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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 Fri, Jul. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$91,071,119--4,375--$20,816$91,071,1191Warner Bros.
2Transformers: Dark of the Moon$6,314,78761%3,917-190$1,612$287,865,0393Paramount / DreamWorks
3Horrible Bosses$5,493,91192%3,13494$1,753$47,866,0502Warner Bros. / New Line
4Zookeeper$3,888,63279%3,4820$1,117$33,941,0982Sony / Columbia
5Winnie the Pooh$2,915,267--2,405--$1,212$2,915,2671Disney
6Cars 2$2,434,77135%3,249-741$749$159,416,9964Disney
7Bad Teacher$1,608,88472%2,659-303$605$84,914,0764Sony / Columbia
8Larry Crowne$800,56531%2,287-689$350$29,855,5753Universal
9Super 8$578,41222%1,459-833$396$120,895,3946Paramount
10Mr. Popper's Penguins$431,313-7%1,002-994$430$60,535,9745Fox
11Monte Carlo$423,032-22%1,169-1304$362$19,215,0553Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$505,76056%872-230$580$160,113,13510Universal
2Green Lantern (2011)$433,08615%973-1042$445$111,853,1195Warner Bros.
3X-Men: First Class$184,21427%470-377$392$143,004,4857Fox
4The Tree of Life$162,48760%235-2$691$9,626,2538Fox Searchlight
5The Hangover Part II$161,78233%455-380$356$251,538,9328Warner Bros.
6Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$144,5871%373-249$388$237,005,0669Disney
7Kung Fu Panda 2$139,7912%354-296$395$159,753,5658Paramount / DreamWorks
8Thor$110,30031%272-43$406$179,225,30711Paramount
9Beginners$109,600106%17015$645$3,609,4737Focus
10Rio (2011)$100,47027%241-31$417$141,709,77714Fox
11A Better Life$82,958158%21663$384$783,6984Summit
12Fast Five$62,55592%212-29$295$208,991,04512Universal
13Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$47,728167%21443$223$14,273,6716Relativity Media
14Water for Elephants$28,76445%120-48$240$58,402,02713Fox
15Soul Surfer$28,709--126-34$228$43,798,33115Sony / TriStar

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$64,907-6%480$1,352$9,058,45815Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$38,734--24--$1,614$38,7341Fox Searchlight
3Delhi Belly$32,94186%67-23$492$1,354,0173UTV Communications
4Hubble 3D$31,249-1%27-1$1,157$26,698,50170Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Something Borrowed$25,518110%74-39$345$38,906,02711Warner Bros.
6Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$16,56317%87-25$190$53,272,67013Lionsgate
7Insidious$14,91514%66-15$226$53,793,29716FilmDistrict
8The Lincoln Lawyer$12,87557%72-34$179$57,952,47618Lionsgate
9Project Nim$12,718356%2218$578$51,5132Roadside Attractions
10Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$3,205-38%19-23$169$10,129,69812Weinstein Company
11The Last Mountain$2,754440%52$551$96,1057Dada Films
12Submarine$2,445-15%14-5$175$392,5597Weinstein Company
13Everything Must Go$1,76433%12-5$147$2,674,06710Roadside Attractions
14The Conspirator$1,43290%10-5$143$11,517,96314Roadside Attractions
1535 and Ticking$1,00788%51$201$87,6659Image Entertainment
16Beautiful Boy$50735%1-2$507$75,0377Anchor Bay Films
17Chillar Party$110-39%4-3$28$5,7572UTV Communications