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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 Sun, May. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$21,863,945-27%3,644--$6,000$86,198,7651Universal
2Rio (2011)$4,531,015-31%3,708-134$1,222$104,014,8513Fox
3Water for Elephants$2,404,482-40%2,8203$853$32,480,2142Fox
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,286,996-49%2,2880$1,000$40,891,0432Lionsgate
5Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$1,230,957-31%2,505--$491$4,108,6301Weinstein Company
6Prom$915,120-52%2,730--$335$4,712,6381Disney
7Soul Surfer$878,383-40%2,010-230$437$33,843,0194Sony / TriStar
8HOP$746,360-38%3,176-440$235$105,403,2855Universal
9African Cats$611,730-26%1,2244$500$10,668,8292Disneynature
10Hanna$608,300-36%1,569-815$388$35,953,4704Focus
11Source Code$581,787-48%1,645-718$354$48,887,1885Summit
12Insidious$550,272-51%1,584-546$347$48,309,9125FilmDistrict
13Scream 4$494,128-45%2,221-1093$222$35,496,2003Weinstein Company
14Arthur (2011)$247,964-42%1,251-1519$198$31,671,6224Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$299,526-42%697-152$430$8,764,8253Roadside Attractions
2Limitless$266,554-44%838-525$318$76,090,3167Relativity Media
3The Lincoln Lawyer$199,444-47%719-501$277$54,799,5107Lionsgate
4Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$198,619-31%875--$227$754,7791Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
5Win Win$157,492-54%302-86$521$7,611,7307Fox Searchlight
6Jane Eyre (2011)$144,243-38%294-25$491$8,739,7678Focus
7Your Highness$120,595-57%402-1208$300$21,102,0704Universal
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$104,244-41%503-425$207$51,001,8136Fox
9The Adjustment Bureau$65,095-72%27714$235$61,682,8859Universal
10Rango$63,205-47%277-280$228$119,931,7209Paramount
11Paul$58,240-56%224-21$260$36,943,0107Universal
12Red Riding Hood$36,345-37%209-99$174$37,395,2418Warner Bros.
13Just Go With It$31,132-45%199-66$156$102,808,74712Sony / Columbia
14The King's Speech$27,864-48%185-49$151$138,537,21123Weinstein Company
15Beastly$23,097-42%126-11$183$27,731,1329CBS Films
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$18,100-33%109-57$166$72,945,02912Paramount
17Hall Pass$16,106-36%116-86$139$44,986,02510Warner Bros. / New Line
18Battle: Los Angeles$15,827-53%102-118$155$82,795,2208Sony / Columbia
19Unknown (2011)$10,650-48%101-61$105$63,640,35711Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$87,575-19%69-139$1,269$3,746,7864Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$24,348-30%320$761$24,457,65259Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Dum Maaro Dum$21,435-49%93-8$230$483,9882Fox Searchlight
4Sucker Punch$15,103-37%74-170$204$36,062,0656Warner Bros.
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$13,7528%45-44$306$1,275,1464Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$12,545-56%69-23$182$37,814,42811Fox
7Kill the Irishman$11,676-35%307$389$1,064,4758Anchor Bay Films
8Sympathy For Delicious$3,310-18%2--$1,655$9,4481Maya Entertainment
9Cedar Rapids$3,209-55%26-10$123$6,800,42712Fox Searchlight
10Biutiful$2,549-12%221$116$5,056,09818Roadside Attractions
11The Company Men$2,188-29%150$146$4,413,10815Weinstein Company
12Miral$1,749-30%10-10$175$360,2376Weinstein Company
13Meet Monica Velour$1,334-38%10$1,334$23,8334Anchor Bay Films
14Thank You$886-45%7-13$127$462,6094UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$52-65%4-2$13$234,7007Roadside Attractions