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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 Mon, Apr. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$3,270,783-71%3,827--$855$42,496,7451Fox
2Scream 4$1,349,658-64%3,305--$408$20,041,7481Weinstein Company
3HOP$1,100,440-66%3,608-8$305$83,258,0453Universal
4Hanna$702,885-64%2,54510$276$23,985,7432Focus
5Soul Surfer$618,368-67%2,2140$279$20,483,4972Sony / TriStar
6Arthur (2011)$616,318-62%3,2760$188$22,780,0752Warner Bros.
7Insidious$613,820-59%2,233-186$275$36,484,7113FilmDistrict
8Source Code$566,355-62%2,557-414$221$37,464,9353Summit
9Your Highness$443,520-60%2,7723$160$16,520,9952Universal
10Limitless$360,648-60%1,885-770$191$69,949,9705Relativity Media
11The Lincoln Lawyer$235,107-65%1,702-718$138$50,689,7475Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$227,132-59%1,849-1032$123$48,349,9054Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$288,941-65%707--$409$3,795,5431Roadside Attractions
2Jane Eyre (2011)$110,927-60%27427$405$6,715,9626Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$104,956-50%2071$507$1,952,6822Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Win Win$99,923-67%384158$260$5,133,4905Fox Searchlight
5Rango$75,392-64%976-1031$77$118,851,1237Paramount
6Sucker Punch$69,804-58%555-1200$126$35,362,0904Warner Bros.
7Battle: Los Angeles$56,374-58%554-854$102$82,249,6406Sony / Columbia
8Paul$45,560-63%536-1131$85$36,150,0605Universal
9The Adjustment Bureau$33,060-58%348-435$95$60,768,2057Universal
10The King's Speech$27,621-54%315-360$88$138,020,82821Weinstein Company
11Just Go With It$26,337-60%3266$81$102,297,66810Sony / Columbia
12No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$25,901-75%189-37$137$1,014,0312Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Hall Pass$23,702-58%333-33$71$44,654,4208Warner Bros. / New Line
14Unknown (2011)$17,715-57%275-90$64$63,397,6009Warner Bros.
15Red Riding Hood$12,503-56%248-529$50$36,954,9356Warner Bros.
16True Grit (2010)$9,276-58%177-86$52$170,947,85117Paramount
17Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$9,171-61%128-56$72$37,624,3229Fox
18Beastly$5,856-66%110-229$53$27,479,1917CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$48,06742%321$1,502$23,889,71657Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Kill the Irishman$6,970-57%39-13$179$947,3386Anchor Bay Films
3Thank You$5,845-78%71-21$82$398,0392UTV Communications
4Miral$3,864-62%26-2$149$308,8014Weinstein Company
5Cedar Rapids$3,491-60%47-71$74$6,735,62710Fox Searchlight
6Biutiful$3,021-58%32-6$94$5,015,60416Roadside Attractions
7Black Swan$3,016-35%49-54$62$106,932,01420Fox Searchlight
8Drive Angry$2,960-58%71-55$42$10,709,7468Summit
9Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$1,835-53%35-34$52$72,773,94110Paramount
10The Company Men$1,478-59%20-12$74$4,385,54313Weinstein Company
11Take Me Home Tonight$905-49%42-60$22$6,924,7967Relativity Media
12Blue Valentine (2010)$802-47%15-4$53$9,702,36116Weinstein Company
13The Music Never Stopped$581-67%13-1$45$228,4915Roadside Attractions
14Meet Monica Velour$517-63%42$129$15,1262Anchor Bay Films
15happythankyoumoreplease$197-73%4-5$49$212,2147Anchor Bay Films
16The Last Godfather$62-81%1-19$62$163,6533Roadside Attractions
17Winter's Bone$6-75%20$3$6,531,49745Roadside Attractions