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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 Tue, Mar. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Mar. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$2,035,1587%2,756--$738$22,844,5771Relativity Media
2The Lincoln Lawyer$1,388,45916%2,707--$513$15,795,8951Lionsgate
3Battle: Los Angeles$1,221,5401%3,4170$357$62,976,6472Sony / Columbia
4Paul$1,134,3055%2,802--$405$15,256,3851Universal
5Rango$1,087,093-2%3,843-80$283$94,536,3573Paramount
6Red Riding Hood$618,40913%3,0300$204$27,062,2982Warner Bros.
7The Adjustment Bureau$571,42516%2,660-187$215$49,683,0753Universal
8Mars Needs Moms$402,2165%3,1170$129$16,185,0152Disney
9Hall Pass$288,3868%1,905-650$151$40,112,8094Warner Bros. / New Line
10Beastly$272,96920%1,810-149$151$22,684,1233CBS Films
11The King's Speech$215,0448%1,249-519$172$132,889,89017Weinstein Company
12Just Go With It$207,08512%1,708-690$121$98,355,7266Sony / Columbia
13Gnomeo and Juliet$188,323-3%1,748-837$108$93,969,1086Disney
14Unknown (2011)$139,31918%1,401-902$99$61,352,6255Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Mar. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1I Am Number Four$98,00610%955-1050$103$52,804,2105Disney / DreamWorks
2Cedar Rapids$64,48213%46268$140$5,596,6996Fox Searchlight
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$41,95911%550-381$76$36,487,3625Fox
4Yogi Bear$37,56416%43834$86$99,485,27514Warner Bros.
5Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$31,758-11%480-767$66$72,276,9286Paramount
6Black Swan$25,31718%191-146$133$106,350,37016Fox Searchlight
7True Grit (2010)$25,2629%268-133$94$169,828,98413Paramount
8The Fighter$25,13614%316-147$80$93,414,72215Paramount
9No Strings Attached$22,87417%232-22$99$70,300,1419Paramount
10Take Me Home Tonight$16,603-6%281-1722$59$6,739,0933Relativity Media
11The Rite$13,36612%202117$66$32,883,4908Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Mar. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$48,6664%2622$1,872$814,9322Focus
2Hubble 3D$30,1819%490$616$22,895,26953Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Biutiful$14,50942%88-26$165$4,725,98412Roadside Attractions
4I Love You Phillip Morris$14,50942%11-1$1,319$1,978,41816Roadside Attractions
5Kill the Irishman$13,2246%2116$630$358,2822Anchor Bay Films
6Win Win$13,016-9%5--$2,603$177,6981Fox Searchlight
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$7,571-5%94-28$81$294,840,89018Warner Bros.
8The Mechanic$7,277-2%9957$74$29,013,1028CBS Films
9Blue Valentine (2010)$6,68742%43-17$156$9,587,94412Weinstein Company
10The Eagle$6,53921%92-7$71$19,377,4766Focus
11The Music Never Stopped$6,48810%32--$203$88,9261Roadside Attractions
12The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$5,6578%82-41$69$104,236,21615Fox
13Drive Angry$5,15835%95-456$54$10,519,8204Summit
14The Company Men$4,59016%58-5$79$4,219,4109Weinstein Company
15Rabbit Hole$2,69736%29-9$93$2,189,88014Lionsgate
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,3514%43-56$55$42,709,85213Fox
17127 Hours$2,257-2%32-47$71$18,287,45120Fox Searchlight
18happythankyoumoreplease$2,206-20%12-7$184$142,5093Anchor Bay Films
19Nostalgia for the Light$1,339-16%1--$1,339$13,6051Icarus Films
20Season of the Witch$837-31%31-23$27$24,825,32611Relativity Media
21From Prada to Nada$812-10%27-6$30$2,973,1238Lionsgate / Pantelion
22Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$626-6%50$125$82,5036Phase 4 Films