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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. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1HOP$6,111,040-37%3,61637$1,690$67,754,5452Universal
2Hanna$3,174,945-37%2,535--$1,252$12,370,5491Focus
3Arthur (2011)$2,713,272-46%3,276--$828$12,222,7561Warner Bros.
4Soul Surfer$2,592,897-41%2,214--$1,171$10,601,8621Sony / TriStar
5Your Highness$2,188,025-36%2,769--$790$9,360,0201Universal
6Insidious$2,002,567-51%2,41911$828$26,728,3572FilmDistrict
7Source Code$1,961,596-50%2,97110$660$28,218,8712Summit
8Limitless$1,269,027-48%2,655-183$478$64,149,6084Relativity Media
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$1,251,107-43%2,881-288$434$45,348,2473Fox
10The Lincoln Lawyer$984,446-51%2,420-287$407$46,136,4084Lionsgate
11Rango$649,727-38%2,007-1127$324$117,532,4006Paramount
12Sucker Punch$544,747-41%1,755-1278$310$33,973,7363Warner Bros.
13Paul$441,800-43%1,667-883$265$35,078,2904Universal
14Battle: Los Angeles$389,946-43%1,408-855$277$81,228,7885Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jane Eyre (2011)$312,490-40%24767$1,265$5,146,6955Focus
2Born to Be Wild 3D$272,948-20%206--$1,325$871,4781Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Win Win$266,530-54%22677$1,179$3,434,8254Fox Searchlight
4The Adjustment Bureau$187,920-55%783-742$240$60,108,6606Universal
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$184,729-21%226--$817$588,9381Lionsgate / Pantelion
6The King's Speech$106,977-55%675-332$158$137,538,27520Weinstein Company
7Red Riding Hood$104,198-56%777-1011$134$36,678,7505Warner Bros.
8Unknown (2011)$65,323-47%36540$179$63,097,5308Warner Bros.
9Hall Pass$59,086-52%366-337$161$44,302,0647Warner Bros. / New Line
10Beastly$58,719-53%339-482$173$27,328,3066CBS Films
11Just Go With It$52,354-59%320-277$164$101,917,2679Sony / Columbia
12True Grit (2010)$45,464-53%263-61$173$170,760,87416Paramount
13Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$39,993-45%184-66$217$37,499,0008Fox
14The Green Hornet$23,094-52%161-50$143$98,695,08913Sony / Columbia
15Cedar Rapids$21,071-53%118-92$179$6,659,2629Fox Searchlight
16Drive Angry$17,759-30%126104$141$10,655,7997Summit
17Black Swan$12,145-46%103-59$118$106,882,29019Fox Searchlight
18Take Me Home Tonight$11,014-26%10250$108$6,898,4836Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thank You$69,447-36%92--$755$247,7601UTV Communications
2Hubble 3D$27,987-15%31-13$903$23,641,17256Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kill the Irishman$20,046-53%52-4$386$840,4375Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$15,887-37%2914$548$247,1983Weinstein Company
5Biutiful$11,423-21%38-20$301$4,696,16415Roadside Attractions
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$9,506-37%69-44$138$72,742,1379Paramount
7The Last Godfather$6,087-28%20-38$304$156,0782Roadside Attractions
8The Company Men$5,744-35%32-13$180$4,357,35512Weinstein Company
9Blue Valentine (2010)$2,737-25%19-20$144$9,690,53415Weinstein Company
10happythankyoumoreplease$1,880-44%9-3$209$206,4006Anchor Bay Films
11Meet Monica Velour$1,724-21%2--$862$7,4381Anchor Bay Films
12The Music Never Stopped$1,694-56%14-14$121$218,5764Roadside Attractions
13I Love You Phillip Morris$1,288-47%7-5$184$2,035,60719Roadside Attractions
14Winter's Bone$92-26%2-1$46$6,531,28144Roadside Attractions