'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. 27 - Sun, May. 29

Wide (1000+)

1The Hangover Part II$85,946,294--3,615--$23,775$117,556,6611Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$47,656,302--3,925--$12,142$53,460,4311Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$39,828,974-56%4,1649$9,565$153,424,2612Disney
6Fast Five$6,409,150-39%2,981-641$2,150$195,818,2505Universal
7Something Borrowed$1,860,855-47%1,440-1166$1,292$34,775,1814Warner Bros.
8Rio (2011)$1,804,883-61%1,672-921$1,079$134,846,1577Fox
9Priest (2011)$1,772,996-63%1,918-946$924$27,335,2773Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

1Jumping the Broom$1,823,631-51%939-533$1,942$34,104,6974Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$1,087,568-50%794-1100$1,370$54,417,0336Fox
3Cave of Forgotten Dreams$431,0624%11812$3,653$2,618,5345IFC Films
4Soul Surfer$401,011-57%401-583$1,000$41,290,0338Sony / TriStar
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$335,126-65%359-553$933$52,298,0366Lionsgate
7Source Code$321,925-22%299-78$1,077$53,432,4139Summit
8Everything Must Go$272,793-48%161-84$1,694$2,096,2113Roadside Attractions
10Limitless$219,912-36%269-88$818$78,457,21811Relativity Media
12Win Win$195,965-29%124-78$1,580$9,646,65011Fox Searchlight
13The Lincoln Lawyer$191,573-24%166-92$1,154$56,790,94211Lionsgate
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$161,200-13%214-39$753$52,107,69010Fox
16Jane Eyre (2011)$160,360-25%143-65$1,121$10,656,31112Focus
17The Conspirator$155,130-36%137-132$1,132$11,154,9177Roadside Attractions
18Scream 4$124,90837%26156$479$37,883,2627Weinstein Company
19The Beaver$106,185-44%109-59$974$765,7334Summit
20Mars Needs Moms$96,592-9%128-26$755$21,167,16112Disney
21Gnomeo and Juliet$88,604-29%111-47$798$99,604,17816Disney
22African Cats$74,845-71%147-231$509$14,774,0856Disneynature
23Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$66,811-82%203-439$329$9,449,6215Weinstein Company
24The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$52,87828%14160$375$554,4266Sony Pictures Classics

Platform (1 — 99)

