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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. 26 - Sun, Jul. 28

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Wolverine$53,113,752--3,924--$13,536$53,113,7521Fox
2The Conjuring$22,208,389-47%3,022119$7,349$83,945,0172Warner Bros. / New Line
3Despicable Me 2$16,424,135-34%3,476-344$4,725$306,812,7204Universal
4Turbo$13,740,247-36%3,8093$3,607$56,183,2452Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Grown Ups 2$11,600,811-42%3,258-233$3,561$101,764,5823Sony / Columbia
6Red 2$9,337,197-48%3,0160$3,096$35,011,5532Lionsgate / Summit
7Pacific Rim$7,703,461-52%2,602-683$2,961$84,189,5653Warner Bros.
8The Heat$6,914,664-26%2,384-305$2,900$141,309,4085Fox
9R.I.P.D.$6,070,525-52%2,850-2$2,130$24,565,5052Universal
10Fruitvale Station$4,590,219521%1,0641030$4,314$6,272,5353Weinstein Company
11Monsters University$2,854,838-44%1,470-716$1,942$255,467,0266Disney
12World War Z$2,800,685-46%1,440-626$1,945$192,660,2316Paramount
13The Lone Ranger$1,684,417-62%1,267-1006$1,329$85,321,4304Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$3,445,81457%886582$3,889$9,077,2554Fox Searchlight
2The To Do List$1,579,402--591--$2,672$1,579,4021CBS Films
3White House Down$913,848-62%676-778$1,352$70,638,6175Sony / Columbia
4Man of Steel$749,233-59%501-549$1,495$286,807,5057Warner Bros.
5Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$728,502-64%498-250$1,463$31,481,4324Lionsgate / Summit
6This Is The End$503,525-57%270-352$1,865$95,617,8107Sony / Columbia
720 Feet from Stardom$370,518-7%14712$2,521$3,002,7697RADiUS-TWC
8Epic$313,403-18%289-30$1,084$106,189,99310Fox
9Fast & Furious 6$311,055-3%267-12$1,165$237,614,90510Universal
10Now You See Me$287,148-34%215-118$1,336$114,980,7399Lionsgate / Summit
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$267,014-20%271-31$985$144,155,41912Warner Bros.
12Star Trek Into Darkness$250,053-35%180-70$1,389$225,602,79611Paramount
13The Internship$201,574-11%197-5$1,023$43,923,1718Fox
14Girl Most Likely$191,352-72%227-124$843$1,216,4662Roadside Attractions
15The Croods$178,981-15%194-18$923$186,383,77719Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16After Earth$167,062-15%167-22$1,000$60,047,4079Sony / Columbia
17The Purge$117,750-9%1571$750$64,265,6208Universal
18Iron Man 3$116,814-24%124-21$942$407,358,76613Disney
19The Hangover Part III$66,942-41%147-55$455$112,017,45410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Jasmine$612,064--6--$102,011$612,0641Sony Pictures Classics
2Blackfish$172,954128%2116$8,236$295,6672Magnolia Pictures
3Bhaag Milkha Bhaag$149,373-54%60-36$2,490$1,445,4053Reliance Entertainment
4I'm So Excited$143,892-6%7626$1,893$900,1655Sony Pictures Classics
5Only God Forgives$117,544-63%813$1,451$576,2392RADiUS-TWC
6Unfinished Song$113,667-27%82-6$1,386$1,266,5996Weinstein Company
7Before Midnight$112,615-34%78-29$1,444$7,598,76710Sony Pictures Classics
8The Attack$106,474-16%44-2$2,420$1,069,5576Cohen Media Group
9The Hunt$105,91887%4031$2,648$259,1103Magnolia Pictures
10Still Mine$94,29223%3415$2,773$666,9873IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
11Hubble 3D$81,698-11%161$5,106$39,774,012176Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Mud$78,081-18%73-4$1,070$21,372,52214Roadside Attractions
13Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$74,602-49%77-18$969$3,996,7468Roadside Attractions
14The Bling Ring$49,872-29%34-4$1,467$5,726,5067A24
15The Act of Killing$41,67152%32$13,890$84,0152Drafthouse Films
16Fill the Void$40,790-51%42-19$971$1,644,66610Sony Pictures Classics
17Bajatey Raho$37,801--44--$859$37,8011Eros International
18Space Station 3D$34,70523%20$17,353$88,633,065589IMAX
