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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. 23 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Town$2,106,294-7%2,861--$736$33,086,9011Warner Bros.
2Easy A$1,057,4975%2,856--$370$22,113,7181Sony / Screen Gems
3Resident Evil: Afterlife$749,8043%3,2096$234$47,118,7972Sony / Screen Gems
4Devil$647,005-2%2,809--$230$15,253,4651Universal
5Alpha and Omega$314,242-2%2,625--$120$10,429,6731Lionsgate
6The American$228,8010%2,457-376$93$33,710,9993Focus
7Takers$219,1403%2,139-52$102$53,262,8734Sony / Screen Gems
8Eat Pray Love$189,3222%1,668-671$114$78,335,6956Sony / Columbia
9Inception$176,0066%1,305-278$135$285,806,28610Warner Bros.
10Machete$165,557-4%1,704-974$97$25,090,8453Fox
11The Other Guys$148,5726%1,827-419$81$115,974,1697Sony / Columbia
12Going the Distance (2010)$125,429-5%2,007-1023$62$17,290,5463Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Expendables$121,9432%1,854-1204$66$101,505,9666Lionsgate
14The Switch (2010)$81,6114%1,158-437$70$26,914,3335Miramax
15The Last Exorcism$79,8864%2,013-718$40$40,428,6264Lionsgate
16Nanny McPhee Returns$55,3300%1,588-776$35$27,831,9505Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me$47,0100%944-431$50$244,932,08011Universal
2Avatar$36,05718%129-307$280$760,203,70740Fox
3Lottery Ticket$33,3126%677-228$49$23,635,8935Warner Bros.
4Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$30,5900%384-235$80$31,197,9856Universal
5Vampires Suck$21,6590%964-706$22$35,957,1335Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$18,8845%339-848$56$300,174,33112Summit
7Dinner for Schmucks$18,236-2%313-223$58$72,278,9748Paramount / DreamWorks
8The Kids Are All Right$16,20716%169-49$96$20,570,00611Focus
9Flipped$15,49515%375-67$41$1,629,3397Warner Bros.
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$13,7671%360-65$38$43,075,9428Warner Bros.
11Piranha 3D$12,912-7%264-561$49$24,784,9915Weinstein Company
12Ramona and Beezus$10,6195%260-15$41$25,759,0019Fox
13Winter's Bone$10,335-3%103-13$100$5,993,31315Roadside Attractions
14The Last Airbender$9,1057%174-46$52$131,601,06212Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$30,5397%633$485$15,757,95927Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Catfish$24,778-4%12--$2,065$358,7001Universal / Rogue
3Never Let Me Go$9,762-2%40$2,441$196,5921Fox Searchlight
4The Tillman Story$6,937-7%283$248$546,8595Weinstein Company
5Under the Sea 3D$5,6936%16--$356$24,242,49984Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Predators$4,66113%55-31$85$51,925,35111Fox
7The Concert$3,225-9%201$161$554,1189Weinstein Company
8Jack Goes Boating$3,0974%4--$774$41,6121Relativity / Overture
9Knight and Day$3,01318%64-29$47$76,376,04213Fox
10The Romantics$2,7051%1412$193$97,2362Four of a Kind
11We Are Family$2,191-41%78--$28$610,4113UTV Communications
12Cyrus$2,162-46%19-7$114$7,428,83314Fox Searchlight
13Bran Nue Dae$1,805-20%171$106$59,1822Freestyle Releasing
14Solitary Man$816196%7-2$117$4,355,36218Anchor Bay
15La Soga$40019%4-3$100$208,24267-57 Releasing
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$63-28%3-1$21$156,8147Anchor Bay