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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, May. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast Five$4,627,880-25%3,644--$1,270$103,216,2451Universal
2Water for Elephants$902,451-15%2,8203$320$35,223,0862Fox
3Rio (2011)$641,632-17%3,708-134$173$106,115,1013Fox
4Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$457,300-20%2,2880$200$42,467,9782Lionsgate
5African Cats$282,357-12%1,2244$231$11,484,5182Disneynature
6Hanna$207,327-13%1,569-815$132$36,601,0494Focus
7Source Code$200,401-16%1,645-718$122$49,509,0425Summit
8Soul Surfer$180,237-15%2,010-230$90$34,400,6254Sony / TriStar
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$178,214-15%2,505--$71$4,672,0901Weinstein Company
10Scream 4$171,492-24%2,221-1093$77$36,067,9673Weinstein Company
11Insidious$160,732-13%1,584-546$101$48,822,9935FilmDistrict
12Prom$157,657-24%2,730--$58$5,234,0001Disney
13HOP$111,125-13%3,176-440$35$105,752,6105Universal
14Arthur (2011)$88,388-17%1,251-1519$71$31,950,4374Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conspirator$109,6640%695-154$158$9,074,7153Roadside Attractions
2Limitless$106,129-20%838-525$127$76,423,8827Relativity Media
3Jane Eyre (2011)$69,9340%294-25$238$8,936,4668Focus
4The Lincoln Lawyer$69,778-15%719-501$97$55,014,0067Lionsgate
5Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$65,412-5%875--$75$952,8081Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
6Win Win$57,884-4%302-86$192$7,773,6027Fox Searchlight
7Your Highness$34,170-15%402-1208$85$21,212,6204Universal
8The Adjustment Bureau$22,160-16%27714$80$61,752,1359Universal
9Paul$16,800-17%224-21$75$36,996,7457Universal
10Rango$15,045-11%277-280$54$119,978,6589Paramount
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,484-18%503-425$29$51,052,2596Fox
12The King's Speech$12,591-18%185-49$68$138,576,16423Weinstein Company
13Red Riding Hood$10,937-12%209-99$52$37,429,8378Warner Bros.
14Beastly$7,916-33%126-11$63$27,762,3249CBS Films
15Hall Pass$6,938-11%116-86$60$45,007,16210Warner Bros. / New Line
16Unknown (2011)$4,601-3%101-61$46$63,653,64611Warner Bros.
17Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$4,145-27%109-57$38$72,959,85712Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$59,28218%69-139$859$3,896,4684Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$18,5067%320$578$24,509,12759Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sucker Punch$7,070-5%74-170$96$36,082,7976Warner Bros.
4Dum Maaro Dum$5,720-29%93-8$62$503,2152Fox Searchlight
5Kill the Irishman$4,099-10%307$137$1,078,1368Anchor Bay Films
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,675-10%45-44$59$1,283,4624Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,520-32%69-23$37$37,823,54711Fox
8Biutiful$2,242-13%221$102$5,062,62018Roadside Attractions
9Cedar Rapids$1,441-5%26-10$55$6,804,76112Fox Searchlight
10The Company Men$1,32731%150$88$4,416,27315Weinstein Company
11Miral$722-14%10-10$72$362,5036Weinstein Company
12Meet Monica Velour$591-57%21$296$26,1614Anchor Bay Films
13Sympathy For Delicious$490-11%2--$245$11,2111Maya Entertainment
14Thank You$176-61%7--$25$463,4054UTV Communications
15The Music Never Stopped$61-35%4-2$15$234,9627Roadside Attractions