'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, Jul. 18 - Sun, Jul. 20

Wide (1000+)

1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$36,254,310-50%3,9692$9,134$139,207,1542Fox
2The Purge: Anarchy$29,816,675--2,806--$10,626$29,816,6751Universal
3Planes: Fire and Rescue$17,509,407--3,826--$4,576$17,509,4071Disney
4Sex Tape$14,608,152--3,062--$4,771$14,608,1521Sony / Columbia
5Transformers: Age of Extinction$9,845,720-40%3,224-689$3,054$227,002,6084Paramount
6Tammy$7,402,208-41%3,402-63$2,176$71,050,3043Warner Bros. / New Line
722 Jump Street$4,703,353-28%2,229-582$2,110$180,512,4646Sony / Columbia
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,904,709-36%2,169-716$1,800$160,776,6046Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Earth to Echo$3,267,824-40%2,450-780$1,334$31,987,1383Relativity Media
11Begin Again$2,639,584-6%1,302363$2,027$9,365,2504Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$1,677,356-30%1,030-75$1,629$11,421,0524Lionsgate
13Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$1,537,715-68%1,491-1558$1,031$29,221,4653Sony / Screen Gems
14Jersey Boys$1,201,490-52%1,003-965$1,198$44,435,2105Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

1Chef$1,110,317-12%552-149$2,011$25,922,00211Open Road
2Edge of Tomorrow$1,103,226-39%602-501$1,833$96,617,8767Warner Bros.
3Think Like a Man Too$1,070,856-55%628-603$1,705$63,935,1835Sony / Screen Gems
4Persecuted$851,391--736--$1,157$851,3911Millennium Entertainment
5The Fault in Our Stars$816,412-46%557-445$1,466$121,599,4907Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$710,704-31%387-268$1,836$230,485,3669Fox
7Godzilla (2014)$515,187109%32623$1,580$199,019,97910Warner Bros.
9Rio 2$302,953-23%256-29$1,183$130,238,94115Fox
10Blended$275,771-20%285-50$968$45,212,8219Warner Bros.
11Neighbors (2014)$252,975-29%230-37$1,100$149,093,03011Universal
12The Amazing Spider-Man 2$237,749-31%218-57$1,091$202,084,84312Sony / Columbia
13Captain America: The Winter Soldier$181,371-15%191-24$950$258,591,35216Disney
14Million Dollar Arm$169,823-9%175-49$970$35,955,57210Disney
15Life Itself$128,909-9%10034$1,289$538,6553Magnolia Pictures
16Heaven is for Real$128,225-15%149-24$861$91,080,55714Sony / TriStar
17Third Person$111,217-53%154-73$722$785,3515Sony Pictures Classics
18The LEGO Movie$42,286-46%202-148$209$257,484,82724Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

