'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, May. 16 - Sun, May. 18

Wide (1000+)

1Godzilla (2014)$93,188,384--3,952--$23,580$93,188,3841Warner Bros.
2Neighbors (2014)$25,065,895-49%3,31132$7,570$90,591,1002Universal
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$16,803,227-53%3,991-333$4,210$172,169,8643Sony / Columbia
4Million Dollar Arm$10,515,659--3,019--$3,483$10,515,6591Disney
5The Other Woman (2014)$6,307,823-34%3,054-252$2,065$71,672,0164Fox
6Heaven is for Real$4,380,052-41%2,893-155$1,514$82,228,5935Sony / TriStar
7Rio 2$3,739,890-26%2,371-602$1,577$117,991,2156Fox
8Captain America: The Winter Soldier$3,664,058-36%2,271-430$1,613$250,532,3047Disney
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,957,456-48%2,578-80$759$6,564,4772Clarius Entertainment
10Moms' Night Out$1,773,470-59%1,0462$1,695$7,200,9022Sony / TriStar

Limited (100 — 999)

1Divergent$1,164,742-33%991-242$1,175$146,789,7429Lionsgate / Summit
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,041,698-33%630-140$1,653$55,478,50411Fox Searchlight
3Belle$940,44693%173128$5,436$1,767,7443Fox Searchlight
4God's Not Dead$737,811-48%780-220$946$58,924,1639Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The LEGO Movie$524,5987%355-46$1,478$254,342,25015Warner Bros.
6Brick Mansions$506,100-69%724-1230$699$19,609,9464Relativity Media
7Fading Gigolo$398,857-46%35616$1,120$2,681,3455Millennium Entertainment
9Draft Day$369,998-56%495-325$747$28,393,6176Lionsgate / Summit
10The Railway Man$305,568-30%1832$1,670$2,749,9466Weinstein Company
11Mr. Peabody & Sherman$304,7541%319-38$955$109,303,05411Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Transcendence$279,951-21%315-200$889$22,635,8405Warner Bros.
13Non-Stop (2014)$268,295-18%220-16$1,220$91,439,40012Universal
16The Lunchbox$162,421-33%130-23$1,249$3,681,95312Sony Pictures Classics
17300: Rise of an Empire$162,271105%155-36$1,047$106,488,12811Warner Bros.
18The Quiet Ones$161,124-78%341-792$473$8,357,4634Lionsgate
19Need For Speed$124,2237%160-36$776$43,369,17910Disney / DreamWorks
20Muppets Most Wanted$104,091-41%195-90$534$50,154,1799Disney
21A Haunted House 2$92,425-73%124-402$745$17,059,6495Open Road
22Oculus$81,161-68%140-270$580$27,431,0316Relativity Media
23Frozen (2013)$43,107-30%112-30$385$400,523,07926Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Chef$708,690246%7266$9,843$991,5622Open Road
2Fed Up$184,00746%5537$3,346$369,2082RADiUS-TWC
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$142,8029%371$3,860$1,833,4177Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Ida (2014)$127,06749%2114$6,051$346,5123Music Box Films
5Only Lovers Left Alive$122,498-31%953$1,289$1,288,5366Sony Pictures Classics
6Palo Alto$106,19467%3632$2,950$199,3592Tribeca Film
7RoboCop (2014)$101,754-22%81-65$1,256$58,607,00714Sony / Columbia
8Under the Skin (2014)$77,587-39%56-37$1,385$2,224,8257A24
9God's Pocket$75,558252%8077$944$104,4012IFC Films
10Journey to the South Pacific$72,6552%150$4,844$2,696,69025IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
11The German Doctor$63,1920%394$1,620$275,5534IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
12Finding Vivian Maier$63,005-45%64-33$984$1,240,1468IFC Films
13Hubble 3D$57,10220%16-3$3,569$44,130,086218Warner Bros. / IMAX
14The Monuments Men$53,495-31%94-28$569$78,031,62015Sony / Columbia
