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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, Jul. 5 - Sun, Jul. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$83,517,315--3,997--$20,895$143,074,9601Universal
2The Lone Ranger$29,210,849--3,904--$7,482$48,715,0101Disney
3The Heat$24,763,907-37%3,1843$7,778$86,259,1952Fox
4Monsters University$19,716,347-57%3,739-265$5,273$216,253,9793Disney
5World War Z$18,408,963-38%3,316-291$5,552$158,989,6383Paramount
6White House Down$13,478,486-46%3,2220$4,183$50,485,2492Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$11,414,297-45%2,905-1226$3,929$271,188,4504Warner Bros.
8This Is The End$5,870,167-33%2,104-606$2,790$85,674,3204Sony / Columbia
9Now You See Me$2,853,191-49%1,606-958$1,777$110,498,6036Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$10,030,463--876--$11,450$17,391,1671Lionsgate / Summit
2Star Trek Into Darkness$1,310,448-38%565-470$2,319$223,065,0118Paramount
3Fast & Furious 6$1,073,565-56%617-933$1,740$235,488,6757Universal
4Epic$511,334-38%428-346$1,195$104,042,6677Fox
5Iron Man 3$481,668-65%294-246$1,638$406,410,98710Disney
6Before Midnight$478,870-25%214-76$2,238$6,576,8947Sony Pictures Classics
7The Internship$459,735-68%379-629$1,213$42,762,5385Fox
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$446,487-22%170-52$2,626$3,054,1465Roadside Attractions
9After Earth$382,27818%270-61$1,416$58,886,9826Sony / Columbia
10The Hangover Part III$350,6981%33861$1,038$111,254,2437Warner Bros.
11The Croods$342,343-27%269-38$1,273$185,125,18916Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Purge$322,555-74%256-866$1,260$63,552,9655Universal
13The Bling Ring$322,406-61%159-471$2,028$5,119,5834A24
14Lootera$314,958--100--$3,150$375,4421Eros International
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$284,286-27%185-70$1,537$142,907,9049Warner Bros.
16The East$164,483-36%102-83$1,613$1,965,3056Fox Searchlight
17Mud$162,653-21%111-57$1,465$20,861,65311Roadside Attractions
1842 (2013)$119,474-36%182-70$656$94,811,13313Warner Bros.
19Pain and Gain$117,078986%170144$689$49,519,36711Paramount
20Olympus Has Fallen$61,105-40%110-55$556$98,895,41716FilmDistrict
21Raanjhanaa$46,327-76%1020$454$875,0513Eros International
22Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$19,674-64%1610$122$3,807,4886Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$552,788--19--$29,094$552,7881Fox Searchlight
220 Feet from Stardom$483,959108%8945$5,438$1,075,5294RADiUS-TWC
3Unfinished Song$243,728164%7051$3,482$438,9483Weinstein Company
4The Attack$195,37243%5317$3,686$473,1273Cohen Media Group
5Fill the Void$161,556-12%59-2$2,738$1,205,0427Sony Pictures Classics
6I'm So Excited$141,65246%1611$8,853$304,1272Sony Pictures Classics
7Frances Ha$111,673-3%70-20$1,595$3,644,9338IFC Films
8The Kings of Summer$96,24314%513$1,887$1,084,1796CBS Films
9Hubble 3D$88,52020%9-6$9,836$39,265,749173Warner Bros. / IMAX
10A Hijacking$61,50336%205$3,075$200,8363Magnolia Pictures
11Love Is All You Need$44,467-13%31-11$1,434$1,451,19110Sony Pictures Classics
12Hannah Arendt$40,91287%145$2,922$290,3046Zeitgeist Films
13Oz: The Great and Powerful$35,769-65%96-91$373$234,868,54818Disney
14Stuck in Love$34,967--21--$1,665$34,9671Millennium Entertainment
15Stories We Tell$34,83224%274$1,290$1,440,3039Roadside Attractions
16G.I. Joe: Retaliation$34,192-52%63-55$543$122,476,27815Paramount
