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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 Sat, Mar. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$10,122,46239%3,167--$3,196$17,406,7361Fox
2Sucker Punch$6,681,221-17%3,033--$2,203$14,712,6811Warner Bros.
3Limitless$6,488,98740%2,80549$2,313$37,176,7902Relativity Media
4The Lincoln Lawyer$4,870,70566%2,7070$1,799$25,769,0432Lionsgate
5Rango$4,393,86581%3,645-198$1,205$103,385,1774Paramount
6Paul$3,395,26049%2,8064$1,210$22,772,2902Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$3,316,61052%3,118-299$1,064$70,484,1203Sony / Columbia
8The Adjustment Bureau$1,985,34055%2,282-378$870$53,889,9654Universal
9Red Riding Hood$1,925,58642%2,715-315$709$31,396,8313Warner Bros.
10Mars Needs Moms$1,015,91494%2,170-947$468$18,506,7013Disney
11Beastly$965,36937%1,585-225$609$24,799,9814CBS Films
12Hall Pass$766,02649%1,204-701$636$41,898,4025Warner Bros. / New Line
13The King's Speech$737,51176%1,062-187$694$134,451,02218Weinstein Company
14Just Go With It$693,38549%1,116-592$621$99,900,9917Sony / Columbia
15Gnomeo and Juliet$686,084100%1,364-384$503$95,392,2057Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$299,28656%688-713$435$62,083,9656Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$226,41053%512-443$442$53,364,8766Disney / DreamWorks
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$198,99587%406-144$490$36,854,3856Fox
4Cedar Rapids$193,20580%342-120$565$6,015,4367Fox Searchlight
5Yogi Bear$144,05088%326-112$442$99,769,93415Warner Bros.
6The Green Hornet$97,13259%246-36$395$98,218,43511Sony / Columbia
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$95,92371%289-191$332$72,494,7687Paramount
8True Grit (2010)$83,28953%205-63$406$170,014,26814Paramount
9Black Swan$82,22159%20716$397$106,527,97417Fox Searchlight
10No Strings Attached$57,87637%213-19$272$70,441,53910Paramount
11The Fighter$50,88366%179-137$284$93,543,06816Paramount
12The Rite$31,86158%155-47$206$32,959,1499Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Mechanic$19,78055%1001$198$29,058,8539CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$420,42961%9064$4,671$1,597,8323Focus
2Win Win$212,49989%2318$9,239$532,7202Fox Searchlight
3Kill the Irishman$72,52995%4120$1,769$494,4363Anchor Bay Films
4Hubble 3D$55,84218%42-7$1,330$23,077,09354Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Biutiful$32,45275%66-23$492$4,802,22313Roadside Attractions
6Miral$25,89832%4--$6,475$25,8981Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$25,72165%85-9$303$294,897,68319Warner Bros.
8The Music Never Stopped$22,95593%331$696$136,7072Roadside Attractions
9The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$22,83664%72-10$317$104,284,20916Fox
10The Company Men$19,88278%48-10$414$4,259,31410Weinstein Company
11The Eagle$19,55644%975$202$19,421,9107Focus
12Take Me Home Tonight$17,47725%89-192$196$6,804,8744Relativity Media
13From Prada to Nada$16,95857%292$585$3,002,4579Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Blue Valentine (2010)$14,64796%441$333$9,619,63213Weinstein Company
15Drive Angry$11,95146%72-23$166$10,550,8025Summit
16happythankyoumoreplease$9,67286%164$605$162,6084Anchor Bay Films
17Mia and the Migoo$8,160206%1--$8,160$10,8291GKIDS
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,84555%34-9$201$42,725,90514Fox
19Rabbit Hole$4,923109%290$170$2,200,92515Lionsgate
20I Love You Phillip Morris$4,842125%9-2$538$2,010,92717Roadside Attractions
21Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$503-2%2-3$252$84,8567Phase 4 Films
22Winter's Bone$144929%1-3$144$6,530,66442Roadside Attractions