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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, Jun. 3 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shrek Forever After$3,610,0685%4,3678$827$157,742,9882Paramount / DreamWorks
2Sex and the City 2$3,067,000-5%3,4450$890$60,784,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
3Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$2,291,063-5%3,646--$628$45,602,5901Disney
4Iron Man 2$1,251,5383%3,804-373$329$283,511,1624Paramount
5Robin Hood$943,9950%3,373-132$280$89,129,0703Universal
6Letters to Juliet$723,8028%2,825-150$256$40,301,4693Summit
7MacGruber$203,425-11%2,546-5$80$8,361,8552Universal / Rogue
8Date Night$186,0251%1,126-283$165$94,558,6428Fox
9Just Wright$178,649-8%1,195-489$149$19,425,9603Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon$98,58113%825-926$119$213,394,86010Paramount / DreamWorks
2A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$92,000-6%891-1234$103$62,200,0005Warner Bros. / New Line
3Babies$63,2580%301-94$210$6,276,2214Focus
4The Back-up Plan$33,6291%391-688$86$36,698,0486CBS Films
5City Island$33,022-3%201-33$164$4,963,60411Anchor Bay
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$31,4679%283-69$111$62,858,56411Fox
7Hot Tub Time Machine$27,000-7%36486$74$50,093,00010MGM
8Clash of the Titans (2010)$19,000-5%225-187$84$161,440,0009Warner Bros.
9Kick-Ass$18,401-7%163-146$113$47,568,4067Lionsgate
10Kites$16,655-8%176-32$95$1,554,7442Reliance Big Cinema
11Shutter Island$15,2382%201-55$76$127,890,67015Paramount
12Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$13,7593%17744$78$60,023,5209Lionsgate
13Furry Vengeance$10,3726%247-1122$42$16,530,8035Summit
14Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$7,2179%108-58$67$88,624,10116Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 3 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$80,0004%480$1,667$7,333,00011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Avatar$19,34521%84-77$230$749,125,39824Fox
3Under the Sea 3D$13,000-7%180$722$22,268,00068Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Princess Kaiulani$12,045-5%38-9$317$664,5153Roadside Attractions
5Solitary Man$7,253-11%62$1,209$265,4362Anchor Bay
6The Ghost Writer$6,4587%58-28$111$15,350,79215Summit
7The Losers$5,900-11%83-102$71$23,267,0006Warner Bros.
8The Tooth Fairy$4,64522%76-39$61$59,977,93519Fox
9The Secret of Kells$2,91124%252$116$549,51913GKIDS
10Our Family Wedding$2,8163%52-32$54$20,225,61412Fox Searchlight
11The Square (2010)$1,7042%153$114$293,8488Apparition
12Letters to God$95090%14-25$68$2,841,0008Vivendi
13The Runaways$88580%11-19$80$3,573,67311Apparition
14The Joneses$3786%8-19$47$1,436,8277Roadside Attractions