'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. 21 - Sun, Jun. 23

Wide (1000+)

1Monsters University$82,429,469--4,004--$20,587$82,429,4691Disney
2World War Z$66,411,834--3,607--$18,412$66,411,8341Paramount
3Man of Steel$41,287,206-65%4,2070$9,814$210,078,1532Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$13,290,642-36%3,0550$4,350$58,082,1662Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$7,876,002-29%2,823-259$2,790$94,456,9784Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$4,930,685-49%2,417-958$2,040$228,618,1555Universal
7The Purge$3,587,630-57%2,201-390$1,630$59,604,0753Universal
8The Internship$3,400,361-52%1,916-1483$1,775$38,339,8663Fox
9Star Trek Into Darkness$3,166,709-49%1,565-766$2,023$216,777,6256Paramount
11After Earth$940,031-77%1,166-1266$806$57,382,2404Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

1Iron Man 3$2,212,582-25%924-725$2,395$403,157,8048Disney
2The Bling Ring$2,001,903834%650645$3,080$2,343,1442A24
3Before Midnight$901,292-35%441-456$2,044$4,618,9355Sony Pictures Classics
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$752,844366%206183$3,655$1,225,4393Roadside Attractions
5The Hangover Part III$717,304-74%530-1371$1,353$110,013,7725Warner Bros.
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$602,410-64%362-813$1,664$141,600,5137Warner Bros.
7The Croods$503,900-12%324-44$1,555$183,566,52514Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Raanjhanaa$414,211--102--$4,061$414,2111Eros International
9The East$365,10127%19580$1,872$1,208,0424Fox Searchlight
10Mud$311,053-43%213-192$1,460$20,206,3689Roadside Attractions
1142 (2013)$259,133-57%325-119$797$94,205,43911Warner Bros.
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$186,161-24%233-26$799$234,548,59216Disney
13Frances Ha$175,455-40%138-74$1,271$3,214,9416IFC Films
14Oblivion (2013)$136,680-25%201-57$680$89,021,73510Universal
15Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$132,293-57%1610$822$3,637,8064Eros International
16Olympus Has Fallen$126,262-26%177-24$713$98,592,65714FilmDistrict
17G.I. Joe: Retaliation$90,555-18%139-31$651$122,263,05613Paramount
18Scary Movie 5$82,983-4%134-7$619$31,673,66711Weinstein / Dimension
19The Big Wedding$72,704-10%141-24$516$21,613,8719Lionsgate
20Escape From Planet Earth$43,382-29%138-13$314$56,784,24619Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

