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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 Thu, Mar. 31 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$1,225,5386%2,80549$437$46,201,7442Relativity Media
2Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$1,028,2396%3,167--$325$28,155,3461Fox
3Sucker Punch$973,240-3%3,033--$321$23,790,7151Warner Bros.
4The Lincoln Lawyer$917,0180%2,7070$339$32,587,0162Lionsgate
5Rango$725,3236%3,645-198$199$109,223,3024Paramount
6Paul$631,3505%2,8064$225$27,598,8852Universal
7Battle: Los Angeles$589,2387%3,118-299$189$74,966,1313Sony / Columbia
8The Adjustment Bureau$376,41010%2,282-378$165$56,387,9654Universal
9Red Riding Hood$343,1825%2,715-315$126$33,816,1073Warner Bros.
10Mars Needs Moms$209,13215%2,170-947$96$20,023,7463Disney
11Hall Pass$171,3674%1,204-701$142$42,999,8165Warner Bros. / New Line
12Beastly$167,5617%1,585-225$106$25,964,5284CBS Films
13The King's Speech$159,04710%1,062-187$150$135,453,14318Weinstein Company
14Gnomeo and Juliet$146,41010%1,364-384$107$96,436,3447Disney
15Just Go With It$140,38111%1,116-592$126$100,792,5077Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$62,7344%688-713$91$62,495,3156Warner Bros.
2I Am Number Four$46,8366%512-443$91$53,667,8026Disney / DreamWorks
3Cedar Rapids$39,8793%342-120$117$6,279,2737Fox Searchlight
4Yogi Bear$28,352-9%326-112$87$99,994,21115Warner Bros.
5Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$27,6864%406-144$68$37,071,3036Fox
6Black Swan$22,7711%20716$110$106,669,32717Fox Searchlight
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$20,00216%289-191$69$72,631,2127Paramount
8True Grit (2010)$17,256-3%205-63$84$170,127,95414Paramount
9No Strings Attached$17,0123%213-19$80$70,544,58010Paramount
10The Fighter$11,165-4%179-137$62$93,617,00916Paramount
11The Rite$7,6859%155-47$50$33,012,0139Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$5,262-3%1001$53$29,097,7979CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 31 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$95,8543%9064$1,065$2,264,3813Focus
2Hubble 3D$39,1252%42-7$932$23,260,80554Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$36,5023%2318$1,587$809,0802Fox Searchlight
4Kill the Irishman$14,14010%4120$345$597,1163Anchor Bay Films
5Biutiful$9,021-4%0-88--$4,861,04913Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$7,85723%85-9$92$294,943,65319Warner Bros.
7Take Me Home Tonight$5,54912%89-192$62$6,837,7984Relativity Media
8Blue Valentine (2010)$5,47917%441$125$9,648,91013Weinstein Company
9The Company Men$5,414-1%48-10$113$4,293,01910Weinstein Company
10The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$5,40913%72-10$75$104,319,01016Fox
11Miral$5,320-21%4--$1,330$90,1171Weinstein Company
12The Eagle$5,1984%975$54$19,455,8767Focus
13From Prada to Nada$4,86724%9164$53$3,033,6239Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Drive Angry$3,9896%72-23$55$10,575,4945Summit
15The Music Never Stopped$3,652-15%331$111$167,5672Roadside Attractions
16happythankyoumoreplease$3,01618%164$189$178,7024Anchor Bay Films
17Gulliver's Travels (2010)$2,633-11%34-9$77$42,743,34514Fox
18Rabbit Hole$1,81716%290$63$2,209,67715Lionsgate
19I Love You Phillip Morris$1,101-18%9-2$122$2,019,46917Roadside Attractions
20Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$207-4%2-3$104$85,9747Phase 4 Films