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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, Jul. 8 - Sun, Jul. 10

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$47,103,276-52%4,10719$11,469$261,078,7002Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$28,302,165--3,040--$9,310$28,302,1651Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$20,065,617--3,482--$5,763$20,065,6171Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$15,212,015-42%3,990-125$3,813$148,831,5303Disney
5Bad Teacher$8,914,412-39%2,962-87$3,010$78,671,8193Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$5,936,405-55%2,9763$1,995$26,197,6902Universal
7Super 8$4,838,205-39%2,292-796$2,111$118,069,5465Paramount
8Monte Carlo$3,800,604-49%2,4730$1,537$16,125,5072Fox
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$3,154,435-43%1,996-865$1,580$58,051,2094Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$3,147,225-52%2,015-1265$1,562$109,731,1814Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$2,628,285-28%1,102-287$2,385$158,142,0309Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Midnight in Paris$2,634,785-26%819-39$3,217$38,579,0528Sony Pictures Classics
2X-Men: First Class$1,473,384-50%847-755$1,740$142,090,1216Fox
3The Hangover Part II$1,198,064-50%835-733$1,435$250,817,2477Warner Bros.
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,054,694-52%622-851$1,696$236,250,4798Disney
5Kung Fu Panda 2$865,109-48%650-631$1,331$159,014,4307Paramount / DreamWorks
6The Tree of Life$793,706-26%2379$3,349$9,014,4677Fox Searchlight
7Thor$573,30843%31545$1,820$178,739,97110Paramount
8Beginners$553,422-7%15547$3,570$3,250,7496Focus
9Rio (2011)$413,317-8%272-36$1,520$141,282,07613Fox
10Buck$386,172-20%15120$2,557$1,703,8314IFC Films
11A Better Life$330,296238%153142$2,159$559,5503Summit
12Fast Five$261,485-21%241-61$1,085$208,782,68511Universal
13Soul Surfer$131,074-20%160-45$819$43,685,47314Sony / TriStar
14Water for Elephants$124,765-27%168-66$743$58,290,36612Fox
15Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$99,104-12%112-28$885$53,200,43712Lionsgate
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$81,230-40%171-50$475$14,148,5175Relativity Media
17Something Borrowed$66,301-34%113-78$587$38,830,88210Warner Bros.
18The Lincoln Lawyer$62,017-30%106-32$585$57,906,77817Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Le Sens de l'humour$466,499--89--$5,242$719,9361Alliance Films
2Delhi Belly$375,225-36%901$4,169$1,232,6102UTV Communications
3Born to Be Wild 3D$241,8888%481$5,039$8,705,68414Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$127,28023%29-1$4,389$26,937,02869Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Page One: Inside the New York Times$116,222-7%5214$2,235$429,7664Magnolia Pictures
6Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$111,982--4--$27,996$111,9821Sony Pictures Classics
7The Trip (2011)$104,283-35%38-2$2,744$951,1795IFC Films
8Cave of Forgotten Dreams$82,074-25%48-12$1,710$4,800,39311IFC Films
9Insidious$78,69870%8111$972$53,722,47515FilmDistrict
10Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$64,28026%110$5,844$3,473,136613D Entertainment
11Gerry (2011)$49,899-61%45-33$1,109$1,760,0094Entertainment One Films
12Terri$44,742-31%82$5,593$144,6332IDP/ATO Pictures
13Under the Sea 3D$44,68110%152$2,979$29,089,361126Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Murder 2$41,989--26--$1,615$41,9891Eros International
15Turtle: The Incredible Journey$39,068-2%237$1,699$184,2963Hannover House
16Incendies$35,703-26%32-10$1,116$6,597,65012Sony Pictures Classics
17The Double Hour$33,176-15%283$1,185$1,354,64913IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
18Bride Flight$30,80424%235$1,339$279,0655Music Box Films
19Trigun: Badlands Rumble$29,201--12--$2,433$29,0211Eleven Arts
20Source Code$29,022-54%41-25$708$54,696,90215Summit
