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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 Sat, Jun. 19 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$37,091,130-10%4,028--$9,208$78,240,0911Disney
2The Karate Kid (2010)$11,097,97826%3,6630$3,030$97,134,5552Sony / Columbia
3The A-Team$5,227,65822%3,5449$1,475$45,535,0972Fox
4Get Him to the Greek$2,307,00016%2,592-110$890$46,042,0003Universal
5Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$2,159,19124%2,605-503$829$79,129,7464Disney
6Shrek Forever After$2,133,55727%3,207-661$665$221,275,8985Paramount / DreamWorks
7Killers$1,950,56716%2,619-240$745$37,897,5533Lionsgate
8Jonah Hex$1,800,000-8%2,825--$637$3,752,0001Warner Bros.
9Marmaduke$1,212,94379%2,495-718$486$27,127,7773Fox
10Iron Man 2$1,049,14147%1,612-693$651$303,102,6357Paramount
11Sex and the City 2$979,0008%1,680-1070$583$89,643,0004Warner Bros. / New Line
12Robin Hood$528,00046%1,046-849$505$101,546,0006Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Splice$354,00025%944-1506$375$15,275,0003Warner Bros
2Letters to Juliet$318,97214%806-525$396$48,400,4456Summit
3Solitary Man$192,45867%10754$1,799$1,305,5935Anchor Bay
4Raavan$188,0472%119--$1,580$371,5331Reliance Big Pictures
5Date Night$148,02120%345-85$429$96,794,22611Fox
6Clash of the Titans (2010)$91,00030%267-66$341$162,136,00012Warner Bros.
7The Bounty Hunter$89,76212%174-62$516$66,711,41714Sony / Columbia
8City Island$85,59794%133-26$644$5,885,60814Anchor Bay
9Just Wright$70,85443%158-121$448$21,038,3816Fox Searchlight
10How to Train Your Dragon$63,28625%213-68$297$214,711,06713Paramount / DreamWorks
11Death at a Funeral (2010)$59,01537%16195$367$42,318,36110Sony / Screen Gems
12A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$45,00022%228103$197$62,695,0008Warner Bros. / New Line
13Furry Vengeance$43,01723%235-33$183$17,026,7198Summit
14The Back-up Plan$36,97514%16654$223$37,026,8019CBS Films
15Kick-Ass$28,73425%157-21$183$47,925,82210Lionsgate
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid$27,8215%146-56$191$63,526,25414Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 19 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$143,94846%3935$3,691$365,5482Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$93,00013%502$1,860$8,543,00014Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cyrus$70,07934%4--$17,520$122,2891Fox Searchlight
4Babies$35,48138%97-49$366$7,051,4687Focus
5Raajneeti$34,00089%56-68$607$1,412,0003UTV Communications
6Avatar$19,47161%17-9$1,145$749,421,33427Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$12,000-8%150$800$22,490,00071Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Losers$7,5000%31-96$242$23,575,0009Warner Bros.
9The Square (2010)$7,04518%12-5$587$347,78111Apparition
10Princess Kaiulani$6,6439%16-10$415$803,3416Roadside Attractions
11The Joneses$4,15860%7-1$594$1,453,23910Roadside Attractions
12The Secret of Kells$4,01445%15-5$268$616,01416GKIDS
13Racing Dreams$722-26%2--$361$42,8975Hanover House