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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, Aug. 3 - Sun, Aug. 5

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$35,737,330-42%4,242-162$8,425$353,935,0943Warner Bros.
2Total Recall (2012)$25,577,758--3,601--$7,103$25,577,7581Sony / Columbia
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$14,623,599--3,391--$4,312$14,623,5991Fox
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$8,609,040-36%3,542-327$2,431$132,071,8994Fox
5The Watch$6,527,915-49%3,1680$2,061$25,541,1182Fox
6Step Up Revolution$5,927,462-49%2,60639$2,275$23,724,6112Lionsgate / Summit
7Ted (2012)$5,644,680-23%2,767-362$2,040$203,579,9156Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man$4,400,315-34%2,425-735$1,815$250,740,6485Sony / Columbia
9Brave$2,986,214-31%2,110-441$1,415$223,420,2547Disney
10Magic Mike$1,414,372-46%1,202-873$1,177$110,928,6776Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$1,240,083-14%687-166$1,805$40,779,12711Focus
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$1,154,76825%318110$3,631$5,883,5606Fox Searchlight
3Savages$978,635-47%704-710$1,390$46,078,6455Universal
4To Rome with Love$824,223-18%382-110$2,158$14,304,6407Sony Pictures Classics
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$731,828-44%737-374$993$64,142,2536Lionsgate
6Men in Black 3$654,529256%326139$2,008$176,626,90711Sony / Columbia
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$587,512-35%504-304$1,166$210,852,3429Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Intouchables$566,1309%1940$2,918$8,648,79111Weinstein Company
9The Hunger Games$429,366-17%291-19$1,475$406,697,22420Lionsgate
10Marvel's The Avengers$417,065-19%300-73$1,390$616,768,48714Disney
11Snow White and the Huntsman$316,710-20%309-46$1,025$153,829,95510Universal
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$310,484-7%230-46$1,350$45,014,05514Fox Searchlight
13Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$202,023-63%277-329$729$24,789,0975Paramount
14Prometheus$167,824-18%198-31$848$125,826,9429Fox
15Safety Not Guaranteed$160,998-5%121-28$1,331$3,464,5519FilmDistrict
16People Like Us$127,76813%19732$649$12,242,6076Disney / DreamWorks
17Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$126,848-20%165-32$769$37,014,0757Fox
18Dark Shadows$108,838-62%132-90$825$79,628,02413Warner Bros.
19Rock of Ages$68,229-58%145-157$471$38,452,3338Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Pirates! Band of Misfits$66,732-18%112-39$596$31,051,12615Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ruby Sparks$395,913181%6451$6,186$638,6832Fox Searchlight
2The Queen of Versailles$270,37798%6744$4,035$557,2663Magnolia Pictures
3To the Arctic 3D$205,6668%520$3,955$6,855,60116Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Farewell, My Queen$187,22241%5623$3,343$624,1764Cohen Media Group
5Bernie$130,709-3%97-2$1,348$8,799,90615Millennium Entertainment
6Celeste and Jesse Forever$107,785--4--$26,946$107,7851Sony Pictures Classics
7Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$72,91777%2621$2,805$138,3872IFC Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$63,45912%330$1,923$20,339,95170Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Take This Waltz$55,007-35%51-13$1,079$1,083,8836Magnolia Pictures
10Hubble 3D$42,250-19%132$3,250$33,947,790125Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Searching For Sugar Man$38,74341%74$5,535$82,0932Sony Pictures Classics
12Your Sister's Sister$37,592-25%52-10$723$1,504,4698IFC Films
13The Imposter$35,671194%86$4,459$104,6594Indomina Releasing
142016: Obama's America$34,133-13%104$3,413$192,7564Rocky Mountain Pictures
