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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, Jul. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Dark of the Moon$5,865,438-58%4,10719$1,428$266,944,1382Paramount / DreamWorks
2Horrible Bosses$3,764,211-53%3,040--$1,238$32,066,3761Warner Bros. / New Line
3Zookeeper$2,456,640-53%3,482--$706$22,522,2571Sony / Columbia
4Cars 2$1,986,673-54%3,990-125$498$150,818,2033Disney
5Bad Teacher$1,215,169-50%2,962-87$410$79,886,9883Sony / Columbia
6Monte Carlo$668,014-31%2,4730$270$16,793,5212Fox
7Larry Crowne$655,005-57%2,9763$220$26,852,6952Universal
8Super 8$580,750-54%2,292-796$253$118,650,2965Paramount
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$465,479-44%1,996-865$233$58,516,6884Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$422,252-53%2,015-1265$210$110,153,4334Warner Bros.
11Bridesmaids$347,130-51%1,102-287$315$158,489,1609Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$194,366-55%847-755$229$142,284,4876Fox
2Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$150,944-47%622-851$243$236,401,4238Disney
3The Hangover Part II$144,154-54%835-733$173$250,961,4017Warner Bros.
4Kung Fu Panda 2$131,784-48%650-631$203$159,146,2147Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Tree of Life$109,044-56%2379$460$9,123,5117Fox Searchlight
6Thor$93,836-46%31545$298$178,833,80710Paramount
7Rio (2011)$71,621-38%272-36$263$141,353,69713Fox
8Beginners$60,816-63%15547$392$3,311,5656Focus
9Fast Five$37,355-54%241-61$155$208,820,04011Universal
10A Better Life$36,582-69%153142$239$596,1323Summit
11Water for Elephants$19,739-43%168-66$117$58,310,10512Fox
12Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$18,336-24%171-50$107$14,166,8535Relativity Media
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$13,196-54%112-28$118$53,213,63312Lionsgate
14Something Borrowed$11,448-35%113-78$101$38,842,33010Warner Bros.
15The Lincoln Lawyer$7,727-55%106-32$73$57,914,50517Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$58,457-14%481$1,218$8,764,14114Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$26,065-25%28-5$931$26,574,15669Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Delhi Belly$19,518-79%901$217$1,252,4882UTV Communications
4Insidious$14,329-44%8111$177$53,736,80415FilmDistrict
5Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$4,256-27%42-26$101$10,111,15511Weinstein Company
6Source Code$3,498-53%41-25$85$54,700,40015Summit
7Project Nim$3,213-60%4--$803$29,0331Roadside Attractions
8Submarine$2,845-46%19-1$150$380,6526Weinstein Company
9Everything Must Go$2,060-26%17-2$121$2,665,0609Roadside Attractions
10Jane Eyre (2011)$2,004-30%21-5$95$11,234,82918Focus
11Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,247--4--$312$220,16243Collective Eye
12The Conspirator$901-48%150$60$11,513,18213Roadside Attractions
13The Last Mountain$604-54%3--$201$91,0296Dada Films
1435 and Ticking$360-72%42$90$85,4508Image Entertainment
15The Music Never Stopped$314-56%4-1$79$254,21317Roadside Attractions
16Chillar Party$283-73%7--$40$4,4381UTV Communications
17Beautiful Boy$131-80%3-1$44$73,2896Anchor Bay Films