1Midnight in Paris$1,929,562222%5852$33,268$2,834,5462Sony Pictures Classics
2The Tree of Life$372,920--4--$93,230$372,9201Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$247,6122%47-3$5,268$5,887,5268Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Incendies$199,0607%7213$2,765$888,5686Sony Pictures Classics
5The Double Hour$163,07638%5822$2,812$738,2627IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
8Hubble 3D$102,37114%36-2$2,844$25,600,79663Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Meek's Cutoff$96,82815%401$2,421$603,1028Oscilloscope
10Arthur (2011)$85,251-35%77-160$1,107$32,940,0978Warner Bros.
11I Am (2011)$83,2800%54-20$1,542$1,384,36415Paladin
1213 Assassins$82,45114%316$2,660$421,7345Magnolia / Magnet
13The First Grader$57,23950%3619$1,590$139,7683National Geographic
14Battle: Los Angeles$54,065-46%96-74$563$83,537,65112Sony / Columbia
15Potiche$52,00318%36-10$1,445$1,480,90810Music Box Films
16Bill Cunningham New York$48,499-2%22-3$2,205$1,133,66711Zeitgeist Films
17I Am Number Four$46,685-74%42-54$1,112$55,086,02915Disney / DreamWorks
18L'Amour fou$41,8102%187$2,323$170,7323IFC Films
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$39,115-6%110$3,556$2,801,576553D Entertainment
20In a Better World$37,7089%28-6$1,347$749,3259Sony Pictures Classics
21Of Gods and Men$35,348-32%37-23$955$3,853,59114Sony Pictures Classics
22Under the Sea 3D$34,332-1%211$1,635$28,574,650120Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Hesher$29,792-52%11-13$2,708$322,0603Wrekin Hill Entertainment
24Queen to Play$26,01939%110$2,365$271,1379Zeitgeist Films
25Winter in Wartime$22,89717%13-5$1,761$431,02611Sony Pictures Classics
26The Princess of Montpensier$21,7433%173$1,279$276,9327IFC Films
27Hobo with a Shotgun$21,0336%2113$1,002$598,9084Magnolia / Magnet
28A Beautiful Life$12,639-46%21-2$602$51,7882China Lion Film
29The King's Speech$11,588-41%18-22$644$138,774,31527Weinstein Company
3035 and Ticking$10,612-64%60$1,769$48,2802Image Entertainment
31There Be Dragons$8,568-61%10-19$857$1,065,4394IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
32Kill the Irishman$8,537-27%10-2$854$1,166,53712Anchor Bay Films
33My Perestroika$8,305-41%11-8$755$191,08410International Film Circuit
34Certified Copy$7,760-53%8-16$970$1,307,11212IFC Films
35Last Night (2010)$7,694-25%3-1$2,565$98,9864Miramax / Tribeca
36Barney's Version$6,54473%94$727$7,486,44920Sony Pictures Classics
37Tuesday, After Christmas$6,472--1--$6,472$8,3591Lorber Films
38Circo$5,408430%10$5,408$59,4589First Run Features
39Into Eternity$4,656137%40$1,164$43,79417International Film Circuit
40Rubber$4,307112%5-1$861$88,0949Magnolia / Magnet
41Blank City$4,0848%2-1$2,042$87,8628Insurgent Releasing
42Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$3,757--6--$626$169,33837Collective Eye
43Lebanon, PA$3,359-37%3-3$1,120$44,6745Truly Indie
44The Robber$3,300-23%1-1$3,300$54,3535Kino International
45Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$3,24346%53$649$165,57913Strand Releasing
46Poetry$2,877-66%3-5$959$342,22616Kino International
47How To Live Forever$2,709-65%20$1,355$16,8453Variance Films
48Harvest$2,651--4--$663$21,1474Monterey Media
49Dumbstruck$2,328260%10$2,328$12,9677Truly Indie
50Pianomania$2,238--1--$2,238$2,2381First Run Features
51Dum Maaro Dum$1,929-59%6-5$322$562,6876Fox Searchlight
52Small Town Murder Songs$1,854--2--$927$1,8541Monterey Media
53The Music Never Stopped$1,692-38%50$338$244,72411Roadside Attractions
54Go For It!$1,528-89%14-50$109$178,1643Lionsgate / Pantelion
55Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,483-58%2-2$742$43,6946Variance Films
56Henry's Crime$1,182-50%1-1$1,182$100,5048Moving Pictures Film & Television
57United Red Army$1,161--1--$1,161$1,1611Lorber Films
58Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$94597%10$945$247,56421First Run Features
59Biutiful$932-77%5-2$186$5,098,56222Roadside Attractions
60Battle of the Brides$910-86%1-5$910$64,1164Variance Films
61The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$841-83%2-3$421$11,0313Argot Pictures
62City of Life and Death$810-82%21$405$19,5643Kino International
63Kings of Pastry$788-23%10$788$332,40137First Run
64American: The Bill Hicks Story$759-36%21$380$82,3748Variance Films
65The Little Traitor$732-50%10$732$398,01077Westchester Films
66The Salvation Poem$677-54%20$339$868,63833CanZion Films
67Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$636-66%2-1$318$13,3713First Run Features
68Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$530-73%1-1$530$6,8383Strand Releasing
69The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$483-86%1-2$483$110,5209Lorber Films
70Skateland$479-93%2-9$240$17,7043Freestyle Releasing
71Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench$222--1--$222$33,79330Variance Films
72To Die Like a Man$153--1--$153$3,9138Strand Releasing