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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. 21 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$4,150,00014%3,827--$1,084$54,461,1261Fox
2HOP$1,767,92022%3,608-8$490$88,309,0003Universal
3Scream 4$1,368,52321%3,305--$414$24,004,2631Weinstein Company
4Soul Surfer$1,025,87935%2,2140$463$23,065,2832Sony / TriStar
5Insidious$967,36153%2,233-186$433$38,793,7943FilmDistrict
6Arthur (2011)$874,47427%3,2760$267$25,149,9822Warner Bros.
7Hanna$872,66721%2,54510$343$26,443,8602Focus
8Source Code$792,80725%2,557-414$310$39,601,2443Summit
9Limitless$526,56630%1,885-770$279$71,337,5945Relativity Media
10Your Highness$526,0156%2,7723$190$18,057,9552Universal
11The Lincoln Lawyer$334,65124%1,702-718$197$51,591,9325Lionsgate
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$330,0005%1,849-1032$178$49,353,2544Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$287,495-1%707--$407$4,702,6831Roadside Attractions
2Born to Be Wild 3D$182,13522%2071$880$2,422,4722Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Jane Eyre (2011)$136,6473%27427$499$7,119,9996Focus
4Win Win$129,0001%384158$336$5,522,4345Fox Searchlight
5Rango$101,28311%976-1031$104$119,136,2477Paramount
6Sucker Punch$91,84923%555-1200$165$35,603,8684Warner Bros.
7Battle: Los Angeles$77,79434%554-854$140$82,445,6046Sony / Columbia
8Paul$64,32041%536-1131$120$36,310,8605Universal
9The Adjustment Bureau$45,24030%348-435$130$60,886,5507Universal
10Just Go With It$40,42831%3266$124$102,404,10010Sony / Columbia
11The King's Speech$35,0271%315-360$111$138,126,76221Weinstein Company
12Hall Pass$31,30129%333-33$94$44,737,2808Warner Bros. / New Line
13Unknown (2011)$25,41726%275-90$92$63,464,3459Warner Bros.
14No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$24,9455%189-37$132$1,088,1012Lionsgate / Pantelion
15Red Riding Hood$15,81121%248-529$64$36,998,5616Warner Bros.
16True Grit (2010)$12,55414%177-86$71$170,982,40517Paramount
17Beastly$12,35369%110-229$112$27,508,2267CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 21 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$60,08311%321$1,878$24,062,01357Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Thank You$8,5108%71-21$120$425,1262UTV Communications
3Kill the Irishman$7,73616%39-13$198$969,7386Anchor Bay Films
4Miral$5,93922%26-3$228$325,1094Weinstein Company
5Drive Angry$4,14926%71-55$58$10,721,0338Summit
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,40718%35-34$97$72,782,39410Paramount
7Biutiful$3,116-17%32-6$97$5,025,92316Roadside Attractions
8The Company Men$3,08924%20-12$154$4,393,56213Weinstein Company
9Take Me Home Tonight$1,37048%42-60$33$6,928,0687Relativity Media
10happythankyoumoreplease$1,12231%4-5$281$214,9927Anchor Bay Films
11Blue Valentine (2010)$1,083-27%15-4$72$9,706,32816Weinstein Company
12The Music Never Stopped$1,04540%13-1$80$231,3265Roadside Attractions
13Meet Monica Velour$562100%42$141$17,4802Anchor Bay Films
14The Last Godfather$164-15%1-19$164$164,2473Roadside Attractions