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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, Sep. 1 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$1,674,363--2,721--$615$1,674,3630Focus
2Takers$1,247,008-29%2,206--$565$25,261,0061Sony / Screen Gems
3The Last Exorcism$941,797-25%2,874--$328$23,919,6551Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$865,586-18%3,023-59$286$63,258,8283Sony / Columbia
5The Expendables$794,627-25%3,398128$234$84,803,4933Lionsgate
6The Other Guys$551,237-24%3,004-468$184$100,934,8824Sony / Columbia
7Inception$473,331-19%1,923-478$246$272,091,8447Warner Bros.
8The Switch (2010)$447,179-28%2,0175$222$17,931,2332Miramax
9Nanny McPhee Returns$433,225-26%2,79814$155$18,446,3102Universal
10Piranha 3D$406,485-27%2,49121$163$19,694,9362Weinstein Company
11Vampires Suck$311,924-31%3,2330$96$28,995,3902Fox
12Despicable Me$262,105-28%1,691-545$155$237,197,3008Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$247,455-23%1,269-1551$195$27,040,8003Universal
14Lottery Ticket$244,156-25%1,818-155$134$18,135,0842Warner Bros.
15Dinner for Schmucks$151,330-25%1,501-648$101$69,743,0715Paramount / DreamWorks
16Salt$150,835-29%1,012-782$149$113,806,5596Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$349,947-16%812--$431$754,962,42137Fox
2Step Up 3D$124,493-34%757-835$164$40,160,7514Disney
3Toy Story 3$109,230-27%600-130$182$406,040,34211Disney
4Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$63,279-31%719-861$88$41,503,7585Warner Bros.
5The Kids Are All Right$56,649-26%342-62$166$19,339,0988Focus
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$53,347-11%476-81$112$298,200,5979Summit
7Hubble 3D$38,525-8%1510$255$14,682,25924Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Last Airbender$33,290-20%30683$109$130,704,7959Paramount
9Ramona and Beezus$27,923-16%354-34$79$24,911,5576Fox
10Knight and Day$17,333-34%229-48$76$76,049,32710Fox
11Shrek Forever After$16,129-20%207-25$78$238,107,36315Paramount / DreamWorks
12Charlie St. Cloud$13,445-27%270-377$50$30,798,2855Universal
13Predators$13,438-11%187-47$72$51,661,6538Fox
14Winter's Bone$12,276-27%119-12$103$5,477,45312Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 1 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$10,2464%160$640$24,016,19681Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Concert$7,37833%200$369$387,8736Weinstein Company
3Flipped$5,799-36%26-3$223$693,9944Warner Bros.
4The A-Team$5,720-16%92-59$62$77,114,30912Fox
5Marmaduke$4,020-9%66-56$61$33,579,13013Fox
6The Tillman Story$3,943-12%51$789$120,5732Weinstein Company
7Peepli Live$3,652-12%45-25$81$715,5533UTV Communications
8Solitary Man$2,674-22%190$141$4,324,90415Anchor Bay
9Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$2,651-18%21-6$126$456,6136NeoClassics
10Cyrus$2,430-29%32-24$76$7,361,59011Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$1,688-13%12-8$141$149,35437-57 Releasing
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,241-47%7-1$177$134,3674Anchor Bay
13Princess Kaiulani$32055%10$320$872,70116Roadside Attractions
14The People I've Slept With$237-13%1--$237$11,7523People Pictures
15Tales From Earthsea$146-22%1-4$146$48,4613Disney
16City Island$60-29%1-3$60$6,670,91224Anchor Bay