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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 Mon, Mar. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rango$2,110,186-82%3,917--$539$40,189,5091Paramount
2The Adjustment Bureau$1,490,225-72%2,840--$525$22,647,9551Universal
3Hall Pass$766,442-68%2,9500$260$27,613,2502Warner Bros. / New Line
4Beastly$530,173-76%1,952--$272$10,381,2751CBS Films
5Unknown (2011)$483,369-71%2,913-130$166$53,512,8653Warner Bros.
6The King's Speech$454,968-74%2,240-145$203$124,001,07215Weinstein Company
7I Am Number Four$424,814-72%2,903-253$146$46,913,4203Disney / DreamWorks
8Just Go With It$421,249-73%2,920-624$144$88,552,5654Sony / Columbia
9Gnomeo and Juliet$389,976-83%2,984-53$131$84,412,3014Disney
10Take Me Home Tonight$318,529-64%2,003--$159$3,783,2081Relativity Media
11Drive Angry$228,025-65%2,2900$100$9,331,9762Summit
12Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$205,521-82%2,254-556$91$69,034,0604Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$168,329-80%1,642-1179$103$33,419,1643Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$85,597-70%68164$126$105,204,48314Fox Searchlight
2The Fighter$77,398-75%575-93$135$92,114,94413Paramount
3Cedar Rapids$70,017-71%23599$298$3,461,0524Fox Searchlight
4True Grit (2010)$68,592-73%725-497$95$168,749,68011Paramount
5The Roommate$39,240-67%606-1120$65$36,885,0125Sony / Screen Gems
6No Strings Attached$35,152-62%425-941$83$69,694,9467Paramount
7The Eagle$23,252-69%327-1241$71$19,166,6744Focus
8Biutiful$21,462-74%145-36$148$4,254,28010Roadside Attractions
9The Green Hornet$16,111-71%269-398$60$97,053,7028Sony / Columbia
10Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$13,343-73%208-95$64$294,575,50516Warner Bros.
11The Rite$12,502-71%201-344$62$32,635,0216Warner Bros. / New Line
12Little Fockers$12,155-75%221-40$55$148,231,69011Universal
13Yogi Bear$11,813-81%266-100$44$98,165,49412Warner Bros.
14127 Hours$11,159-66%135-85$83$18,148,05818Fox Searchlight
15The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$10,741-75%185-63$58$104,005,69513Fox
16The Company Men$8,747-70%112-73$78$4,066,1867Weinstein Company
17The Mechanic$6,452-68%109-295$59$28,886,9866CBS Films
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,395-79%156-48$41$42,579,03411Fox
19Season of the Witch$5,804-65%109-62$53$24,750,2209Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$25,484-44%49-1$520$22,307,55751Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Blue Valentine (2010)$8,818-69%96-71$92$9,417,47010Weinstein Company
3Rabbit Hole$2,923-68%55-28$53$2,122,89612Lionsgate
4happythankyoumoreplease$2,018-85%2--$1,009$37,0811Anchor Bay Films
5I Love You Phillip Morris$1,457-15%13-2$112$1,965,33414Roadside Attractions
6From Prada to Nada$1,359-79%35-46$39$2,940,4876Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$1,218-42%41$305$61,0954Phase 4 Films
8Winter's Bone$748-74%13-122$58$6,520,89339Roadside Attractions
97 Khoon Maaf$308-77%15-53$21$268,9703UTV Communications
10Brotherhood (2010)$41-71%1-1$41$19,5663Phase 4 Films