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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, Nov. 4 - Sun, Nov. 6

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$33,054,644-3%3,96311$8,341$75,527,6822Paramount / DreamWorks
2Tower Heist$24,025,190--3,367--$7,135$24,025,1901Universal
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$12,954,142--2,875--$4,506$12,954,1421Warner Bros. / New Line
4Paranormal Activity 3$8,333,691-54%3,286-43$2,536$95,116,7453Paramount
5In Time$7,481,592-38%3,1275$2,393$23,990,2372Fox
6Footloose (2011)$4,470,135-19%2,811-413$1,590$44,719,7554Paramount
7Real Steel$3,436,086-28%2,438-476$1,409$78,779,3285Disney / DreamWorks
8The Rum Diary$2,920,481-43%2,29220$1,274$10,356,2152FilmDistrict
9The Ides of March$1,938,197-31%1,391-181$1,393$36,738,4825Sony / Columbia
10Moneyball$1,786,441-25%1,278-353$1,398$70,213,8317Sony / Columbia
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$1,698,634-52%1,863-1154$912$18,047,6303Summit
12Courageous$1,539,563-16%1,1384$1,353$29,951,2966Sony / TriStar
13Dolphin Tale$1,022,266-37%1,105-733$925$68,617,3837Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$1,233,00621%514249$2,399$2,683,3322Sony / Columbia
250/50$953,636-32%747-447$1,277$32,974,8776Summit
3Margin Call$717,839-2%17838$4,033$2,516,3493Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$676,245-60%644-910$1,050$7,725,1553Universal
5RA. One$384,362-77%1890$2,034$2,229,3722Eros International
6The Way$360,7131%224-34$1,610$2,149,6735Producers Distribution Agency
7The Help$333,158-15%358-92$931$167,427,81913Disney / DreamWorks
8The Smurfs$303,50421%278-25$1,092$141,271,53515Sony / Columbia
9Sarah's Key$269,2851814%318289$847$7,338,46016Weinstein Company
10The Thing (2011)$264,955-69%384-1010$690$16,744,6354Universal
11Contagion$216,525-35%260-151$833$74,467,6409Warner Bros.
12The Lion King 3D$212,2564%133-245$1,596$93,435,8628Disney
13Dream House$201,325-49%330-255$610$21,146,8556Universal
14Drive (2011)$197,534-26%136-58$1,452$34,064,6428FilmDistrict
15Rise of the Planet of the Apes$178,2302%199-32$896$176,140,80614Fox
16Abduction$130,754-36%207-144$632$27,366,4757Lionsgate
17Crazy, Stupid, Love$130,244-15%172-78$757$84,109,60015Warner Bros.
18Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$119,7558%22562$532$380,873,02017Warner Bros.
19The Big Year$100,791-56%213-210$473$7,013,8874Fox
20The Mighty Macs$94,315-59%101-288$934$1,737,2733Quaker Media
21Cars 2$87,849-1%121-22$726$191,244,89420Disney
22Captain America: The First Avenger$56,811-28%102-37$557$176,636,81616Paramount
23What's Your Number?$56,15332%10240$551$13,937,2906Fox
24Killer Elite$42,531-61%119-138$357$25,006,5687Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$455,77284%9866$4,651$1,021,0243Fox Searchlight
2The Skin I Live In$328,37282%7847$4,210$1,260,9954Sony Pictures Classics
3Like Crazy$266,514116%1612$16,657$444,5102Paramount Vantage
4Take Shelter$175,802-8%90-1$1,953$1,031,0966Sony Pictures Classics
5Born to Be Wild 3D$95,88719%490$1,957$13,964,04931Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Midnight in Paris$69,10413%54-7$1,280$55,478,96925Sony Pictures Classics
7The Double (2011)$60,193126%4534$1,338$98,5612Image Entertainment
8Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$57,758-8%98-53$589$38,355,21012Weinstein Company
9The Guard$48,965-22%39-17$1,256$5,150,73315Sony Pictures Classics
10Hubble 3D$46,294-3%20-2$2,315$29,526,07386Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Apollo 18$35,789-30%93-27$385$17,663,68810Weinstein Company
12October Baby$34,038-67%141$2,431$151,9522IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
13Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$31,928-22%52-23$614$24,020,09911FilmDistrict
14Mozart's Sister$31,77010%22-10$1,444$532,81712Music Box Films
15Le Havre$29,20149%136$2,246$100,7013Janus Films
16Revenge of the Electric Car$27,55669%85$3,445$70,6303Area23a
17Shark Night 3D$26,071-43%44-46$593$18,837,42410Relativity Media
18Breakaway$25,772-38%11-3$2,343$1,852,1966Alliance Films
19The Women on the 6th Floor$23,654-12%11-5$2,150$246,4685Strand Releasing
20Laugh at My Pain$22,835-48%39-12$586$7,673,9229CodeBlack Entertainment
21Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$21,617128%76$3,088$62,7113Submarine Deluxe
