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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, Jun. 3 - Sun, Jun. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$55,101,604--3,641--$15,134$55,101,6041Fox
2The Hangover Part II$31,381,234-63%3,6150$8,681$185,808,1942Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$23,887,914-50%3,95227$6,045$100,028,3722Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$17,954,603-55%3,966-198$4,527$190,200,8803Disney
5Bridesmaids$12,040,875-27%2,919-39$4,125$107,167,2304Universal
6Thor$4,250,044-55%2,780-516$1,529$169,122,9485Paramount
7Fast Five$3,165,355-51%2,237-744$1,415$201,979,6656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$2,769,99244%14789$18,843$6,796,7313Sony Pictures Classics
2Something Borrowed$848,013-54%688-752$1,233$36,673,3305Warner Bros.
3Jumping the Broom$844,909-54%589-350$1,434$35,907,3005Sony / TriStar
4Rio (2011)$738,518-59%691-981$1,069$136,690,3958Fox
5Water for Elephants$694,517-36%572-222$1,214$55,733,1957Fox
6Priest (2011)$376,365-79%583-1335$646$28,713,5774Sony / Screen Gems
7Cave of Forgotten Dreams$346,316-20%1224$2,839$3,253,7676IFC Films
8Rango$239,040-34%254-26$941$122,152,49414Paramount
9Source Code$234,874-27%288-11$816$53,850,55610Summit
10Soul Surfer$204,050-49%245-156$833$41,746,3009Sony / TriStar
11Insidious$180,44911%160-26$1,128$53,010,82210FilmDistrict
12HOP$170,150-25%245-54$694$107,802,81010Universal
13Hanna$150,769-31%197-19$765$39,808,8089Focus
14Limitless$150,104-32%232-37$647$78,734,46512Relativity Media
15Everything Must Go$145,809-47%107-54$1,363$2,400,8804Roadside Attractions
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$144,437-57%196-163$737$52,623,4387Lionsgate
17Win Win$124,838-36%14117$885$9,865,93312Fox Searchlight
18The Lincoln Lawyer$112,399-41%133-33$845$56,996,98412Lionsgate
19Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$105,684-34%182-32$581$52,305,51211Fox
20Jane Eyre (2011)$100,817-37%128-15$788$10,867,43213Focus
21The Conspirator$86,697-44%110-27$788$11,328,7048Roadside Attractions
22Scream 4$77,908-38%201-60$388$38,042,4858Weinstein Company
23Mars Needs Moms$55,432-43%100-28$554$21,275,65413Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$631,93569%2016$31,597$1,250,2262Fox Searchlight
2Ready$460,238--97--$4,745$460,2381Eros International
3Born to Be Wild 3D$181,669-27%470$3,865$6,320,4449Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Incendies$175,488-12%9018$1,950$1,179,6077Sony Pictures Classics
5Beginners$141,340--5--$28,268$141,3401Focus
6The Double Hour$121,367-26%6810$1,785$943,5808IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
7Hubble 3D$81,256-21%382$2,138$25,785,90164Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Meek's Cutoff$68,910-29%455$1,531$723,2479Oscilloscope
9Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$65,36667%110$5,942$2,906,723563D Entertainment
1013 Assassins$56,799-31%29-2$1,959$538,0156Magnolia / Magnet
11Gnomeo and Juliet$49,681-44%85-26$584$99,712,43517Disney
12The Beaver$48,595-54%68-41$715$873,9085Summit
13Arthur (2011)$46,211-46%62-15$745$33,015,6969Warner Bros.
