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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, Sep. 27 - Sun, Sep. 29

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$34,017,930--4,001--$8,502$34,017,9301Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$10,865,262-48%3,29030$3,303$38,549,1942Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$10,014,9205247%2,2972292$4,360$10,275,8292Universal
4Baggage Claim$9,031,102--2,027--$4,455$9,031,1021Fox Searchlight
5Don Jon$8,677,009--2,422--$3,583$8,677,0091Relativity Media
6Insidious: Chapter 2$6,552,114-53%3,120-35$2,100$69,349,5093FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$3,732,432-47%2,894-197$1,290$31,754,6023Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$2,807,479-38%2,405-598$1,167$142,360,9318Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,401,793-43%2,062-869$1,165$110,265,8627Weinstein Company
10Battle of the Year$2,023,792-56%2,0080$1,008$7,492,0842Sony / Screen Gems
11Riddick$1,607,145-56%1,826-1196$880$40,056,7104Universal
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$801,522-55%1,007-466$796$65,380,2738Fox
13Planes$759,290-72%1,426-1020$532$87,681,4498Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$3,465,408-36%948-30$3,655$38,652,8965Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$2,098,902802%227223$9,246$2,466,3812Fox Searchlight
3Metallica Through The Never$1,576,561--305--$5,169$1,576,5611Picturehouse
4Despicable Me 2$792,895-42%748-256$1,060$361,774,71513Universal
5Blue Jasmine$624,245-49%528-319$1,182$30,662,23210Sony Pictures Classics
6The Wizard of Oz 3D$557,233-82%305-13$1,827$5,081,0492Warner Bros.
7Grown Ups 2$551,295120%390132$1,414$131,964,54012Sony / Columbia
8Elysium$501,998-66%562-830$893$91,851,0608Sony / TriStar
92 Guns$286,145-56%403-349$710$75,002,5559Universal
10The Wolverine$269,477-41%329-133$819$131,304,65010Fox
11The Smurfs 2$250,441-53%353-243$709$69,915,4189Sony / Columbia
12Turbo$250,026-39%282-51$887$81,963,43811Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Conjuring$201,292-52%338-223$596$136,972,05511Warner Bros. / New Line
14The World's End$191,973-73%281-552$683$25,694,5456Focus
15The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$190,982-71%329-718$580$31,046,2016Sony / Screen Gems
16The Heat$183,109-33%251-59$730$158,948,63614Fox
17Thanks for Sharing$159,812-70%251-18$637$898,4032Roadside Attractions
18Monsters University$158,367-48%178-136$890$266,068,49215Disney
19One Direction: This Is Us$141,289-88%228-1478$620$28,818,9675Sony / TriStar
20This Is The End$122,431-62%205-322$597$101,362,89416Sony / Columbia
21The Spectacular Now$115,175-70%142-429$811$6,656,9549A24
22In a World...$112,729-52%121-23$932$2,597,3868Roadside Attractions
23Pacific Rim$112,099-36%140-62$801$101,624,60212Warner Bros.
24The Grandmaster$105,090-56%143-330$735$6,505,6166Weinstein Company
25Austenland$95,890-59%107-127$896$1,732,5247Sony Pictures Classics
26The Way, Way Back$90,652-58%158-166$574$21,324,65613Fox Searchlight
27World War Z$88,130-53%160-43$551$202,278,85815Paramount
28Salinger$64,581-65%134-4$482$504,5734Weinstein Company
29Red 2$64,410-34%110-68$586$52,869,28711Lionsgate / Summit
30You're Next$30,750-84%112-420$275$18,409,9646Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Generation Iron$150,000-39%8429$1,786$407,0002The Vladar Company
2Inequality for All$140,888--28--$5,032$140,8881RADiUS-TWC
3Alone Yet Not Alone$125,775--11--$11,434$125,7751Enthuse Entertainment
4Wadjda$73,70311%167$4,606$308,3393Sony Pictures Classics
5Phata Poster Nikla Hero$73,688-72%940$784$390,2072Eros International
6The Lone Ranger$60,725-36%89-49$682$89,237,14813Disney
7Short Term 12$58,391-55%55-20$1,062$811,5966Cinedigm
8On the Job$56,098--29--$1,934$56,0981Well Go USA
9Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon$32,795--35--$937$32,7951AMC Entertainment
10Haute Cuisine$32,202109%1411$2,300$55,3052Weinstein Company
11Hubble 3D$29,980-25%151$1,999$40,803,709185Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Jobs$27,384-70%84-68$326$16,117,4437Open Road
13Getaway$25,111-87%74-441$339$10,494,4945Warner Bros.
