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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, Jun. 6 - Sun, Jun. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fault in Our Stars$48,002,523--3,173--$15,128$48,002,5231Fox
2Maleficent$34,328,264-51%3,9480$8,695$128,175,2322Disney
3Edge of Tomorrow$28,760,246--3,490--$8,241$28,760,2461Warner Bros.
4X-Men: Days of Future Past$15,154,814-53%3,639-362$4,165$189,556,0803Fox
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$7,348,495-56%3,1602$2,325$30,338,4652Universal
6Godzilla (2014)$6,121,179-49%3,110-391$1,968$185,214,1854Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$5,325,155-34%2,674-265$1,991$137,925,6505Universal
8Blended$4,122,403-49%2,928-627$1,408$36,581,3473Warner Bros.
9Chef$2,621,82937%1,298674$2,020$10,383,5245Open Road
10Million Dollar Arm$2,025,950-44%1,643-686$1,233$31,550,9804Disney
11The Amazing Spider-Man 2$1,961,843-48%1,481-671$1,325$196,350,2396Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Belle$778,232-38%476-49$1,635$7,592,4996Fox Searchlight
2Rio 2$772,827-31%702-281$1,101$125,682,3929Fox
3The Other Woman (2014)$496,111-64%489-625$1,015$82,221,9307Fox
4Captain America: The Winter Soldier$416,892-34%317-222$1,315$255,863,99610Disney
5Heaven is for Real$394,878-51%446-276$885$88,807,5238Sony / TriStar
6Holiday (2014)$394,715--144--$2,741$394,7971Reliance Entertainment
7The LEGO Movie$288,0524%274-28$1,051$255,878,39218Warner Bros.
8The Grand Seduction$285,187-12%10713$2,665$822,8012eOne Films US
9Divergent$251,735-23%298-75$845$149,063,25912Lionsgate / Summit
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$243,079-35%185-64$1,314$57,777,52214Fox Searchlight
11The Immigrant$192,230-38%145-5$1,326$1,421,8594Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$178,143-11%224-30$795$110,340,22414Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13God's Not Dead$172,28045%20045$861$60,044,96012Freestyle / Pure Flix
14Moms' Night Out$156,759-47%292-91$537$9,915,4055Sony / TriStar
15Muppets Most Wanted$99,874-26%197-36$507$50,825,81212Disney
16Noah$93,834-38%136-46$690$101,044,09211Paramount
17The Railway Man$54,091-75%177-319$306$4,232,8989Weinstein Company
18Draft Day$42,844-50%113-60$379$28,786,1439Lionsgate / Summit
19Transcendence$24,963-48%105-23$238$22,982,0578Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Words and Pictures$282,648261%9885$2,884$536,7123Roadside Attractions
2Ida (2014)$225,130-5%8729$2,588$1,284,7146Music Box Films
3Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$114,658-1%390$2,940$2,650,46610Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Fed Up$90,354-45%88-16$1,027$1,215,7345RADiUS-TWC
5Obvious Child$77,315--3--$25,772$77,3151A24
6Brick Mansions$77,040270%9954$778$20,120,0297Relativity Media
7Cold in July$67,927-41%733$931$292,9863IFC Films
8Fading Gigolo$59,918-56%54-38$1,110$3,523,5908Millennium Entertainment
9Hubble 3D$48,8198%21-1$2,325$44,493,074221Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Night Moves$48,655126%3129$1,570$79,4412Cinedigm
11Palo Alto$47,282-47%54-3$876$612,5485Tribeca Film
12Journey to the South Pacific$45,611-19%193$2,401$3,069,06728IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
13The Lunchbox$41,352-25%46-8$899$4,041,38015Sony Pictures Classics
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$36,973-62%84-96$440$8,279,2355Clarius Entertainment
