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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 Sun, Oct. 10 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Social Network$4,323,262-32%2,7710$1,560$46,021,1612Sony / Columbia
2Life As We Know It$3,602,890-37%3,150--$1,144$14,506,4641Warner Bros.
3Secretariat$3,580,143-29%3,072--$1,165$12,694,7701Disney
4Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$2,154,081-27%3,225-350$668$39,273,9843Warner Bros.
5The Town$1,845,529-32%2,720-215$679$73,847,5274Warner Bros.
6My Soul to Take$1,582,395-39%2,572--$615$6,842,2201Universal / Rogue
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$1,219,005-39%2,829-768$431$43,644,7013Fox
8Easy A$1,137,110-37%2,847-127$399$48,228,2014Sony / Screen Gems
9Case 39$767,635-30%2,2121$347$9,650,0052Paramount Vantage
10Let Me In$699,507-30%2,04221$343$9,171,4192Relativity / Overture
11You Again$675,730-37%2,332-216$290$20,769,9953Disney
12Alpha and Omega$506,252-23%1,616-687$313$21,018,0644Lionsgate
13Devil$468,655-42%1,442-950$325$30,046,5304Universal
14Resident Evil: Afterlife$372,655-30%1,012-895$368$58,866,8465Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$540,450-32%742--$728$2,013,4061Focus
2Waiting for 'Superman'$165,048-25%10369$1,602$1,417,2563Paramount Vantage
3Inception$132,722-39%403-222$329$289,183,60713Warner Bros.
4Catfish$115,321-26%1437$806$2,236,1104Universal / Rogue
5Despicable Me$102,370-33%353-110$290$246,557,45514Universal
6Never Let Me Go$102,133-29%167124$612$1,149,7044Fox Searchlight
7Takers$101,041-44%412-361$245$56,773,2037Sony / Screen Gems
8Salt$64,930-35%266-22$244$117,923,11112Sony / Columbia
9The Other Guys$50,568-42%289-277$175$118,020,51610Sony / Columbia
10Nanny McPhee Returns$41,340-37%318-163$130$28,725,4508Universal
11Lottery Ticket$40,027-41%194-108$206$24,452,6618Warner Bros.
12Eat Pray Love$39,452-32%215-183$183$80,006,9969Sony / Columbia
13The Expendables$34,253-37%225-185$152$102,734,8939Lionsgate
14Machete$32,077-22%167-147$192$26,389,8676Fox
15Vampires Suck$29,584-37%190-71$156$36,515,1888Fox
16Grown Ups$29,479-38%159-71$185$161,801,26816Sony / Columbia
17Dinner for Schmucks$26,230-38%159-102$165$72,980,10811Paramount / DreamWorks
18The American$23,189-38%174-200$133$35,375,7686Focus
19Going the Distance (2010)$19,032-27%19675$97$17,748,0276Warner Bros. / New Line
20Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$16,311-34%119-69$137$43,516,17711Warner Bros.
21Ramona and Beezus$13,807-36%106-55$130$26,039,04812Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 10 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Buried$60,974-28%9259$663$511,0383Lionsgate
2Hubble 3D$56,321-15%602$939$16,449,78630Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$21,364-31%6--$3,561$75,7661Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$18,613-10%180$1,034$24,410,19987Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Nowhere Boy$16,875-27%4--$4,219$52,7491Weinstein Company
6Jack Goes Boating$16,192-35%9011$180$372,3054Relativity / Overture
7Piranha 3D$9,957-19%54-41$184$24,950,3098Weinstein Company
8The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$9,249-43%83-58$111$300,476,77915Summit
9I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$8,776-29%12--$731$32,0641Anchor Bay
10Winter's Bone$7,234-10%52-20$139$6,166,88318Roadside Attractions
11The Kids Are All Right$5,780-32%31-33$186$20,775,49414Focus
12The Tillman Story$5,011-33%24-3$209$666,8228Weinstein Company
13Avatar$4,425-44%14-5$316$760,307,59443Fox
14The Concert$2,304-47%10-11$230$631,95412Weinstein Company
15Flipped$1,842-44%18-17$102$1,752,21410Warner Bros.
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$250-57%2-1$125$164,09310Anchor Bay