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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 Thu, Aug. 26 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables$1,485,071-10%3,2700$454$72,512,2462Lionsgate
2Eat Pray Love$1,473,322-9%3,0820$478$53,715,7712Sony / Columbia
3The Other Guys$900,408-14%3,472-179$259$92,732,4603Sony / Columbia
4Inception$792,024-9%2,401-575$330$265,643,5646Warner Bros.
5Piranha 3D$739,836-13%2,470--$300$13,964,0111Weinstein Company
6Vampires Suck$712,831-18%3,233257$220$22,612,4761Fox
7The Switch (2010)$684,358-13%2,012--$340$11,826,5281Miramax
8Nanny McPhee Returns$681,935-23%2,784--$245$12,277,0701Universal
9Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$591,845-7%2,8202$210$23,661,3902Universal
10Lottery Ticket$531,459-12%1,973--$269$13,430,3381Warner Bros.
11Despicable Me$457,995-18%2,236-687$205$233,416,4057Universal
12Dinner for Schmucks$337,411-11%2,149-897$157$67,424,8324Paramount / DreamWorks
13Salt$335,204-7%1,794-794$187$111,376,7545Sony / Columbia
14Step Up 3D$332,264-10%1,592-847$209$38,487,4883Disney
15Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$158,284-31%1,580-899$100$40,604,0134Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Toy Story 3$160,248-24%730-357$220$404,648,51110Disney
2The Kids Are All Right$83,406-13%404-426$206$18,627,5297Focus
3The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$73,7694%557-655$132$297,513,0998Summit
4Hubble 3D$62,768-7%15197$416$14,295,16123Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Charlie St. Cloud$42,125-7%647-1436$65$30,536,7754Universal
6Ramona and Beezus$38,886-17%388-103$100$24,497,3055Fox
7Grown Ups$34,166-3%424-380$81$159,104,6569Sony / Columbia
8Knight and Day$29,3130%277-33$106$75,803,8539Fox
9Shrek Forever After$26,617-6%232-22$115$237,861,15214Paramount / DreamWorks
10Winter's Bone$21,712-14%131-5$166$5,281,76411Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$18,734-3%223-141$84$130,171,5028Paramount
12Predators$16,1922%234-109$69$51,465,9877Fox
13The A-Team$11,9868%151-53$79$77,029,46711Fox
14Marmaduke$7,231-4%122-29$59$33,525,94112Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 26 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$17,135-27%160$1,071$23,929,75280Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Peepli Live$9,646-22%706$138$644,5102UTV Communications
3Flipped$7,6514%29-13$264$600,7213Warner Bros.
4The Concert$7,392-16%201$370$318,0825Weinstein Company
5Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$5,4070%27--$200$411,5825NeoClassics
6The Tillman Story$4,734-29%4--$1,184$76,4151Weinstein Company
7Cyrus$4,358-5%56-28$78$7,336,85410Fox Searchlight
8La Soga$3,426-19%209$171$127,44427-57 Releasing
9Letters to Juliet$2,492-13%35-26$71$53,032,45315Summit
10Middle Men$2,46611%16-236$154$733,4473Paramount
11The Disappearance of Alice Creed$2,2282%8-4$279$118,6953Anchor Bay
12Solitary Man$2,00442%19-9$105$4,302,29714Anchor Bay
13Tales From Earthsea$1,6004%50$320$47,4542Disney
14City Island$26029%4-4$65$6,670,06323Anchor Bay
15Princess Kaiulani$162-50%1-2$162$870,82415Roadside Attractions