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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 Sat, Apr. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$9,881,250-8%3,84215$2,572$75,049,5872Fox
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$9,100,379-13%2,288--$3,977$19,557,8361Lionsgate
3Water for Elephants$6,491,600-6%2,817--$2,304$13,416,0871Fox
4HOP$4,664,640-3%3,6168$1,290$97,494,8254Universal
5Scream 4$2,740,521-1%3,3149$827$29,514,8742Weinstein Company
6Hanna$2,090,59113%2,384-161$877$30,381,3063Focus
7Source Code$2,073,56814%2,363-194$878$43,501,4224Summit
8Insidious$2,073,215-1%2,130-103$973$42,970,4054FilmDistrict
9Soul Surfer$2,036,642-13%2,24026$909$27,447,2603Sony / TriStar
10African Cats$1,704,857-49%1,220--$1,397$5,031,9101Disneynature
11Arthur (2011)$1,564,642-1%2,770-506$565$28,296,9453Warner Bros.
12Limitless$1,061,61511%1,363-522$779$73,356,1286Relativity Media
13The Lincoln Lawyer$740,86526%1,220-482$607$52,922,3396Lionsgate
14Your Highness$660,0658%1,610-1162$410$19,329,8203Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$961,26434%849142$1,132$6,382,5412Roadside Attractions
2Win Win$526,92357%3884$1,358$6,384,6776Fox Searchlight
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$349,447-20%928-921$377$50,142,5285Fox
4Jane Eyre (2011)$321,80929%31945$1,009$7,691,7467Focus
5Born to Be Wild 3D$238,626-6%2081$1,147$2,914,9153Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Rango$148,7483%557-419$267$119,429,6878Paramount
7Dum Maaro Dum$125,60110%101--$1,244$240,0501Fox Searchlight
8Sucker Punch$107,4839%244-311$441$35,810,1715Warner Bros.
9The Adjustment Bureau$101,25510%263-85$385$61,079,8558Universal
10Paul$93,1006%245-291$380$36,492,1456Universal
11The King's Speech$83,72018%234-81$358$138,281,43122Weinstein Company
12Just Go With It$78,9098%265-61$298$102,556,31711Sony / Columbia
13Battle: Los Angeles$78,8728%220-334$359$82,597,5727Sony / Columbia
14Red Riding Hood$73,7208%30860$239$37,140,8537Warner Bros.
15Hall Pass$54,26110%202-131$269$44,840,7199Warner Bros. / New Line
16Unknown (2011)$36,43610%162-113$225$63,533,92010Warner Bros.
17Beastly$33,517-3%13727$245$27,576,3298CBS Films
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$26,5741%166131$160$72,835,16011Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$53,380-15%320$1,668$24,177,97658Warner Bros. / IMAX
2No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$43,11950%89-100$484$1,159,9953Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$31,0794%92-36$338$37,719,96210Fox
4True Grit (2010)$20,38315%80-97$255$171,020,46718Paramount
5Kill the Irishman$14,47917%23-16$630$996,5577Anchor Bay Films
6Cedar Rapids$10,89331%36-11$303$6,768,15911Fox Searchlight
7Thank You$10,03931%20-51$502$442,8003UTV Communications
8Miral$8,37435%20-6$419$339,6765Weinstein Company
9Biutiful$5,61522%21-11$267$5,036,14817Roadside Attractions
10The Company Men$3,85936%15-5$257$4,400,26014Weinstein Company
11Black Swan$2,123-9%20-29$106$106,947,04021Fox Searchlight
12Zokkomon$1,041-6%24--$43$2,1441UTV Communications
13The Music Never Stopped$93683%6-7$156$232,7736Roadside Attractions
14Meet Monica Velour$40614%1-3$406$18,2423Anchor Bay Films
15happythankyoumoreplease$197-9%2-2$99$215,4058Anchor Bay Films