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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 Thu, Jun. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Green Lantern (2011)$3,761,486-4%3,816--$986$70,961,4211Warner Bros.
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,878,7657%3,339--$862$29,147,6791Fox
3Super 8$2,464,4052%3,40829$723$83,086,2322Paramount
4Kung Fu Panda 2$1,440,36211%3,469-460$415$148,892,4974Paramount / DreamWorks
5X-Men: First Class$1,429,7273%3,375-317$424$126,214,9283Fox
6Bridesmaids$1,274,5453%2,573-349$495$141,287,0256Universal
7The Hangover Part II$1,227,0140%3,460-215$355$238,077,6814Warner Bros.
8Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$952,3257%2,742-691$347$224,358,3015Disney
9Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$525,50212%2,5240$208$12,829,9702Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor$157,3799%875-907$180$176,712,0647Paramount
2The Tree of Life$153,237-2%11568$1,332$4,515,2644Fox Searchlight
3The Art of Getting By$128,718-3%610--$211$1,216,7481Fox Searchlight
4Fast Five$109,3503%729-600$150$207,243,8758Universal
5Rio (2011)$100,9158%408-119$247$139,100,98310Fox
6Water for Elephants$64,6832%351-115$184$57,433,6029Fox
7Rango$41,9814%188-32$223$122,893,86916Paramount
8Something Borrowed$35,0911%212-154$166$38,212,1757Warner Bros.
9The Lincoln Lawyer$30,1344%220119$137$57,488,79714Lionsgate
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$21,17311%162-20$131$9,926,2098Weinstein Company
11Source Code$18,7992%161-87$117$54,463,43512Summit
12Limitless$13,2355%117-49$113$79,127,81514Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$75,50012%470$1,606$7,504,17011Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beginners$41,151-6%4425$935$1,079,0743Focus
3Hubble 3D$33,84210%332$1,026$25,960,67466Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$13,1619%90-27$146$52,611,04913Fox
5Insidious$12,164-21%98-36$124$53,453,86312FilmDistrict
6Jane Eyre (2011)$10,9850%68-22$162$11,140,82915Focus
7Submarine$10,1031%2811$361$246,8393Weinstein Company
8Hanna$9,168-10%91-56$101$40,161,13611Focus
9Win Win$6,1793%67-33$92$10,100,88414Fox Searchlight
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$5,1661%71-41$73$52,869,6719Lionsgate
11Everything Must Go$4,4176%55-32$80$2,614,7736Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$3,527-13%44-22$80$11,474,06210Roadside Attractions
13Scream 4$2,5941%39-41$67$38,170,48610Weinstein Company
14Beautiful Boy$2,4160%84$302$58,3223Anchor Bay Films
15The Beaver$1,57414%23-23$68$941,1917Summit
16The Last Mountain$1,56335%74$223$70,1073Dada Films
1735 and Ticking$30458%10$304$73,7085Image Entertainment
18The Music Never Stopped$246273%31$82$249,40414Roadside Attractions
19Kill the Irishman$194-92%2-3$97$1,185,98115Anchor Bay Films