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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, Apr. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$2,004,2400%3,579--$560$46,456,3051Universal
2Source Code$1,105,7763%2,961--$373$19,568,6331Summit
3Insidious$960,8395%2,408--$399$17,356,5881FilmDistrict
4Limitless$751,1302%2,83833$265$58,688,2303Relativity Media
5The Lincoln Lawyer$592,7541%2,7070$219$41,854,8103Lionsgate
6Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$512,027-3%3,1692$162$40,577,2602Fox
7Sucker Punch$476,1630%3,0330$157$31,871,6542Warner Bros.
8Rango$365,2794%3,134-511$117$115,230,8935Paramount
9Paul$356,8954%2,550-256$140$33,335,9503Universal
10Battle: Los Angeles$286,6632%2,263-855$127$79,700,3774Sony / Columbia
11The Adjustment Bureau$175,66510%1,525-757$115$59,231,7005Universal
12Red Riding Hood$143,0619%1,788-927$80$36,167,3704Warner Bros.
13The King's Speech$115,3044%1,007-55$115$137,035,71019Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$132,8922%18090$738$3,988,7604Focus
2Win Win$81,705-6%149126$548$2,284,6453Fox Searchlight
3Hall Pass$72,3129%703-501$103$44,034,9906Warner Bros. / New Line
4Beastly$67,6898%821-764$82$27,056,9435CBS Films
5Just Go With It$54,5867%597-519$91$101,651,9798Sony / Columbia
6Gnomeo and Juliet$51,4524%735-629$70$97,075,8878Disney
7Mars Needs Moms$45,7018%701-1469$65$20,557,6784Disney
8True Grit (2010)$31,303-3%324119$97$170,551,31515Paramount
9Unknown (2011)$23,6755%325-363$73$62,821,5447Warner Bros.
10I Am Number Four$19,9482%270-242$74$53,949,3817Disney / DreamWorks
11Cedar Rapids$19,71610%210-132$94$6,563,4238Fox Searchlight
12Yogi Bear$19,54613%265-61$74$100,246,01116Warner Bros.
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$18,647-1%250-156$75$37,346,4717Fox
14Black Swan$14,6344%162-45$90$106,831,25718Fox Searchlight
15No Strings Attached$9,89114%145-68$68$70,662,22011Paramount
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$5,52419%113-176$49$72,707,4688Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$41,7800%0-42--$23,546,20355Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Kill the Irishman$10,274-10%5615$183$754,7264Anchor Bay Films
3The Last Godfather$7,209-7%58--$124$136,1801Roadside Attractions
4Miral$7,123-7%1511$475$192,0582Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$6,7614%58--$117$4,930,50414Roadside Attractions
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$4,95611%66-19$75$295,001,07020Warner Bros.
7The Music Never Stopped$4,44322%28-5$159$211,0773Roadside Attractions
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$4,39519%60-12$73$104,367,13317Fox
9Blue Valentine (2010)$3,328-17%39-5$85$9,681,79914Weinstein Company
10The Eagle$3,22227%57-40$57$19,490,0418Focus
11The Company Men$2,854-7%45-3$63$4,335,28211Weinstein Company
12Take Me Home Tonight$2,57519%52-37$50$6,861,1625Relativity Media
13The Rite$2,5127%72-83$35$33,047,63310Warner Bros. / New Line
14The Mechanic$2,1126%43-57$49$29,121,49810CBS Films
15Rabbit Hole$1,8685%6132$31$2,229,05816Lionsgate
16happythankyoumoreplease$1,6031%12-4$134$199,2715Anchor Bay Films
17Gulliver's Travels (2010)$1,499-20%26-8$58$42,763,87915Fox
18Drive Angry$1,3641%22-50$62$10,596,5436Summit
19I Love You Phillip Morris$387-62%123$32$2,030,89418Roadside Attractions