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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 Tue, Apr. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$4,178,63028%3,827--$1,092$46,675,3751Fox
2HOP$1,569,48043%3,608-8$435$84,827,5253Universal
3Scream 4$1,462,0328%3,305--$442$21,503,7801Weinstein Company
4Hanna$866,66123%2,54510$341$24,852,4042Focus
5Arthur (2011)$804,42431%3,2760$246$23,584,4992Warner Bros.
6Soul Surfer$794,86229%2,2140$359$21,278,3592Sony / TriStar
7Insidious$709,11316%2,233-186$318$37,193,8243FilmDistrict
8Source Code$709,08325%2,557-414$277$38,174,0183Summit
9Your Highness$512,82016%2,7723$185$17,033,8152Universal
10Limitless$455,25026%1,885-770$242$70,405,2205Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$360,47259%1,849-1032$195$48,710,3774Fox
12The Lincoln Lawyer$298,50527%1,702-718$175$50,988,2525Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$330,36314%707--$467$4,125,9061Roadside Attractions
2Born to Be Wild 3D$138,46032%2071$669$2,091,1422Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Jane Eyre (2011)$134,51621%27427$491$6,850,4786Focus
4Win Win$132,84633%384158$346$5,266,3365Fox Searchlight
5Rango$92,37123%976-1031$95$118,943,4947Paramount
6Sucker Punch$75,3888%555-1200$136$35,437,4784Warner Bros.
7Battle: Los Angeles$60,2117%554-854$109$82,309,8516Sony / Columbia
8Paul$50,92012%536-1131$95$36,200,9805Universal
9The Adjustment Bureau$38,28016%348-435$110$60,806,4857Universal
10The King's Speech$36,12531%315-360$115$138,056,95321Weinstein Company
11Just Go With It$35,08333%3266$108$102,332,75110Sony / Columbia
12Hall Pass$27,29415%333-33$82$44,681,7148Warner Bros. / New Line
13No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$25,261-2%189-37$134$1,039,2922Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Unknown (2011)$21,08019%275-90$77$63,418,6809Warner Bros.
15Red Riding Hood$14,72818%248-529$59$36,969,6636Warner Bros.
16Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$11,80729%128-56$92$37,636,1299Fox
17True Grit (2010)$11,02819%177-86$62$170,958,87917Paramount
18Beastly$9,37260%110-229$85$27,488,5637CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$58,11821%321$1,816$23,947,83457Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$10,66582%71-21$150$408,7042UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$7,5178%39-13$193$954,8566Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$5,49642%26-3$211$314,2974Weinstein Company
5Cedar Rapids$3,86711%47-71$82$6,739,49410Fox Searchlight
6Drive Angry$3,85430%71-55$54$10,713,6008Summit
7Black Swan$3,62820%49-54$74$106,935,64220Fox Searchlight
8Biutiful$3,45814%32-6$108$5,019,06216Roadside Attractions
9The Company Men$2,43365%20-12$122$4,387,97613Weinstein Company
10Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$2,15417%35-34$62$72,776,09510Paramount
11Meet Monica Velour$1,511192%42$378$16,6372Anchor Bay Films
12Blue Valentine (2010)$1,40175%15-4$93$9,703,76216Weinstein Company
13The Music Never Stopped$1,04179%13-1$80$229,5325Roadside Attractions
14Take Me Home Tonight$9758%42-60$23$6,925,7717Relativity Media
15happythankyoumoreplease$797305%4-5$199$213,0117Anchor Bay Films
16The Last Godfather$238284%1-19$238$163,8913Roadside Attractions