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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 Tue, Aug. 10 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Guys$4,767,588-4%3,651--$1,306$45,290,0821Sony / Columbia
2Inception$2,622,0434%3,418-127$767$232,790,7464Warner Bros.
3Step Up 3D$2,201,6559%2,435--$904$20,029,1331Disney
4Despicable Me$1,689,50515%3,413-189$495$212,444,4405Universal
5Dinner for Schmucks$1,618,4992%3,00493$539$49,825,8332Paramount / DreamWorks
6Salt$1,579,86915%3,317-295$476$94,739,4503Sony / Columbia
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$1,338,42527%3,7050$361$28,822,7372Warner Bros.
8Charlie St. Cloud$913,00510%2,7257$335$25,240,7502Universal
9Toy Story 3$593,93011%1,714-391$347$397,518,5468Disney
10Ramona and Beezus$398,05521%1,478-1241$269$21,795,0643Fox
11The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$386,851-1%1,704-630$227$293,877,9976Summit
12The Sorcerer's Apprentice$376,12214%1,766-758$213$57,767,7764Disney
13Grown Ups$340,84211%1,769-500$193$156,319,7767Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$385,40622%994147$388$14,740,5215Focus
2The Last Airbender$105,11410%639-599$164$129,171,3776Paramount
3Shrek Forever After$95,03329%308-22$309$236,722,47912Paramount / DreamWorks
4Middle Men$67,76913%252--$269$453,2701Paramount
5Predators$59,355-2%454-419$131$50,617,3395Fox
6Knight and Day$49,06015%336-495$146$74,946,6447Fox
7Winter's Bone$39,2269%1412$278$4,554,3919Roadside Attractions
8The A-Team$35,23717%241-41$146$76,589,5749Fox
9Iron Man 2$35,09720%224-62$157$311,870,60914Paramount
10Marmaduke$26,20439%170-60$154$33,198,69710Fox
11Twelve$17,8086%231--$77$144,9191Hannover House
12Sex and the City 2$17,42122%200158$87$95,271,08311Warner Bros. / New Line
13Cyrus$15,9071%132-84$121$7,170,6068Fox Searchlight
14Killers$14,620-3%172-47$85$46,889,42410Lionsgate
15Get Him to the Greek$13,7554%110-45$125$60,950,26510Universal
16Letters to Juliet$13,61735%103-70$132$52,920,97313Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$81,4019%530$1,536$12,958,67221Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Flipped$27,512-4%45--$611$280,4921Warner Bros.
3Under the Sea 3D$20,134-10%130$1,549$23,529,47078Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Concert$9,2200%1917$485$120,9123Weinstein Company
5Solitary Man$6,56723%45-18$146$4,223,78612Anchor Bay
6Date Night$6,33910%46-30$138$98,620,51318Fox
7The Disappearance of Alice Creed$4,258-14%10--$426$49,4441Anchor Bay
8City Island$2,19620%7-8$314$6,659,85021Anchor Bay
9Jonah Hex$1,677-33%25-58$67$10,543,6038Warner Bros.
10Princess Kaiulani$410-19%1-1$410$862,46113Roadside Attractions