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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 Wed, Jun. 8 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$4,238,061-16%3,641--$1,164$69,867,1041Fox
2The Hangover Part II$2,904,243-11%3,6150$803$195,218,7082Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$2,426,465-10%3,95227$614$107,487,0682Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$1,853,066-11%3,966-198$467$196,004,1203Disney
5Bridesmaids$1,634,630-5%2,920-38$560$112,041,9604Universal
6Thor$510,249-7%2,780-516$184$170,684,8575Paramount
7Fast Five$335,550-3%1,325-1656$253$203,008,9556Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Something Borrowed$117,310-9%688-752$171$37,038,0345Warner Bros.
2Rio (2011)$102,1652%691-981$148$136,987,8178Fox
3Water for Elephants$95,415-10%572-222$167$56,020,2227Fox
4Jumping the Broom$82,9462%589-350$141$36,175,2235Sony / TriStar
5Priest (2011)$49,5521%583-1335$85$28,862,7854Sony / Screen Gems
6Source Code$37,0652%288-11$129$53,953,73710Summit
7Rango$35,500-9%254-26$140$122,256,86014Paramount
8HOP$26,9450%185-114$146$107,877,61010Universal
9Insidious$25,45924%160-26$159$53,079,15710FilmDistrict
10Limitless$23,7861%232141$103$78,803,12512Relativity Media
11Hanna$23,180-2%197-19$118$39,876,7189Focus
12Jane Eyre (2011)$20,43712%128-15$160$10,921,59613Focus
13Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$19,824-4%182-32$109$52,360,26011Fox
14Everything Must Go$18,0365%107-54$169$2,452,3554Roadside Attractions
15Win Win$15,8536%14117$112$9,909,52112Fox Searchlight
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$15,035-11%196-163$77$52,672,2847Lionsgate
17The Lincoln Lawyer$13,525-1%133-33$102$57,036,00812Lionsgate
18Scream 4$11,9833%201-60$60$38,077,8628Weinstein Company
19The Conspirator$10,6262%108-29$98$11,358,4118Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 8 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$72,5164%2016$3,626$1,468,6092Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$65,1636%470$1,386$6,499,2529Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$22,958-12%322$717$25,481,78664Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Beginners$18,048-12%5--$3,610$195,3151Focus
5The Beaver$6,106-4%68-41$90$891,7375Summit
6Submarine$5,253-1%4--$1,313$57,4251Weinstein Company
7Arthur (2011)$4,528-15%62-15$73$33,030,6169Warner Bros.
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,328-10%80-123$54$9,538,2996Weinstein Company
9The Last Mountain$1,808150%2--$904$20,4001Dada Films
10Beautiful Boy$1,426-26%4--$357$21,4621Anchor Bay Films
11The King's Speech$9571%180$53$138,791,08928Weinstein Company
12Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$904-26%4--$226$178,78038Collective Eye
13Kill the Irishman$682-7%8-2$85$1,178,31813Anchor Bay Films
1435 and Ticking$3940%4-2$99$59,9963Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$20865%50$42$247,79412Roadside Attractions
16Biutiful$1072%1-4$107$5,101,17123Roadside Attractions
17Skateland$58-62%31$19$19,2514Freestyle Releasing