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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 Tue, Jun. 28 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jun. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$7,089,4132%4,115--$1,723$80,183,4101Disney
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$5,500,000--2,700--$2,037$5,500,0000Paramount / DreamWorks
3Bad Teacher$3,916,191-2%3,049--$1,284$39,528,1811Sony / Columbia
4Green Lantern (2011)$2,092,450-2%3,8160$548$93,210,0012Warner Bros.
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$1,727,33527%3,3423$517$42,383,1522Fox
6Super 8$1,500,564-1%3,42416$438$98,133,6973Paramount
7X-Men: First Class$873,6912%2,633-742$332$134,628,0644Fox
8Bridesmaids$812,40014%2,031-542$400$148,070,5657Universal
9The Hangover Part II$653,2982%2,755-705$237$244,948,6465Warner Bros.
10Kung Fu Panda 2$651,35517%2,527-942$258$154,272,4595Paramount / DreamWorks
11Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$647,2743%2,244-498$288$230,564,5226Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jun. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$182,78714%215100$850$6,186,9935Fox Searchlight
2Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$131,45714%891-1633$148$13,693,9253Relativity Media
3Rio (2011)$113,90730%344-64$331$139,834,44011Fox
4Thor$81,1949%404-471$201$177,378,8428Paramount
5Fast Five$64,2200%458-271$140$207,880,5509Universal
6Water for Elephants$46,16426%292-59$158$57,772,08810Fox
7Something Borrowed$39,22716%30391$129$38,511,3878Warner Bros.
8The Art of Getting By$27,007-1%307-303$88$1,406,2242Fox Searchlight
9Rango$23,57834%156-32$151$123,051,80817Paramount
10The Lincoln Lawyer$19,28718%189-31$102$57,661,62815Lionsgate
11Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$15,01461%114-48$132$10,005,7149Weinstein Company
12Source Code$11,8081%106-55$111$54,555,57413Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jun. 28 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$69,52638%470$1,479$7,852,27712Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beginners$61,19322%7329$838$1,661,4584Focus
3Hubble 3D$30,06910%330$911$26,129,20367Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$10,709-4%74-24$145$53,548,25013FilmDistrict
5Limitless$7,6873%85-32$90$79,189,34115Relativity Media
6Submarine$7,26219%26-2$279$302,2944Weinstein Company
7Jane Eyre (2011)$6,50728%51-17$128$11,184,42216Focus
8Hanna$6,3486%59-32$108$40,213,69712Focus
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$6,26535%58-32$108$52,650,08014Fox
10A Better Life$5,572-5%4--$1,393$73,5351Summit
11The Beaver$3,41622%6643$52$964,5408Summit
12Win Win$3,04359%32-35$95$10,127,99915Fox Searchlight
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$2,4984%46-25$54$52,894,05910Lionsgate
14Everything Must Go$2,4696%33-22$75$2,635,9257Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$1,6054%0-44--$11,490,63911Roadside Attractions
16Scream 4$1,021-1%18-21$57$38,178,94011Weinstein Company
17The Last Mountain$8768%6-1$146$84,8054Dada Films
18Beautiful Boy$6907%4-4$173$65,2644Anchor Bay Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$511468%4--$128$213,92041Collective Eye
20Kill the Irishman$12517%20$63$1,187,94316Anchor Bay Films
2135 and Ticking$65-7%10$65$75,6746Image Entertainment
22The Music Never Stopped$57-32%2-1$29$250,14115Roadside Attractions