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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, May. 24 - Sun, May. 26

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$97,375,245--3,658--$26,620$97,375,2451Universal
2The Hangover Part III$41,671,198--3,555--$11,722$53,460,6611Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$37,291,016-47%3,90739$9,545$146,117,5822Paramount
4Epic$33,531,068--3,882--$8,638$33,531,0681Fox
5Iron Man 3$19,324,592-46%3,424-813$5,644$367,407,1164Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,543,283-43%3,090-460$4,383$114,270,1743Warner Bros.
7The Croods$1,219,930-60%1,008-1365$1,210$179,243,21810Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$642,829-80%1,003-1426$641$48,556,7015Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$1,947,683-13%712-248$2,736$14,555,3195Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$1,258,667-55%915-1465$1,376$91,063,1177Warner Bros.
3Oblivion (2013)$869,990-63%572-1505$1,521$87,335,1556Universal
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$651,513-25%401-134$1,625$232,214,56412Disney
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$440,068-24%346-63$1,272$121,088,0939Paramount
6The Iceman$367,555-21%25893$1,425$1,352,3384Millennium Entertainment
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$312,263-86%485-1556$644$8,788,6283Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$254,4234%346-347$735$55,957,76415Weinstein Company
9The Big Wedding$228,154-81%265-1178$861$21,084,6305Lionsgate
10Identity Thief$207,570-3%187-54$1,110$134,257,03516Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$161,264-62%209-257$772$97,679,51010FilmDistrict
12The Place Beyond the Pines$160,957-48%128-189$1,257$20,955,7849Focus
13The Call$155,008-28%166-63$934$51,556,92911Sony / TriStar
14Jack the Giant Slayer$107,293-54%185-65$580$64,968,99413Warner Bros. / New Line
15Scary Movie 5$66,987-84%171-337$392$31,369,8987Weinstein / Dimension
16Tyler Perry's Temptation$59,624-32%131-19$455$51,935,9169Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frances Ha$549,775300%6056$9,163$754,4762IFC Films
2Before Midnight$246,914--5--$49,383$246,9141Sony Pictures Classics
3Love Is All You Need$217,334215%6341$3,450$422,3054Sony Pictures Classics
4Kon-Tiki$163,6394%643$2,557$664,1365Weinstein Company
5Renoir$147,42828%75-5$1,966$1,695,6829IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
6What Maisie Knew$141,778343%2723$5,251$259,6574Millenium Entertainment
7The Company You Keep$134,645-40%96-127$1,403$4,750,1488Sony Pictures Classics
8Stories We Tell$128,458-2%263$4,941$722,8543Roadside Attractions
9Hubble 3D$76,40925%18-1$4,245$38,378,884167Warner Bros. / IMAX
10At Any Price$71,981152%8143$889$262,3325Sony Pictures Classics
11The Sapphires$69,083-30%61-41$1,133$2,108,78710Weinstein Company
12Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$68,01060%3713$1,838$291,8424eOne Films US
13The Reluctant Fundamentalist$61,160-9%51-7$1,199$440,8635IFC Films
14Fill the Void$59,164--3--$19,721$59,1641Sony Pictures Classics
15To the Arctic 3D$50,8941%520$979$12,621,59658Warner Bros. / IMAX
16Ginger & Rosa$46,02414%4517$1,023$967,58411A24
17Filly Brown$43,57980%29-10$1,503$2,818,0206Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Snitch (2013)$35,402-68%93-60$381$42,908,31514Lionsgate / Summit
19We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$27,689--4--$6,922$27,6891Focus World
20Quartet$25,04116%30-12$835$18,234,98320Weinstein Company
21Spring Breakers$24,784150%7059$354$14,081,27111A24
22In the House$23,860-56%21-15$1,136$354,2446Cohen Media Group
23The Angels' Share$23,83744%23-2$1,036$282,0097IFC Films
