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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, Mar. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Battle: Los Angeles$2,359,421-21%3,417--$690$43,978,8731Sony / Columbia
2Rango$2,213,605-11%3,9236$564$75,214,0852Paramount
3Red Riding Hood$1,122,418-18%3,030--$370$17,700,0771Warner Bros.
4The Adjustment Bureau$1,053,390-18%2,8477$370$41,949,0552Universal
5Mars Needs Moms$767,729-18%3,117--$246$9,363,0951Disney
6Gnomeo and Juliet$552,632-10%2,585-399$214$90,774,3795Disney
7Hall Pass$547,331-13%2,555-395$214$36,566,3403Warner Bros. / New Line
8Beastly$499,599-18%1,9597$255$18,499,6752CBS Films
9Just Go With It$433,486-14%2,398-522$181$95,325,3865Sony / Columbia
10The King's Speech$362,758-12%1,768-472$205$130,125,19916Weinstein Company
11Unknown (2011)$348,130-14%2,303-610$151$59,497,3864Warner Bros.
12I Am Number Four$284,163-10%2,005-898$142$51,320,9734Disney / DreamWorks
13Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$193,020-14%1,247-1007$155$71,557,0355Paramount
14Take Me Home Tonight$169,398-10%2,0030$85$6,426,5492Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$134,393-11%931-711$144$35,569,5134Fox
2Cedar Rapids$91,122-13%394159$231$4,884,3355Fox Searchlight
3Yogi Bear$67,730-23%404138$168$98,894,57813Warner Bros.
4The Fighter$53,736-17%463-112$116$93,105,59814Paramount
5Black Swan$52,491-7%337-344$156$106,084,66215Fox Searchlight
6The Green Hornet$43,225-18%30940$140$97,623,6949Sony / Columbia
7Drive Angry$41,459-4%551-1739$75$10,431,2033Summit
8True Grit (2010)$38,165-8%401-324$95$169,497,96112Paramount
9No Strings Attached$24,605-14%254-171$97$70,077,2958Paramount
10Biutiful$20,313-16%114-31$178$4,583,50611Roadside Attractions
11Little Fockers$14,160-6%177-44$80$148,424,49012Universal
12The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$13,501-1%123-62$110$104,159,81914Fox
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$10,961-8%122-86$90$294,746,66617Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$45,2031%490$923$22,646,03652Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Jane Eyre (2011)$19,14811%4--$4,787$236,7121Focus
3Kill the Irishman$11,682-8%5--$2,336$184,3611Anchor Bay Films
4Gulliver's Travels (2010)$10,820-9%99-57$109$42,678,03412Fox
5127 Hours$7,551-7%79-56$96$18,259,26019Fox Searchlight
6Blue Valentine (2010)$7,315-5%60-36$122$9,535,98511Weinstein Company
7The Rite$6,367-5%85-116$75$32,742,5347Warner Bros. / New Line
8happythankyoumoreplease$6,117-17%1917$322$113,7692Anchor Bay Films
9The Eagle$6,063-16%99-228$61$19,312,7345Focus
10The Company Men$5,844-10%63-49$93$4,172,6488Weinstein Company
11Rabbit Hole$5,06160%38-17$133$2,171,23913Lionsgate
12Season of the Witch$4,005-4%54-55$74$24,806,18010Relativity Media
13The Mechanic$3,5243%42-67$84$28,940,6847CBS Films
14I Love You Phillip Morris$1,710-3%12-1$143$1,983,32715Roadside Attractions
15From Prada to Nada$1,280-13%33-2$39$2,961,9987Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$722-26%51$144$74,7095Phase 4 Films
17Winter's Bone$508-5%9-4$56$6,528,95740Roadside Attractions
18Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$36088%1--$360$29,48215Argot Pictures