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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, Jul. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$24,211,138-65%4,416--$5,483$92,744,9780Summit
2The Last Airbender$17,511,097--3,169--$5,526$17,511,0970Paramount
3Toy Story 3$7,481,5062%4,0280$1,857$258,826,1692Disney
4Grown Ups$4,094,8690%3,534--$1,159$58,581,5151Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$1,831,2774%3,09855$591$35,308,6141Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$1,691,891-6%3,109-554$544$143,523,2583Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$631,565-11%2,162-1382$292$66,090,9503Fox
8Shrek Forever After$308,979-38%2,340-867$132$231,388,4756Paramount / DreamWorks
9Iron Man 2$160,947-8%1,169-443$138$307,654,4638Paramount
10Jonah Hex$41,359-61%2,8250$15$9,813,8262Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$262,350-19%990-1389$265$56,241,5954Universal
2Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$232,622-10%702-1575$331$87,454,1705Disney
3Letters to Juliet$154,484-38%509-297$304$50,122,3057Summit
4Sex and the City 2$109,450-8%901-779$121$93,694,7695Warner Bros. / New Line
5How to Train Your Dragon$100,4209%333120$302$215,815,23414Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killers$79,313-39%838-1781$95$44,695,3294Lionsgate
7Robin Hood$53,9404%372-431$145$103,585,0757Universal
8Marmaduke$52,608-29%385-1363$137$30,456,0414Fox
9Solitary Man$41,575-2%17770$235$2,259,1796Anchor Bay
10Date Night$31,16210%286-12$109$97,447,28812Fox
11Clash of the Titans (2010)$27,39314%226-41$121$162,801,07313Warner Bros.
12Furry Vengeance$20,080-31%157-78$128$17,370,4759Summit
13Splice$17,916-9%340-604$53$16,339,0644Warner Bros
14The Back-up Plan$15,15222%147-19$103$37,306,78410CBS Films
15City Island$13,623-2%105-28$130$6,215,77615Anchor Bay
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid$13,4401%105-41$128$63,746,78715Fox
17A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$13,09314%172-56$76$62,952,4749Warner Bros. / New Line
18Just Wright$7,557-4%111-47$68$21,256,4707Fox Searchlight
19Kick-Ass$6,8817%102-55$67$48,071,30311Lionsgate
20Raavan$4,482-16%115-5$39$690,2842Reliance Big Pictures

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$69,853-3%500$1,397$9,430,39915Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Winter's Bone$59,98816%7031$857$1,281,8913Roadside Attractions
3Cyrus$40,04512%1713$2,356$717,8742Fox Searchlight
4Under the Sea 3D$15,19223%13-2$1,169$22,639,01972Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Babies$11,86834%64-33$185$7,241,1918Focus
6Avatar$6,54651%151$436$749,568,15828Fox
7The Secret of Kells$2,09320%150$140$645,18917GKIDS
8The Square (2010)$1,858-11%8-4$232$387,28312Apparition
9Princess Kaiulani$1,00358%10-6$100$830,4987Roadside Attractions
10The Joneses$469-2%3-4$156$1,466,98811Roadside Attractions
11Racing Dreams$190-85%20$95$46,8506Hanover House