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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. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sucker Punch$8,031,460--3,033--$2,648$8,031,4601Warner Bros.
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$7,284,274--3,167--$2,300$7,284,2741Fox
3Limitless$4,631,821188%2,80549$1,651$30,687,8032Relativity Media
4The Lincoln Lawyer$2,931,155172%2,7070$1,083$20,898,3382Lionsgate
5Rango$2,428,147132%3,645-198$666$98,991,3124Paramount
6Paul$2,272,860142%2,8064$810$19,377,0302Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$2,187,966119%3,118-299$702$67,167,5103Sony / Columbia
8Red Riding Hood$1,357,788150%2,715-315$500$29,471,2453Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$1,278,555168%2,282-378$560$51,904,6254Universal
10Beastly$706,039199%1,585-225$445$23,834,6124CBS Films
11Mars Needs Moms$524,57428%2,170-947$242$17,490,7873Disney
12Hall Pass$514,266105%1,204-701$427$41,132,3765Warner Bros. / New Line
13Just Go With It$466,785131%1,116-592$418$99,207,6067Sony / Columbia
14The King's Speech$419,900101%1,062-187$395$133,713,51118Weinstein Company
15Gnomeo and Juliet$343,58765%1,364-384$252$94,706,1217Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$191,45456%688-713$278$61,784,6796Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$147,84151%512-443$289$53,138,4666Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$107,48184%342-120$314$5,822,2317Fox Searchlight
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$106,164229%406-144$261$36,655,3906Fox
5Yogi Bear$76,509122%326-112$235$99,625,88415Warner Bros.
6The Green Hornet$60,964--246-36$248$98,121,30311Sony / Columbia
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$55,98963%289-191$194$72,398,8457Paramount
8True Grit (2010)$54,369120%205-63$265$169,930,97914Paramount
9Black Swan$51,684130%20716$250$106,445,75317Fox Searchlight
10No Strings Attached$42,135101%213-19$198$70,383,66310Paramount
11The Fighter$30,70031%179-137$172$93,492,18516Paramount
12The Rite$20,11765%155-47$130$32,927,2889Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Mechanic$12,78186%1001$128$29,039,0739CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$261,870410%9064$2,910$1,177,4033Focus
2Win Win$112,305654%2318$4,883$320,2212Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$47,31510%42-7$1,127$23,021,25154Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$37,261405%4120$909$421,9073Anchor Bay Films
5Miral$19,679--4--$4,920$19,6791Weinstein Company
6Biutiful$18,50429%66-23$280$4,769,77113Roadside Attractions
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$15,55391%85-9$183$294,871,96219Warner Bros.
8Take Me Home Tonight$13,968-16%89-192$157$6,787,3974Relativity Media
9The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$13,899122%72-10$193$104,261,37316Fox
10The Eagle$13,606137%975$140$19,402,3547Focus
11The Music Never Stopped$11,90489%331$361$113,7522Roadside Attractions
12The Company Men$11,186127%48-10$233$4,239,43210Weinstein Company
13From Prada to Nada$10,8061293%292$373$2,985,4999Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Drive Angry$8,17544%72-23$114$10,538,8515Summit
15Blue Valentine (2010)$7,47256%441$170$9,604,98513Weinstein Company
16happythankyoumoreplease$5,193117%164$325$152,9364Anchor Bay Films
17Gulliver's Travels (2010)$4,41566%34-9$130$42,719,06014Fox
18Mia and the Migoo$2,669--1--$2,669$2,6691GKIDS
19Rabbit Hole$2,36084%290$81$2,196,00215Lionsgate
20I Love You Phillip Morris$2,154-85%9-2$239$2,005,97017Roadside Attractions
21Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$514-9%2-3$257$84,3537Phase 4 Films
22Winter's Bone$14--1-3$14$6,530,52042Roadside Attractions