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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 Thu, May. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$2,859,640-3%2,918--$980$38,459,2401Universal
2Thor$2,200,897-4%3,9638$555$129,906,1552Paramount
3Fast Five$1,270,655-3%3,793131$335$175,588,5853Universal
4Priest (2011)$786,252-11%2,864--$275$19,083,1281Sony / Screen Gems
5Something Borrowed$546,497-6%2,9040$188$28,003,0652Warner Bros.
6Jumping the Broom$418,8189%2,0350$206$27,617,5522Sony / TriStar
7Rio (2011)$416,664-1%2,929-329$142$126,996,6515Fox
8Water for Elephants$381,878-7%2,425-189$157$50,277,5744Fox
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$122,8626%1,449-432$85$50,766,9904Lionsgate
10Soul Surfer$113,9748%1,468-313$78$39,680,6706Sony / TriStar
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$65,3245%1,276-1229$51$8,827,6863Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Source Code$73,2783%626-304$117$52,543,8347Summit
2Insidious$67,2481%762-239$88$51,958,3777FilmDistrict
3Everything Must Go$64,424-14%218--$296$1,099,6201Roadside Attractions
4Hanna$54,670-11%425-323$129$38,862,8706Focus
5Jane Eyre (2011)$49,1455%2480$198$10,155,82910Focus
6The Conspirator$40,480-8%370-87$109$10,666,2865Roadside Attractions
7Limitless$35,467-7%298-81$119$77,727,7449Relativity Media
8The Lincoln Lawyer$32,797-7%345-95$95$56,254,9669Lionsgate
9Win Win$31,429-11%248-20$127$9,074,8209Fox Searchlight
10Scream 4$27,5112%426-907$65$37,626,3985Weinstein Company
11Arthur (2011)$22,874-4%344-11$66$32,669,6206Warner Bros.
12HOP$18,325-11%459-443$40$106,935,0057Universal
13Rango$16,67728%216-61$77$120,816,86311Paramount
14The Beaver$16,571-17%10583$158$391,6432Summit
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$12,957-13%311-28$42$51,702,4348Fox
16The Adjustment Bureau$10,660-13%164-51$65$62,344,26511Universal
17Paul$9,9050%181-23$55$37,412,9459Universal
18Go For It!$9,200-11%218--$42$158,2521Lionsgate / Pantelion
19Your Highness$8,8650%148-16$60$21,596,4456Universal
20Sucker Punch$8,4695%139-71$61$36,355,3128Warner Bros.
21Red Riding Hood$4,485-4%100-56$45$37,630,91010Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$84,1751%57-2$1,477$5,104,4216Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$34,12814%342$1,004$24,946,19861Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The King's Speech$4,8785%71-19$69$138,732,85625Weinstein Company
4Beastly$2,61710%46-30$57$27,865,57111CBS Films
5No Eres Tu, Soy Yo$2,027-5%5029$41$1,339,9116Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Kill the Irishman$1,392-7%13-10$107$1,141,06710Anchor Bay Films
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$1,2120%38-14$32$37,897,60513Fox
8Cedar Rapids$1,17837%12-10$98$6,849,72214Fox Searchlight
9Biutiful$809-10%11-5$74$5,090,37920Roadside Attractions
10Dylan Dog: Dead of Night$688-24%34-430$20$1,186,5383Omni Lab/Freestyle Releasing
11Dum Maaro Dum$662-45%20-13$33$554,7434Fox Searchlight
12Skateland$645-10%2--$323$7,7821Freestyle Releasing
13Miral$449-17%50$90$373,4208Weinstein Company
14The Company Men$427-18%11-24$39$4,441,27217Weinstein Company
15Meet Monica Velour$24832%1--$248$29,1866Anchor Bay Films
16The Music Never Stopped$18920%0-7--$240,1889Roadside Attractions