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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 Tue, May. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$5,410,4190%3,955--$1,368$76,536,8141Paramount
2Fast Five$2,691,5707%3,66218$735$144,997,6402Universal
3Something Borrowed$1,348,11021%2,904--$464$16,405,6971Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$948,101-13%2,035--$466$17,258,7881Sony / TriStar
5Water for Elephants$640,95624%2,614-206$245$43,242,1853Fox
6Rio (2011)$469,48710%3,258-450$144$116,100,8724Fox
7Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$253,948-2%1,881-407$135$47,598,8713Lionsgate
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$141,52924%2,5050$56$7,131,7352Weinstein Company
9Soul Surfer$138,90820%1,781-229$78$37,141,3155Sony / TriStar
10Prom$131,61029%2,7300$48$7,823,3402Disney
11African Cats$118,58721%1,035-189$115$13,112,7553Disneynature
12Insidious$99,668-2%1,001-583$100$50,520,9876FilmDistrict
13Scream 4$88,89419%1,333-888$67$37,083,5894Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$121,18420%930-715$130$51,166,9556Summit
2Hanna$103,48524%748-821$138$37,821,2025Focus
3The Conspirator$61,51915%457-238$135$9,908,0504Roadside Attractions
4Limitless$59,26140%379-459$156$77,107,9648Relativity Media
5Jane Eyre (2011)$51,51918%248-46$208$9,529,0269Focus
6Win Win$49,66631%268-34$185$8,439,0208Fox Searchlight
7The Lincoln Lawyer$45,82331%440-279$104$55,628,4558Lionsgate
8HOP$27,06020%902-2274$30$106,407,8706Universal
9Arthur (2011)$26,13038%355-896$74$32,290,4495Warner Bros.
10The Adjustment Bureau$20,42536%215-62$95$62,092,56510Universal
11Rango$20,26619%2770$73$120,463,50310Paramount
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$15,724-5%464-411$34$1,139,1042Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13Sucker Punch$15,0939%210136$72$36,217,4577Warner Bros.
14Paul$14,28017%204-20$70$37,240,9058Universal
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,038-2%339-164$41$51,318,1147Fox
16Your Highness$10,66018%164-238$65$21,442,0255Universal
17Red Riding Hood$8,33210%156-53$53$37,538,6559Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$61,72230%59-10$1,046$4,361,6025Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$21,0210%320$657$24,658,62160Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Beaver$11,3962%22--$518$130,1291Summit
4The King's Speech$6,3166%90-95$70$138,659,99524Weinstein Company
5Beastly$4,62613%76-50$61$27,821,04110CBS Films
6Hall Pass$3,7582%67-49$56$45,052,47911Warner Bros. / New Line
7Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$3,13225%57-52$55$73,006,58613Paramount
8Kill the Irishman$2,93522%23-7$128$1,114,1419Anchor Bay Films
9Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,69011%52-17$52$37,865,68912Fox
10No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,368105%21-24$113$1,304,0385Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Unknown (2011)$2,28426%49-52$47$63,681,83212Warner Bros.
12The Company Men$1,95543%3520$56$4,431,36316Weinstein Company
13Cedar Rapids$1,558-2%22-4$71$6,830,72113Fox Searchlight
14Biutiful$1,537-34%16-6$96$5,075,32119Roadside Attractions
15Dum Maaro Dum$1,39021%33-60$42$537,1173Fox Searchlight
16Passion Play$41661%2--$208$2,7751Image Entertainment
17Miral$334-25%5-5$67$367,5357Weinstein Company
18The Music Never Stopped$23250%73$33$237,5138Roadside Attractions