'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. 13 - Sun, Jun. 15

Wide (1000+)

122 Jump Street$57,071,445--3,306--$17,263$57,071,4451Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$49,451,322--4,253--$11,627$49,451,3221Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Edge of Tomorrow$16,527,215-43%3,50515$4,715$57,001,6982Warner Bros.
5The Fault in Our Stars$14,791,933-69%3,273100$4,519$80,767,2002Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$9,816,449-35%3,042-597$3,227$206,256,6104Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$3,311,185-46%2,088-1022$1,586$191,457,1945Warner Bros.
8A Million Ways to Die in the West$3,246,400-56%2,413-747$1,345$37,107,0203Universal
9Neighbors (2014)$2,369,250-56%1,896-778$1,250$143,022,2156Universal
10Chef$2,187,526-17%1,102-196$1,985$13,987,9796Open Road
11Blended$1,739,108-58%1,581-1347$1,100$40,387,3374Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$953,927-51%682-799$1,399$198,386,2217Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$804,423-60%577-1066$1,394$33,471,3025Disney
3Alone Yet Not Alone$534,626--103--$5,191$668,17238Enthuse Entertainment
4Belle$510,282-34%338-138$1,510$8,569,6247Fox Searchlight
5Rio 2$415,628-46%383-319$1,085$126,666,67010Fox
6Words and Pictures$394,79640%217119$1,819$1,066,0844Roadside Attractions
7Divergent$382,46852%33638$1,138$149,621,27513Lionsgate / Summit
8Heaven is for Real$334,518-15%53286$629$89,402,4329Sony / TriStar
9Captain America: The Winter Soldier$274,842-34%223-94$1,232$256,334,46711Disney
10The Grand Seduction$271,738-5%104-3$2,613$1,280,0883eOne Films US
11Ida (2014)$256,95114%11225$2,294$1,668,3557Music Box Films
12The Other Woman (2014)$244,550-51%244-245$1,002$82,733,1668Fox
13The LEGO Movie$227,240-21%30127$755$256,330,27119Warner Bros.
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$196,466-19%149-36$1,319$58,109,81315Fox Searchlight
15Holiday (2014)$169,460-57%102-42$1,661$706,8932Reliance Entertainment
16The Signal (2014)$155,642--120--$1,297$155,6421Focus
17The Immigrant$152,542-21%140-5$1,090$1,686,8965Weinstein Company
18Mr. Peabody & Sherman$143,620-19%207-17$694$110,622,60715Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19God's Not Dead$129,978-25%150-50$867$60,300,99413Freestyle / Pure Flix
20Muppets Most Wanted$67,329-33%158-39$426$50,972,37313Disney

Platform (1 — 99)

