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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. 27 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$6,958,490-59%4,115--$1,691$73,093,9971Disney
2Bad Teacher$4,008,884-52%3,049--$1,315$35,611,9901Sony / Columbia
3Green Lantern (2011)$2,128,074-57%3,8160$558$91,117,5512Warner Bros.
4Super 8$1,518,809-55%3,42416$444$96,633,1333Paramount
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,362,476-49%3,3423$408$40,655,8172Fox
6X-Men: First Class$858,965-55%2,633-742$326$133,754,3734Fox
7Bridesmaids$710,850-50%2,031-542$350$147,258,1657Universal
8The Hangover Part II$643,488-55%2,755-705$234$244,295,3485Warner Bros.
9Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$630,022-50%2,244-498$281$229,917,2486Disney
10Kung Fu Panda 2$555,463-54%2,527-942$220$153,621,1045Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$160,916-58%215100$748$6,004,2065Fox Searchlight
2Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$114,920-34%891-1633$129$13,562,4683Relativity Media
3Rio (2011)$87,370-42%344-64$254$139,720,53311Fox
4Thor$74,284-50%404-471$184$177,297,6488Paramount
5Fast Five$64,120-56%458-271$140$207,816,3309Universal
6Water for Elephants$36,692-47%292-59$126$57,725,92410Fox
7Something Borrowed$33,850-41%30391$112$38,472,1608Warner Bros.
8The Art of Getting By$27,237-26%307-303$89$1,379,2172Fox Searchlight
9Rango$17,575-50%156-32$113$123,028,23017Paramount
10The Lincoln Lawyer$16,285-59%189-31$86$57,642,34115Lionsgate
11Source Code$11,693-38%106-55$110$54,543,76613Summit
12Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$9,333-44%114-48$82$9,990,7009Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 27 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$50,426-17%470$1,073$7,782,75112Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beginners$50,210-62%7329$688$1,600,2654Focus
3Hubble 3D$27,239-10%330$825$26,099,13467Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$11,109-45%74-24$150$53,537,54113FilmDistrict
5Limitless$7,430-43%85-32$87$79,181,65415Relativity Media
6Submarine$6,090-51%26-2$234$295,0324Weinstein Company
7Hanna$5,991-49%59-32$102$40,207,34912Focus
8A Better Life$5,876-72%4--$1,469$67,9631Summit
9Jane Eyre (2011)$5,084-37%51-17$100$11,177,91516Focus
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$4,635-44%58-32$80$52,643,81514Fox
11The Beaver$2,805-46%6643$43$961,1248Summit
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,398-46%46-25$52$52,891,56110Lionsgate
13Everything Must Go$2,322-51%33-22$70$2,633,4567Roadside Attractions
14Win Win$1,917-67%32-35$60$10,124,95615Fox Searchlight
15The Conspirator$1,546-67%0-44--$11,489,03411Roadside Attractions
16Scream 4$1,027-47%18-21$57$38,177,91911Weinstein Company
17The Last Mountain$814-69%6-1$136$83,9294Dada Films
18Beautiful Boy$643-58%4-4$161$64,5744Anchor Bay Films
19Kill the Irishman$107-77%20$54$1,187,81816Anchor Bay Films
20Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$90-96%4--$23$213,40941Collective Eye
21The Music Never Stopped$84-50%2-1$42$250,08415Roadside Attractions
2235 and Ticking$70-84%10$70$75,6096Image Entertainment