusionist (2010)$6,052-58%16-16$378$2,206,46217Sony Pictures Classics
43Another Year$5,806-37%13-3$447$3,191,23716Sony Pictures Classics
44Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$5,38192%3-1$1,794$138,2307Strand Releasing
45Trust (2011)$5,231-74%8-12$654$117,6233Millennium Entertainment
46Cold Weather$5,13314%102$513$141,35811IFC Films
47Blue Valentine (2010)$4,955-43%15-4$330$9,701,55916Weinstein Company
48Meet Monica Velour$4,440-40%42$1,110$14,6092Anchor Bay Films
49I Saw the Devil$4,277213%73$611$124,7787Magnolia / Magnet
50Circo$4,0705%21$2,035$18,9283First Run Features
51Armadillo$3,958--1--$3,958$3,9581Lorber Films
52Carancho$3,800850%43$950$66,13110Strand Releasing
53happythankyoumoreplease$2,965-58%4-5$741$212,0177Anchor Bay Films
54The Imperialists Are Still Alive!$2,832--1--$2,832$2,8321IFC Films
55Ceremony$2,801-60%30$934$11,6262Magnolia Pictures
56Heartbeats$2,784-11%6-3$464$62,9858IFC Films
57A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie)$2,421--1--$2,421$3,1151Film Movement
58Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$2,347-38%5-2$469$227,80315First Run Features
59Inside Job$2,177-45%4-11$544$4,306,23728Sony Pictures Classics
60Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2,064-66%1-4$2,064$101,60131Collective Eye
61The Human Resources Manager$2,044--3--$681$52,3847Film Movement
62The Last Godfather$1,284-94%1-19$1,284$163,5913Roadside Attractions
63Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster$1,214-62%2-1$607$202,25212Variance Films
64Dumbstruck$981--1--$981$9811Truly Indie
65Putty Hill$904-20%1-1$904$43,4679Cinema Guild
66Desert Flower$767-61%2-1$384$43,5845National Geographic
67Orgasm Inc.$500--1--$500$44,91610First Run Features
68The Strange Case of Angelica$489-8%1-1$489$43,88916Cinema Guild
69Korkoro$210-44%10$210$3,5044Lorber Films
70The Woodmans$202--1--$202$36,03613Lorber Films
71Bhutto$18313%10$183$99,23120First Run Features
72Winter's Bone$174-33%20$87$6,531,49145Roadside Attractions
73Marwencol$6255%10$62$111,60128Cinema Guild