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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 Sat, Oct. 9 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$6,332,83732%2,7710$2,285$41,697,8992Sony / Columbia
2Life As We Know It$5,676,3599%3,150--$1,802$10,903,5741Warner Bros.
3Secretariat$5,073,79426%3,072--$1,652$9,114,6271Disney
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$2,970,29568%3,225-350$921$37,119,9033Warner Bros.
5The Town$2,721,07348%2,720-215$1,000$72,001,9984Warner Bros.
6My Soul to Take$2,610,665-1%2,572--$1,015$5,259,8251Universal / Rogue
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2,001,27245%2,829-768$707$42,425,6963Fox
8Easy A$1,808,07335%2,847-127$635$47,091,0914Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$1,101,05136%2,2121$498$8,882,3702Paramount Vantage
10You Again$1,067,93739%2,332-216$458$20,094,2653Disney
11Let Me In$996,58533%2,04221$488$8,471,9122Relativity / Overture
12Devil$814,73055%1,442-950$565$29,577,8754Universal
13Alpha and Omega$654,72993%1,616-687$405$20,511,8124Lionsgate
14Resident Evil: Afterlife$533,87053%1,012-895$528$58,494,1915Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$797,66918%742--$1,075$1,472,9561Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$221,106-14%10369$2,147$1,252,2083Paramount Vantage
3Inception$216,67552%403-222$538$289,050,88513Warner Bros.
4Takers$180,22968%412-361$437$56,672,1627Sony / Screen Gems
5Catfish$156,72729%1437$1,096$2,120,7894Universal / Rogue
6Despicable Me$151,79062%353-110$430$246,455,08514Universal
7Never Let Me Go$144,72246%167124$867$1,047,5714Fox Searchlight
8Salt$99,47838%266-22$374$117,858,18112Sony / Columbia
9The Other Guys$86,79451%289-277$300$117,969,94810Sony / Columbia
10Lottery Ticket$67,66883%194-108$349$24,412,6348Warner Bros.
11Nanny McPhee Returns$65,19052%318-163$205$28,684,1108Universal
12Eat Pray Love$57,73735%215-183$269$79,967,5449Sony / Columbia
13The Expendables$54,27052%225-185$241$102,700,6409Lionsgate
14Grown Ups$47,45358%159-71$298$161,771,78916Sony / Columbia
15Vampires Suck$47,10775%190-71$248$36,485,6048Fox
16Dinner for Schmucks$42,38433%159-102$267$72,953,87811Paramount / DreamWorks
17Machete$40,98447%167-147$245$26,357,7906Fox
18The American$37,40749%174-200$215$35,352,5796Focus
19Going the Distance (2010)$26,15229%19675$133$17,728,9956Warner Bros. / New Line
20Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$24,83785%119-69$209$43,499,86611Warner Bros.
21Ramona and Beezus$21,48661%106-55$203$26,025,24112Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 9 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Buried$84,23810%9259$916$450,0643Lionsgate
2Hubble 3D$66,36147%602$1,106$16,393,46530Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$31,16134%6--$5,194$54,4021Relativity / Overture
4Jack Goes Boating$24,80763%9011$276$356,1134Relativity / Overture
5Nowhere Boy$23,20883%4--$5,802$35,8741Weinstein Company
6Under the Sea 3D$20,76382%180$1,154$24,391,58687Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$16,17829%83-58$195$300,467,53015Summit
8I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$12,28812%12--$1,024$23,2881Anchor Bay
9Piranha 3D$12,22372%54-41$226$24,940,3528Weinstein Company
10The Kids Are All Right$8,47348%31-33$273$20,769,71414Focus
11Winter's Bone$8,05620%52-20$155$6,159,64918Roadside Attractions
12Avatar$7,93961%14-5$567$760,303,16943Fox
13The Tillman Story$7,45648%24-3$311$661,8118Weinstein Company
14The Concert$4,309155%10-11$431$629,65012Weinstein Company
15Flipped$3,26778%18-17$182$1,750,37210Warner Bros.
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$58420%2-1$292$163,84310Anchor Bay