1Fill the Void$186,725107%4628$4,059$629,8645Sony Pictures Classics
2The Kings of Summer$130,512-16%652$2,008$761,1204CBS Films
3Hubble 3D$64,9045%15-3$4,327$38,933,710171Warner Bros. / IMAX
420 Feet from Stardom$64,46418%63$10,744$149,1912RADiUS-TWC
5Love Is All You Need$63,015-37%44-28$1,432$1,286,8428Sony Pictures Classics
6Kon-Tiki$46,298-40%53-17$874$1,302,2139Weinstein Company
7Dirty Wars$45,409-6%206$2,270$203,7253IFC Films
8Stories We Tell$42,308-49%33-30$1,282$1,331,4537Roadside Attractions
9A Hijacking$39,392--7--$5,627$39,3921Magnolia Pictures
10The Company You Keep$33,3928%65-1$514$5,041,48012Sony Pictures Classics
11What Maisie Knew$32,095-39%33-18$973$958,0618Millenium Entertainment
12The Place Beyond the Pines$29,577-11%53-23$558$21,383,29813Focus
13SOMM$28,050--5--$5,610$107,8341IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
14The Attack$27,379--3--$9,126$27,3791Cohen Media Group
15Unfinished Song$25,728--2--$12,864$25,7281Weinstein Company
16To the Arctic 3D$24,711-17%520$475$12,858,44962Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Pain and Gain$24,323-35%50-20$486$49,333,7449Paramount
18Renoir$19,776-37%23-10$860$2,114,41313IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
19The Sapphires$19,348-14%29-10$667$2,360,23714Weinstein Company
20Hannah Arendt$19,265-28%71$2,752$195,3654Zeitgeist Films
21Born to Be Wild 3D$18,86113%300$629$22,848,311116Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Space Station 3D$17,110-5%73$2,444$88,110,208584IMAX
23Under the Sea 3D$16,40741%100$1,641$33,095,826228Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Quartet$13,02328%294$449$18,381,78724Weinstein Company
25Fukrey$11,585-84%570$203$116,4152Eros International
26Shadow Dancer$8,719-66%10-4$872$78,0944Magnolia Pictures
27Augustine$7,723548%97$858$55,7036Music Box Films
28Lost and Found in Armenia$7,604-8%1-1$7,604$102,9343High Top Releasing
29The Iceman$6,863-60%12-18$572$1,921,1098Millennium Entertainment
30Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$6,366-47%8-6$796$490,3108eOne Films US
31Berberian Sound Studio$6,004-9%116$546$17,5622IFC Midnight
32Deep Sea 3D$5,927-26%63$988$45,621,858382Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Maniac$5,571--1--$5,571$5,5711IFC Midnight
34Hava Nagila (The Movie)$4,97916%7-1$711$346,97917International Film Circuit
35Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$4,570--17--$269$6,1941High Top Releasing
36The English Teacher$4,53816%1-1$4,538$55,5726Cinedigm
37An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$4,26133%31$1,420$51,7219Variance Films
38More Than Honey$4,206-20%10$4,206$14,8522Kino Lorber
39Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$3,673-1%43$918$9,7112First Run Features
40Pandora's Promise$3,594-84%5-11$719$38,1812Abramorama
41Girl Rising$3,500--16--$219$1,420,92716Gathr Films
42Made in Cleveland$3,411--5--$682$7,0111Striped Entertainment
43Life of Pi$3,385-73%16-9$212$124,969,15031Fox
44Not Today$3,229-57%3-4$1,076$296,89911Freestyle Releasing
45No Place on Earth$3,13111%30$1,044$187,56712Magnolia Pictures
46√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$2,655266%41$664$9,5943Magnolia Pictures
48One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$2,406-45%2-1$1,203$57,5307Zeitgeist Films
49At Any Price$2,1984%50$440$356,5309Sony Pictures Classics
50To the Wonder$2,176-55%50$435$579,37511Magnolia Pictures
51Wish You Were Here (2013)$2,008-61%3-3$669$45,2673eOne Films US
52So Young$2,003-62%2-1$1,002$9,9902China Lion Film
53Lore$1,910-61%1-1$1,910$966,35820Music Box Films
54In the Fog$1,807-22%21$904$5,4432Strand Releasing
55Call Me Kuchu$1,692-51%10$1,692$7,3312Cinedigm
56Venus and Serena$1,6381%2-1$819$51,0007Magnolia Pictures
57Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,422-63%4-4$356$75,06510Kino Lorber
58Storm Surfers 3D$1,102-86%1-1$1,102$37,4629XLrator Media
59Post Tenebras Lux$1,01052%31$337$36,9968Strand Releasing
60Tiger Eyes$942-80%0-6--$25,1633Freestyle Releasing
61The Wall$932-76%2-2$466$15,0444Music Box Films
62Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$852-12%2-2$426$112,81910Kino Lorber
63The Silence$749-2%1-1$749$92,49216Music Box Films
64Searching For Sugar Man$684-52%2-2$342$3,687,51148Sony Pictures Classics
65Paradise: Love$643-29%10$643$23,8089Strand Releasing
66Free the Mind$480-27%2-1$240$70,7338International Film Circuit
67Camp (2013)$292-93%1-1$292$324,97618Freestyle Releasing
68The History of Future Folk$259-83%1-1$259$12,3234Variance / FilmBuff
69Pieta$170-23%10$170$21,9326Drafthouse Films