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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 Mon, Aug. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$3,940,611-59%3,270--$1,205$38,765,7461Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$3,043,852-53%3,082--$988$26,148,3751Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$2,260,790-55%3,6510$619$72,212,6122Sony / Columbia
4Inception$1,532,359-54%3,120-298$491$250,001,8415Warner Bros.
5Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,465,360-46%2,818--$520$12,075,1551Universal
6Despicable Me$1,095,995-48%2,923-490$375$223,293,3856Universal
7Step Up 3D$1,056,592-47%2,4394$433$30,901,0142Disney
8Dinner for Schmucks$956,659-47%3,04642$314$59,742,2063Paramount / DreamWorks
9Salt$768,362-56%2,834-483$271$104,206,6354Sony / Columbia
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$710,032-46%2,728-977$260$35,928,9693Warner Bros.
11Toy Story 3$390,196-49%1,219-495$320$401,215,0229Disney
12Charlie St. Cloud$333,280-42%2,083-642$160$29,091,7403Universal
13The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$214,712-44%1,212-492$177$296,057,1567Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kids Are All Right$171,852-57%830-164$207$16,893,2436Focus
2Ramona and Beezus$159,985-36%632-846$253$23,495,2584Fox
3Grown Ups$133,621-51%968-801$138$158,188,2118Sony / Columbia
4Shrek Forever After$54,726-50%254-54$215$237,290,66213Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Last Airbender$48,185-56%364-275$132$129,751,7887Paramount
6Predators$36,492-53%343-111$106$51,098,3216Fox
7Knight and Day$30,895-53%310-26$100$75,320,2848Fox
8Winter's Bone$25,761-61%136-5$189$4,881,10110Roadside Attractions
9The A-Team$19,079-53%204-37$94$76,812,48010Fox
10Middle Men$17,762-46%2520$70$657,1762Paramount
11Iron Man 2$16,883-55%178-46$95$312,074,31615Paramount
12Marmaduke$15,424-46%151-19$102$33,357,05711Fox
13Killers$14,851-40%169-3$88$47,015,33611Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$68,851-21%541$1,275$13,473,09722Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$22,1027%163$1,381$23,694,69479Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Flipped$19,724-48%44-1$448$468,2382Warner Bros.
4Peepli Live$18,728-80%64--$293$368,7821UTV Communications
5Cyrus$8,069-46%84-48$96$7,260,7549Fox Searchlight
6The Concert$7,394-60%190$389$206,4894Weinstein Company
7La Soga$5,956-73%11--$541$58,65317-57 Releasing
8Letters to Juliet$5,805-31%61-42$95$52,985,37214Summit
9Sex and the City 2$4,497-39%81-119$56$95,333,43412Warner Bros. / New Line
10Date Night$3,136-54%33-13$95$98,659,47119Fox
11Tales From Earthsea$3,129-55%5--$626$23,7431Disney
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,748-66%122$229$84,7912Anchor Bay
13Solitary Man$2,273-64%28-17$81$4,260,53213Anchor Bay
14Princess Kaiulani$647-56%32$216$867,00514Roadside Attractions
15Twelve$545-39%12-219$45$182,1362Hannover House
16City Island$325-44%81$41$6,666,13622Anchor Bay
17The People I've Slept With$246-62%1--$246$3,9621People Pictures