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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 Sun, Jun. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$13,989,658-29%3,641--$3,842$55,101,6041Fox
2The Hangover Part II$7,938,163-38%3,6150$2,196$185,808,1942Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$7,266,307-29%3,95227$1,839$100,028,3722Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$5,172,945-32%3,966-198$1,304$190,200,8803Disney
5Bridesmaids$3,400,635-31%2,919-39$1,165$107,167,2304Universal
6Thor$1,173,477-36%2,780-516$422$169,122,9485Paramount
7Fast Five$816,505-41%2,237-744$365$201,979,6656Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$218,242-32%691-981$316$136,690,3958Fox
2Jumping the Broom$205,666-48%589-350$349$35,907,3005Sony / TriStar
3Something Borrowed$195,283-47%688-752$284$36,673,3305Warner Bros.
4Water for Elephants$178,379-41%572-222$312$55,733,1957Fox
5Priest (2011)$102,272-36%583-1335$175$28,713,5774Sony / Screen Gems
6Rango$65,804-37%254-26$259$122,152,49414Paramount
7Source Code$61,553-39%288-11$214$53,850,55610Summit
8Soul Surfer$54,486-35%245-156$222$41,746,3009Sony / TriStar
9Insidious$49,449-35%160-26$309$53,010,82210FilmDistrict
10HOP$47,765-35%245-54$195$107,802,81010Universal
11Hanna$42,893-32%197-19$218$39,808,8089Focus
12Everything Must Go$40,792-40%107-54$381$2,400,8804Roadside Attractions
13Limitless$39,170-39%232-37$169$78,734,46512Relativity Media
14Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$35,809-46%196-163$183$52,623,4387Lionsgate
15Win Win$32,066-48%14117$227$9,865,93312Fox Searchlight
16Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$31,980-26%182-32$176$52,305,51211Fox
17Jane Eyre (2011)$31,660-23%128-15$247$10,867,43213Focus
18The Lincoln Lawyer$28,402-47%133-33$214$56,996,98412Lionsgate
19The Conspirator$23,274-44%110-27$212$11,328,7048Roadside Attractions
20Scream 4$21,780-34%201-60$108$38,042,4858Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$199,519-18%2016$9,976$1,250,2262Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$51,325-18%470$1,092$6,320,4449Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Beginners$46,703-17%5--$9,341$141,3401Focus
4Hubble 3D$24,214-10%322$757$25,407,95764Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Submarine$14,660-14%4--$3,665$41,8321Weinstein Company
6The Beaver$13,531-34%68-41$199$873,9085Summit
7Arthur (2011)$9,347-50%62-15$151$33,015,6969Warner Bros.
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$8,643-38%80-123$108$9,525,5876Weinstein Company
9The Last Mountain$5,272-15%2--$2,636$17,5701Dada Films
10Beautiful Boy$5,227-17%4--$1,307$16,1621Anchor Bay Films
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,91739%4--$479$174,99738Collective Eye
12Kill the Irishman$1,319-54%8-2$165$1,176,25613Anchor Bay Films
13The King's Speech$1,170-57%16-2$73$138,788,23228Weinstein Company
1435 and Ticking$803-46%4-2$201$58,7373Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$358-54%50$72$247,27912Roadside Attractions
16Skateland$276-19%31$92$18,8904Freestyle Releasing
17Biutiful$26-94%2-3$13$5,100,93723Roadside Attractions