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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 Fri, Mar. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Battle: Los Angeles$13,399,310--3,417--$3,921$13,399,3101Sony / Columbia
2Rango$5,418,983207%3,9236$1,381$51,022,2372Paramount
3Red Riding Hood$4,985,138--3,030--$1,645$4,985,1381Warner Bros.
4The Adjustment Bureau$3,414,995148%2,8477$1,200$30,407,2552Universal
5Mars Needs Moms$1,722,337--3,117--$553$1,722,3371Disney
6Beastly$1,676,579260%1,9597$856$13,566,9802CBS Films
7Hall Pass$1,527,310117%2,555-395$598$31,358,5793Warner Bros. / New Line
8Just Go With It$1,216,888151%2,398-522$507$91,198,4695Sony / Columbia
9Unknown (2011)$957,45287%2,303-610$416$56,001,9584Warner Bros.
10The King's Speech$948,42585%1,768-472$536$126,385,54816Weinstein Company
11Gnomeo and Juliet$821,691124%2,585-399$318$86,306,8015Disney
12I Am Number Four$655,25352%2,005-898$327$48,850,6624Disney / DreamWorks
13Take Me Home Tonight$407,89858%2,0030$204$5,026,7512Relativity Media
14Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$356,69694%1,247-1007$286$69,933,5075Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$318,043141%931-711$342$34,174,4974Fox
2Cedar Rapids$250,837256%394159$637$3,927,1315Fox Searchlight
3The Fighter$152,96780%463-112$330$92,508,17214Paramount
4Black Swan$122,16724%337-344$363$105,609,88015Fox Searchlight
5The Green Hornet$115,292605%30940$373$97,218,7599Sony / Columbia
6True Grit (2010)$112,09747%401-324$280$169,068,55912Paramount
7Yogi Bear$107,208783%404138$265$98,308,67113Warner Bros.
8Drive Angry$88,269-57%551-1739$160$10,092,0583Summit
9No Strings Attached$55,90241%254-171$220$69,871,6768Paramount
10The Roommate$45,09419%213-393$212$37,043,2556Sony / Screen Gems
11Biutiful$44,90662%114-32$394$4,382,38611Roadside Attractions
12Little Fockers$29,270119%177-44$165$148,299,70512Universal
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$27,35987%122-86$224$294,642,11217Warner Bros.
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$19,94150%123-62$162$104,062,35114Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$49,030--4--$12,258$49,0301Focus
2Kill the Irishman$42,925--5--$8,585$42,9251Anchor Bay Films
3Hubble 3D$39,40712%490$804$22,430,45052Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Blue Valentine (2010)$16,90626%60-36$282$9,470,42511Weinstein Company
5127 Hours$14,7967%79-56$187$18,200,99519Fox Searchlight
6The Eagle$14,152-45%99-228$143$19,258,8035Focus
7happythankyoumoreplease$13,857605%1917$729$57,0652Anchor Bay Films
8The Company Men$13,734-3%63-49$218$4,116,3948Weinstein Company
9The Rite$13,0679%85-116$154$32,685,3737Warner Bros. / New Line
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$12,14867%99-57$123$42,611,33112Fox
11Season of the Witch$6,5655%54-55$122$24,775,01510Relativity Media
12The Mechanic$6,431-19%42-67$153$28,915,2647CBS Films
13Rabbit Hole$6,04151%38-17$159$2,140,01913Lionsgate
14From Prada to Nada$2,74843%33-2$83$2,949,0237Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$2,674188%3-1$891$66,3855Phase 4 Films
16I Love You Phillip Morris$2,26176%12-1$188$1,972,30415Roadside Attractions
17Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$1,545--1--$1,545$25,43115Argot Pictures
18Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$1,474--10$1,474$29,5613Rialto
19Winter's Bone$1,288123%9-4$143$6,524,15640Roadside Attractions