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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.

Daily Domestic Gross Thu, May. 6 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$1,278,000-1%3,332--$384$39,360,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Back-up Plan$507,2415%3,2800$155$25,070,4692CBS Films
3Date Night$494,7599%3,093-201$160$75,554,4684Fox
4How to Train Your Dragon$477,265-3%3,426-239$139$194,333,4936Paramount / DreamWorks
5Clash of the Titans (2010)$357,000-6%2,737-534$130$155,503,0005Warner Bros.
6The Losers$346,000-5%2,9360$118$19,650,0002Warner Bros.
7Kick-Ass$345,9230%2,542-523$136$43,776,1463Lionsgate
8Death at a Funeral (2010)$306,1201%2,271-188$135$36,223,1813Sony / Screen Gems
9Oceans$286,92814%1,2104$237$14,525,6482Disneynature
10Furry Vengeance$219,0272%2,997--$73$7,621,9571Summit
11The Last Song$146,57613%2,276-518$64$59,167,8855Disney
12Alice in Wonderland (2010)$109,8700%1,050-335$105$330,145,2289Disney
13Hot Tub Time Machine$104,0004%1,112-675$94$48,066,0006MGM
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid$36,9357%1,166-439$32$61,052,3087Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bounty Hunter$60,7108%891-690$68$64,295,9927Sony / Columbia
2City Island$59,4420%269192$221$2,334,5337Anchor Bay
3Avatar$57,2154%387-34$148$747,521,33020Fox
4Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$51,1565%727-524$70$58,954,5245Lionsgate
5The Ghost Writer$31,6367%336-109$94$14,641,72311Summit
6She's Out of My League$16,1348%24334$66$31,022,6698Paramount
7Shutter Island$16,1027%250-158$64$126,605,93111Paramount
8Greenberg$12,87210%143-12$90$3,980,4007Focus
9Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$12,68519%265-26$48$88,051,80812Fox
10The Joneses$12,5973%123-94$102$1,292,3843Roadside Attractions
11The Runaways$10,97523%122-48$90$3,453,4647Apparition
12The Crazies$9,2001%197-4$47$38,951,00010Overture
13Crazy Heart$8,56119%118-47$73$39,360,04020Fox Searchlight
14Letters to God$8,3890%199-171$42$2,687,2784Vivendi
15The Tooth Fairy$7,4817%186-29$40$59,594,82615Fox
16Green Zone$7,250-1%133-80$55$35,053,6608Universal
17Brooklyn's Finest$6,672-5%146109$46$27,090,6919Overture
18Cop Out$6,2007%141-50$44$44,787,00010Warner Bros.
19Remember Me$4,55324%118-86$39$19,033,2068Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 6 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$83,00017%492$1,694$4,821,0007Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$12,00020%16-1$750$21,832,00064Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Our Family Wedding$4,918-10%98-37$50$19,917,8128Fox Searchlight
4The Square (2010)$4,5252%246$189$192,9894Apparition
5The Book of Eli$4,40010%77-34$57$94,798,00016Warner Bros.
6The Secret of Kells$3,24413%377$88$412,9589GKIDS
7Valentine's Day$2,2000%59-51$37$110,486,00012Warner Bros. / New Line
8The Blind Side$1,40017%46-31$30$255,935,00024Warner Bros.
9After.Life$14231%20$71$108,4544Anchor Bay