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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, Oct. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass 3D$3,288,325-3%3,081--$1,067$65,547,2261Paramount
2Red (2010)$1,604,7532%3,255--$493$28,483,2691Summit
3Secretariat$807,4438%3,0720$263$30,442,9092Disney
4The Social Network$793,9895%2,86897$277$65,630,7563Sony / Columbia
5Life As We Know It$718,4735%3,1500$228$31,465,3812Warner Bros.
6The Town$345,1020%2,368-352$146$81,932,5245Warner Bros.
7Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$262,41710%2,502-723$105$46,996,7144Warner Bros.
8My Soul to Take$228,505-10%2,529-43$90$12,913,2802Universal / Rogue
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$212,203-2%2,045-784$104$48,757,1354Fox
10Easy A$192,85413%2,314-533$83$53,035,2425Sony / Screen Gems
11You Again$116,85813%1,588-744$74$23,400,1814Disney
12Case 39$84,021-9%1,406-806$60$12,301,5303Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$72,198-6%1,211-831$60$11,359,1523Relativity / Overture

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$109,046-2%18279$599$2,929,7784Paramount Vantage
2It's Kind of a Funny Story$108,9135%75715$144$4,432,0272Focus
3Alpha and Omega$66,27139%969-647$68$22,785,7725Lionsgate
4N-Secure$55,5236%486--$114$1,413,3811Freestyle
5Devil$53,9052%891-551$60$31,795,8905Universal
6Never Let Me Go$40,98011%23265$177$1,813,0335Fox Searchlight
7Inception$34,3256%297-106$116$289,881,12414Warner Bros.
8Nowhere Boy$33,9941%215211$158$553,5712Weinstein Company
9Resident Evil: Afterlife$32,5251%438-574$74$59,863,6226Sony / Screen Gems
10Despicable Me$28,22021%332-21$85$247,148,99515Universal
11I Want Your Money$22,9702%537--$43$348,5631Freestyle
12The Expendables$20,868-5%30681$68$103,068,52410Lionsgate
13Catfish$19,407-7%116-27$167$2,713,3385Universal / Rogue
14Buried$13,541-11%10311$131$827,9634Lionsgate
15The American$10,056-3%144-30$70$35,530,0827Focus
16Nanny McPhee Returns$7,27042%205-113$35$28,919,0009Universal
17Lottery Ticket$6,2076%138-56$45$24,608,4679Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$37,161-5%611$609$16,919,65631Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hereafter$26,475-1%8--$3,309$315,3571Warner Bros.
3Stone$16,896-13%4135$412$423,9732Relativity / Overture
4Conviction$9,9082%11--$901$141,1231Fox Searchlight
5Under the Sea 3D$7,91911%16-2$495$24,525,19188Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Machete$5,49614%96-71$57$26,498,6717Fox
7Avatar$4,04932%10-4$405$760,350,71944Fox
8Jack Goes Boating$3,3895%49-41$69$441,1785Relativity / Overture
9Vampires Suck$2,78112%87-103$32$36,598,7719Fox
10Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore$2,7071%77-42$35$43,585,75312Warner Bros.
11The Twilight Saga: Eclipse$2,54835%49-34$52$300,531,75116Summit
12Ramona and Beezus$2,36859%54-52$44$26,098,99013Fox
13Winter's Bone$2,1377%37-20$58$6,196,99919Roadside Attractions
14The Kids Are All Right$2,0348%28-3$73$20,811,36515Focus
15I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$1,795-34%11-1$163$75,3792Anchor Bay
16Going the Distance (2010)$1,751-23%58-138$30$17,804,2997Warner Bros. / New Line
17The Tillman Story$1,609-5%17-7$95$696,8669Weinstein Company
18Piranha 3D$1,05011%28-26$38$24,977,6369Weinstein Company
19The Concert$39719%9-1$44$642,99813Weinstein Company
20The Disappearance of Alice Creed$48-78%1-1$48$166,30911Anchor Bay