'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. 13 - Sun, Apr. 15

Wide (1000+)

1The Hunger Games$21,096,824-36%3,916-221$5,387$336,666,3634Lionsgate
2The Three Stooges$17,010,125--3,477--$4,892$17,010,1251Fox
3The Cabin in the Woods$14,743,614--2,811--$5,245$14,743,6141Lionsgate
4Titanic 3D$11,930,249-31%2,69723$4,424$44,723,8192Paramount
5American Reunion$10,473,810-51%3,20311$3,270$39,712,5352Universal
6Wrath of the Titans$6,906,209-53%3,102-443$2,226$71,252,0053Warner Bros.
7Mirror Mirror$6,847,924-38%3,206-412$2,136$49,316,1853Relativity Media
821 Jump Street$6,558,868-34%2,735-274$2,398$120,323,6815Sony / Columbia
9Lockout$6,231,836--2,308--$2,700$6,231,8361Open Road
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,051,285-39%2,112-891$1,445$204,513,9157Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Raid: Redemption$961,45483%881705$1,091$2,526,0724Sony Pictures Classics
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$888,546-10%435-89$2,043$6,064,9376CBS Films
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$721,42734%502-149$1,437$100,463,52410Warner Bros. / New Line
4Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$641,542--102--$6,290$641,5421Code Black Entertainment
5October Baby$543,11449%36223$1,500$4,520,74425IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6Bully (2012)$535,433626%158152$3,389$814,6353Weinstein Company
7John Carter$346,858-58%446-569$778$68,747,8696Disney
8Safe House$337,610-41%371-111$910$125,276,75510Universal
9Housefull 2$286,735-66%1210$2,370$1,339,3912Eros International
10Blue Like Jazz$261,190--136--$1,921$261,1901Roadside Attractions
11Act of Valor$255,759-52%352-356$727$69,257,4748Relativity Media
12This Means War$246,0654%283-38$869$53,830,8629Fox
13The Vow$244,341-17%335-144$729$124,333,56810Sony / Screen Gems
14Jeff Who Lives at Home$212,317-49%183-264$1,160$3,822,9615Paramount Vantage
15A Thousand Words$200,174-58%277-230$723$17,827,6986Paramount
17Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$153,830-31%216-61$712$51,367,4149Sony / Columbia
18Friends With Kids$125,937-44%113-94$1,114$6,970,1646Roadside Attractions
19The Secret World of Arrietty$112,819116%20272$559$18,749,1169Disney
20Project X (2012)$101,208-69%145-299$698$54,331,2437Warner Bros.
21The Artist$100,098-45%121-101$827$44,048,63321Weinstein Company
22The Iron Lady$97,462-24%146-90$668$29,837,30716Weinstein Company
23Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$95,761-25%153-42$626$132,829,38918Fox
24Casa de mi Padre$92,242-66%121-162$762$5,703,1585Lionsgate / Pantelion
25Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$73,197-54%125-79$586$34,798,0558Lionsgate
26The Woman in Black$71,265-22%122-37$584$54,212,64311CBS Films
27Agent Vinod$3,587-85%1220$29$698,2104Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