17Space Station 3D$33,38498%2-1$16,692$88,237,419586IMAX
18Museum Hours$31,282--3--$10,427$83,7252Cinema Guild
19Under the Sea 3D$28,69333%6-2$4,782$33,190,799230Warner Bros. / IMAX
20To the Arctic 3D$25,353-35%16-36$1,585$13,143,07264Warner Bros. / IMAX
21Kon-Tiki$24,636-12%24-10$1,027$1,406,29211Weinstein Company
22A Band Called Death$19,453-44%14-1$1,390$71,8962Drafthouse Films
23Born to Be Wild 3D$18,868-8%13-17$1,451$22,673,573118Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Scary Movie 5$17,732-80%43-79$412$31,868,31413Weinstein / Dimension
25What Maisie Knew$15,166-16%12-6$1,264$1,023,57310Millenium Entertainment
26Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$15,096--2--$7,548$20,8511Magnolia Pictures
27Copperhead$14,640-74%15-44$976$109,4742Brainstorm Media
28Ghanchakkar$14,627-90%30-59$488$203,0442UTV Motion Pictures
29The Sapphires$13,943-7%15-3$930$2,422,57516Weinstein Company
30Byzantium$12,601-24%60$2,100$43,5102IFC Films
31Dirty Wars$12,004-73%13-18$923$313,1265IFC Films
32Deep Sea 3D$11,105167%42$2,776$45,657,055384Warner Bros. / IMAX
33Renoir$10,355-64%11-9$941$2,176,90715IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
34Escape From Planet Earth$9,221-70%62-39$149$56,885,48521Weinstein Company
35The Company You Keep$8,968-50%13-28$690$5,097,38914Sony Pictures Classics
36Storm Surfers 3D$8,262--2--$4,131$46,73411XLrator Media
37Augustine$7,836231%95$871$73,0188Music Box Films
38SOMM$6,982-60%6-3$1,164$170,5613IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
39Maniac$5,8191%100$582$20,5513IFC Midnight
40The Iceman$5,80550%61$968$1,939,44110Millennium Entertainment
41The Look of Love$5,105--3--$1,702$5,1051IFC Films
42At Any Price$4,1908%72$599$366,24511Sony Pictures Classics
43Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$4,136-9%1-1$4,136$124,51912Kino Lorber
44Redemption (2013)$3,809-81%4-15$952$34,9562Roadside Attractions
45More Than Honey$2,745--2--$1,373$20,8644Kino Lorber
4656 Up$2,363--1--$2,363$699,06327First Run Features
47Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$2,108-52%2-4$1,054$501,62510eOne Films US
48Berberian Sound Studio$2,053-12%5-5$411$28,6024IFC Midnight
49Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$1,982-82%5-4$396$94,75212Kino Lorber
50A Girl and a Gun$1,731--9--$192$2,2621First Run Features
51You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$1,669--2--$835$13,2805Kino Lorber
52Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,594-66%3-4$531$356,21319International Film Circuit
53The Wall$1,43270%10$1,432$19,1436Music Box Films
54Shadow Dancer$1,069-75%2-2$535$91,0436Magnolia Pictures
55Searching For Sugar Man$84189%10$841$3,689,69550Sony Pictures Classics
56To the Wonder$579-38%1-3$579$586,29313Magnolia Pictures
57Free the Mind$518-84%2-1$259$77,08810International Film Circuit
58100 Bloody Acres$499-85%3-10$166$5,5032Doppelgänger Releasing
59Lost and Found in Armenia$492-93%20$246$120,4805High Top Releasing
60√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$490-57%1-2$490$12,7935Magnolia Pictures
61Not Today$478-96%2-3$239$312,94113Freestyle Releasing
62Made in Cleveland$405-62%1-2$405$10,6813Striped Entertainment
63No Place on Earth$302-61%20$151$191,06314Magnolia Pictures
64Hammer of the Gods$164--2--$82$1641Magnolia / Magnet
65Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story$83--1--$83$14,4904First Run Features