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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. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$29,935,460-13%3,644--$8,215$64,334,8201Universal
2Rio (2011)$6,611,94281%3,708-134$1,783$99,483,8363Fox
3Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$4,487,10045%2,2880$1,961$38,604,0472Lionsgate
4Water for Elephants$4,018,65838%2,8203$1,425$30,075,7322Fox
5Prom$1,919,0032%2,730--$703$3,797,5181Disney
6Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$1,786,71964%2,505--$713$2,877,6731Weinstein Company
7Soul Surfer$1,467,91244%2,010-230$730$32,964,6364Sony / TriStar
8HOP$1,206,88065%3,176-440$380$104,656,9255Universal
9Insidious$1,128,34612%1,584-546$712$47,759,6405FilmDistrict
10Source Code$1,118,20038%1,645-718$680$48,305,4015Summit
11Hanna$950,55837%1,569-815$606$35,345,1704Focus
12Scream 4$890,41712%2,221-1093$401$35,002,0723Weinstein Company
13African Cats$829,857-14%1,2244$678$10,057,0992Disneynature
14Arthur (2011)$425,27727%1,251-1519$340$31,423,6584Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$512,72376%697-152$736$8,462,3183Roadside Attractions
2Limitless$476,70134%838-525$569$75,823,7627Relativity Media
3The Lincoln Lawyer$375,36475%719-501$522$54,600,0667Lionsgate
4Win Win$342,676106%302-86$1,135$7,454,2387Fox Searchlight
5Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$288,5838%875--$330$556,1601Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
6Your Highness$279,39022%402-1208$695$20,981,4754Universal
7Jane Eyre (2011)$233,49774%294-25$794$8,595,5248Focus
8The Adjustment Bureau$228,52538%27714$825$61,617,7909Universal
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$177,50576%503-425$353$50,897,5696Fox
10Paul$131,04019%224-21$585$36,884,7707Universal
11Rango$120,24473%277-280$434$119,868,5159Paramount
12Red Riding Hood$57,99852%209-99$278$37,358,8968Warner Bros.
13Just Go With It$56,97744%199-66$286$102,777,61512Sony / Columbia
14The King's Speech$53,85851%185-49$291$138,509,34723Weinstein Company
15Beastly$39,86048%126-11$316$27,708,0359CBS Films
16Battle: Los Angeles$34,03355%102-118$334$82,779,3938Sony / Columbia
17Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$26,87385%109-57$247$72,926,92912Paramount
18Hall Pass$25,35834%116-86$219$44,969,91910Warner Bros. / New Line
19Unknown (2011)$20,59248%101-61$204$63,629,70711Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$108,3175%69-139$1,570$3,659,2114Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Dum Maaro Dum$42,12846%93-8$453$462,5532Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$34,703-31%320$1,084$24,433,30459Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$28,46980%69-23$413$37,801,88311Fox
5Sucker Punch$24,10842%74-170$326$36,046,9626Warner Bros.
6Kill the Irishman$17,91462%307$597$1,052,7998Anchor Bay Films
7No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$12,77047%45-44$284$1,261,3944Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Cedar Rapids$7,09994%26-10$273$6,797,21812Fox Searchlight
9Sympathy For Delicious$4,02991%2--$2,015$6,1381Maya Entertainment
10The Company Men$3,09034%150$206$4,410,92015Weinstein Company
11Biutiful$2,90815%221$132$5,053,54918Roadside Attractions
12Miral$2,51160%10-10$251$358,4886Weinstein Company
13Meet Monica Velour$2,15327%10$2,153$22,4994Anchor Bay Films
14Thank You$1,598287%7-13$228$461,7234UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$1483%4-2$37$234,6487Roadside Attractions