1Jiro Dreams of Sushi$198,430-14%797$2,512$1,280,4546Magnolia Pictures
2Footnote$195,12443%8419$2,323$1,099,5256Sony Pictures Classics
3The Kid With A Bike$145,96115%7015$2,085$736,0355IFC Films
4Monsieur Lazhar$112,190--19--$5,905$112,19025Music Box Films
5Born to Be Wild 3D$105,2882%400$2,632$18,148,88254Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$89,565-9%531$1,690$640,6364Music Box Films
7Damsels in Distress$82,41141%2218$3,746$167,6442Sony Pictures Classics
8A Separation$78,322-40%91-50$861$6,838,80416Sony Pictures Classics
9Silent House (2012)$69,777-39%59-155$1,183$12,666,4816Open Road
10Hubble 3D$69,754-22%18-1$3,875$32,119,560109Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Touchback$66,993--50--$1,340$66,9931Anchor Bay Films
12We Have a Pope$48,59155%1512$3,239$98,0942IFC Films
13We Bought a Zoo$47,201-18%83-16$569$75,498,09717Fox
14A Simple Life$43,372--9--$4,819$43,3721China Lion Film
15We Need to Talk About Kevin$40,480-39%55-10$736$1,638,43919Oscilloscope
16Under the Sea 3D$36,080-9%151$2,405$31,145,879166Warner Bros. / IMAX
17In Darkness$32,64536%40-1$816$959,19410Sony Pictures Classics
18Beauty and the Beast 3D$32,222-46%39-19$826$47,549,60214Disney
19Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$27,2313%130$2,095$5,293,8381013D Entertainment
20The Hunter (2012)$27,20243%95$3,022$54,9822Magnolia Pictures
21Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$26,927-28%33-12$816$43,369,47810Fox
22Red Tails$25,9502%43-12$603$49,798,19613Fox
23The Grey$23,513-12%13-54$1,809$51,571,84612Open Road
25The Descendants$20,703-56%41-37$505$82,570,65322Fox Searchlight
26Coriolanus$20,609-18%181$1,145$665,67613Weinstein Company
27Pina$20,296-19%20-1$1,015$3,456,73617IFC Films
28L!fe Happens$20,186--16--$1,262$20,1861PMK*BNC
29The Salt of Life$17,868-39%11-8$1,624$214,7507Zeitgeist Films
30Kahaani$17,854-51%11-6$1,623$1,017,9556Viva Entertainment
31Undefeated$17,466-25%172$1,027$487,7519Weinstein Company
32W.E.$14,885-14%17-4$876$546,21611Weinstein Company
33Thin Ice$12,402-57%16-16$775$760,4209IDP/ATO Pictures
34Love in the Buff$11,843-81%141$846$243,5393China Lion Film
35Rampart$11,554-34%21-19$550$901,84910Millennium Entertainment
36War Horse$10,749-56%25-24$430$79,859,44117Disney / DreamWorks
37Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope$9,60917%41$2,402$18,9872Wrekin Hill Entertainment
39Goon$8,193-53%160$512$4,107,6593Magnolia / Magnet
40Albert Nobbs$7,970-33%12-18$664$2,980,18712Roadside Attractions
41Here$7,927--1--$7,927$7,9271Strand Releasing
42Gerhard Richter Painting$7,3969%51$1,479$112,1725Kino Lorber
43This Is Not A Film$6,791121%52$1,358$51,9347Palisades Tartan
44The Women on the 6th Floor$6,74136%62$1,124$691,15428Strand Releasing
45How To Grow A Band$5,705--1--$5,705$5,7051International Film Circuit
46Turn Me On, Dammit!$4,403-26%1-1$4,403$30,2813New Yorker Films
47Shame$4,255-39%4-4$1,064$3,992,04520Fox Searchlight
48The Island President$4,186-68%50$837$47,4593IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
49The Flowers of War$4,127169%31$1,376$302,10313Wrekin Hill Entertainment
50Keyhole$3,88418%65$647$9,6002Monterey Media
51The Turin Horse$3,863--2--$1,932$39,61310Cinema Guild
52Reuniting The Rubins$3,308389%21$1,654$11,7225Monterey Media
53A Dangerous Method$3,266-49%8-4$408$5,695,84121Sony Pictures Classics
54Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$2,892-70%2-4$1,446$109,93215Cinema Guild
55Post Mortem$2,406--1--$2,406$3,5761Kino Lorber
56Natural Selection$2,366-25%30$789$31,7575Cinema Guild
57Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie$2,244-57%6-5$374$200,8037Magnolia Pictures
58Le Havre$1,86460%10$1,864$610,16226Janus Films
59Carnage (2011)$1,686150%61$281$2,544,11218Sony Pictures Classics
60Free Men$1,645-65%2-1$823$41,3165Film Movement
61On the Ice$1,607-59%20$804$66,3569PMK*BNC
62Attenberg$1,576-14%20$788$15,2556Strand Releasing
63The Forgiveness of Blood$1,076-68%5-4$215$121,7838IFC Films
64Musical Chairs$528-76%1-3$528$31,3164Paladin
65The FP$481-51%1-2$481$37,3965Drafthouse Films
66Surviving Progress$434-90%1-1$434$6,5372First Run Features
67The Fairy$214-67%1-1$214$8,5378Kino Lorber
68The Pruitt-Igoe Myth$108-93%1-1$108$42,40513First Run Features
69The Beat Hotel$83-91%1-2$83$3,8683First Run Features