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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, Apr. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$10,540,155-32%3,579--$2,945$37,543,7101Universal
2Source Code$3,701,465-39%2,961--$1,250$14,812,0941Summit
3Insidious$3,060,981-44%2,408--$1,271$13,271,4641FilmDistrict
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$2,739,407-39%3,1692$864$38,196,1682Fox
5Limitless$2,323,770-41%2,83833$819$55,509,6403Relativity Media
6The Lincoln Lawyer$1,785,457-40%2,7070$660$39,416,0663Lionsgate
7Sucker Punch$1,587,278-37%3,0330$523$29,811,1182Warner Bros.
8Rango$1,259,358-36%3,134-511$402$113,728,8745Paramount
9Paul$1,134,775-38%2,550-256$445$31,844,4453Universal
10Battle: Los Angeles$953,922-38%2,263-855$422$78,502,5664Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$488,020-50%1,525-757$320$58,530,5955Universal
12Red Riding Hood$404,113-49%1,788-927$226$35,592,3414Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$274,132-47%1,007-55$272$136,586,30519Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$349,647-34%18090$1,942$3,479,5134Focus
2Win Win$304,565-42%149126$2,044$1,947,9443Fox Searchlight
3Beastly$185,439-49%821-764$226$26,786,4095CBS Films
4Hall Pass$175,066-48%703-501$249$43,754,9716Warner Bros. / New Line
5Just Go With It$137,301-53%597-519$230$101,425,3208Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$120,467-36%735-629$164$96,866,0768Disney
7Mars Needs Moms$105,470-29%701-1469$150$20,370,6104Disney
8True Grit (2010)$71,794-44%324119$222$170,422,23915Paramount
9Cedar Rapids$54,836-40%210-132$261$6,488,1968Fox Searchlight
10Yogi Bear$54,574-28%265-61$206$100,169,06816Warner Bros.
11Unknown (2011)$53,162-47%325-363$164$62,723,8037Warner Bros.
12I Am Number Four$51,452-42%270-242$191$53,868,0347Disney / DreamWorks
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$50,002-48%250-156$200$37,271,5477Fox
14The Green Hornet$43,653-34%211-35$207$98,524,94712Sony / Columbia
15Black Swan$27,785-39%162-45$172$106,774,59718Fox Searchlight
16No Strings Attached$21,206-37%145-68$146$70,625,98611Paramount
17Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$15,513-36%113-176$137$72,686,5798Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$41,332-16%442$939$23,391,39555Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Last Godfather$33,134-19%58--$571$101,7791Roadside Attractions
3Kill the Irishman$30,678-39%5615$548$709,5024Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$22,137-29%1511$1,476$163,1612Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$12,800-31%58-8$221$4,904,31314Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$10,919-30%66-19$165$294,980,43420Warner Bros.
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$9,230-31%60-12$154$104,350,36317Fox
8The Music Never Stopped$8,345-35%28-5$298$197,1013Roadside Attractions
9The Company Men$8,175-38%45-3$182$4,323,23911Weinstein Company
10The Rite$7,531-33%72-83$105$33,037,75410Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Eagle$6,215-31%57-40$109$19,478,3848Focus
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$5,81222%26-8$224$42,756,58815Fox
13Blue Valentine (2010)$5,741-25%39-5$147$9,667,78114Weinstein Company
14The Mechanic$4,507-33%43-57$105$29,113,58810CBS Films
15Take Me Home Tonight$4,228-25%52-37$81$6,851,9375Relativity Media
16happythankyoumoreplease$4,210-34%12-4$351$193,1845Anchor Bay Films
17Drive Angry$3,804-45%22-50$173$10,590,7486Summit
18Rabbit Hole$3,007-42%6132$49$2,221,80916Lionsgate
19I Love You Phillip Morris$2,144-40%123$179$2,027,40118Roadside Attractions
20Winter's Bone$70-56%32$23$6,531,02143Roadside Attractions