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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, Sep. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$1,469,422-12%2,721--$540$3,143,7850Focus
2Takers$1,189,819-5%2,206--$539$26,450,8251Sony / Screen Gems
3The Last Exorcism$852,729-9%2,874--$297$24,772,3841Lionsgate
4Eat Pray Love$845,206-2%3,023-59$280$64,104,0343Sony / Columbia
5The Expendables$764,277-4%3,398128$225$85,567,7703Lionsgate
6The Other Guys$531,329-4%3,004-468$177$101,466,2114Sony / Columbia
7Inception$481,4102%1,923-478$250$272,573,2547Warner Bros.
8The Switch (2010)$443,907-1%2,0175$220$18,375,1402Miramax
9Nanny McPhee Returns$419,665-3%2,79814$150$18,865,9752Universal
10Piranha 3D$400,871-1%2,49121$161$20,095,8072Weinstein Company
11Vampires Suck$303,267-3%3,2330$94$29,298,6572Fox
12Despicable Me$253,650-3%1,691-545$150$237,450,9508Universal
13Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$241,110-3%1,269-1551$190$27,281,9103Universal
14Lottery Ticket$222,613-9%1,818-155$122$18,357,6972Warner Bros.
15Salt$154,4382%1,012-782$153$113,960,9976Sony / Columbia
16Dinner for Schmucks$148,442-2%1,501-648$99$69,891,5135Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$323,618-8%812--$399$755,286,03937Fox
2Step Up 3D$128,1613%757-835$169$40,288,9124Disney
3Toy Story 3$115,0315%600-130$192$406,155,37311Disney
4Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$62,438-1%719-861$87$41,566,1965Warner Bros.
5The Kids Are All Right$58,1243%342-62$170$19,397,2228Focus
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$52,624-1%476-81$111$298,253,2219Summit
7Hubble 3D$40,9896%1510$271$14,723,24824Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Last Airbender$32,136-3%30683$105$130,736,9319Paramount
9Ramona and Beezus$27,8440%354-34$79$24,939,4016Fox
10Knight and Day$18,2625%229-48$80$76,067,58910Fox
11Shrek Forever After$16,3221%207-25$79$238,123,68515Paramount / DreamWorks
12Winter's Bone$13,75212%119-12$116$5,491,20512Roadside Attractions
13Charlie St. Cloud$13,5050%270-377$50$30,811,7905Universal
14Predators$13,355-1%187-47$71$51,675,0088Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Under the Sea 3D$10,5053%160$657$24,026,70181Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Concert$6,373-14%200$319$394,2466Weinstein Company
3Flipped$6,1476%26-3$236$700,1414Warner Bros.
4The A-Team$6,1107%92-59$66$77,120,41912Fox
5Marmaduke$4,1523%66-56$63$33,583,28213Fox
6The Tillman Story$3,507-11%51$701$124,0802Weinstein Company
7Peepli Live$2,880-21%45-25$64$13UTV Communications
8Farewell (L'affaire Farewell)$2,6972%21-6$128$459,3106NeoClassics
9Solitary Man$2,242-16%190$118$4,327,14615Anchor Bay
10Cyrus$1,994-18%32-24$62$7,363,58411Fox Searchlight
11La Soga$1,338-21%12-8$112$150,69237-57 Releasing
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$1,087-12%7-1$155$135,4544Anchor Bay
13The People I've Slept With$688190%1--$688$12,4403People Pictures
14Princess Kaiulani$208-35%10$208$872,90916Roadside Attractions
15Tales From Earthsea$19735%1-4$197$48,6583Disney
16City Island$124107%1-3$124$6,671,03624Anchor Bay