1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$136,90519%412$3,339$2,954,37611Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Obvious Child$133,85773%1815$7,437$251,4222A24
3The Rover$69,302--5--$13,860$69,3021A24
4Journey to the South Pacific$57,64326%190$3,034$3,216,35929IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
5Brick Mansions$55,951-27%85-14$658$20,222,2028Relativity Media
6Moms' Night Out$52,477-67%81-211$648$10,079,8946Sony / TriStar
7Fading Gigolo$50,268-16%48-6$1,047$3,612,3069Millennium Entertainment
8Night Moves$48,393-1%5524$880$153,0363Cinedigm
9Hubble 3D$45,694-6%232$1,987$44,587,886222Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Fed Up$42,084-53%56-32$752$1,327,3896RADiUS-TWC
11Cold in July$32,917-52%42-31$784$364,8364IFC Films
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$30,95334%1814$1,720$62,4472RADiUS-TWC
13The Lunchbox$30,640-26%26-20$1,178$4,094,68116Sony Pictures Classics
14Jerusalem 3D$25,3939%15-6$1,693$4,434,48839National Geographic
15The Railway Man$25,307-53%50-127$506$4,306,99310Weinstein Company
16We Are the Best!$23,7671%197$1,251$93,6233Magnolia Pictures
17Chinese Puzzle$22,611-27%21-6$1,077$270,8355Cohen Media Group
18Only Lovers Left Alive$22,417-12%27-3$830$1,663,22510Sony Pictures Classics
19Citizen Koch$20,796--11--$1,891$34,9872Variance Films
20Frozen (2013)$20,749-23%28-15$741$400,685,42330Disney
21Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia$19,86824%113$1,806$87,4404IFC Films
22Draft Day$18,306-57%53-60$345$28,831,14510Lionsgate / Summit
23Ivory Tower$17,857--2--$8,929$17,8571IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
25Transcendence$17,267-31%58-47$298$23,014,5049Warner Bros.
26Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$14,688-60%43-41$342$8,333,3736Clarius Entertainment
27Need For Speed$14,004-48%39-19$359$43,568,50714Disney / DreamWorks
29Oculus$11,464-49%31-16$370$27,674,14510Relativity Media
30Finding Vivian Maier$10,857-21%14-7$776$1,418,67912IFC Films
31Under the Skin (2014)$9,584-57%16-12$599$2,467,93111A24
32A Long Way Off$8,005--13--$616$22,1832Moving Visions Entertainment
33Hellion$7,601--1--$7,601$7,6011IFC Films
34Under the Sea 3D$7,58131%12-4$632$34,040,044279Warner Bros. / IMAX
35Lucky Them$7,460184%75$1,066$16,4153IFC Films
36The Double (2014)$7,24816%10-1$725$140,8536Magnolia Pictures
37The German Doctor$6,835-52%8-4$854$414,9128IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
38Elena (2014)$6,129--1--$6,129$23,2783Variance Films
39Borgman$5,912--4--$1,478$15,8632Drafthouse Films
40Filmistaan$5,776-81%8-16$722$44,3072UTV Motion Pictures
41To the Arctic 3D$5,427-16%51$1,085$14,096,449113Warner Bros. / IMAX
42Redwood Highway$5,045-49%6-10$841$88,94310Monterey Media
43Bicycling with Molière$4,80413%61$801$49,3438Strand Releasing
44Test$4,473--4--$1,118$11,8432Variance Films
45A Coffee in Berlin$3,918--1--$3,918$3,9181Music Box Films
46The Hornet's Nest$3,815-69%3-13$1,272$298,9276Freestyle Releasing
47Le Week-End$3,807108%91$423$2,211,59614Music Box Films
48For No Good Reason$3,699-38%20-1$185$56,0048Sony Pictures Classics
49Jodorowsky's Dune$3,348-50%6-10$558$621,55513Sony Pictures Classics
50The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden$2,197-58%1-2$2,197$238,78111Zeitgeist Films
51The Sacrament$2,112262%54$422$4,0932Magnolia / Magnet
52Just a Sigh$1,878182%10$1,878$71,28013Distrib Films
5350 to 1$1,805--2--$903$720,11713Ten Furlongs
54The Raid 2$1,801-72%18-20$100$2,625,80312Sony Pictures Classics
55Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$1,677-53%5-3$335$30,5905International Film Circuit
56Half of a Yellow Sun$1,672736%42$418$27,8555Monterey Media
57Accident (2014 re-issue)$1,593--1--$1,593$14,3154Rialto Pictures
58Filth$1,444-74%50$289$23,6063Magnolia / Magnet
592 Autumns, 3 Winters$1,186-45%10$1,186$5,0302Film Movement
60Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$1,185--1--$1,185$59,04118Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
61Born to Be Wild 3D$1,171-37%3-12$390$23,393,533167Warner Bros. / IMAX
62Particle Fever$1,102-13%1-2$1,102$862,44115Abramorama / Bond 360
63Blue Ruin$1,013-59%2-1$507$256,9068RADiUS-TWC
64Deep Sea 3D$925-61%82$116$46,063,526433Warner Bros. / IMAX
65Big Men$847-83%21$424$55,87914Abramorama
66The Amazing Catfish$733--1--$733$7331Strand Releasing
67In Bloom$681--3--$227$52,46923Big World Pictures
68Heropanti$671218%1-2$671$63,0514UTV Motion Pictures
69The Unknown Known$565-55%30$188$273,60311RADiUS-TWC
70Godzilla: The Japanese Original$364-86%1-1$364$139,6019Rialto Pictures
71For a Woman$354-93%2-2$177$25,5567Film Movement
72Tasting Menu$199-75%1-1$199$18,6869Magnolia Pictures
73Evergreen: The Road to Legalization$189--1--$189$1891First Run Features
74Nymphomaniac: Volume I$183-92%1-3$183$785,66913Magnolia Pictures
75Nymphomaniac: Volume II$150-86%1-2$150$326,98311Magnolia Pictures
7620 Feet from Stardom$90-64%10$90$4,946,25053RADiUS-TWC
77Next Year Jerusalem$84-44%10$84$8,0935First Run Features