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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. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,570,0800%3,203--$490$33,891,3661Sony / Screen Gems
2The American$487,8495%2,83310$172$30,099,9542Focus
3Takers$402,9973%2,191-15$184$49,346,0643Sony / Screen Gems
4Machete$401,3820%2,6788$150$22,635,8042Fox
5Going the Distance (2010)$360,1435%3,0300$119$15,416,0592Warner Bros. / New Line
6Eat Pray Love$346,5518%2,339-324$148$75,985,8045Sony / Columbia
7The Expendables$306,3789%3,058-340$100$99,647,2535Lionsgate
8The Other Guys$260,91510%2,246-361$116$113,431,3946Sony / Columbia
9Inception$252,07410%1,583-121$159$283,162,7189Warner Bros.
10The Last Exorcism$207,1464%2,731-143$76$38,902,0213Lionsgate
11The Switch (2010)$173,7877%1,595-290$109$25,670,1154Miramax
12Nanny McPhee Returns$94,56014%2,364-344$40$26,648,5954Universal
13Despicable Me$75,69511%1,375-225$55$243,828,05010Universal
14The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$71,25617%1,187791$60$299,894,59511Summit
15Vampires Suck$52,3793%1,670-764$31$35,297,4334Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Avatar$81,25615%436-376$186$759,844,86139Fox
2Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$74,3659%619-188$120$30,719,9005Universal
3Lottery Ticket$64,0683%905-405$71$22,879,5484Warner Bros.
4Piranha 3D$63,67718%825-964$77$24,580,2544Weinstein Company
5Toy Story 3$55,04820%712-808$77$410,171,02713Disney
6Dinner for Schmucks$41,20911%536-268$77$71,984,5207Paramount / DreamWorks
7Flipped$34,5855%442414$78$1,395,9116Warner Bros.
8The Kids Are All Right$27,9253%218-21$128$20,348,52310Focus
9Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$17,7888%425-30$42$42,747,4147Warner Bros.
10Winter's Bone$14,171-3%11623$122$5,864,12114Roadside Attractions
11The Last Airbender$12,5719%220-37$57$131,446,62611Paramount
12Ramona and Beezus$6,863-2%275-30$25$25,552,3608Fox
13Charlie St. Cloud$6,6151%190-30$35$31,162,5457Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$31,51927%60-63$525$15,488,86526Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Never Let Me Go$19,879-21%4--$4,970$44,9990Fox Searchlight
3The Tillman Story$9,52413%251$381$458,6914Weinstein Company
4Knight and Day$5,84218%93-49$63$76,328,12912Fox
5Under the Sea 3D$4,5694%0-16--$24,177,55983Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Concert$4,521-3%19-1$238$518,7358Weinstein Company
7Predators$4,518-1%86-25$53$51,875,01910Fox
8Cyrus$2,49113%260$96$7,409,31913Fox Searchlight
9The Romantics$2,320-4%2--$1,160$55,3481Four of a Kind
10Bran Nue Dae$2,192-5%16--$137$33,0461Freestyle Releasing
11La Soga$1,2194%72$174$200,28157-57 Releasing
12Solitary Man$791-13%9-15$88$4,350,76917Anchor Bay
13Princess Kaiulani$560138%30$187$882,24418Roadside Attractions
14The Disappearance of Alice Creed$188-54%4-2$47$155,6726Anchor Bay
15White Wedding (2009)$162-37%2-2$81$11,7112Dada Films