19Frances Ha$32,121-36%23-9$1,397$3,931,21811IFC Films
20Crystal Fairy$27,3417%1910$1,439$109,1793IFC Films
21Deep Sea 3D$24,844130%96$2,760$45,727,997387Warner Bros. / IMAX
22Hannah Arendt$24,794-10%15-6$1,653$438,0649Zeitgeist Films
23Under the Sea 3D$22,559-9%90$2,507$33,338,551233Warner Bros. / IMAX
24To the Arctic 3D$22,169-14%14-3$1,584$13,282,62067Warner Bros. / IMAX
25The East$20,473-43%20-11$1,024$2,245,9989Fox Searchlight
26Computer Chess$18,47091%86$2,309$43,0382Kino Lorber
27A Hijacking$17,809-24%19-2$937$354,1246Magnolia Pictures
28Born to Be Wild 3D$17,618-10%183$979$22,783,538121Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Museum Hours$15,588-31%74$2,227$188,1815Cinema Guild
30Pain and Gain$14,870-49%35-35$425$49,768,38714Paramount
31Kon-Tiki$13,72336%145$980$1,487,75614Weinstein Company
32Renoir$13,422--9--$1,491$2,229,53918IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
33The Rooftop$12,503-74%6-11$2,084$74,3732Well Go USA
34Tiny Times$12,294--3--$4,098$12,2941China Lion Film
35Storm Surfers 3D$8,516-48%4-3$2,129$104,74214XLrator Media
36The Servant (2013 re-issue)$7,859--1--$7,859$7,8591Rialto Pictures
37Love Is All You Need$7,626-35%9-9$847$1,557,88813Sony Pictures Classics
38Dirty Wars$6,85310%13-4$527$356,0778IFC Films
39Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$6,841-64%8-1$855$83,8994Magnolia Pictures
40Drug War$5,926--1--$5,926$5,9261Variance Films / Well Go USA
41Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$5,31864%42$1,330$143,78215Kino Lorber
42Stories We Tell$4,714-78%14-8$337$1,538,95812Roadside Attractions
43What Maisie Knew$4,618-2%6-2$770$1,065,00013Millenium Entertainment
44Byzantium$3,282-24%5-6$656$81,8885IFC Films
45Free the Mind$3,063--3--$1,021$88,86213International Film Circuit
46The Iceman$2,976-61%8-6$372$1,967,21913Millennium Entertainment
47Copperhead$2,782-88%2-34$1,391$161,5155Brainstorm Media
48More Than Honey$2,772-50%2-1$1,386$56,6767Kino Lorber
49One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$2,573-53%3-2$858$90,17912Zeitgeist Films
50A Band Called Death$2,25610%62$376$110,2145Drafthouse Films
51No Place on Earth$2,088-15%30$696$197,93817Magnolia Pictures
52Pandora's Promise$2,041-43%21$1,021$65,9197Abramorama
53V/H/S/2$1,942-60%5-6$388$21,3683Magnolia / Magnet
54Shadow Dancer$1,88176%2-1$941$99,1349Magnolia Pictures
55The Look of Love$1,842--6--$307$14,5804IFC Films
56Terms and Conditions May Apply$1,645-57%20$823$15,8343Variance Films
57Stuck in Love$1,557-20%1-2$1,557$72,1584Millennium Entertainment
58At Any Price$1,43145%40$358$379,79114Sony Pictures Classics
59The Company You Keep$1,259-87%6-3$210$5,132,44217Sony Pictures Classics
60Hava Nagila (The Movie)$1,112--2--$556$362,08522International Film Circuit
61Augustine$1,080-74%2-2$540$97,45011Music Box Films
62An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$930-71%1-1$930$65,97514Variance Films
63Viola$924-32%21$462$14,7123Cinema Guild
64The Wall$798-36%10$798$22,4129Music Box Films
65Ain't In It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm$797-45%20$399$104,80415Kino Lorber
66You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$621--2--$311$15,1708Kino Lorber
67Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$504-73%10$504$42,50315Rialto Pictures
68Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$504-73%10$504$23,73521Rialto Pictures
69The Silence$472--2--$236$95,14121Music Box Films
70√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$43458%10$434$14,8108Magnolia Pictures
71Searching For Sugar Man$356-45%21$178$3,692,40253Sony Pictures Classics
72Sound City$270--1--$270$419,36126Variance Films
73The History of Future Folk$176--1--$176$15,9439Variance / FilmBuff