15The Immigrant$44,064--3--$14,688$44,0641Weinstein Company
162 States$35,949-61%32-27$1,123$2,221,6765UTV Motion Pictures
17Jerusalem 3D$34,438-30%14-6$2,460$4,139,61335National Geographic
18Le Week-End$34,143-40%40-25$854$2,155,85710Music Box Films
19Walking with the Enemy$30,085-56%47-25$640$799,6944Liberty Studios
20The Double (2014)$29,690103%1210$2,474$53,3442Magnolia Pictures
21Chinese Puzzle$23,544--2--$11,772$23,5441Cohen Media Group
22The Hornet's Nest$23,039-13%1713$1,355$53,5262Freestyle Releasing
23Bad Words$21,032147%8354$253$7,764,02710Focus
24Particle Fever$18,841--11--$1,713$829,58411Abramorama / Bond 360
25The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$15,046-24%153$1,003$205,4687Zeitgeist Films
26Jodorowsky's Dune$10,662-68%1410$762$556,8839Sony Pictures Classics
27Blue Ruin$9,240-80%24-37$385$239,0564RADiUS-TWC
28Under the Sea 3D$7,94441%7-6$1,135$33,952,720275Warner Bros. / IMAX
29Son of God$7,843-61%46-22$171$59,681,11712Fox
30To the Arctic 3D$7,516174%50$1,503$14,048,157109Warner Bros. / IMAX
31Godzilla: The Japanese Original$7,444-75%8-11$931$117,8825Rialto Pictures
32The Raid 2$6,850-51%11-11$623$2,602,1228Sony Pictures Classics
33Nymphomaniac: Volume I$6,8039%7-6$972$763,0869Magnolia Pictures
34Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$5,066--1--$5,066$5,0661International Film Circuit
35Half of a Yellow Sun$4,843--1--$4,843$4,8431Monterey Media
36The Wind Rises$4,830-13%132$372$5,201,87913Disney
37Young and Beautiful$4,684-38%3-4$1,561$31,7454IFC Films
38Redwood Highway$4,515-33%3-1$1,505$17,6746Monterey Media
39Rob the Mob$4,466-6%60$744$206,9099Millennium Entertainment
40Dancing in Jaffa$4,348-46%8-5$544$134,4846IFC Films
41For No Good Reason$4,27515%7-1$611$28,2644Sony Pictures Classics
42Tim's Vermeer$4,056-8%7-1$579$1,662,56616Sony Pictures Classics
43Philomena$3,716-25%9-4$413$37,707,71926Weinstein Company
44Born to Be Wild 3D$3,21814%104$322$23,318,874163Warner Bros. / IMAX
45Alan Partridge$2,64069%4-3$660$152,2117Magnolia Pictures
46Next Year Jerusalem$2,590--1--$2,590$2,5901First Run Features
4750 to 1$2,530-73%6-5$422$685,7319Ten Furlongs
48Tasting Menu$2,482696%43$621$12,7385Magnolia Pictures
49Joe (2014)$2,334-78%10-13$233$371,8976Roadside Attractions
50Horses of God$2,251--1--$2,251$3,7791Kino Lorber
51Nymphomaniac: Volume II$1,980-67%6-7$330$314,9197Magnolia Pictures
52The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$1,846--1--$1,846$1,8461First Run Features
53Bicycling with Molière$1,823-60%4-1$456$32,9274Strand Releasing
54Hateship Loveship$1,783-51%3-5$594$50,5736IFC Films
55Manakamana$1,48750%10$1,487$14,8675Cinema Guild
56Stage Fright (2014)$1,455-59%10-1$146$6,0212Magnolia / Magnet
57For a Woman$1,4040%42$351$13,9193Film Movement
58Queen Margot (2014 re-issue)$1,190-76%10$1,190$11,2782Cohen Media Group
59That Demon Within$1,156-31%1-1$1,156$169,5965China Lion Film
60Ilo Ilo$1,060-56%31$353$37,6907Film Movement
61The Protector 2$99865%10$998$2,3173Magnolia / Magnet
62The Jewish Cardinal$860-60%30$287$127,35619Film Movement
63The Unknown Known$6594%3-3$220$266,8707RADiUS-TWC
64A People Uncounted$390--1--$390$3901First Run Features
65The Missing Picture$3326%21$166$49,7689Strand Releasing
6620 Feet from Stardom$220-12%10$220$4,945,35949RADiUS-TWC
67In Bloom$128-69%1-1$128$51,21419Big World Pictures
68No God, No Master$79-88%1-3$79$6,7388Monterey Media