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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. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Super 8$9,357,504-33%3,379--$2,769$36,451,1681Paramount
2X-Men: First Class$6,576,267-34%3,69251$1,781$98,023,3352Fox
3Kung Fu Panda 2$4,841,328-31%3,929-23$1,232$126,813,2403Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Hangover Part II$4,384,646-42%3,67560$1,193$215,727,4613Warner Bros.
5Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$3,127,316-33%3,433-533$911$208,873,2584Disney
6Bridesmaids$2,732,070-36%2,9223$935$123,815,8655Universal
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$1,526,789-34%2,524--$605$6,076,8591Relativity Media
8Thor$665,679-37%1,782-998$374$173,664,7236Paramount
9Fast Five$451,860-40%1,329-908$340$205,094,2057Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio (2011)$188,265-32%527-164$357$137,780,8299Fox
2Water for Elephants$128,496-36%466-106$276$56,599,7948Fox
3Something Borrowed$110,095-44%366-322$301$37,626,4096Warner Bros.
4Jumping the Broom$106,997-50%365-224$293$36,695,0046Sony / TriStar
5Soul Surfer$77,906-33%31772$246$42,181,38010Sony / TriStar
6Rango$50,255-30%220-34$228$122,474,57915Paramount
7Source Code$42,444-43%248-40$171$54,162,13211Summit
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$35,028-27%182102$192$9,664,2917Weinstein Company
9Insidious$34,038-42%134-26$254$53,235,90111FilmDistrict
10HOP$31,350-27%190-55$165$108,012,17011Universal
11Priest (2011)$31,079-37%169-414$184$29,028,3765Sony / Screen Gems
12Hanna$28,791-28%147-50$196$39,997,23310Focus
13Limitless$28,453-39%166-66$171$78,935,46713Relativity Media
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$22,772-24%117-65$195$52,459,14412Fox
15Win Win$20,788-44%100-41$208$10,002,48713Fox Searchlight
16The Lincoln Lawyer$20,594-49%101-32$204$57,133,68613Lionsgate
17Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$17,515-49%112-84$156$52,764,4898Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$241,523-32%4727$5,139$2,361,6553Fox Searchlight
2Beginners$69,939-37%1914$3,681$453,3292Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$60,398-18%470$1,285$6,768,94810Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$29,888-15%31-1$964$25,604,62865Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Everything Must Go$19,128-33%87-20$220$2,535,1335Roadside Attractions
6Jane Eyre (2011)$18,593-29%90-38$207$11,007,28114Focus
7Submarine$16,414-37%1713$966$117,7672Weinstein Company
8The Conspirator$12,904-38%66-44$196$11,414,7189Roadside Attractions
9Scream 4$9,658-34%80-121$121$38,127,3399Weinstein Company
10The Beaver$4,153-42%46-22$90$914,1256Summit
11The Last Mountain$3,774-12%31$1,258$33,7232Dada Films
12Beautiful Boy$1,888-14%40$472$29,8272Anchor Bay Films
13Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,630-7%40$408$183,69239Collective Eye
1435 and Ticking$1,008-31%1-3$1,008$67,3934Image Entertainment
15Kill the Irishman$971-38%5-3$194$1,182,32214Anchor Bay Films
16The King's Speech$553-47%15-1$37$138,795,34229Weinstein Company
17The Music Never Stopped$1578%2-3$79$248,47013Roadside Attractions