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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. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The American$723,554-13%2,823102$256$22,437,1181Focus
2Machete$688,139-16%2,670--$258$16,622,5891Fox
3Takers$597,551-7%2,2060$271$42,005,1722Sony / Screen Gems
4Going the Distance (2010)$505,170-5%3,030--$167$10,164,1001Warner Bros. / New Line
5Eat Pray Love$490,9383%2,663-360$184$71,732,7084Sony / Columbia
6The Expendables$416,155-6%3,3980$122$95,242,6134Lionsgate
7The Last Exorcism$363,806-10%2,8740$127$34,739,4692Lionsgate
8Inception$313,2371%1,704-219$184$279,409,5888Warner Bros.
9The Other Guys$309,467-2%2,607-397$119$109,094,4135Sony / Columbia
10The Switch (2010)$237,5387%1,885-132$126$23,004,7293Miramax
11Nanny McPhee Returns$216,64060%2,708-90$80$24,200,7303Universal
12Piranha 3D$158,285-7%1,789-702$88$23,636,4183Weinstein Company
13Despicable Me$136,22531%1,600-91$85$241,874,8709Universal
14Vampires Suck$124,39613%2,434-799$51$33,601,9443Fox
15Toy Story 3$122,95035%1,520920$81$409,214,04112Disney
16Lottery Ticket$112,0838%1,310-508$86$21,407,6263Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$204,7234%8120$252$758,831,60038Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$117,0157%807-462$145$29,618,1754Universal
3Salt$88,7216%705-307$126$115,821,5627Sony / Columbia
4Dinner for Schmucks$59,664-2%804-697$74$71,352,5366Paramount / DreamWorks
5Step Up 3D$52,3725%434-323$121$41,449,4375Disney
6Hubble 3D$37,33931%123-28$304$15,204,67525Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Kids Are All Right$31,00812%239-103$130$19,980,8919Focus
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$30,7531%396-80$78$298,890,39910Summit
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$23,16960%455-264$51$42,268,1946Warner Bros.
10The Last Airbender$17,8720%257-49$70$131,214,78610Paramount
11Ramona and Beezus$12,86254%305-49$42$25,339,9547Fox
12Charlie St. Cloud$9,8550%220-50$45$31,030,5856Universal
13Shrek Forever After$7,6111%179-28$43$238,395,99016Paramount / DreamWorks
14Knight and Day$7,4042%142-87$52$76,253,22711Fox
15Predators$5,007-2%111-76$45$51,804,3079Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Winter's Bone$12,73726%93-26$137$5,672,96613Roadside Attractions
2The Tillman Story$10,248-12%2419$427$338,3053Weinstein Company
3Under the Sea 3D$7,88018%160$493$24,130,11782Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Flipped$4,87925%282$174$783,0775Warner Bros.
5The Concert$4,0428%200$202$464,1967Weinstein Company
6The A-Team$3,14417%54-38$58$77,196,31613Fox
7La Soga$1,27714%5-7$255$165,42547-57 Releasing
8Solitary Man$1,22530%245$51$4,343,39616Anchor Bay
9Marmaduke$91024%45-21$20$33,633,59714Fox
10White Wedding (2009)$83279%4--$208$8,6581Dada Films
11Cyrus$8090%26-6$31$7,384,17612Fox Searchlight
12The Disappearance of Alice Creed$660-31%6-1$110$149,5745Anchor Bay
13Princess Kaiulani$655-13%32$218$878,34117Roadside Attractions