21Project Nim$25,820--4--$6,455$25,8201Roadside Attractions
22The Names of Love$25,106-7%113$2,282$120,5233Music Box Films
23Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$20,247--1--$20,247$20,2471International Film Circuit
24Queen to Play$20,244-8%9-1$2,249$406,65015Zeitgeist Films
25Trollhunter$19,222-53%19-2$1,012$150,0685Magnolia / Magnet
26Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$18,524-37%42-26$441$10,106,89911Weinstein Company
27Double Dhamaal$18,117-79%20-21$906$529,6303Reliance Big Pictures
28Conan O'Brien Can't Stop$17,537-58%10-7$1,754$223,9593Abramorama
29Submarine$16,832-38%19-1$886$377,8076Weinstein Company
30African Cats$15,693-50%23-7$682$15,415,27012Disneynature
31Win Win$14,07426%17-1$828$10,164,97317Fox Searchlight
32Bill Cunningham New York$13,425-21%9-2$1,492$1,394,15817Zeitgeist Films
33Rejoice and Shout$12,09572%71$1,728$72,3336Magnolia Pictures
34In a Better World$12,0750%18-10$671$923,55615Sony Pictures Classics
35Passione: A Musical Adventure$10,850-42%20$5,425$71,6663Abramorama
36Jane Eyre (2011)$10,368-26%21-5$494$11,232,82518Focus
3713 Assassins$9,122-43%14-8$652$763,76011Magnolia / Magnet
38Meek's Cutoff$9,0630%12-3$755$911,66314Oscilloscope
39Everything Must Go$8,8227%17-2$519$2,663,0009Roadside Attractions
40Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$8,260-30%19-12$435$52,691,00916Fox
41The Salvation Poem$6,146--2--$3,073$898,69739CanZion Films
42Beginning of the Great Revival$6,103-77%8-15$763$147,5833China Lion Film
43The Conspirator$6,055-19%150$404$11,510,59913Roadside Attractions
44The Sleeping Beauty$5,973--1--$5,973$5,9731Strand Releasing
45Rapt$5,872--1--$5,872$7,8511Lorber Films
46City of Life and Death$5,515363%41$1,379$87,7409Kino International
47The Ledge$5,176--2--$2,588$5,1761IFC Films
4835 and Ticking$4,50248%42$1,126$85,0908Image Entertainment
49The Man Who Fell to Earth (2011 re-issue)$4,310-41%1-1$4,310$31,5813Rialto Pictures
50Chillar Party$4,155--7--$594$4,1551UTV Communications
51Jig$4,120--1--$4,120$129,4774Screen Media Films
52Viva Riva!$3,65223%50$730$43,8805Music Box Films
53Potiche$3,618--3--$1,206$1,611,83816Music Box Films
54The Last Mountain$3,595--3--$1,198$90,4256Dada Films
55Hobo with a Shotgun$3,355-47%6-4$559$690,66510Magnolia / Magnet
56Farmageddon$3,218--1--$3,218$12,8974Undefined
57The Perfect Host$3,212-57%31$1,071$14,8702Magnolia Pictures
58Blank City$3,196169%32$1,065$112,49914Insurgent Releasing
59How To Live Forever$2,973341%10$2,973$40,8369Variance Films
60The Music Never Stopped$2,562331%4-1$641$253,89917Roadside Attractions
61My Perestroika$2,31435%3-1$771$238,44016International Film Circuit
62Beautiful Boy$2,138-14%3-1$713$73,1586Anchor Bay Films
63Hesher$2,12824%1-1$2,128$373,9199Wrekin Hill Entertainment
64Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff$1,994457%10$1,994$14,0969Strand Releasing
65Winter in Wartime$1,771-58%40$443$530,04817Sony Pictures Classics
66If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front$1,323-38%20$662$25,5463Oscilloscope
67Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives$1,315--2--$658$178,45319Strand Releasing
68The Art of Getting By$1,306-37%5-2$261$1,429,2604Fox Searchlight
69Octubre$1,110109%10$1,110$19,65910New Yorker Films
70Road to Nowhere$846-67%3-1$282$27,8925Monterey Media
71The Greatest Movie Ever Sold$751-33%85$94$625,95612Sony Pictures Classics
72Circo$625--1--$625$69,72515First Run Features
73The Four Times (Le Quattro Volte)$618-15%10$618$139,25415Lorber Films
74The Robber$419--1--$419$69,90811Kino International
75The Human Resources Manager$362--1--$362$63,70919Film Movement
76Poetry$168--1--$168$349,89922Kino International
77Leap Year (2011)$156-94%1-1$156$9,2513Strand Releasing
78The Arbor$119--1--$119$13,37311Strand Releasing
79Kings of Pastry$79-91%10$79$336,17443First Run
80Small Town Murder Songs$48-93%1-2$48$24,0277Monterey Media