14The First Grader$42,536-26%360$1,182$222,3604National Geographic
15Submarine$41,832--4--$10,458$41,8321Weinstein Company
16Empire of Silver$40,052--17--$2,356$40,0521NeoClassics Films
17I Am (2011)$38,590-54%42-12$919$1,447,32416Paladin
18Bill Cunningham New York$37,556-23%220$1,707$1,203,22312Zeitgeist Films
19Potiche$35,148-32%33-3$1,065$1,545,30711Music Box Films
20Under the Sea 3D$34,8121%19-2$1,832$28,653,213121Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Prom$32,599-71%39-59$836$9,933,1536Disney
22Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$30,552-54%80-123$382$9,525,5876Weinstein Company
23African Cats$30,039-60%72-75$417$14,868,1877Disneynature
24L'Amour fou$25,002-40%16-2$1,563$227,5774IFC Films
25In a Better World$21,670-43%324$677$788,69210Sony Pictures Classics
26Space Station 3D$18,415--2--$9,208$83,652,462477IMAX
27Of Gods and Men$18,338-48%29-8$632$3,893,41115Sony Pictures Classics
28The Princess of Montpensier$18,322-16%203$916$304,0098IFC Films
29The Last Mountain$17,570--2--$8,785$17,5701Dada Films
30Winter in Wartime$17,194-25%218$819$463,47612Sony Pictures Classics
31Queen to Play$16,644-36%10-1$1,664$304,82210Zeitgeist Films
32Beautiful Boy$16,162--4--$4,041$16,1621Anchor Bay Films
33Hobo with a Shotgun$12,888-39%14-7$921$627,4525Magnolia / Magnet
34Certified Copy$11,62850%124$969$1,324,19513IFC Films
35Hesher$8,606-71%6-5$1,434$348,1234Wrekin Hill Entertainment
36The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$8,540-84%39-102$219$602,4797Sony Pictures Classics
37My Perestroika$7,025-15%121$585$204,50611International Film Circuit
38Rejoice and Shout$6,589--1--$6,589$6,5891Magnolia Pictures
39The King's Speech$6,499-44%16-2$406$138,788,23228Weinstein Company
40WAR: Women Art Revolution$5,791--2--$2,896$11,2331Zeitgeist Films
41Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$5,59049%4-2$1,398$174,99738Collective Eye
42Kill the Irishman$5,168-39%8-2$646$1,176,25613Anchor Bay Films
43Film Socialisme$4,526--1--$4,526$4,5261Lorber Films
44Tuesday, After Christmas$4,260-34%10$4,260$17,6892Lorber Films
45Blank City$4,1953%20$2,098$93,6679Insurgent Releasing
46City of Life and Death$3,914383%20$1,957$24,1634Kino International
47How To Live Forever$3,90344%20$1,952$22,1004Variance Films
4835 and Ticking$3,249-69%4-2$812$58,7373Image Entertainment
49Barney's Version$2,879-56%6-3$480$7,492,02721Sony Pictures Classics
50Small Town Murder Songs$2,81052%75$401$5,5152Monterey Media
51American: The Bill Hicks Story$2,529233%20$1,265$85,7459Variance Films
52The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$2,468411%21$1,234$114,21110Lorber Films
53Rubber$2,001-54%4-1$500$91,23510Magnolia / Magnet
54Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,931-40%50$386$169,50914Strand Releasing
55Nostalgia for the Light$1,918--1--$1,918$112,78812Icarus Films
56Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird$1,890197%42$473$16,7164First Run Features
57Circo$1,736-68%21$868$63,01110First Run Features
58The Music Never Stopped$1,586-6%50$317$247,27912Roadside Attractions
59Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen$1,5293%1-1$1,529$48,3027Variance Films
60Dumbstruck$1,415-39%10$1,415$15,0178Truly Indie
61Love, Wedding, Marriage$1,378--2--$689$1,3781IFC Films
62Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,340153%21$670$8,4424Strand Releasing
63Into Eternity$1,246-73%3-1$415$47,76418International Film Circuit
64Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story$1,222--1--$1,222$11,53614Tostie Productions
65Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune$1,0178%21$509$249,39322First Run Features
66Poetry$843-71%1-2$843$345,24017Kino International
67Biutiful$797-14%2-3$399$5,100,93723Roadside Attractions
68Skateland$71750%31$239$18,8904Freestyle Releasing
69The Salvation Poem$659-3%1-1$659$869,82734CanZion Films
70Pianomania$587-74%10$587$3,5742First Run Features
71Henry's Crime$578-51%10$578$101,8829Moving Pictures Film & Television
72Harvest$529-80%2-2$265$24,0735Monterey Media
73Carancho$326--1--$326$85,36317Strand Releasing
74Dum Maaro Dum$220-89%3-3$73$563,6997Fox Searchlight
75Armadillo$146--1--$146$10,3478Lorber Films
76Orgasm Inc.$101--1--$101$47,62217First Run Features
77The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls$66-92%1-1$66$11,3744Argot Pictures