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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 Sun, Mar. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$6,344,766-37%3,167--$2,003$23,751,5021Fox
2Sucker Punch$4,345,518-35%3,033--$1,433$19,058,1991Warner Bros.
3Limitless$3,934,441-39%2,80549$1,403$41,111,2312Relativity Media
4Rango$2,950,810-33%3,645-198$810$106,335,9874Paramount
5The Lincoln Lawyer$2,948,505-39%2,7070$1,089$28,717,5482Lionsgate
6Paul$2,188,680-36%2,8064$780$24,960,9702Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$2,077,990-37%3,118-299$666$72,562,1103Sony / Columbia
8Red Riding Hood$1,027,938-47%2,715-315$379$32,424,7693Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$1,026,900-48%2,282-378$450$54,916,8654Universal
10Mars Needs Moms$717,940-29%2,170-947$331$19,224,6413Disney
11Beastly$496,237-49%1,585-225$313$25,296,2184CBS Films
12Gnomeo and Juliet$480,332-30%1,364-384$352$95,872,5377Disney
13Hall Pass$425,078-45%1,204-701$353$42,323,4805Warner Bros. / New Line
14The King's Speech$400,207-46%1,062-187$377$134,851,22918Weinstein Company
15Just Go With It$350,105-50%1,116-592$314$100,251,0967Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$155,600-48%688-713$226$62,239,5656Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$123,847-45%512-443$242$53,488,7236Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$106,979-45%342-120$313$6,122,4157Fox Searchlight
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$105,296-47%406-144$259$36,959,6816Fox
5Yogi Bear$100,591-30%326-112$309$99,870,52515Warner Bros.
6The Green Hornet$62,389-36%246-36$254$98,280,82411Sony / Columbia
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$62,195-35%289-191$215$72,556,9637Paramount
8Black Swan$50,450-39%20716$244$106,578,42417Fox Searchlight
9True Grit (2010)$44,391-47%205-63$217$170,058,65914Paramount
10No Strings Attached$36,238-37%213-19$170$70,477,77710Paramount
11The Fighter$28,735-44%179-137$161$93,571,80316Paramount
12The Rite$23,262-27%155-47$150$32,982,4119Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Mechanic$15,815-20%1001$158$29,074,6689CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$287,694-32%9064$3,197$1,885,5263Focus
2Win Win$139,616-34%2318$6,070$672,3362Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$45,631-18%42-7$1,086$23,122,72454Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Kill the Irishman$43,624-40%4120$1,064$538,0603Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$22,678-30%66-23$344$4,824,90113Roadside Attractions
6Miral$20,667-20%4--$5,167$66,2441Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$17,531-32%85-9$206$294,915,21419Warner Bros.
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$15,212-33%72-10$211$104,299,42116Fox
9The Music Never Stopped$13,808-40%331$418$150,5152Roadside Attractions
10From Prada to Nada$13,787-19%292$475$3,016,2449Lionsgate / Pantelion
11The Eagle$12,686-35%975$131$19,434,5967Focus
12Take Me Home Tonight$12,207-30%89-192$137$6,817,0814Relativity Media
13The Company Men$11,964-40%48-10$249$4,271,27810Weinstein Company
14Blue Valentine (2010)$9,623-34%441$219$9,629,25513Weinstein Company
15Drive Angry$7,423-38%72-23$103$10,558,2255Summit
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$6,214-9%34-9$183$42,732,11914Fox
17Mia and the Migoo$6,146-25%1--$6,146$16,9751GKIDS
18happythankyoumoreplease$6,058-37%164$379$168,6664Anchor Bay Films
19I Love You Phillip Morris$3,173-34%9-2$353$2,014,18117Roadside Attractions
20Rabbit Hole$3,055-38%290$105$2,203,98015Lionsgate
21Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$366-27%2-3$183$85,2227Phase 4 Films
22Winter's Bone$44-69%1-3$44$6,530,70842Roadside Attractions