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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 Mon, Jun. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$5,452,193-61%3,641--$1,497$60,553,7971Fox
2The Hangover Part II$3,247,199-59%3,6150$898$189,055,3932Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$2,331,802-68%3,95227$590$102,360,1742Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,857,198-64%3,966-198$468$192,058,0783Disney
5Bridesmaids$1,517,880-55%2,919-39$520$108,685,1104Universal
6Thor$500,801-57%2,780-516$180$169,623,7495Paramount
7Fast Five$346,735-58%2,237-744$155$202,326,4006Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something Borrowed$118,244-39%688-752$172$36,791,5745Warner Bros.
2Rio (2011)$95,162-56%691-981$138$136,785,5578Fox
3Water for Elephants$85,933-52%572-222$150$55,819,1287Fox
4Jumping the Broom$85,625-58%589-350$145$35,992,9255Sony / TriStar
5Priest (2011)$50,606-51%583-1335$87$28,764,1834Sony / Screen Gems
6Source Code$29,718-52%288-11$103$53,880,27410Summit
7Rango$29,681-55%254-26$117$122,182,17514Paramount
8Insidious$22,359-55%160-26$140$53,033,18110FilmDistrict
9Limitless$21,361-45%232-37$92$78,755,82612Relativity Media
10Hanna$21,163-51%197-19$107$39,829,9719Focus
11HOP$20,900-56%245-54$85$107,823,71010Universal
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$16,921-53%196-163$86$52,640,3597Lionsgate
13Everything Must Go$16,207-60%107-54$151$2,417,0874Roadside Attractions
14Jane Eyre (2011)$15,416-51%128-15$120$10,882,84813Focus
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$14,311-55%182-32$79$52,319,82311Fox
16Win Win$12,837-60%14117$91$9,878,77012Fox Searchlight
17The Lincoln Lawyer$11,780-59%133-33$89$57,008,76412Lionsgate
18Scream 4$11,705-46%201-60$58$38,054,1908Weinstein Company
19The Conspirator$8,638-63%108-29$80$11,337,3428Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$75,922-62%2016$3,796$1,326,1482Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$52,2952%470$1,113$6,372,7399Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$24,6752%322$771$25,432,63264Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$15,506-67%5--$3,101$156,8461Focus
5The Beaver$5,352-60%68-41$79$879,2605Summit
6Submarine$5,020-66%4--$1,255$46,8521Weinstein Company
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$3,561-59%80-123$45$9,529,1486Weinstein Company
8Beautiful Boy$1,945-63%4--$486$18,1071Anchor Bay Films
9Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,472-23%4--$368$176,65638Collective Eye
10The Last Mountain$969-82%2--$485$17,8681Dada Films
11The King's Speech$955-18%16-2$60$138,789,18728Weinstein Company
12Kill the Irishman$536-59%8-2$67$1,176,90213Anchor Bay Films
1335 and Ticking$470-41%4-2$118$59,2073Image Entertainment
14The Music Never Stopped$181-49%50$36$247,46012Roadside Attractions
15Skateland$159-42%31$53$19,0494Freestyle Releasing
16Biutiful$22-15%1-4$22$5,100,95923Roadside Attractions