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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 Wed, Jul. 14 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jul. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$7,159,885-12%3,476--$2,060$79,233,7701Universal
2The Sorcerer's Apprentice$3,873,997--3,385--$1,144$3,873,9970Disney
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$3,722,137-17%4,4680$833$247,931,7142Summit
4Toy Story 3$2,988,462-13%3,372-656$886$348,453,4634Disney
5Grown Ups$2,086,535-14%3,337-197$625$117,393,7633Sony / Columbia
6Predators$1,882,062-20%2,669--$705$31,613,3921Fox
7The Last Airbender$1,720,951-24%3,20334$537$105,806,1992Paramount
8Knight and Day$856,871-23%2,237-867$383$64,707,4113Fox
9The Karate Kid (2010)$611,113-27%2,115-994$289$166,439,9235Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jul. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The A-Team$160,577-38%796-1357$202$74,584,6375Fox
2Cyrus$147,729-5%200123$739$3,870,5064Fox Searchlight
3Get Him to the Greek$93,810-21%354-530$265$59,754,3356Universal
4Shrek Forever After$83,105-20%461-496$180$234,042,0078Paramount / DreamWorks
5Marmaduke$67,276-16%4750$142$31,750,7556Fox
6How to Train Your Dragon$61,617-16%254-49$243$217,084,53516Paramount / DreamWorks
7Iron Man 2$55,289-10%333-189$166$309,407,30910Paramount
8Winter's Bone$55,2533%10623$521$2,667,5495Roadside Attractions
9Robin Hood$42,880-11%268-110$160$104,626,1309Universal
10Solitary Man$40,529-15%172-4$236$3,630,9778Anchor Bay
11Letters to Juliet$37,225-9%241-99$154$51,842,8689Summit
12Sex and the City 2$31,365-21%156-199$201$94,804,2127Warner Bros. / New Line
13Date Night$29,611-12%2420$122$98,095,69714Fox
14Killers$27,265-27%269-458$101$45,942,4756Lionsgate
15Splice$23,077-2%20464$113$16,832,3586Warner Bros
16Clash of the Titans (2010)$12,748-15%130-45$98$163,143,99215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jul. 14 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$80,137-1%531$1,512$10,493,55517Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Kids Are All Right$65,129-3%7--$9,304$688,0581Focus
3Under the Sea 3D$24,27314%130$1,867$22,878,91674Warner Bros. / IMAX
4City Island$10,768-7%65-16$166$6,528,74317Anchor Bay
5Furry Vengeance$8,395-24%86-21$98$17,622,51211Summit
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid$7,607-17%51-19$149$63,894,26217Fox
7Avatar$7,49665%90$833$749,675,40630Fox
8Just Wright$7,309-17%80-15$91$21,439,2079Fox Searchlight
9The Back-up Plan$4,778-17%61-36$78$37,463,43612CBS Films
10A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$3,9253%53-57$74$63,071,12211Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jonah Hex$3,223-32%65-285$50$10,096,2904Warner Bros.
12The Secret of Kells$754-14%10-4$75$683,49819GKIDS
13Princess Kaiulani$743-13%61$124$852,2359Roadside Attractions
14The Joneses$400-25%10$400$1,475,74613Roadside Attractions
15The Square (2010)$3793%50$76$401,82614Apparition