15The Well-Digger's Daughter$32,8935%132$2,530$100,4793Kino Lorber
16Under the Sea 3D$29,88617%92$3,321$32,060,430182Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Girlfriend Boyfriend - GF BF$29,016--16--$1,814$29,0161China Lion Film
18The Three Stooges$27,495-38%32-7$859$44,297,66317Fox
19Soldiers of Fortune$24,978--50--$500$24,9781Roadside Attractions
20Trishna$24,056-55%23-15$1,046$209,5304IFC Films
21Easy Money (2012)$21,550-2%61$3,592$114,2344Weinstein Company
22Cocktail (2012)$21,288-64%960$222$1,218,6954Eros International
23Runaway Slave$17,47627%62$2,913$47,8135Rocky Mountain Pictures
24For Greater Glory$15,635-57%34-55$460$5,654,16510ARC Entertainment
25Monsieur Lazhar$14,71494%103$1,471$1,967,82541Music Box Films
26Red Lights (2012)$14,613965%1817$812$35,5934Millennium Entertainment
27Neil Young Journeys$13,537-26%14-2$967$136,0716Sony Pictures Classics
28360$12,186--2--$6,093$12,1861Magnolia Pictures
29Klown$11,769-40%1613$736$40,3782Drafthouse Films
30Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$11,246-14%100$1,125$5,885,3021173D Entertainment
31A Cat In Paris$10,95919%142$783$274,08810GKIDS
32Kumare$10,722284%97$1,191$78,2357Kino Lorber
33Headhunters$9,269-12%10-1$927$1,187,26415Magnolia Pictures
34Shut Up and Play the Hits$8,092-65%6-9$1,349$493,3543Oscilloscope
35Elena (2012)$7,82971%50$1,566$196,54112Zeitgeist Films
36Dark Horse$7,703-52%9-1$856$141,6379Vitagraph
37The Magic of Belle Isle$7,498-26%7-3$1,071$78,3935Magnolia Pictures
38Chimpanzee$7,233-48%27-13$268$28,965,45916Disneynature
39Mirror Mirror$6,734-55%39-17$173$64,890,59519Relativity Media
40Hysteria$6,482-25%15-4$432$1,737,72212Sony Pictures Classics
41Darling Companion$5,701139%70$814$787,72016Sony Pictures Classics
42The Babymakers$5,215--10--$522$5,2151Millennium Entertainment
43Mosquita Y Mari$5,070--1--$5,070$5,0701The Film Collaborative
44Where Do We Go Now?$4,932-48%124$411$518,22213Sony Pictures Classics
45I Wish$4,527-33%62$755$141,65413Magnolia Pictures
46You've Been Trumped$4,497--1--$4,497$4,4971International Film Circuit
47Sacrifice$4,293-72%3-8$1,431$27,8992IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
48Jiro Dreams of Sushi$4,25847%62$710$2,541,85822Magnolia Pictures
49Nobody Else But You$3,733973%21$1,867$28,85013First Run Features
50The Deep Blue Sea (2011)$3,138-38%20$1,569$1,123,56120Music Box Films
51Dreams of A Life$3,085--1--$3,085$3,0851Strand Releasing
52Marley$2,929-4%41$732$1,408,10216Magnolia Pictures
53Planet of Snail$2,1276%10$2,127$6,5852Cinema Guild
54Oslo, August 31st$1,98418%2-1$992$71,43711Strand Releasing
55Bonsai$1,905291%32$635$20,04013Strand Releasing
56Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film$1,350--1--$1,350$1,3501Kino Lorber
57The Invisible War$1,154477%32$385$50,8537Cinedigm
58Union Square (2012)$1,000-70%2-1$500$34,7034Dada Films
59Turn Me On, Dammit!$90017%20$450$119,82219New Yorker Films
605 Broken Cameras$89223%21$446$63,10010Kino Lorber
61Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$890-35%2-1$445$67,4758Music Box Films
62Gerhard Richter Painting$863--1--$863$238,35421Kino Lorber
63Lost Bohemia$751--2--$376$20,51864Impact Partners
64Whores' Glory$603--1--$603$30,61515Kino Lorber
65Crazy Wisdom$579-75%1-1$579$86,20237Alive Mind Cinema
66OC87$53012%10$530$38,21311Fisher Klingenstein Films
67Sushi: The Global Catch$516--1--$516$5161Alive Mind Cinema
68The Color Wheel$310-4%10$310$17,00212Cinema Conservancy
69Pink Ribbons, Inc.$299-86%1-2$299$24,78410First Run Features
70Damsels in Distress$268-98%2-15$134$1,006,11318Sony Pictures Classics
71How To Grow A Band$120--1--$120$13,70317International Film Circuit
72FOLLOW ME: The Yoni Netanyahu Story$45-97%1-1$45$112,67914International Film Circuit