'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, Sep. 13 - Sun, Sep. 15

Wide (1000+)

1Insidious: Chapter 2$40,272,103--3,049--$13,208$40,272,1031FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$14,034,764--3,091--$4,541$14,034,7641Relativity Media
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$5,544,621-34%3,239-91$1,712$100,003,7395Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$5,404,385-30%3,238-207$1,669$131,591,4816Warner Bros. / New Line
7One Direction: This Is Us$2,470,182-39%2,300-435$1,074$26,957,3843Sony / TriStar
8Elysium$2,106,459-33%1,720-521$1,225$88,444,0746Sony / TriStar
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,883,148-22%1,638-407$1,150$62,093,5876Fox
10The World's End$1,308,241-43%1,243-277$1,052$23,972,8574Focus
11Despicable Me 2$1,282,655-12%1,006-44$1,275$359,113,97511Universal
12The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,128,079-49%1,576-943$716$29,642,6854Sony / Screen Gems
13This Is The End$792,857-58%1,333-828$595$100,434,25914Sony / Columbia
14Getaway$688,132-69%1,378-757$499$9,984,9453Warner Bros.
15You're Next$561,848-65%1,110-792$506$17,938,7684Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

1Instructions Not Included$4,862,712-40%933216$5,212$27,193,4103Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Blue Jasmine$1,614,970-31%993-76$1,626$27,701,5248Sony Pictures Classics
32 Guns$871,680-38%908-257$960$73,450,0807Universal
4The Spectacular Now$704,9503%770355$916$5,737,7207A24
5The Smurfs 2$631,049-30%693-256$911$68,949,8427Sony / Columbia
6The Conjuring$599,296-17%676-40$887$136,002,8409Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Wolverine$565,194-24%540-158$1,047$130,226,0588Fox
8The Grandmaster$482,613-53%705-99$685$5,840,1134Weinstein Company
9Turbo$430,5970%353-5$1,220$81,131,1239Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Monsters University$363,260-20%382-214$951$265,455,31413Disney
11Austenland$328,18595%274216$1,198$1,135,6215Sony Pictures Classics
12World War Z$316,843-28%280-94$1,132$201,835,67613Paramount
13Grown Ups 2$293,268-22%294-61$998$131,017,50310Sony / Columbia
14The Way, Way Back$290,246-37%421-129$689$20,850,38311Fox Searchlight
15In a World...$288,6863%14442$2,005$2,059,6366Roadside Attractions
16The Heat$283,131-22%336-14$843$158,298,26312Fox
17Kick-Ass 2$250,480-61%343-319$730$28,556,8805Universal
18The Ultimate Life$241,597-63%4120$586$1,071,0602High Top Releasing
19Pacific Rim$227,525-34%254-53$896$101,197,79410Warner Bros.
20Closed Circuit$216,546-77%413-457$524$5,595,2463Focus
21Jobs$193,026-53%239-263$808$15,883,0525Open Road
22The Lone Ranger$130,944-32%196-35$668$89,008,02711Disney
23Red 2$128,906-21%209-41$617$52,627,0709Lionsgate / Summit
25Now You See Me$126,719-35%171-34$741$117,575,14316Lionsgate / Summit
26Fruitvale Station$75,709-30%137-51$553$15,881,01710Weinstein Company
27White House Down$68,425-41%117-51$585$73,103,78412Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

