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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. 16 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$2,990,950-62%2,918--$1,025$29,238,3601Universal
2Thor$2,856,650-73%3,9638$721$122,312,0022Paramount
3Fast Five$1,593,060-72%3,793131$420$171,283,5303Universal
4Priest (2011)$1,211,582-67%2,864--$423$16,165,2461Sony / Screen Gems
5Something Borrowed$582,363-66%2,9040$201$26,101,0962Warner Bros.
6Jumping the Broom$537,644-70%2,0350$264$26,297,6482Sony / TriStar
7Rio (2011)$401,104-86%2,929-329$137$125,644,3025Fox
8Water for Elephants$400,482-67%2,425-189$165$48,979,3574Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$143,816-74%1,449-432$99$50,375,9984Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$100,660-80%1,468-313$69$39,333,6166Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$56,799-88%1,276-1229$45$8,619,6603Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Everything Must Go$81,615-65%218--$374$873,2911Roadside Attractions
2Source Code$74,158-64%626-304$118$52,307,9597Summit
3Insidious$73,464-63%762-239$96$51,747,7777FilmDistrict
4Hanna$64,516-63%425-323$152$38,668,7766Focus
5The Conspirator$39,554-71%370-87$107$10,532,1565Roadside Attractions
6Jane Eyre (2011)$39,392-63%2480$159$10,010,88910Focus
7Limitless$37,531-60%298-81$126$77,601,1199Relativity Media
8The Lincoln Lawyer$33,063-68%345-95$96$56,144,8159Lionsgate
9Win Win$31,395-72%248-20$127$8,965,7279Fox Searchlight
10Scream 4$28,731-55%426-907$67$37,538,0465Weinstein Company
11Arthur (2011)$23,865-63%344-11$69$32,592,3726Warner Bros.
12Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$20,290-78%311-28$65$51,655,9908Fox
13The Beaver$19,238-62%10583$183$330,7962Summit
14HOP$18,360-86%459-443$40$106,873,0757Universal
15Rango$11,847-79%216-61$55$120,771,86411Paramount
16The Adjustment Bureau$11,480-63%164-51$70$62,307,36511Universal
17Your Highness$10,360-53%148-16$70$21,567,6006Universal
18Paul$9,955-63%181-23$55$37,381,3409Universal
19Go For It!$8,980-78%218--$41$128,6941Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Sucker Punch$7,612-62%139-71$55$36,330,5798Warner Bros.
21Red Riding Hood$4,460-71%100-56$45$37,616,44710Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 16 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$58,406-47%57-2$1,025$4,875,5826Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$30,093-7%342$885$24,851,54961Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The King's Speech$4,019-61%71-19$57$138,718,58225Weinstein Company
4Beastly$2,707-61%46-30$59$27,857,60311CBS Films
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,323-75%5029$46$1,333,8416Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Kill the Irishman$1,560-68%13-10$120$1,136,78510Anchor Bay Films
7Cedar Rapids$1,337-54%12-10$111$6,846,22914Fox Searchlight
8Biutiful$1,227-57%11-5$112$5,086,65120Roadside Attractions
9Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,189-82%38-14$31$37,893,79413Fox
10Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$810-55%34-430$24$1,184,1643Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
11Dum Maaro Dum$691-69%20-13$35$552,0894Fox Searchlight
12Skateland$666-60%2--$333$5,9201Freestyle Releasing
13Miral$634-34%50$127$371,9868Weinstein Company
14The Company Men$464-53%11-24$42$4,439,52717Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$247-48%1--$247$28,5706Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$104-79%0-7--$239,6809Roadside Attractions