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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, Oct. 25 - Sun, Oct. 27

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$32,055,177--3,336--$9,609$32,055,1771Paramount
2Gravity$20,135,387-33%3,707-113$5,432$199,649,7484Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$11,642,040-29%3,143123$3,704$69,916,0833Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$7,842,930--3,044--$2,577$7,842,9301Fox
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$6,275,325-35%3,111-491$2,017$100,786,5795Sony / Columbia
6Carrie (2013)$5,988,713-63%3,1570$1,897$26,110,0682Sony / Screen Gems
7Escape Plan$4,558,239-54%2,8830$1,581$17,641,8212Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$1,068,339-48%1,347-813$793$59,127,4016Warner Bros.
9Insidious: Chapter 2$880,293-41%1,229-436$716$82,133,6787FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$570,890-66%1,7690$323$2,848,3562Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$305,268-75%1,253-1285$244$7,268,6593Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$2,134,325131%123104$17,352$3,394,2682Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$1,588,004-9%83578$1,902$13,054,0966Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$700,695-44%677-520$1,035$25,856,5346Universal
4We're the Millers$582,445-22%786-95$741$148,561,67812Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$560,118-66%969-1042$578$18,819,5384Fox
6Baggage Claim$560,046-49%594-271$943$20,837,8145Fox Searchlight
7I'm in Love with a Church Girl$506,315-48%4581$1,105$1,716,4872High Top Releasing
8Don Jon$495,999-58%540-574$919$23,501,6225Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$390,370-20%379-16$1,030$364,248,63017Universal
10Instructions Not Included$283,651-47%301-174$942$43,956,2679Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$269,717-30%444-158$607$114,742,82011Weinstein Company
12Pulling Strings$268,912-56%315-123$854$5,574,5854Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Planes$242,49860%321111$755$88,992,71312Disney
14Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$227,140-24%303-47$750$67,221,11412Fox
15Monsters University$208,569-32%207-23$1,008$267,788,62019Disney
16Blue Jasmine$149,267-21%119-33$1,254$32,210,61514Sony Pictures Classics
17Grown Ups 2$139,825-33%188-35$744$133,318,54816Sony / Columbia
18Grace Unplugged$120,978-48%208-105$582$2,367,0914Roadside Attractions
19The Smurfs 2$104,115-48%205-37$508$70,777,76313Sony / Columbia
20The Wolverine$102,772-33%164-43$627$132,244,11914Fox
21The Family (2013)$88,788-59%218-265$407$36,485,5407Relativity Media
22Turbo$74,749-38%108-41$692$82,729,69915Fox / DreamWorks Animation
23Riddick$60,060-49%156-97$385$41,997,7908Universal
24The Conjuring$27,605-36%100-13$276$137,387,27215Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$512,600448%8276$6,251$650,7872Roadside Attractions
2The Saratov Approach$157,22719%4319$3,656$674,1833Purdie Distribution
3Wadjda$123,035-13%8721$1,414$984,9147Sony Pictures Classics
4Blue Is the Warmest Color$100,316--4--$25,079$100,3161IFC Films
5Inequality for All$83,076-35%97-6$856$937,3455RADiUS-TWC
6Muscle Shoals$82,966-13%5620$1,482$341,5255Magnolia Pictures
7Metallica Through The Never$48,361--22--$2,198$3,419,9675Picturehouse
8Kill Your Darlings$41,982-21%84$5,248$132,1902Sony Pictures Classics
9The Heat$39,460-49%80-23$493$159,469,28818Fox
10Romeo and Juliet (2013)$35,813-84%91-370$394$1,070,7083Relativity Media
11Elysium$35,780-36%61-32$587$92,531,47212Sony / TriStar
12Hubble 3D$35,000-18%141$2,500$41,055,526189Warner Bros. / IMAX
13Austenland$30,971-17%43-4$720$2,008,18511Sony Pictures Classics
14The Summit$24,672-42%53-17$466$194,1594IFC Films
