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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, Jun. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$19,713,168-8%3,641--$5,414$41,111,9461Fox
2The Hangover Part II$12,825,62321%3,6150$3,548$177,870,0312Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$10,221,47560%3,95227$2,586$92,762,0652Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$7,646,11149%3,966-198$1,928$185,027,9353Disney
5Bridesmaids$4,962,30035%2,919-39$1,700$103,766,5954Universal
6Thor$1,830,70347%2,780-516$659$167,949,4715Paramount
7Fast Five$1,375,75541%2,237-744$615$201,163,1606Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$398,80366%589-350$677$35,701,6345Sony / TriStar
2Something Borrowed$367,63929%688-752$534$36,478,0475Warner Bros.
3Rio (2011)$323,08364%691-981$468$136,472,1538Fox
4Water for Elephants$303,53243%572-222$531$55,554,8167Fox
5Priest (2011)$158,92538%583-1335$273$28,611,3054Sony / Screen Gems
6Rango$104,79053%254-26$413$122,086,69014Paramount
7Source Code$100,78339%288-11$350$53,789,00310Summit
8Soul Surfer$83,36326%245-156$340$41,691,8149Sony / TriStar
9Insidious$75,87338%160-26$474$52,961,37310FilmDistrict
10HOP$73,49050%245-54$300$107,755,04510Universal
11Everything Must Go$67,51480%107-54$631$2,360,0884Roadside Attractions
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$66,54158%196-163$339$52,587,6297Lionsgate
13Limitless$64,41738%232-37$278$78,695,29512Relativity Media
14Hanna$63,25042%197-19$321$39,765,9159Focus
15Win Win$61,64898%14117$437$9,833,86712Fox Searchlight
16The Lincoln Lawyer$53,69277%133-33$404$56,968,58212Lionsgate
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$43,30542%182-32$238$52,273,53211Fox
18The Conspirator$41,77993%110-27$380$11,305,4308Roadside Attractions
19Jane Eyre (2011)$41,26848%128-15$322$10,835,77213Focus
20Scream 4$32,89442%201-60$164$38,020,7058Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$243,91639%2016$12,196$1,050,7072Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$62,308-8%470$1,326$6,269,1199Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beginners$56,49948%5--$11,300$94,6371Focus
4Hubble 3D$27,0006%322$844$25,383,74364Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Beaver$20,37939%68-41$300$860,3775Summit
6Arthur (2011)$18,6943%62-15$302$33,006,3519Warner Bros.
7Submarine$16,97867%4--$4,245$27,1721Weinstein Company
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$14,03278%80-123$175$9,516,9446Weinstein Company
9Beautiful Boy$6,32037%4--$1,580$10,9351Anchor Bay Films
10The Last Mountain$6,1821%2--$3,091$12,2981Dada Films
11Kill the Irishman$2,844183%8-2$356$1,174,93713Anchor Bay Films
12The King's Speech$2,7214%16-2$170$138,787,06228Weinstein Company
1335 and Ticking$1,47752%4-2$369$57,9343Image Entertainment
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,381-40%4--$345$173,08038Collective Eye
15The Music Never Stopped$78175%50$156$246,92112Roadside Attractions
16Biutiful$45746%2-3$229$5,100,91123Roadside Attractions
17Skateland$339232%31$113$18,6144Freestyle Releasing