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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 Mon, May. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$6,231,240-71%3,644--$1,710$92,430,0051Universal
2Water for Elephants$784,100-67%2,8203$278$33,264,3142Fox
3Rio (2011)$688,540-85%3,708-134$186$104,703,3913Fox
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$544,934-76%2,2880$238$41,435,9772Lionsgate
5African Cats$211,655-65%1,2244$173$10,880,4842Disneynature
6Hanna$203,138-67%1,569-815$129$36,156,6084Focus
7Source Code$182,426-69%1,645-718$111$49,069,6145Summit
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$175,184-86%2,505--$70$4,283,8141Weinstein Company
9Scream 4$174,858-65%2,221-1093$79$35,671,0583Weinstein Company
10Insidious$167,510-70%1,584-546$106$48,477,4225FilmDistrict
11Soul Surfer$166,053-81%2,010-230$83$34,009,0724Sony / TriStar
12Prom$155,025-83%2,730--$57$4,867,6631Disney
13HOP$111,160-85%3,176-440$35$105,514,4455Universal
14Arthur (2011)$84,349-66%1,251-1519$67$31,755,9714Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Limitless$94,335-65%838-525$113$76,184,6517Relativity Media
2The Conspirator$90,272-70%695-154$130$8,855,0973Roadside Attractions
3Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$63,450-68%875--$73$818,2291Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
4The Lincoln Lawyer$62,490-69%719-501$87$54,862,0007Lionsgate
5Jane Eyre (2011)$56,560-61%294-25$192$8,796,3278Focus
6Win Win$43,836-72%302-86$145$7,655,5667Fox Searchlight
7Your Highness$36,180-70%402-1208$90$21,138,2504Universal
8The Adjustment Bureau$20,775-68%27714$75$61,703,6609Universal
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$18,396-82%503-425$37$51,020,2096Fox
10Paul$16,775-71%224-21$75$36,959,7857Universal
11Rango$15,009-76%277-280$54$119,946,7299Paramount
12Beastly$11,406-51%126-11$91$27,742,5389CBS Films
13Red Riding Hood$11,231-69%209-99$54$37,406,4728Warner Bros.
14The King's Speech$11,053-60%185-49$60$138,548,26423Weinstein Company
15Hall Pass$6,404-60%116-86$55$44,992,42910Warner Bros. / New Line
16Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,976-73%109-57$46$72,950,00512Paramount
17Unknown (2011)$3,941-63%101-61$39$63,644,29811Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$39,977-54%69-139$579$3,786,7634Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$15,733-35%320$492$24,473,38559Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sucker Punch$6,244-59%74-170$84$36,068,3096Warner Bros.
4Dum Maaro Dum$5,418-75%93-8$58$489,4062Fox Searchlight
5Kill the Irishman$4,364-63%307$145$1,068,8658Anchor Bay Films
6Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,871-77%69-23$42$37,817,29911Fox
7No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,670-81%45-44$59$1,277,8164Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Biutiful$1,711-33%221$78$5,057,80918Roadside Attractions
9Cedar Rapids$1,373-57%26-10$53$6,801,80012Fox Searchlight
10The Company Men$828-62%150$55$4,413,93615Weinstein Company
11Sympathy For Delicious$720-78%2--$360$10,1681Maya Entertainment
12Miral$706-60%10-10$71$360,9436Weinstein Company
13Meet Monica Velour$364-73%21$182$24,1974Anchor Bay Films
14Thank You$166-81%7--$24$462,7754UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$107106%4-2$27$234,8077Roadside Attractions