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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. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$3,414,06014%2,918--$1,170$32,652,4201Universal
2Thor$3,090,0248%3,9638$780$125,402,0262Paramount
3Fast Five$1,725,8158%3,793131$455$173,009,3453Universal
4Priest (2011)$1,246,1973%2,864--$435$17,411,4431Sony / Screen Gems
5Something Borrowed$772,04233%2,9040$266$26,873,1382Warner Bros.
6Rio (2011)$515,59229%2,929-329$176$126,159,8945Fox
7Jumping the Broom$515,313-4%2,0350$253$26,812,9612Sony / TriStar
8Water for Elephants$503,74026%2,425-189$208$49,483,0974Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$151,9076%1,449-432$105$50,527,9054Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$127,50927%1,468-313$87$39,461,1256Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$80,43942%1,276-1229$63$8,700,0993Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$91,67924%626-304$146$52,399,6387Summit
2Everything Must Go$86,7076%218--$398$959,9981Roadside Attractions
3Hanna$77,77221%425-323$183$38,746,5486Focus
4Insidious$77,0465%762-239$101$51,824,8237FilmDistrict
5Limitless$53,18642%298-81$178$77,654,3059Relativity Media
6The Conspirator$49,80626%370-87$135$10,581,9625Roadside Attractions
7Jane Eyre (2011)$48,90524%2480$197$10,059,79410Focus
8Win Win$42,34735%248-20$171$9,008,0749Fox Searchlight
9The Lincoln Lawyer$41,97827%345-95$122$56,186,7939Lionsgate
10Scream 4$33,82018%426-907$79$37,571,8665Weinstein Company
11Arthur (2011)$30,54728%344-11$89$32,622,9196Warner Bros.
12The Beaver$24,39927%10583$232$355,1952Summit
13HOP$22,95025%459-443$50$106,896,0257Universal
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$18,522-9%311-28$60$51,674,5128Fox
15Rango$15,32929%216-61$71$120,787,19311Paramount
16The Adjustment Bureau$13,94021%164-51$85$62,321,30511Universal
17Paul$11,76518%181-23$65$37,393,1059Universal
18Your Highness$11,1007%148-16$75$21,578,7006Universal
19Go For It!$10,07012%218--$46$138,7641Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Sucker Punch$8,1737%139-71$59$36,338,7528Warner Bros.
21Red Riding Hood$5,30719%100-56$53$37,621,75410Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$61,4375%57-2$1,078$4,937,0196Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$30,5021%342$897$24,882,05161Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The King's Speech$4,76018%71-19$67$138,723,34225Weinstein Company
4Beastly$2,9639%46-30$64$27,860,56611CBS Films
5Biutiful$2,01664%11-5$183$5,088,66720Roadside Attractions
6No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$1,917-17%5029$38$1,335,7586Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Cedar Rapids$1,4529%12-10$121$6,847,68114Fox Searchlight
8Kill the Irishman$1,401-10%13-10$108$1,138,18610Anchor Bay Films
9Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,39017%38-14$37$37,895,18413Fox
10The Company Men$79672%11-24$72$4,440,32317Weinstein Company
11Dum Maaro Dum$79315%20-13$40$552,8824Fox Searchlight
12Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$784-3%34-430$23$1,184,9483Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
13Skateland$498-25%2--$249$6,4181Freestyle Releasing
14Miral$445-30%50$89$372,4318Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$180-27%1--$180$28,7506Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$16155%0-7--$239,8419Roadside Attractions