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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 Wed, Apr. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$1,550,275-19%3,84215$404$87,606,9642Fox
2Water for Elephants$1,426,309-17%2,817--$506$21,765,5471Fox
3Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$1,112,780-30%2,288--$486$29,940,5391Lionsgate
4African Cats$512,219-7%1,220--$420$7,726,1591Disneynature
5Scream 4$477,047-21%3,3149$144$32,858,0412Weinstein Company
6Hanna$430,850-16%2,384-161$181$33,274,0273Focus
7Soul Surfer$390,763-11%2,24026$174$30,063,1883Sony / TriStar
8HOP$379,555-25%3,6168$105$102,357,9654Universal
9Source Code$374,233-11%2,363-194$158$46,007,7654Summit
10Insidious$338,682-16%2,130-103$159$45,285,5064FilmDistrict
11Arthur (2011)$308,120-15%2,770-506$111$30,361,9013Warner Bros.
12Limitless$215,580-11%1,363-522$158$74,769,9226Relativity Media
13Your Highness$152,950-17%1,610-1162$95$20,328,0453Universal
14The Lincoln Lawyer$147,905-8%1,220-482$121$53,865,4116Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$183,122-7%849142$216$7,486,8122Roadside Attractions
2Jane Eyre (2011)$87,863-5%31945$275$8,136,8707Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$85,3093%2081$410$3,361,5733Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Win Win$74,154-10%3884$191$6,870,7356Fox Searchlight
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$51,978-20%928-921$56$50,561,9455Fox
6Rango$30,144-12%557-419$54$119,645,3038Paramount
7Sucker Punch$28,052-5%244-311$115$35,978,1125Warner Bros.
8The King's Speech$22,035-18%234-81$94$138,398,35322Weinstein Company
9The Adjustment Bureau$21,005-6%263-85$80$61,203,3558Universal
10Paul$19,525-11%245-291$80$36,626,8206Universal
11Just Go With It$17,810-13%265-61$67$102,663,60811Sony / Columbia
12Red Riding Hood$17,389-10%30860$56$37,244,8107Warner Bros.
13Battle: Los Angeles$16,611-7%220-335$76$82,705,7377Sony / Columbia
14Hall Pass$13,745-4%202-131$68$44,913,1999Warner Bros. / New Line
15Dum Maaro Dum$13,526-38%101--$134$379,7151Fox Searchlight
16Unknown (2011)$9,424-6%162-113$58$63,585,47510Warner Bros.
17Beastly$8,997-13%13727$66$27,630,7678CBS Films
18Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$7,812-20%166131$47$72,877,23911Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$32,23911%320$1,007$24,298,79358Warner Bros. / IMAX
2No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$8,661-1%89-100$97$1,231,3463Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$5,184-19%92-36$56$37,752,05810Fox
4True Grit (2010)$4,615-7%80-97$58$171,045,94918Paramount
5Kill the Irishman$3,614-14%23-16$157$1,020,1577Anchor Bay Films
6Cedar Rapids$2,994-2%36-11$83$6,782,53511Fox Searchlight
7Miral$1,885-2%20-6$94$351,6075Weinstein Company
8Biutiful$1,797-22%21-11$86$5,045,92617Roadside Attractions
9The Company Men$1,01623%15-5$68$4,404,40614Weinstein Company
10Black Swan$672-3%20-29$34$106,950,10121Fox Searchlight
11The Music Never Stopped$40392%6-7$67$234,1166Roadside Attractions
12happythankyoumoreplease$161-6%2-2$81$216,0368Anchor Bay Films
13Meet Monica Velour$15-77%1-3$15$18,5753Anchor Bay Films