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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 Sat, May. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hangover Part II$29,690,008-1%3,615--$8,213$91,282,5551Warner Bros.
2Kung Fu Panda 2$18,515,14241%3,925--$4,717$37,421,4791Paramount / DreamWorks
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$15,182,20039%4,1649$3,646$139,704,8532Disney
4Bridesmaids$6,049,11029%2,95821$2,045$79,330,6503Universal
5Thor$3,639,71347%3,296-628$1,104$156,482,8094Paramount
6Fast Five$2,444,42036%2,981-641$820$193,657,0255Universal
7Rio (2011)$711,47471%1,672-921$426$134,168,9877Fox
8Something Borrowed$702,26928%1,440-1166$488$34,163,7104Warner Bros.
9Priest (2011)$649,68825%1,918-946$339$26,733,5163Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$743,74757%939-533$792$33,499,0744Sony / TriStar
2Water for Elephants$420,09644%794-1100$529$54,041,6836Fox
3Soul Surfer$152,76940%401-583$381$41,151,2648Sony / TriStar
4Rango$143,37958%280-22$512$121,589,87113Paramount
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$137,66653%359-553$383$52,190,7046Lionsgate
6Source Code$123,37238%299-78$413$53,323,3599Summit
7Everything Must Go$104,72554%161-84$650$1,995,9273Roadside Attractions
8HOP$91,19561%299-55$305$107,429,4109Universal
9Limitless$84,17836%269-88$313$78,383,34511Relativity Media
10Hanna$83,56042%216-63$387$39,451,8508Focus
11Win Win$81,03592%124-78$654$9,573,94111Fox Searchlight
12The Lincoln Lawyer$80,69872%166-92$486$56,726,96911Lionsgate
13Jane Eyre (2011)$64,33548%143-65$450$10,603,89812Focus
14The Conspirator$63,41877%137-132$463$11,099,0857Roadside Attractions
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$63,08250%214-39$295$52,051,67410Fox
16Insidious$60,40828%186-315$325$52,678,7019FilmDistrict
17Scream 4$46,65842%26156$179$37,837,8717Weinstein Company
18The Beaver$41,48037%109-59$381$731,3534Summit
19Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$27,613104%203-439$136$9,423,9415Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$119,190-1%4--$29,798$239,3201Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$89,32816%47-3$1,901$5,806,0918Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$36,04134%30-4$1,201$25,195,36263Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Arthur (2011)$31,96629%77-160$415$32,911,5618Warner Bros.
5Battle: Los Angeles$19,89847%96-74$207$83,517,04812Sony / Columbia
6The King's Speech$5,06726%18-22$282$138,771,81527Weinstein Company
735 and Ticking$4,14038%60$690$44,8012Image Entertainment
8Kill the Irishman$3,77688%10-2$378$1,163,78912Anchor Bay Films
9The Music Never Stopped$846119%50$169$244,26411Roadside Attractions
10Dum Maaro Dum$77976%6-5$130$561,9806Fox Searchlight
11Go For It!$64189%14-50$46$177,6173Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Biutiful$169-45%5-2$34$5,098,10422Roadside Attractions
13Skateland$15451%2-9$77$17,4813Freestyle Releasing