'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, Jun. 7 - Sun, Jun. 9

Wide (1000+)

1The Purge$34,058,360--2,536--$13,430$34,058,3601Universal
2Fast & Furious 6$19,626,885-44%3,77185$5,205$202,812,5803Universal
3Now You See Me$19,040,890-35%3,02095$6,305$60,914,9142Lionsgate / Summit
4The Internship$17,325,307--3,366--$5,147$17,325,3071Fox
6Star Trek Into Darkness$11,425,755-32%3,152-433$3,625$199,866,1944Paramount
7After Earth$10,712,240-61%3,4010$3,150$46,103,8092Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$7,343,414-55%3,242-323$2,265$102,337,3703Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$5,753,661-32%2,351-544$2,447$394,283,3266Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$4,222,409-35%2,160-475$1,955$136,167,5275Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Mud$1,162,258-5%5801$2,004$18,589,7537Roadside Attractions
2Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$803,206-49%1610$4,989$2,855,6312Eros International
3The Croods$724,9699%414-92$1,751$181,649,00712Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Frances Ha$545,7153%233101$2,342$2,333,2814IFC Films
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$374,964-11%322-8$1,164$233,671,83214Disney
642 (2013)$364,175-29%370-131$984$92,924,9549Warner Bros.
7Oblivion (2013)$247,475-37%298-59$830$88,473,9258Universal
8Love Is All You Need$208,63424%10130$2,066$984,8376Sony Pictures Classics
9Olympus Has Fallen$196,851118%23687$834$98,110,71212FilmDistrict
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$181,092-35%236-50$767$121,900,11911Paramount
11What Maisie Knew$152,217-20%12221$1,248$774,3036Millenium Entertainment
12Escape From Planet Earth$107,144-45%182-86$589$56,548,35517Weinstein Company
13Pain and Gain$100,101-38%175-32$572$49,215,8397Paramount
14Evil Dead$94,073658%171131$550$54,239,85610Sony / TriStar
15The Place Beyond the Pines$72,647-14%13431$542$21,255,48111Focus
16Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$60,026-11%1309$462$9,123,8345Lionsgate
17Quartet$34,373241%11497$302$18,302,12922Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Before Midnight$526,41930%5221$10,123$1,460,1033Sony Pictures Classics
2The East$228,561197%4137$5,575$336,0022Fox Searchlight
3The Kings of Summer$212,873261%4440$4,838$294,4812CBS Films
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$171,942--5--$34,388$171,9431Roadside Attractions
5Stories We Tell$142,25724%7031$2,032$1,091,6605Roadside Attractions
6Kon-Tiki$113,057-20%751$1,507$1,076,5407Weinstein Company
7Fill the Void$78,30358%137$6,023$260,0143Sony Pictures Classics
8The Call$68,402-40%91-47$752$51,872,37813Sony / TriStar
9The Iceman$67,013-46%67-56$1,000$1,852,0746Millennium Entertainment
10Renoir$64,061-34%57-8$1,124$2,003,71111IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
11Dirty Wars$63,504--4--$15,876$63,5041IFC Films
12Hubble 3D$55,37912%212$2,637$38,640,762169Warner Bros. / IMAX
13The Big Wedding$50,538-32%92-34$549$21,373,9537Lionsgate
14Lost and Found in Armenia$49,829--9--$5,537$49,8291High Top Releasing
15The Company You Keep$43,743-33%51-22$858$4,953,24910Sony Pictures Classics
16The Sapphires$40,027-29%55-3$728$2,276,23712Weinstein Company
17Hannah Arendt$36,45617%54$7,291$104,0822Zeitgeist Films
18We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$36,24118%2514$1,450$128,6913Focus World
19To the Arctic 3D$35,5055%520$683$12,754,47360Warner Bros. / IMAX
