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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. 8 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$7,931,087-10%4,46852$1,775$203,662,3771Summit
2Toy Story 3$5,147,053-2%4,0280$1,278$318,224,8993Disney
3The Last Airbender$4,036,407-7%3,1690$1,274$83,077,2861Paramount
4Grown Ups$3,251,525-2%3,5340$920$94,914,7932Sony / Columbia
5Knight and Day$1,478,7890%3,1046$476$54,088,8592Fox
6The Karate Kid (2010)$1,415,7152%3,1090$455$158,935,4884Sony / Columbia
7The A-Team$551,3672%2,153-9$256$72,171,1734Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Get Him to the Greek$229,855-5%884-106$260$58,712,4305Universal
2Shrek Forever After$205,1551%957-1383$214$233,282,5057Paramount / DreamWorks
3Iron Man 2$106,0694%522-647$203$308,844,5399Paramount
4Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time$104,0646%600-102$173$88,656,1326Disney
5How to Train Your Dragon$100,01913%303-30$330$216,576,04415Paramount / DreamWorks
6Letters to Juliet$96,00710%340-169$282$51,389,8438Summit
7Sex and the City 2$93,4023%355-546$263$94,492,9786Warner Bros. / New Line
8Marmaduke$86,6874%47590$182$31,191,9225Fox
9Killers$85,0033%727-111$117$45,576,8395Lionsgate
10Robin Hood$58,6957%3786$155$104,206,8808Universal
11Solitary Man$52,878-8%176-1$300$3,085,9417Anchor Bay
12Date Night$39,6664%242-44$164$97,814,18313Fox
13Clash of the Titans (2010)$21,86715%175-51$125$163,018,34014Warner Bros.
14Jonah Hex$21,427-2%350-2475$61$10,042,8573Warner Bros.
15Furry Vengeance$20,75426%107-50$194$17,545,79510Summit
16Splice$17,626-4%140-200$126$16,630,5105Warner Bros
17A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$8,94813%110-62$81$63,030,85010Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 8 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cyrus$102,509-3%7760$1,331$2,146,0753Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$82,2460%522$1,582$10,015,13516Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Winter's Bone$57,595-1%8313$694$2,055,9604Roadside Attractions
4Grease Sing-a-Long$35,010--12--$2,918$35,0100Paramount
5I Hate Luv Storys$21,683-26%84--$258$624,5391UTV
6Under the Sea 3D$19,9336%130$1,533$22,759,02973Warner Bros. / IMAX
7City Island$14,649-13%81-24$181$6,414,89516Anchor Bay
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$12,83720%70-35$183$63,838,19216Fox
9The Back-up Plan$12,73517%97-50$131$37,411,33511CBS Films
10Just Wright$10,566-1%95-16$111$21,362,9138Fox Searchlight
11Babies$10,112-4%42-22$241$7,320,3239Focus
12Avatar$6,20332%9-6$689$749,620,43829Fox
13The Secret of Kells$1,909-8%14-1$136$677,92418GKIDS
14The Square (2010)$1,26438%5-3$253$397,79513Apparition
15Raavan$1,074-22%28-87$38$708,7263Reliance Big Pictures
16Princess Kaiulani$895-35%5-5$179$841,2718Roadside Attractions
17The Joneses$461-18%1-2$461$1,472,05312Roadside Attractions