22Under the Sea 3D$21,57646%9-3$2,397$30,016,737143Warner Bros. / IMAX
23Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$20,472-44%21-5$975$780,76318International Film Circuit
24Weekend$20,089-17%16-2$1,256$416,3857IFC Films
25Our Idiot Brother$19,89354%35-16$568$24,791,76011Weinstein Company
26Urbanized$18,21852%32$6,073$30,1662Undefined
27The Son of No One$18,015--10--$1,802$18,0151Anchor Bay Films
28Young Goethe In Love$17,143--6--$2,857$17,1431Music Box Films
29Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$16,1777%187$899$204,81710Music Box Films
30Space Station 3D$14,186178%43$3,547$84,439,685499IMAX
31The Other F Word$13,286--2--$6,643$15,7921Oscilloscope
32Love Crime$13,212-21%20-5$661$509,23110IFC Films
33The Mill and the Cross$13,156-4%121$1,096$211,8808Kino Lorber
34The Man Nobody Knew$12,058-10%61$2,010$119,9827First Run Features
35Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$11,9247%100$1,192$4,356,730783D Entertainment
36Fright Night (2011)$10,903-71%26-82$419$18,298,64912Disney / DreamWorks
37Pianomania$10,496--6--$1,749$39,23724First Run Features
38Munger Road$10,072-42%9-1$1,119$258,9876Freestyle Releasing
39The Afflicted$8,694-83%6-5$1,449$200,5643Nocturnal Features
40Inni$8,403-44%52$1,681$44,7292Cinema Purgatorio
41Machine Gun Preacher$7,426-41%12-1$619$520,5047Relativity Media
42Blackthorn$7,355-57%12-4$613$145,4155Magnolia Pictures
43Higher Ground$7,029-38%20-6$351$817,13411Sony Pictures Classics
44The Black Power Mixtape: 1967 - 1975$6,145-45%9-4$683$264,3249IFC Films
45Senna$6,130-47%8-4$766$1,597,52113Producers Distribution Agency
46Charlotte Rampling: The Look$5,905--2--$2,953$5,9051Kino Lorber
47The Whale$4,917--2--$2,459$32,7609Paladin
48Tucker & Dale vs. Evil$4,634-65%17-22$273$213,5556Magnolia / Magnet
49Texas Killing Fields$4,527-21%103$453$42,2384Anchor Bay Films
50Point Blank$4,274-12%9-2$475$701,38415Magnolia / Magnet
51The Tree$4,083625%10$4,083$69,23617Zeitgeist Films
52Passione: A Musical Adventure$3,73524%2-1$1,868$253,18120Abramorama
53My Reincarnation$3,151-52%20$1,576$17,4902Long Shot Factory
54Circumstance$3,061-46%5-2$612$436,34511Roadside Attractions
55I Don't Know How She Does It$2,860-33%8-6$358$9,608,7948Weinstein Company
56Hell and Back Again$2,60766%20$1,304$22,5045Docurama Films
57The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence$2,267-61%6-6$378$122,8905IFC Films
58Where Soldiers Come From$2,242122%53$448$38,1519International Film Circuit
59Granito: How to Nail a Dictator$2,240-65%2-2$1,120$29,5198International Film Circuit
60Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis (2011 re-issue)$1,936-28%91$215$20,3715Kino Lorber
61Dirty Girl$1,928159%65$321$53,6305Weinstein Company
62Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,765-21%5-1$353$485,96110Indomina Media
63American Teacher$1,735120%21$868$30,1506First Run Features
643 (2010)$1,647112%32$549$52,5508Strand Releasing
65Paul Goodman Changed My Life$1,646-64%10$1,646$21,8823Zeitgeist Films
66Happy, Happy$1,407-22%1-1$1,407$40,1198Magnolia Pictures
67America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments$1,345--1--$1,345$9,4584PMK*BNC
68OKA!$1,248-46%20$624$12,2754Dada Films
69Bellflower$1,19254%41$298$167,24214Oscilloscope
70Octubre$1,157--1--$1,157$31,87027New Yorker Films
71Restless (2011)$856-53%3-6$285$158,7418Sony Pictures Classics
72Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$690--2--$345$42,77413Lorber Films
73Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest$6808%31$227$1,199,23618Sony Pictures Classics
74The Names of Love$668-64%21$334$509,06820Music Box Films
75The Last Circus$642132%20$321$40,02912Magnolia / Magnet
76Mysteries of Lisbon$622165%21$311$110,50714Music Box Films
77The Future$541-72%50$108$567,04315Roadside Attractions
78Limelight (2011)$437-29%10$437$57,2747Magnolia Pictures
79Project Nim$344-33%30$115$406,44218Roadside Attractions
80Summer (2011 re-issue)$342--1--$342$35,87322The Film Desk
81Bill Cunningham New York$293-30%10$293$1,508,64234Zeitgeist Films
82Restitution$242-86%10$242$2,5872Monterey Media
83Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$153--1--$153$12,27816The Film Desk
84I'm Glad My Mother is Alive$52--1--$52$7,74610Strand Releasing