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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 Sat, Aug. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$6,677,45035%3,2700$2,042$59,999,3962Lionsgate
2Vampires Suck$4,749,7517%3,233--$1,469$15,563,8351Fox
3Eat Pray Love$4,614,46923%3,0820$1,497$43,463,1662Sony / Columbia
4Lottery Ticket$4,277,65011%1,973--$2,168$01Warner Bros.
5The Other Guys$4,075,64435%3,472-179$1,174$85,192,8913Sony / Columbia
6Piranha 3D$3,567,604-1%2,470--$1,444$7,168,3111Weinstein Company
7The Switch (2010)$3,331,87323%2,012--$1,656$6,033,6731Miramax
8Nanny McPhee Returns$3,229,44021%2,784--$1,160$5,902,0801Universal
9Inception$3,221,94348%2,401-719$1,342$259,591,9326Warner Bros.
10Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$1,973,44520%2,8202$700$19,319,1352Universal
11Despicable Me$1,855,88552%2,236-687$830$229,469,4307Universal
12Salt$1,421,9721312%1,794-1040$793$108,907,7425Sony / Columbia
13Dinner for Schmucks$1,417,85730%2,149-897$660$64,786,4824Paramount / DreamWorks
14Step Up 3D$1,229,27428%1,592-847$772$35,908,9373Disney
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$665,04460%1,580-1148$421$39,040,5124Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$585,56659%730-489$802$403,234,80910Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$349,01069%404-426$864$17,977,4557Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$228,61531%557-655$410$297,053,7288Summit
4Charlie St. Cloud$200,57024%647-1436$310$30,232,9154Universal
5Grown Ups$198,11649%424-544$467$158,855,2379Sony / Columbia
6Ramona and Beezus$164,54047%388-244$424$24,162,1215Fox
7The Karate Kid (2010)$160,89454%314-58$512$175,401,90111Sony / Columbia
8Hubble 3D$132,19256%15197$875$13,898,17423Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Shrek Forever After$117,73359%232-22$507$237,651,06614Paramount / DreamWorks
10Knight and Day$109,24926%277-33$394$75,614,8159Fox
11Winter's Bone$88,85665%130-6$684$5,111,40511Roadside Attractions
12Predators$85,74220%234-109$366$51,354,5497Fox
13The Last Airbender$77,63250%223-141$348$130,026,2838Paramount
14The A-Team$46,43141%151-53$307$76,951,69911Fox
15Marmaduke$35,99179%122-29$295$33,468,45312Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Peepli Live$73,09267%706$1,044$554,6302UTV Communications
2Under the Sea 3D$27,93142%160$1,746$23,818,44380Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$25,47875%27--$944$374,2125NeoClassics
4The Concert$22,452113%201$1,123$268,2545Weinstein Company
5The Tillman Story$20,50848%4--$5,127$34,3401Weinstein Company
6Flipped$19,15528%29-15$661$555,0093Warner Bros.
7Cyrus$13,95247%56-28$249$7,307,77910Fox Searchlight
8La Soga$13,01430%209$651$97,66527-57 Releasing
9Solitary Man$8,41568%19-9$443$4,284,02814Anchor Bay
10Letters to Juliet$7,29427%35-26$208$53,017,40615Summit
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$6,08152%8-4$760$104,9553Anchor Bay
12Middle Men$5,55428%16-236$347$718,5313Paramount
13Tales From Earthsea$3,62016%50$724$37,8252Disney
14City Island$72477%4-4$181$6,668,50023Anchor Bay
15Princess Kaiulani$332-19%1-2$332$869,41715Roadside Attractions