15In a World...$22,916-38%32-15$716$2,879,10112Roadside Attractions
16Space Station 3D$22,785-11%51$4,557$89,258,423602IMAX
17Spinning Plates$20,718--3--$6,906$20,7181The Film Arcade
18A.C.O.D.$16,857-63%19-23$887$157,1214The Film Arcade
19The Square (2013)$16,359--1--$16,359$16,3591Netflix Originals
20Escape From Tomorrow$15,287-17%110$1,390$140,8063Producers Distribution Agency
21The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$13,722-84%49-98$280$487,3483Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
22Short Term 12$13,6097%18-4$756$951,90110Cinedigm
23Parkland$13,090-57%20-12$655$640,5954Exclusive Media
24Linsanity$12,846-23%8-1$1,606$252,7924Ketchup Entertainment
25The World's End$11,960-16%26-14$460$25,955,72910Focus
26Seasons of Gray$11,714-63%14-10$837$51,5612EchoLight Studios
27American Promise$11,001--4--$2,750$39,3252Rada Film Group
28The Way, Way Back$10,250-43%23-15$446$21,475,65317Fox Searchlight
29Thanks for Sharing$9,4441%11-3$859$1,059,2396Roadside Attractions
3020 Feet from Stardom$9,36419%12-5$780$4,713,79820RADiUS-TWC
31Haute Cuisine$8,599-57%14-7$614$212,0726Weinstein Company
32Born to Be Wild 3D$8,36258%102$836$23,052,481134Warner Bros. / IMAX
33To the Arctic 3D$8,3473%101$835$13,602,34180Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Torn$8,28870%54$1,658$16,5962The Film Collective
35The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$8,286226%1411$592$31,7575Rialto Pictures
36We Are What We Are (2013)$8,1874%175$482$76,6335eOne Films US
37Good Ol' Freda$7,811139%135$601$121,3258Magnolia Pictures
38The Spectacular Now$7,176-68%24-30$299$6,830,53113A24
39Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$7,006--1--$7,006$7,0061Cinepix
40Deep Sea 3D$6,88579%32$2,295$45,929,289400Warner Bros. / IMAX
41Fruitvale Station$4,884-38%16-4$305$16,095,50116Weinstein Company
42Camille Claudel 1915$4,683-8%21$2,342$14,6642Kino Lorber
43Bastards$4,432--1--$4,432$6,3681IFC Films
44Zaytoun$4,35012%62$725$36,8276Strand Releasing
45I'm So Excited$3,240--5--$648$1,366,03618Sony Pictures Classics
46Under the Sea 3D$3,104-31%72$443$33,649,535246Warner Bros. / IMAX
47The Patience Stone$3,0599%5-3$612$140,84011Sony Pictures Classics
48The Trials of Muhammad Ali$3,012-36%41$753$41,11210Kino Lorber
49I Used to Be Darker$2,761107%52$552$20,3715Strand Releasing
50When Comedy Went to School$2,249-45%4-2$562$207,38913International Film Circuit
51Russian Ark (2013 re-issue)$1,992--2--$996$34,4748Kino Lorber
52Il Futuro$1,6571946%10$1,657$11,4688Strand Releasing
53Drinking Buddies$1,635-53%5-8$327$338,37810Magnolia Pictures
54Shepard & Dark$1,631330%21$816$9,6845Music Box Films
55Birth of the Living Dead$1,62031%104$162$3,1912First Run Features
56Guitar Innovators: John Fahey & Nels Cline$1,457--2--$729$4,42211First Run Features
57A Touch of Sin$1,338-85%2-4$669$76,3834Kino Lorber
58Museum Hours$1,289-73%4-2$322$530,35618Cinema Guild
59Let the Fire Burn$1,171-42%20$586$21,5734Zeitgeist Films
60Prince Avalanche$1,05520%3-4$352$196,88012Magnolia Pictures
61Before Midnight$930--3--$310$8,113,73723Sony Pictures Classics
62Hannah Arendt$735-72%1-1$735$710,92122Zeitgeist Films
63Bad Milo!$559-71%2-3$280$17,8964Magnolia / Magnet
64Informant$506--2--$253$9,7707Music Box Films
65Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli$415-78%10$415$9,6553First Run Features
66Free the Mind$413-71%20$207$146,18826International Film Circuit
67Murder 11$406--1--$406$21,3154Indican Pictures
68Cassadaga$268-32%2-1$134$2,5773Archstone Distribution
69Fire in the Blood$263--2--$132$10,6468International Film Circuit
70Broadway Idiot$199-98%1-5$199$23,4083FilmBuff
71The Citizen$178-71%1-1$178$24,1178Monterey Media
72The Act of Killing$64-88%1-1$64$446,17915Drafthouse Films