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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 Fri, Sep. 24 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$6,913,160--3,565--$1,939$6,913,1601Fox
2The Town$5,005,216138%2,88524$1,735$38,092,1172Warner Bros.
3Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,519,426--3,575--$1,264$4,519,4261Warner Bros.
4Easy A$3,604,536241%2,8560$1,262$25,718,2542Sony / Screen Gems
5You Again$2,734,062--2,548--$1,073$2,734,0621Disney
6Devil$2,121,985228%2,8112$755$17,375,4502Universal
7Resident Evil: Afterlife$1,395,78286%2,642-567$528$48,514,5793Sony / Screen Gems
8Alpha and Omega$1,092,745248%2,6250$416$11,522,4182Lionsgate
9Takers$484,085121%1,413-726$343$53,746,9585Sony / Screen Gems
10The Other Guys$295,89099%1,047-780$283$116,270,0598Sony / Columbia
11The American$271,68319%1,315-1142$207$33,982,6824Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Inception$380,168116%907-398$419$286,186,45411Warner Bros.
2Eat Pray Love$209,85211%855-813$245$78,545,5477Sony / Columbia
3Machete$187,92114%682-1022$276$25,278,7664Fox
4The Expendables$164,02835%852-1002$193$101,669,9947Lionsgate
5Despicable Me$146,425211%610-329$240$245,078,50512Universal
6The Last Exorcism$107,57635%707-1306$152$40,536,2025Lionsgate
7The Virginity Hit$103,523--700--$148$134,1013Sony / Columbia
8Nanny McPhee Returns$95,62573%765-813$125$27,927,5756Universal
9Going the Distance (2010)$84,380-33%475-1532$178$17,374,9264Warner Bros. / New Line
10Dinner for Schmucks$78,672331%32310$244$72,357,6469Paramount / DreamWorks
11Grown Ups$65,542--265-39$247$161,248,60114Sony / Columbia
12Vampires Suck$60,843181%415-549$147$36,017,9766Fox
13Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$50,230265%267-93$188$43,126,1729Warner Bros.
14Scott Pilgrim vs. the World$50,09564%233-150$215$31,248,0807Universal
15Salt$44,063--186-149$237$117,123,36910Sony / Columbia
16The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$36,03791%224-115$161$300,210,36813Summit
17Ramona and Beezus$28,256166%191-69$148$25,787,25710Fox
18Flipped$24,86460%106-269$235$1,654,2038Warner Bros.
19The Kids Are All Right$23,59746%107-62$221$20,593,60312Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 24 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Catfish$147,575496%5745$2,589$506,2752Universal / Rogue
2Never Let Me Go$67,944596%2622$2,613$264,5362Fox Searchlight
3Waiting for 'Superman'$52,652--4--$13,163$52,6521Paramount Vantage
4Hubble 3D$41,26935%61-2$677$15,799,22828Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Buried$36,977--11--$3,362$36,9771Lionsgate
6Jack Goes Boating$20,734569%3733$560$62,3462Relativity / Overture
7Winter's Bone$16,09856%79-22$204$6,009,41116Roadside Attractions
8Piranha 3D$11,499-11%66-198$174$24,796,4906Weinstein Company
9The Tillman Story$10,52752%27-1$390$557,3866Weinstein Company
10Avatar$10,234-72%29-100$353$760,213,94141Fox
11Knight and Day$9,767224%45-19$217$76,385,80914Fox
12The Concert$6,777110%18-2$377$560,89510Weinstein Company
13Under the Sea 3D$6,73818%182$374$24,249,23785Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Bran Nue Dae$5,867225%5538$107$65,0493Freestyle Releasing
15We Are Family$4,967127%24-54$207$615,3784UTV Communications
16Cyrus$2,43813%14-5$174$7,431,27115Fox Searchlight
17The Romantics$1,654-39%6-8$276$98,8903Four of a Kind
18Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,522--10$1,522$15,4392Collective Eye
19La Soga$874119%2-2$437$209,11677-57 Releasing
20Solitary Man$801-2%6-1$134$4,356,16319Anchor Bay
21The Disappearance of Alice Creed$375495%2-1$188$157,1898Anchor Bay