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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. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$10,390,390-32%3,9638$2,622$119,455,3522Paramount
2Bridesmaids$7,820,240-26%2,918--$2,680$26,247,4101Universal
3Fast Five$5,594,675-37%3,793131$1,475$169,690,4703Universal
4Priest (2011)$3,688,947-35%2,864--$1,288$14,953,6641Sony / Screen Gems
5Rio (2011)$2,880,172-24%2,929-329$983$125,243,1985Fox
6Jumping the Broom$1,774,949-46%2,0350$872$25,760,0042Sony / TriStar
7Something Borrowed$1,713,601-40%2,9040$590$25,518,7332Warner Bros.
8Water for Elephants$1,212,478-34%2,425-189$500$48,578,8754Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$542,833-49%1,449-432$375$50,232,1824Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$513,135-38%1,468-313$350$39,232,9566Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$478,328-6%1,276-1229$375$8,562,8613Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Everything Must Go$232,731-31%218--$1,068$791,6761Roadside Attractions
2Source Code$206,380-48%626-304$330$52,233,8017Summit
3Insidious$197,880-54%762-239$260$51,674,3127FilmDistrict
4Hanna$173,617-34%425-323$409$38,604,2606Focus
5The Conspirator$136,130-37%370-87$368$10,492,6025Roadside Attractions
6HOP$128,520-32%459-443$280$106,854,7157Universal
7Win Win$114,162-43%248-20$460$8,934,3329Fox Searchlight
8Jane Eyre (2011)$106,096-26%2480$428$9,971,49710Focus
9The Lincoln Lawyer$104,631-46%345-95$303$56,111,7529Lionsgate
10Limitless$93,734-43%298-81$315$77,563,5889Relativity Media
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$91,621-32%311-28$295$51,635,7008Fox
12Scream 4$63,983-47%426-907$150$37,509,3155Weinstein Company
13Arthur (2011)$63,756-38%344-11$185$32,568,5076Warner Bros.
14Rango$56,714-51%216-61$263$120,760,01711Paramount
15Battle: Los Angeles$52,303-35%225-4$232$83,271,42310Sony / Columbia
16The Beaver$51,070-25%10583$486$311,5582Summit
17Go For It!$40,319-12%218--$185$119,7141Lionsgate / Pantelion
18The Adjustment Bureau$31,160-60%164-51$190$62,295,88511Universal
19Paul$27,150-42%181-23$150$37,371,3859Universal
20Your Highness$22,200-45%148-16$150$21,557,2406Universal
21Sucker Punch$20,278-37%139-71$146$36,322,9678Warner Bros.
22Red Riding Hood$15,634-42%100-56$156$37,611,98710Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$109,5770%57-2$1,922$4,817,1766Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$32,288-20%342$950$24,821,45661Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Just Go With It$15,136-37%89-44$170$103,028,10914Sony / Columbia
4The King's Speech$10,250-47%71-19$144$138,714,56325Weinstein Company
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$9,226-6%5029$185$1,331,5186Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Beastly$7,004-39%46-30$152$27,854,89611CBS Films
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$6,698-41%38-14$176$37,892,60513Fox
8Kill the Irishman$4,846-32%13-10$373$1,135,22510Anchor Bay Films
9Cedar Rapids$2,901-38%12-10$242$6,844,89214Fox Searchlight
10Biutiful$2,853-34%11-5$259$5,085,42420Roadside Attractions
11Dum Maaro Dum$2,230-60%20-13$112$551,3984Fox Searchlight
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$1,797-43%34-430$53$1,183,3543Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13Skateland$1,686-2%2--$843$5,2541Freestyle Releasing
14The Company Men$996-48%11-24$91$4,439,06317Weinstein Company
15Miral$955-13%50$191$371,3528Weinstein Company
16The Music Never Stopped$492-22%5-2$98$239,5769Roadside Attractions
17Meet Monica Velour$472-29%1--$472$28,3236Anchor Bay Films