1Grand Masti$223,222--64--$3,488$223,2221Eros International
2Short Term 12$155,21066%6337$2,464$511,6344Cinedigm
3The Investigator$93,690--11--$8,517$93,6901Gabriel's Messenger Films
4Adore$63,872-47%52-5$1,228$247,7392Exclusive Media
5Man of Steel$61,017-49%91-110$671$291,021,56514Warner Bros.
6Drinking Buddies$54,13629%2911$1,867$218,3994Magnolia Pictures
7Salinger$43,956-49%40$10,989$157,6732Weinstein Company
8Wadjda$41,253--3--$13,751$116,9201Sony Pictures Classics
9Populaire$38,126143%1512$2,542$61,3532Weinstein Company
10Paranoia$37,106-36%71-107$523$7,254,8815Relativity Media
11Afternoon Delight$33,810-40%3914$867$152,4633The Film Arcade
12Blackfish$32,802-23%44-16$746$1,989,5449Magnolia Pictures
13Chennai Express$30,148-54%30-23$1,005$5,266,3226UTV Motion Pictures
14Ain't Them Bodies Saints$30,019-23%39-5$770$338,7135IFC Films
15Hubble 3D$29,8272%130$2,294$40,676,166183Warner Bros. / IMAX
16The Attack$28,388-20%14-2$2,028$1,668,07213Cohen Media Group
17Still Mine$24,59318%233$1,069$1,078,46610IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
18Satyagraha$23,851-77%35-44$681$724,0883UTV Motion Pictures
19The Act of Killing$22,468359%196$1,183$419,9399Drafthouse Films
20Museum Hours$20,51972%185$1,140$421,22512Cinema Guild
22You Will Be My Son$14,68398%62$2,447$117,4565Cohen Media Group
23Good Ol' Freda$14,627115%76$2,090$22,9572Magnolia Pictures
24Mademoiselle C$14,284--6--$2,381$17,1471Cohen Media Group
25Blue Caprice$13,400--1--$13,400$13,4001IFC Films
26Space Station 3D$13,3212%30$4,440$88,986,219596IMAX
27Snake and Mongoose$12,785--6--$2,131$108,3336Rocky Mountain Pictures
28The Croods$11,900-17%20-6$595$187,165,54626Fox / DreamWorks Animation
29Le Joli Mai (2013 re-issue)$10,662--3--$3,554$10,6621Icarus Films
30Before Midnight$10,6162%215$506$8,084,23217Sony Pictures Classics
31Jayne Mansfield's Car$9,320--11--$847$9,3201Anchor Bay Films
32Touchy Feely$8,866157%53$1,773$19,6912Magnolia Pictures
33The Patience Stone$8,632-2%7-4$1,233$90,2945Sony Pictures Classics
34Renoir$8,036--3--$2,679$2,282,61825IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
35Unfinished Song$7,868-30%17-4$463$1,661,70713Weinstein Company
36And While We Were Here$7,750--19--$408$7,7501Well Go USA
37Deep Sea 3D$7,4072%80$926$45,872,164394Warner Bros. / IMAX
38Contempt (2013 re-issue)$7,397-11%10$7,397$20,6812Rialto Pictures
39To the Arctic 3D$7,266-7%121$606$13,523,15974Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Hannah Arendt$6,853-31%5-3$1,371$662,37716Zeitgeist Films
41I'm So Excited$6,458-23%91$718$1,351,39912Sony Pictures Classics
42Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$6,409-12%14-5$458$4,291,09415Roadside Attractions
43Prince Avalanche$6,377-22%12-2$531$175,0866Magnolia Pictures
44The Hunt$6,248-44%10-1$625$596,84910Magnolia Pictures
45Herb & Dorothy 50x50$6,157--1--$6,157$6,1571Fine Line Media
46Passion$6,092-62%12-1$508$85,7263eOne Films US
47Born to Be Wild 3D$5,483-25%9-1$609$22,960,384128Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Under the Sea 3D$5,406-25%8-2$676$33,599,080240Warner Bros. / IMAX
49Una Noche$5,303-50%5-1$1,061$77,1114IFC Films
50Rising From Ashes$4,654351%53$931$26,6007First Run Features
51I Give It a Year$3,5096%51$702$32,5146Magnolia Pictures
52Savannah$3,1096%61$518$34,2314Ketchup Entertainment
53Informant$2,947--2--$1,474$2,9471Music Box Films
54Plush$2,843--10--$284$2,8431IM Global / Blumhouse
55The Last Time I Saw Macao$2,838--1--$2,838$2,8381Cinema Guild
56The Wall$2,786--2--$1,393$37,22916Music Box Films
57Red Obsession$2,593-49%31$864$9,9392Area23a / FilmBuff
58Our Nixon$2,548-1%42$637$15,7313Cinedigm
59Il Futuro$2,510-3%32$837$7,0562Strand Releasing
60Love Is All You Need$2,430-62%5-1$486$1,627,87420Sony Pictures Classics
61When Comedy Went to School$2,411-76%4-5$603$153,2417International Film Circuit
62Out of the Clear Blue Sky$2,231-5%10$2,231$16,0502Area23a
63More Than Honey$2,100242%20$1,050$71,49714Kino Lorber
64A Hijacking$1,869-6%30$623$409,24813Magnolia Pictures
65Viola$1,690--1--$1,690$17,16110Cinema Guild
66A Band Called Death$1,5692314%21$785$125,85612Drafthouse Films
67Fire in the Blood$1,538-68%32$513$7,9432International Film Circuit
68La Maison de la Radio$1,291-8%10$1,291$4,6592Kino Lorber
69The Trials of Muhammad Ali$1,078693%10$1,078$10,1944Kino Lorber
70Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$1,063--1--$1,063$149,94022Kino Lorber
71Europa Report$1,002-71%4-2$251$120,7837Magnolia / Magnet
72Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me$954109%30$318$103,43811Magnolia Pictures
73Computer Chess$812175%21$406$94,1169Kino Lorber
74Augustine$742--3--$247$107,11418Music Box Films
75Leviathan (2013)$413-58%1-1$413$74,53229Cinema Guild
76Stories We Tell$296-94%4-5$74$1,595,84119Roadside Attractions
77Approaching Midnight$252177%10$252$2,1203Monterey Media
78I Declare War$226-65%1-2$226$14,3883Drafthouse Films
79Underdogs (2013)$190-62%10$190$35,2075Freestyle Releasing
80√Čvocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie$175-74%2-3$88$20,97615Magnolia Pictures
81Fill the Void$136-95%2-4$68$1,768,31517Sony Pictures Classics
82You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$94-74%21$47$17,68515Kino Lorber