20Jack the Giant Slayer$27,016-62%58-85$466$65,171,86015Warner Bros. / New Line
21Wish You Were Here (2013)$25,937--11--$2,358$25,9371eOne Films US
22Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$25,148-43%29-9$867$441,7766eOne Films US
23Not Today$22,707-48%191$1,195$278,5049Freestyle Releasing
24Under the Sea 3D$16,66525%11-2$1,515$33,035,146226Warner Bros. / IMAX
25Space Station 3D$14,447-12%4-1$3,612$88,020,512582IMAX
26Scary Movie 5$14,245-19%510$279$31,433,8519Weinstein / Dimension
27Born to Be Wild 3D$12,958-10%300$432$22,760,241114Warner Bros. / IMAX
28Shadow Dancer$12,46717%64$2,078$27,2732Magnolia Pictures
29Life of Pi$11,252-49%258$450$124,929,34629Fox
30The Reluctant Fundamentalist$11,230-50%21-8$535$519,5357IFC Films
31Tiger Eyes$10,874--17--$640$10,8741Freestyle Releasing
32Violet & Daisy$9,982--17--$587$9,9821Cinedigm
33Deep Sea 3D$8,03155%62$1,339$45,590,232380Warner Bros. / IMAX
34At Any Price$7,614-67%18-27$423$345,3177Sony Pictures Classics
35Lore$7,303-46%3-1$2,434$952,65618Music Box Films
36Free the Mind$7,217112%4-1$1,804$64,1066International Film Circuit
37Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$6,252-33%72$893$106,7698Kino Lorber
38The English Teacher$6,0797%3-2$2,026$41,8354Cinedigm
39Hello Herman$5,985--15--$399$5,9851Freestyle Releasing
40The Prey$5,889--5--$1,178$5,8891Cohen Media Group
41You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$5,343--2--$2,672$5,3431Kino Lorber
42No (2013)$5,098-56%14-3$364$2,338,43017Sony Pictures Classics
43From Up on Poppy Hill$4,931-53%10-2$493$993,51013GKIDS
44No Place on Earth$4,876-52%4-1$1,219$172,62810Magnolia Pictures
45Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$4,793-14%4-4$1,198$58,8708Kino Lorber
46Post Tenebras Lux$4,643818%64$774$27,3826Strand Releasing
47To the Wonder$4,622-20%12-1$385$566,0479Magnolia Pictures
48Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,270-37%63$712$337,29615International Film Circuit
49√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$3,936--5--$787$3,9361Magnolia Pictures
50An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$3,920260%31$1,307$41,6527Variance Films
51In the House$3,304-70%8-5$413$388,0448Cohen Media Group
52Home Run$3,241-11%5-1$648$2,859,9558IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
53Nostalghia (2013 re-issue)$2,690-49%10$2,690$12,4472Kino Lorber
54Searching For Sugar Man$2,384-34%4-2$596$3,682,13746Sony Pictures Classics
55Camp (2013)$2,219--1--$2,219$319,35016Freestyle Releasing
56The History of Future Folk$2,148-63%10$2,148$8,7212Variance / FilmBuff
57The Wall$1,578-28%10$1,578$5,5042Music Box Films
58The Gatekeepers$1,498-52%4-2$375$2,407,46919Sony Pictures Classics
59Emperor$1,334-67%5-1$267$3,345,31914Roadside Attractions
60Augustine$1,332-69%2-2$666$45,6654Music Box Films
61Sound City$1,312--1--$1,312$416,62419Variance Films
62Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan$1,14247%31$381$2,5122Cinema Purgatorio
63Spring Breakers$1,023-91%5-35$205$14,123,77313A24
64Pieta$929-72%2-2$465$20,1994Drafthouse Films
65Venus and Serena$798-78%2-4$399$46,3375Magnolia Pictures
66Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$647--3--$216$32,86410First Run Features
67Dead Man's Burden$541-81%1-2$541$29,2156Cinedigm
68Syrup$301--1--$301$3011Magnolia Pictures
69Paradise: Love$266-52%10$266$22,2577Strand Releasing
70White Elephant$42-40%10$42$8,86311Strand Releasing
71Herman's House$14--1--$14$4,6698First Run Features