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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. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$1,157,181-19%2,80549$413$44,976,2062Relativity Media
2Sucker Punch$1,007,104-25%3,033--$332$22,817,4751Warner Bros.
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$969,534-15%3,167--$306$27,127,1071Fox
4The Lincoln Lawyer$913,066-17%2,7070$337$31,669,9982Lionsgate
5Rango$681,392-7%3,645-198$187$108,497,9794Paramount
6Paul$603,565-17%2,8064$215$26,967,5352Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$551,148-13%3,118-299$177$74,376,8933Sony / Columbia
8The Adjustment Bureau$341,425-15%2,282-378$150$56,011,5554Universal
9Red Riding Hood$325,519-14%2,715-315$120$33,472,9253Warner Bros.
10Mars Needs Moms$181,417-11%2,170-947$84$19,814,6143Disney
11Hall Pass$164,346-4%1,204-701$137$42,828,4495Warner Bros. / New Line
12Beastly$157,288-14%1,585-225$99$25,796,9674CBS Films
13The King's Speech$144,389-4%1,062-187$136$135,294,09618Weinstein Company
14Gnomeo and Juliet$133,579-6%1,364-384$98$96,289,9347Disney
15Just Go With It$126,948-11%1,116-592$114$100,652,1267Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$60,321-12%688-713$88$62,432,5816Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$43,999-2%512-443$86$53,620,9666Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$38,680-6%342-120$113$6,239,3947Fox Searchlight
4Yogi Bear$31,156-11%326-112$96$99,965,85915Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$26,523-11%406-144$65$37,043,6176Fox
6Black Swan$22,493-8%20716$109$106,646,55617Fox Searchlight
7True Grit (2010)$17,723-5%205-63$86$170,110,69814Paramount
8Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$17,295-7%289-191$60$72,611,2107Paramount
9No Strings Attached$16,440-10%213-19$77$70,527,56810Paramount
10The Fighter$11,5752%179-137$65$93,605,84416Paramount
11The Rite$7,078-6%155-47$46$33,004,3289Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$5,440-20%1001$54$29,092,5359CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$93,364-9%9064$1,037$2,168,5273Focus
2Hubble 3D$38,54422%42-7$918$23,221,68054Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$35,4337%2318$1,541$772,5782Fox Searchlight
4Kill the Irishman$12,910-11%4120$315$582,9753Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$9,446-7%0-88--$4,852,02813Roadside Attractions
6Miral$6,75625%4--$1,689$84,7971Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$6,3814%85-9$75$294,935,79619Warner Bros.
8The Company Men$5,44611%48-10$113$4,287,60510Weinstein Company
9The Eagle$4,992-12%975$51$19,450,6787Focus
10Take Me Home Tonight$4,976-7%89-192$56$6,832,2494Relativity Media
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,773-5%72-10$66$104,313,60116Fox
12Blue Valentine (2010)$4,703-15%441$107$9,643,43113Weinstein Company
13The Music Never Stopped$4,289-24%331$130$163,9152Roadside Attractions
14From Prada to Nada$3,910-14%9164$43$3,028,7569Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Drive Angry$3,766-33%72-23$52$10,571,5055Summit
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,9421%34-9$87$42,740,71214Fox
17happythankyoumoreplease$2,55831%164$160$175,6864Anchor Bay Films
18Rabbit Hole$1,56143%290$54$2,207,86015Lionsgate
19I Love You Phillip Morris$1,344-27%9-2$149$2,018,36817Roadside Attractions
20Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$21571%2-3$108$85,7677Phase 4 Films