24Born to Be Wild 3D$23,11845%300$771$22,690,779112Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Rangeelay$22,882-69%200$1,144$139,0742Eros International
26The Host (2013)$22,092-80%59-172$374$26,609,4489Open Road
27Evil Dead$21,268-87%58-150$367$54,111,6328Sony / TriStar
28Space Station 3D$18,825-4%121$1,569$87,912,172580IMAX
29From Up on Poppy Hill$18,150-6%24-7$756$959,47711GKIDS
30Silver Linings Playbook$17,734-62%35-96$507$132,071,15028Weinstein Company
31The English Teacher$14,208137%75$2,030$22,5992Cinedigm
32No (2013)$13,867-19%23-15$603$2,306,13415Sony Pictures Classics
33Under the Sea 3D$12,140-3%13-2$934$32,975,070224Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Admission$11,835-75%26-103$455$17,992,01210Focus
35Dead Man's Burden$11,1473881%32$3,716$22,0694Cinedigm
36Augustine$10,394-24%4-1$2,599$31,3382Music Box Films
37Life of Pi$10,156-66%26-25$391$124,885,43527Fox
38A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$9,997--1--$9,997$9,9971Rialto Pictures
39Not Today$9,802-32%5-1$1,960$194,8827Freestyle Releasing
40The Painting (2013)$8,179363%65$1,363$15,1433GKIDS
41Go Goa Gone$8,173-85%920$89$295,4143Eros International
42Venus and Serena$7,883-9%81$985$35,6143Magnolia Pictures
43Deep Sea 3D$7,87811%51$1,576$45,564,301378Warner Bros. / IMAX
44To the Wonder$7,045-39%16-10$440$547,4037Magnolia Pictures
45Lore$6,819-53%6-7$1,137$919,04316Music Box Films
46Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$6,724-31%32$2,241$75,2586Kino Lorber
47Emperor$6,55644%81$820$3,333,70212Roadside Attractions
48Free the Mind$6,480-7%6-3$1,080$46,2044International Film Circuit
49Leviathan (2013)$6,349--3--$2,116$65,04013Cinema Guild
50Safe Haven$6,034-78%36-54$168$71,345,16115Relativity Media
51Something in the Air$5,923-29%101$592$64,9804IFC Films
52Home Run$5,442-88%10-76$544$2,843,2246IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53A Green Story$5,416--4--$1,354$6,8111Indican Pictures
54Trance$5,310-59%11-12$483$2,309,4298Fox Searchlight
55An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$5,097--4--$1,274$33,9315Variance Films
56Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$4,505134%84$563$39,4516Kino Lorber
57One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$4,334362%31$1,445$24,3423Zeitgeist Films
58The Gatekeepers$3,712-49%10-28$371$2,400,83017Sony Pictures Classics
59Searching For Sugar Man$3,6212%60$604$3,672,70744Sony Pictures Classics
60A Wedding Invitation$3,183--2--$1,592$3,1831CJ Entertainment
61The Silence$2,46327%42$616$89,17612Music Box Films
62Pieta$2,352-62%5-7$470$12,9942Drafthouse Films
63Sightseers$2,321-71%2-3$1,161$25,8193IFC Films
64Girl Rising$2,130526%6326$34$1,287,66512Gathr Films
65No Place on Earth$1,880-18%3-4$627$149,6988Magnolia Pictures
66Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,722-75%3-6$574$321,13913International Film Circuit
67King's Faith$1,436-68%2-7$718$74,1675Waking Giants Entertainment
68Arthur Newman$1,428-14%3-1$476$207,1465Cinedigm
69The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$1,405--1--$1,405$8,26425Indican Pictures
70Sound City$1,393--2--$697$414,93317Variance Films
71Shootout at Wadala$1,192-87%890$13$369,3104Eros International
72Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$1,163244%1-1$1,163$31,2668First Run Features
73Post Tenebras Lux$1,022--1--$1,022$21,4324Strand Releasing
74Paradise: Love$549--3--$183$20,7005Strand Releasing
75Kiss of the Damned$458-51%2-3$229$12,9834Magnolia / Magnet
76Tai Chi Hero$276-77%1-1$276$30,8305Well Go USA
77The Ghastly Love of Johnny X$250-72%1-1$250$2,43631Strand Releasing
7856 Up$200-58%10$200$695,57121First Run Features