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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. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass 3D$11,583,954-31%3,081--$3,760$50,353,6411Paramount
2Red (2010)$5,250,177-43%3,255--$1,613$21,761,4081Summit
3Secretariat$2,489,141-38%3,0720$810$27,332,9412Disney
4The Social Network$2,396,518-48%2,86897$836$62,436,3643Sony / Columbia
5Life As We Know It$2,046,174-47%3,1500$650$28,620,1472Warner Bros.
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$1,288,733-32%2,502-723$515$45,994,7764Warner Bros.
7The Town$936,573-48%2,368-352$396$80,510,6295Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$757,455-46%2,529-43$300$11,915,5952Universal / Rogue
9Easy A$574,228-52%2,314-533$248$52,317,4815Sony / Screen Gems
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$555,479-49%2,045-784$272$47,894,8964Fox
11You Again$286,244-48%1,588-744$180$22,982,0004Disney
12Case 39$284,808-47%1,406-806$203$11,924,1153Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$202,375-46%1,211-831$167$11,046,6913Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1It's Kind of a Funny Story$297,789-43%75715$393$4,005,1612Focus
2Alpha and Omega$282,350-21%969-647$291$22,567,6215Lionsgate
3N-Secure$230,432-55%486--$474$1,166,4061Freestyle
4Devil$205,305-56%891-551$230$31,577,4705Universal
5Waiting for 'Superman'$182,382-39%18279$1,002$2,523,0754Paramount Vantage
6Nowhere Boy$96,348-38%215211$448$412,2142Weinstein Company
7Resident Evil: Afterlife$94,782-38%438-574$216$59,731,7946Sony / Screen Gems
8Despicable Me$92,960-40%332-21$280$247,050,99515Universal
9Never Let Me Go$87,786-38%23265$378$1,660,3535Fox Searchlight
10Inception$76,449-53%297-106$257$289,751,94714Warner Bros.
11I Want Your Money$68,224-30%537--$127$249,4281Freestyle
12Catfish$56,260-38%116-27$485$2,629,3565Universal / Rogue
13The Expendables$54,035-34%30681$177$102,981,57110Lionsgate
14Eat Pray Love$48,131-36%30388$159$80,267,42710Sony / Columbia
15Takers$40,844-56%215-197$190$57,091,8088Sony / Screen Gems
16Salt$37,355-42%200-66$187$118,174,53213Sony / Columbia
17Buried$34,829-35%10311$338$765,0014Lionsgate
18Nanny McPhee Returns$28,610-36%205-113$140$28,893,1859Universal
19Lottery Ticket$22,042-49%138-56$160$24,584,0829Warner Bros.
20Grown Ups$20,198-43%114-45$177$161,920,26517Sony / Columbia
21The Other Guys$20,193-63%174-115$116$118,206,67811Sony / Columbia
22The American$17,854-44%144-30$124$35,491,8727Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hereafter$66,223-29%6--$11,037$220,3221Warner Bros.
2Stone$64,133-35%4135$1,564$343,1002Relativity / Overture
3Hubble 3D$47,948-32%611$786$16,778,28231Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Conviction$28,620-36%11--$2,602$102,3511Fox Searchlight
5Machete$14,064-27%96-71$147$26,477,7667Fox
6Under the Sea 3D$11,791-33%16-2$737$24,496,76688Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$10,965-29%77-42$142$43,575,71612Warner Bros.
8Vampires Suck$10,908-46%87-103$125$36,588,5539Fox
9Jack Goes Boating$7,112-40%49-41$145$428,1345Relativity / Overture
10Ramona and Beezus$6,556-45%54-52$121$26,091,42613Fox
11The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$6,056-53%49-34$124$300,523,11316Summit
12Avatar$5,059-34%10-4$506$760,339,00444Fox
13I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$4,722-32%11-1$429$66,0192Anchor Bay
14Going the Distance (2010)$4,102-27%58-138$71$17,797,3167Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Kids Are All Right$4,054-38%28-3$145$20,803,23715Focus
16Winter's Bone$3,859-23%34-18$114$6,190,68619Roadside Attractions
17Piranha 3D$3,719-31%28-26$133$24,973,4789Weinstein Company
18The Tillman Story$3,257-40%17-7$192$690,6829Weinstein Company
19The Concert$1,991-7%9-1$221$641,42413Weinstein Company
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$135-53%1-1$135$165,89311Anchor Bay