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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, Aug. 25 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$1,641,501-21%3,2700$502$71,027,1752Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$1,620,656-14%3,0820$526$52,242,4492Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$1,044,526-19%3,472-179$301$91,832,0523Sony / Columbia
4Nanny McPhee Returns$890,465-26%2,784--$320$11,595,1351Universal
5Inception$871,199-12%2,401-575$363$264,851,5406Warner Bros.
6Vampires Suck$866,117-29%3,233257$268$21,899,6451Fox
7Piranha 3D$845,710-28%2,470--$342$13,224,1751Weinstein Company
8The Switch (2010)$789,301-23%2,012--$392$11,142,1701Miramax
9Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$634,405-20%2,8202$225$23,069,5452Universal
10Lottery Ticket$606,075-26%1,973--$307$12,898,8791Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$559,995-18%2,236-474$250$232,958,4107Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$378,818-17%2,149-897$176$67,087,4214Paramount / DreamWorks
13Step Up 3D$367,883-27%1,592-847$231$38,155,2243Disney
14Salt$359,347-12%1,794-794$200$111,041,5505Sony / Columbia
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$229,006-21%1,580-899$145$40,445,7294Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$211,643-13%730-357$290$404,488,26310Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$96,100-13%404-426$238$18,544,1237Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$71,270-6%557-655$128$297,439,3308Summit
4Hubble 3D$67,5162%15197$447$14,232,39323Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Ramona and Beezus$47,132-25%388-103$121$24,458,4195Fox
6Charlie St. Cloud$45,195-12%647-1038$70$30,494,6504Universal
7Grown Ups$35,259-20%424-380$83$159,070,4909Sony / Columbia
8Knight and Day$29,444-16%277-33$106$75,774,5409Fox
9Shrek Forever After$28,317-21%232-22$122$237,834,53514Paramount / DreamWorks
10Winter's Bone$25,316-8%131-5$193$5,260,05211Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$19,399-25%223-141$87$130,152,7688Paramount
12Predators$15,935-9%234-109$68$51,449,7957Fox
13The A-Team$11,140-15%151-53$74$77,017,48111Fox
14Marmaduke$7,526-24%122-29$62$33,518,71012Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 25 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$23,3727%160$1,461$23,912,61780Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Peepli Live$12,311-4%706$176$634,8642UTV Communications
3The Concert$8,79921%201$440$310,6905Weinstein Company
4Flipped$7,376-2%29-13$254$593,0703Warner Bros.
5The Tillman Story$6,7094%4--$1,677$71,6811Weinstein Company
6Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$5,423-5%27--$201$406,1755NeoClassics
7Cyrus$4,589-5%56-28$82$7,332,49610Fox Searchlight
8La Soga$4,230-2%209$212$124,01827-57 Releasing
9Letters to Juliet$2,851-15%35-26$81$53,029,96115Summit
10Middle Men$2,220-15%16-236$139$730,9813Paramount
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,1766%8-4$272$116,4673Anchor Bay
12Tales From Earthsea$1,5341%50$307$45,8542Disney
13Solitary Man$1,415-35%19-9$74$4,300,00714Anchor Bay
14Princess Kaiulani$32514%1-2$325$870,66215Roadside Attractions
15City Island$202-12%4-4$51$6,669,80323Anchor Bay