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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, Apr. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$15,479,17534%3,579--$4,325$27,003,5551Universal
2Source Code$6,057,13520%2,961--$2,046$11,110,6291Summit
3Insidious$5,433,64514%2,408--$2,256$10,210,4831FilmDistrict
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,497,38360%3,1692$1,419$35,456,7612Fox
5Limitless$3,949,14530%2,83833$1,392$53,185,8703Relativity Media
6The Lincoln Lawyer$2,987,12545%2,7070$1,103$37,630,6093Lionsgate
7Sucker Punch$2,516,03231%3,0330$830$28,223,8402Warner Bros.
8Rango$1,980,65957%3,134-511$632$112,469,5165Paramount
9Paul$1,823,35542%2,550-256$715$30,709,6703Universal
10Battle: Los Angeles$1,531,19346%2,263-855$677$77,548,6444Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$975,98544%1,525-757$640$58,042,5755Universal
12Red Riding Hood$789,28835%1,788-927$441$35,188,2284Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$513,42049%1,007-55$510$136,312,17319Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$532,99660%18090$2,961$3,129,8664Focus
2Win Win$526,21071%149126$3,532$1,643,3793Fox Searchlight
3Beastly$361,03431%821-764$440$26,600,9705CBS Films
4Hall Pass$334,84037%703-501$476$43,579,9056Warner Bros. / New Line
5Just Go With It$289,14140%597-519$484$101,288,0198Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$186,84253%735-629$254$96,745,6098Disney
7Mars Needs Moms$149,40562%701-1469$213$20,265,1404Disney
8True Grit (2010)$128,73437%324119$397$170,350,44515Paramount
9Unknown (2011)$100,05133%325-363$308$62,670,6417Warner Bros.
10Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$96,84181%250-156$387$37,221,5457Fox
11Cedar Rapids$90,97744%210-132$433$6,433,3608Fox Searchlight
12I Am Number Four$89,02749%270-242$330$53,816,5827Disney / DreamWorks
13Yogi Bear$75,57769%265-61$285$100,114,49416Warner Bros.
14The Green Hornet$65,74152%211-35$312$98,481,29412Sony / Columbia
15Black Swan$45,43742%162-45$280$106,746,81218Fox Searchlight
16No Strings Attached$33,80428%145-68$233$70,604,78011Paramount
17Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$24,17554%113-176$214$72,671,0668Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kill the Irishman$50,29460%5615$898$678,8244Anchor Bay Films
2Hubble 3D$49,16423%442$1,117$23,350,06355Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Last Godfather$40,85747%58--$704$68,6451Roadside Attractions
4Miral$31,23059%1511$2,082$141,0242Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$18,62257%58-8$321$4,891,51314Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$15,69754%66-19$238$294,969,51520Warner Bros.
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$13,47256%60-12$225$104,341,13317Fox
8The Company Men$13,28952%45-3$295$4,315,06411Weinstein Company
9The Music Never Stopped$12,74151%28-5$455$188,7563Roadside Attractions
10The Rite$11,29763%72-83$157$33,030,22310Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Eagle$9,00123%57-40$158$19,472,1698Focus
12Blue Valentine (2010)$7,61038%39-5$195$9,662,04014Weinstein Company
13Drive Angry$6,87150%22-50$312$10,586,9446Summit
14The Mechanic$6,71647%43-57$156$29,109,08110CBS Films
15happythankyoumoreplease$6,34662%12-4$529$188,9745Anchor Bay Films
16Take Me Home Tonight$5,67034%52-37$109$6,847,7095Relativity Media
17Rabbit Hole$5,22634%6132$86$2,218,80216Lionsgate
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$4,77480%26-8$184$42,750,77615Fox
19I Love You Phillip Morris$3,59764%123$300$2,025,25718Roadside Attractions
20Winter's Bone$15989%32$53$6,530,95143Roadside Attractions