14Fruitvale Station$24,272-44%42-61$578$16,011,61012Weinstein Company
1520 Feet from Stardom$21,745--30--$725$4,651,65916RADiUS-TWC
16Wedding Palace$19,908--6--$3,318$19,9081GoGoGo Entertainment
17Blue Caprice$19,85959%2516$794$56,6743IFC Films
18Paranoia$19,152-69%66-22$290$7,376,0277Relativity Media
19Grand Masti$18,706-74%640$292$404,7893Eros International
20Space Station 3D$18,54634%52$3,709$89,054,813598IMAX
21The Ultimate Life$17,020-82%47-137$362$1,311,2354High Top Releasing
22Good Ol' Freda$15,245-18%176$897$80,6414Magnolia Pictures
23Museum Hours$14,642-54%16-3$915$491,31114Cinema Guild
24Muscle Shoals$13,901--1--$13,901$13,9011Magnolia Pictures
25We Are What We Are (2013)$13,727--2--$6,864$13,7271eOne Films US
26Blackfish$13,4003%22-6$609$2,043,69111Magnolia Pictures
27Populaire$12,985-53%244$541$130,0884Weinstein Company
28You Will Be My Son$12,066-59%17-4$710$187,1317Cohen Media Group
29GMO OMG$12,031--9--$1,337$41,9023Submarine Deluxe
30The Citizen$11,654--3--$3,885$12,6014Monterey Media
31Still Mine$10,694-32%16-3$668$1,127,45812IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
32Drinking Buddies$9,880-73%22-11$449$320,0516Magnolia Pictures
33Born to Be Wild 3D$9,66712%90$1,074$22,983,103130Warner Bros. / IMAX
34To the Arctic 3D$9,574-4%10-1$957$13,554,04576Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Unfinished Song$9,565-24%19-4$503$1,697,29415Weinstein Company
36Under the Sea 3D$9,29348%7-1$1,328$33,619,887242Warner Bros. / IMAX
37Chennai Express$8,388-62%9-11$932$5,306,7298UTV Motion Pictures
38Ip Man: The Final Fight$7,165-54%6-8$1,194$29,4692Well Go USA
39The Trials of Muhammad Ali$6,734838%98$748$19,0416Kino Lorber
40Jewtopia$6,628-75%8-8$829$42,2932Le Petit Canyon Productions
41Ain't Them Bodies Saints$6,581-61%21-22$313$387,6067IFC Films
42The Hunt$6,475112%113$589$610,96812Magnolia Pictures
43The Attack$6,375-61%9-6$708$1,714,71015Cohen Media Group
44My Lucky Star$5,988-87%7-16$855$61,2562China Lion Film
45The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$5,493--1--$5,493$5,4931Rialto Pictures
46C.O.G.$5,438-83%9-11$604$49,6912Screen Media / Focus World
47The Short Game$5,326-81%8-12$666$38,8562Phase 4 Films / Samuel Goldwyn
48Zaytoun$5,01822%53$1,004$11,6352Strand Releasing
49Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,460-59%8-10$558$4,319,24317Roadside Attractions
50Mademoiselle C$4,423-57%3-4$1,474$44,7963Cohen Media Group
51Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$4,147--1--$4,147$5,6741Rialto Pictures
52Computer Chess$4,0901014%31$1,363$99,14911Kino Lorber
53Adore$3,641-81%9-23$405$317,1254Exclusive Media
54The Patience Stone$3,544-71%9-6$394$115,6327Sony Pictures Classics
55I Used to Be Darker$3,533--1--$3,533$3,5331Strand Releasing
56Deep Sea 3D$3,412-27%20$1,706$45,884,461396Warner Bros. / IMAX
57Before Midnight$3,350-41%6-4$558$8,102,19619Sony Pictures Classics
58Hannah Arendt$3,304-71%3-3$1,101$688,07518Zeitgeist Films
59Free the Mind$3,166557%43$792$131,01822International Film Circuit
60When Comedy Went to School$3,106-48%7-1$444$166,8569International Film Circuit
61Morning$2,876--4--$719$2,8761Anchor Bay Films
62Prince Avalanche$2,64410%92$294$186,5018Magnolia Pictures
63Hotel Normandy$2,552--1--$2,552$2,5521Rialto Premieres
64Fill the Void$2,4281%4-5$607$1,774,63919Sony Pictures Classics
65Touchy Feely$2,306-47%3-2$769$30,5684Magnolia Pictures
66The Act of Killing$2,2161%10-1$222$438,05511Drafthouse Films
67A Hijacking$1,9051069%53$381$413,27615Magnolia Pictures
68Shepard & Dark$1,226--1--$1,226$2,8951Music Box Films
69Informant$1,21673%31$405$7,6373Music Box Films
70Love Is All You Need$1,05022%2-1$525$1,631,30622Sony Pictures Classics
71Rising From Ashes$658-68%1-2$658$33,4019First Run Features
72Satyagraha$649-88%2-7$325$738,5255UTV Motion Pictures
73I'm So Excited$560-74%2-7$280$1,357,09114Sony Pictures Classics
74Il Futuro$52061%10$520$9,3354Strand Releasing
75Europa Report$44893%21$224$123,2639Magnolia / Magnet
76Stories We Tell$447-55%4-1$112$1,598,11421Roadside Attractions
77Leviathan (2013)$42161%10$421$75,21531Cinema Guild
78Our Nixon$370-24%1-1$370$18,5735Cinedigm
79You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet$325--2--$163$18,45517Kino Lorber
80Deceptive Practices: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay$166-55%10$166$151,38924Kino Lorber
81Hava Nagila (The Movie)$95--1--$95$368,72431International Film Circuit
82Night Across the Street$50--1--$50$16,77834Cinema Guild
83I Declare War$28-84%1-2$28$14,7725Drafthouse Films