15Bears$33,845-60%75-35$451$17,492,4708Disneynature
16Chinese Puzzle$31,136-52%27-2$1,153$229,6084Cohen Media Group
17Filmistaan$31,113--24--$1,296$31,1131UTV Motion Pictures
18Locke$26,928-57%44-25$612$1,225,9487A24
19Frozen (2013)$26,90217%43-14$626$400,654,22729Disney
20Need For Speed$26,741-14%58-16$461$43,537,78813Disney / DreamWorks
21A Haunted House 2$25,946-46%44-30$590$17,314,4848Open Road
22Only Lovers Left Alive$25,332-48%30-22$844$1,622,8079Sony Pictures Classics
23We Are the Best!$23,58634%129$1,966$52,5782Magnolia Pictures
24Jerusalem 3D$23,264-35%216$1,108$4,374,35738National Geographic
25Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$23,017--4--$5,754$23,0171RADiUS-TWC
26Oculus$22,645-41%47-36$482$27,647,8099Relativity Media
27Under the Skin (2014)$22,092-23%280$789$2,440,78110A24
28Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$16,01193%86$2,001$55,7593IFC Films
29The German Doctor$14,210-22%12-5$1,184$401,0407IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
30Finding Vivian Maier$13,707-26%21-8$653$1,393,07511IFC Films
31The Hornet's Nest$12,363-76%16-26$773$288,2145Freestyle Releasing
32Redwood Highway$9,9909%169$624$76,5599Monterey Media
33Rigor Mortis$7,865--10--$787$7,8651Well Go USA
34Jodorowsky's Dune$6,662-25%162$416$611,79612Sony Pictures Classics
35The Raid 2$6,5311735%3836$172$2,618,87011Sony Pictures Classics
36To the Arctic 3D$6,445174%4-2$1,611$14,082,528112Warner Bros. / IMAX
37The Double (2014)$6,2581%11-3$569$128,0035Magnolia Pictures
38For No Good Reason$5,98668%2114$285$47,6137Sony Pictures Classics
39Under the Sea 3D$5,809-14%164$363$34,017,102278Warner Bros. / IMAX
40Filth$5,545-26%52$1,109$17,5742Magnolia / Magnet
41The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$5,23561%3-2$1,745$233,51110Zeitgeist Films
42For a Woman$4,964282%43$1,241$22,8006Film Movement
43Big Men$4,862--1--$4,862$48,57313Abramorama
44Bicycling with Molière$4,259224%53$852$43,1527Strand Releasing
45Walking with the Enemy$4,177-27%101$418$846,1397Liberty Studios
46Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$3,555250%84$444$26,1404International Film Circuit
47Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,67937%2-2$1,340$138,4998Rialto Pictures
48Lucky Them$2,630-29%21$1,315$7,9642IFC Films
49Blue Ruin$2,49529%3-3$832$253,8057RADiUS-TWC
50Deep Sea 3D$2,388306%64$398$46,059,339432Warner Bros. / IMAX
51Nymphomaniac: Volume I$2,309-38%42$577$782,87412Magnolia Pictures
522 Autumns, 3 Winters$2,163--1--$2,163$2,1631Film Movement
53Born to Be Wild 3D$1,856-43%150$124$23,383,604166Warner Bros. / IMAX
54Le Week-End$1,829-46%8-1$229$2,205,74713Music Box Films
55Particle Fever$1,270-77%3-1$423$859,89714Abramorama / Bond 360
56The Unknown Known$1,269617%32$423$271,17510RADiUS-TWC
57Nymphomaniac: Volume II$1,052-50%30$351$325,64910Magnolia Pictures
58Tasting Menu$802293%21$401$16,6778Magnolia Pictures
59Just a Sigh$666-46%1-2$666$68,29212Distrib Films
60The Sacrament$583--1--$583$5831Magnolia / Magnet
61Manakamana$357-58%1-1$357$21,9338Cinema Guild
6220 Feet from Stardom$250100%10$250$4,946,16052RADiUS-TWC
63Sweet Dreams (2013)$244-89%2-1$122$58,34432International Film Circuit
64Ilo Ilo$227--1--$227$40,86910Film Movement
65Heropanti$211-98%3-8$70$62,1573UTV Motion Pictures
66The Jewish Cardinal$200-60%20$100$129,68522Film Movement
67Half of a Yellow Sun$200-94%2-4$100$25,6664Monterey Media
68Next Year Jerusalem$150-93%1-1$150$7,9854First Run Features