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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. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern (2011)$3,922,060-21%3,816--$1,028$67,199,9351Warner Bros.
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,688,452-2%3,339--$805$26,268,9141Fox
3Super 8$2,427,726-8%3,40829$712$80,621,8272Paramount
4X-Men: First Class$1,388,807-12%3,375-317$411$124,785,2013Fox
5Kung Fu Panda 2$1,301,179-1%3,469-460$375$147,452,1354Paramount / DreamWorks
6Bridesmaids$1,233,865-1%2,021-901$611$140,012,4806Universal
7The Hangover Part II$1,221,107-5%3,460-215$353$236,850,6674Warner Bros.
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$892,428-3%2,742-691$325$223,405,9765Disney
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$468,4715%2,5240$186$12,304,4682Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$155,965-2%11568$1,356$4,362,0274Fox Searchlight
2Thor$144,504-7%875-907$165$176,554,6857Paramount
3The Art of Getting By$133,010-5%610--$218$1,088,0301Fox Searchlight
4Fast Five$105,8800%456-873$232$207,134,5258Universal
5Rio (2011)$93,266-8%408-119$229$139,000,06810Fox
6Born to Be Wild 3D$67,3990%212165$318$7,428,67011Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Water for Elephants$63,1850%351-115$180$57,368,9199Fox
8Rango$40,2987%188-32$214$122,851,88816Paramount
9The Lincoln Lawyer$28,926-6%220119$131$57,458,66314Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$19,143-16%114-68$168$9,905,0368Weinstein Company
11Source Code$18,463-2%161-87$115$54,444,63612Summit
12Limitless$12,6392%117-49$108$79,114,58014Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beginners$43,651-3%4425$992$1,037,9233Focus
2Something Borrowed$34,914-3%47-319$743$38,177,0847Warner Bros.
3Hubble 3D$30,8339%332$934$25,926,83266Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$15,44318%98-36$158$53,441,69912FilmDistrict
5Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$12,121-4%90-27$135$52,597,88813Fox
6Jane Eyre (2011)$11,0409%68-22$162$11,129,84415Focus
7Hanna$10,1534%91-56$112$40,151,96811Focus
8Submarine$10,0516%269$387$236,7363Weinstein Company
9Win Win$5,9725%67-33$89$10,094,70514Fox Searchlight
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$5,134-13%71-41$72$52,864,5059Lionsgate
11Everything Must Go$4,18317%55-32$76$2,610,3566Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$4,05725%44-22$92$11,470,53510Roadside Attractions
13Scream 4$2,5812%18-62$143$38,167,89210Weinstein Company
14Beautiful Boy$2,404-2%2-2$1,202$55,9063Anchor Bay Films
15Kill the Irishman$2,4041207%83$301$5515Anchor Bay Films
16The Beaver$1,3758%23-23$60$939,6177Summit
17The Last Mountain$1,156-8%74$165$68,5443Dada Films
1835 and Ticking$193-22%10$193$73,4045Image Entertainment
19The Music Never Stopped$6643%31$22$249,15814Roadside Attractions