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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 Wed, Oct. 27 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 2$1,865,776-16%3,216--$580$47,178,9861Paramount
2Jackass 3D$1,422,941-18%3,11130$457$91,785,4052Paramount
3Red (2010)$1,063,847-16%3,27318$325$46,970,2482Summit
4Hereafter$829,180-18%2,1812173$380$15,060,4342Warner Bros.
5Secretariat$538,579-11%3,10836$173$39,134,0833Disney
6The Social Network$503,755-13%2,92153$172$74,497,3644Sony / Columbia
7Life As We Know It$451,296-14%3,019-131$149$38,995,6513Warner Bros.
8The Town$244,071-7%1,918-450$127$85,419,2266Warner Bros.
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$158,302-2%2,236-266$71$50,749,4305Warner Bros.
10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$108,538-8%1,255-790$86$50,328,1735Fox
11Easy A$105,552-7%1,632-682$65$55,111,2296Sony / Screen Gems
12My Soul to Take$92,895-8%1,689-840$55$14,281,2553Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Waiting for 'Superman'$107,39124%290108$370$3,980,9425Paramount Vantage
2It's Kind of a Funny Story$56,379-8%560-197$101$5,283,0753Focus
3Inception$48,471-9%452155$107$290,534,29815Warner Bros.
4Stone$38,173-9%11372$338$902,6043Relativity / Overture
5Case 39$36,784-6%721-685$51$12,824,2974Paramount Vantage
6Alpha and Omega$32,897-5%727-242$45$23,627,7516Lionsgate
7N-Secure$32,791-13%445-41$74$2,073,6062Freestyle
8Devil$32,110-9%642-249$50$32,540,5706Universal
9Let Me In$26,679-10%513-698$52$11,703,2914Relativity / Overture
10Never Let Me Go$22,0140%178-54$124$2,067,9006Fox Searchlight
11Nowhere Boy$20,538-21%2150$96$835,5893Weinstein Company
12Despicable Me$19,440-8%324-8$60$247,584,78516Universal
13Catfish$17,3751%13923$125$2,931,0246Universal / Rogue
14I Want Your Money$4,649-10%172-365$27$404,4692Freestyle
15Nanny McPhee Returns$3,735-1%150-55$25$29,006,70010Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 27 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$38,42320%60-1$640$17,202,93332Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Conviction$26,1971%5544$476$524,4802Fox Searchlight
3Under the Sea 3D$9,01824%160$564$24,601,34889Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Buried$7,286-15%88-15$83$908,7565Lionsgate
5Avatar$5,26974%9-1$585$760,387,67745Fox
6The American$3,928-4%76-68$52$35,573,2068Focus
7Lottery Ticket$3,0660%92-46$33$24,673,10510Warner Bros.
8Machete$2,720-14%50-46$54$26,528,8848Fox
9The Tillman Story$2,411-2%247$100$722,78310Weinstein Company
10Jack Goes Boating$1,619-18%35-14$46$458,5526Relativity / Overture
11Vampires Suck$1,3188%54-33$24$36,627,38210Fox
12I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$1,1518%8-3$144$86,9533Anchor Bay
13Winter's Bone$362-8%18-19$20$6,204,36120Roadside Attractions
14The Concert$3264%5-4$65$647,78614Weinstein Company
15Piranha 3D$1434%0-28--$24,980,42310Weinstein Company
16The Disappearance of Alice Creed$27200%1-3$27$166,71912Anchor Bay