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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. 22 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$2,269,311-13%2,861--$793$30,980,6071Warner Bros.
2Easy A$1,011,276-18%2,856--$354$21,056,2211Sony / Screen Gems
3Resident Evil: Afterlife$730,242-19%3,2096$228$46,368,9932Sony / Screen Gems
4Devil$660,115-23%2,809--$235$14,606,4601Universal
5Alpha and Omega$319,801-12%2,625--$122$10,115,4311Lionsgate
6The American$229,612-16%2,457-376$93$33,482,1983Focus
7Takers$213,622-12%2,139-52$100$53,043,7334Sony / Screen Gems
8Eat Pray Love$184,970-9%1,668-671$111$78,146,3736Sony / Columbia
9Machete$173,347-8%1,704-974$102$24,925,2883Fox
10Inception$166,167-7%1,305-278$127$285,630,28010Warner Bros.
11The Other Guys$140,252-7%1,827-419$77$115,825,5977Sony / Columbia
12Going the Distance (2010)$132,186-8%2,007-1023$66$17,165,1173Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Expendables$119,837-7%1,854-1204$65$101,384,0236Lionsgate
14The Switch (2010)$78,676-9%1,158-437$68$26,832,7225Miramax
15The Last Exorcism$76,703-4%2,013-718$38$40,348,7404Lionsgate
16Nanny McPhee Returns$55,4850%1,588-776$35$27,776,6205Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$46,885-10%944-431$50$244,885,07011Universal
2Lottery Ticket$31,320-9%677-228$46$23,602,5815Warner Bros.
3Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$30,665-1%384-235$80$31,167,3956Universal
4Avatar$30,5802%129-307$237$760,167,65040Fox
5Vampires Suck$21,739-11%964-706$23$35,935,4745Fox
6Dinner for Schmucks$18,647-5%313-223$60$72,260,7388Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$17,9475%339-848$53$300,155,44712Summit
8The Kids Are All Right$14,017-19%169-49$83$20,553,79911Focus
9Piranha 3D$13,864-4%264-561$53$24,772,0795Weinstein Company
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$13,588-13%360-65$38$43,062,1758Warner Bros.
11Flipped$13,5063%375-67$36$1,613,8447Warner Bros.
12Winter's Bone$10,60012%103-13$103$5,982,97815Roadside Attractions
13Ramona and Beezus$10,112-4%260-15$39$25,748,3829Fox
14The Last Airbender$8,521-14%174-46$49$131,591,95712Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 22 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$28,548-4%633$453$15,727,42027Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Catfish$25,7624%12--$2,147$333,9221Universal / Rogue
3Never Let Me Go$9,9994%40$2,500$186,8301Fox Searchlight
4The Tillman Story$7,4695%283$267$539,9225Weinstein Company
5Under the Sea 3D$5,388-16%16--$337$24,236,80684Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Predators$4,120-13%55-31$75$51,920,69011Fox
7Cyrus$4,003131%19-7$211$7,426,67114Fox Searchlight
8We Are Family$3,734-14%78--$48$608,2203UTV Communications
9The Concert$3,55016%201$178$550,8939Weinstein Company
10Jack Goes Boating$2,977-8%4--$744$38,5151Relativity / Overture
11The Romantics$2,672-63%1412$191$94,5312Four of a Kind
12Knight and Day$2,5600%64-29$40$76,373,02913Fox
13Bran Nue Dae$2,2709%171$134$57,3772Freestyle Releasing
14La Soga$335-39%4-3$84$207,84267-57 Releasing
15Solitary Man$276-51%7-2$39$4,354,54618Anchor Bay
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$88-23%3-1$29$156,7147Anchor Bay