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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, Jul. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$13,933,697-24%4,10719$3,393$261,078,7002Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$8,027,500-23%3,040--$2,641$28,302,1651Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$5,182,351-31%3,482--$1,488$20,065,6171Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$4,313,927-29%3,990-125$1,081$148,831,5303Disney
5Bad Teacher$2,414,088-30%2,962-87$815$78,671,8193Sony / Columbia
6Larry Crowne$1,532,640-37%2,9763$515$26,197,6902Universal
7Super 8$1,249,491-39%2,292-796$545$118,069,5465Paramount
8Monte Carlo$966,579-28%2,4730$391$16,125,5072Fox
9Green Lantern (2011)$899,985-29%2,015-1265$447$109,731,1814Warner Bros.
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$832,700-30%1,996-865$417$58,051,2094Fox
11Bridesmaids$705,280-34%1,102-287$640$158,142,0309Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$433,177-27%847-755$511$142,090,1216Fox
2The Hangover Part II$311,027-37%835-733$372$250,817,2477Warner Bros.
3Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$282,339-36%622-851$454$236,250,4798Disney
4Kung Fu Panda 2$253,560-27%650-631$390$159,014,4307Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$245,959-25%2379$1,038$9,014,4677Fox Searchlight
6Thor$172,192-23%31545$547$178,739,97110Paramount
7Beginners$163,574-32%15547$1,055$3,250,7496Focus
8A Better Life$116,912-11%153142$764$559,5503Summit
9Rio (2011)$116,290-26%272-36$428$141,282,07613Fox
10Fast Five$80,735-21%241-61$335$208,782,68511Universal
11Water for Elephants$34,750-31%168-66$207$58,290,36612Fox
12Soul Surfer$33,705-34%160-45$211$43,685,47314Sony / TriStar
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$28,584-28%112-28$255$53,200,43712Lionsgate
14Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$24,066-17%171-50$141$14,148,5175Relativity Media
15Something Borrowed$17,611-32%113-78$156$38,830,88210Warner Bros.
16The Lincoln Lawyer$17,088-34%106-32$161$57,906,77817Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Delhi Belly$93,913-42%901$1,043$1,232,6102UTV Communications
2Born to Be Wild 3D$68,148-15%481$1,420$8,705,68414Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Hubble 3D$34,771-23%28-5$1,242$26,548,09169Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Insidious$25,800-15%8111$319$53,722,47515FilmDistrict
5Project Nim$8,109-23%4--$2,027$25,8201Roadside Attractions
6Source Code$7,458-36%41-25$182$54,696,90215Summit
7Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$5,847-18%42-26$139$10,106,89911Weinstein Company
8Double Dhamaal$5,762-29%20-21$288$529,6303Reliance Big Pictures
9Submarine$5,256-25%19-1$277$377,8076Weinstein Company
10Jane Eyre (2011)$2,864-34%21-5$136$11,232,82518Focus
11Everything Must Go$2,790-12%17-2$164$2,663,0009Roadside Attractions
12The Conspirator$1,735-19%150$116$11,510,59913Roadside Attractions
13The Last Mountain$1,3274%3--$442$90,4256Dada Films
1435 and Ticking$1,278-31%42$320$85,0908Image Entertainment
15Chillar Party$1,030-46%7--$147$4,1551UTV Communications
16The Music Never Stopped$709-34%4-1$177$253,89917Roadside Attractions
17Beautiful Boy$655-34%3-1$218$73,1586Anchor Bay Films