1Boyhood$1,170,217202%3429$34,418$1,785,3842IFC Films
2Wish I Was Here$484,401--68--$7,124$484,4011Focus
3Obvious Child$172,584-21%96-38$1,798$2,635,4737A24
4Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$162,5827%410$3,965$4,621,71016Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ida (2014)$125,530-15%80-8$1,569$3,341,59412Music Box Films
6The Grand Seduction$125,2473%90-2$1,392$2,936,9558eOne Films US
7Belle$111,464-19%92-15$1,212$10,449,14812Fox Searchlight
8Journey to the South Pacific$77,21830%180$4,290$3,833,35834IMAX / MacGillivray Freeman
9Hubble 3D$59,94514%141$4,282$45,188,815227Warner Bros. / IMAX
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$52,376-24%46-17$1,139$58,943,02020Fox Searchlight
11Words and Pictures$41,648-12%33-7$1,262$2,058,7289Roadside Attractions
12The Other Woman (2014)$35,874-45%60-36$598$83,821,08913Fox
13Land Ho!$34,9052%73$4,986$84,7202Sony Pictures Classics
14A Hard Day's Night (2014 re-issue)$34,499-47%29-27$1,190$515,0053Janus Films
15Le Chef$31,8523%153$2,123$219,8025Cohen Media Group
16There’s No Place Like Utopia$30,710--1--$30,710$30,7101Rocky Mountain Pictures
17I Origins$27,652--4--$6,913$27,6521Fox Searchlight
18Mood Indigo$26,511--2--$13,256$26,5111Drafthouse Films
19Yves Saint Laurent$25,572-25%11-3$2,325$210,3184Weinstein Company
20Mr. Peabody & Sherman$23,302-43%63-15$370$111,291,01020Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$21,87058%93$2,430$107,1955Big World Pictures
22Jerusalem 3D$19,994-2%11-3$1,818$4,724,52544National Geographic
23A Five Star Life$15,996--1--$15,996$15,9961Music Box Films
24Only Lovers Left Alive$13,675-21%11-1$1,243$1,814,14015Sony Pictures Classics
25Video Games: The Movie$12,759--25--$510$12,7591Variance Films
26Under the Sea 3D$12,43123%115$1,130$34,158,726284Warner Bros. / IMAX
27Code Black$12,136-38%70$1,734$99,1115Long Shot Factory
28Siddharth$10,942537%54$2,188$25,4834Zeitgeist Films
29Closed Curtain$9,89198%43$2,473$21,4542Variance Films
30The Rover$9,577-6%11-1$871$1,061,2076A24
31A Coffee in Berlin$9,529-38%8-2$1,191$129,6226Music Box Films
32Under the Skin (2014)$8,884-10%90$987$2,581,11216A24
34The Breakup Guru$7,573-47%3-3$2,524$201,2144China Lion Film
36Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger$6,788-29%7-2$970$67,2034Magnolia Pictures
37God's Not Dead$6,433-45%11-14$585$60,737,88218Freestyle / Pure Flix
38Fed Up$5,8720%12-8$489$1,515,79811RADiUS-TWC
39A Long Way Down$5,006251%54$1,001$7,4352Magnolia Pictures
40The Lunchbox$4,7663%6-4$794$4,193,34421Sony Pictures Classics
41Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,18668%104$319$206,1197RADiUS-TWC
42The Last Sentence$3,100-48%3-3$1,033$45,4175Music Box Films
43The Double (2014)$2,952-30%4-3$738$185,74111Magnolia Pictures
44We Are the Best!$2,890-1%8-2$361$165,0648Magnolia Pictures
45The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz$2,849112%1-1$2,849$48,9114FilmBuff / Participant
4650 to 1$2,261-72%4-3$565$806,94318Ten Furlongs
47To the Arctic 3D$2,18396%31$728$14,153,532118Warner Bros. / IMAX
48Redwood Highway$2,134-16%31$711$123,31115Monterey Media
49The Empty Hours$1,96644%21$983$4,6092Strand Releasing
50Borgman$1,88926%50$378$55,3797Drafthouse Films
51Je T'aime Je T'aime (2014 re-issue)$1,513373%10$1,513$62,86523Film Desk / Bleeding Light Film
52Citizen Koch$1,403-77%3-6$468$147,4337Variance Films
53Bicycling with Molière$1,244137%21$622$58,77213Strand Releasing
54Night Moves$1,024-54%3-3$341$250,4218Cinedigm
55Jodorowsky's Dune$98960%42$247$645,34518Sony Pictures Classics
56Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$875-28%8-2$109$8,458,99411Clarius Entertainment
57Godzilla: The Japanese Original$819--1--$819$146,41814Rialto Pictures
58As It Is in Heaven (2014)$531--1--$531$3,5262Embark Visuals
59The Hornet's Nest$318-39%1-1$318$311,04611Freestyle Releasing
60Filth$277-31%1-1$277$34,3218Magnolia / Magnet
61For No Good Reason$251-59%1-2$251$64,88413Sony Pictures Classics
62Ai Weiwei The Fake Case$228-59%31$76$44,61110International Film Circuit
63Deep Sea 3D$222-47%20$111$46,070,691438Warner Bros. / IMAX
64The Pleasures of Being Out of Step$182--1--$182$10,60710First Run Features
65Born to Be Wild 3D$18174%62$30$23,447,616172Warner Bros. / IMAX