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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 Sat, Jul. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$21,943,393-15%3,715--$5,907$47,643,5821Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$18,263,53225%4,3750$4,175$258,934,7162Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$6,618,563-3%2,926--$2,262$13,420,1571Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$4,839,70835%3,375-542$1,434$322,208,8724Paramount / DreamWorks
5Horrible Bosses$4,759,01229%3,104-30$1,533$79,144,6103Warner Bros. / New Line
6Zookeeper$3,448,00421%3,215-267$1,072$54,004,2623Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$2,292,97335%2,668-581$859$174,714,5895Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$2,010,16326%2,4050$836$16,036,2732Disney
9Bad Teacher$1,058,50124%2,034-625$520$93,669,1455Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$434,70035%1,035-1252$420$34,063,4804Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$554,20034%680-192$815$163,475,87011Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$376,23824%591-411$637$63,246,4136Fox
3Super 8$317,62834%658-801$483$124,029,8327Paramount
4The Tree of Life$232,03950%230-5$1,009$10,869,4859Fox Searchlight
5Beginners$191,36374%157-13$1,219$4,483,6748Focus
6Monte Carlo$183,33619%360-809$509$21,633,7164Fox
7Green Lantern (2011)$159,63532%421-552$379$113,819,1016Warner Bros.
8X-Men: First Class$138,54527%295-175$470$144,109,5908Fox
9Thor$135,92335%236-36$576$180,029,77612Paramount
10The Hangover Part II$126,19230%275-180$459$252,383,6159Warner Bros.
11Kung Fu Panda 2$125,68028%250-104$503$160,682,4699Paramount / DreamWorks
12Rio (2011)$119,52527%210-31$569$142,489,18215Fox
13A Better Life$90,76867%182-34$499$1,343,7865Summit
14Fast Five$67,86042%174-38$390$209,391,83513Universal
15Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$51,0445%190-24$269$14,623,2967Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$99,94232%480$2,082$9,647,76316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$81,80142%6137$1,341$350,2112Fox Searchlight
3Singham$67,92747%50--$1,359$114,1331Reliance Big Pictures
4Hubble 3D$49,33733%270$1,827$26,985,12271Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sarah's Key$46,56851%5--$9,314$77,3221Weinstein Company
6Another Earth$30,83438%4--$7,709$53,2131Fox Searchlight
7Water for Elephants$26,86622%91-29$295$58,576,76414Fox
8Project Nim$20,56443%19-3$1,082$155,9863Roadside Attractions
9A Little Help$19,30957%24--$805$31,6041Freestyle Releasing
10Delhi Belly$15,09038%25-42$604$1,491,8414UTV Communications
11Insidious$14,54022%59-7$246$53,888,38917FilmDistrict
12Something Borrowed$10,9757%47-27$234$39,018,09012Warner Bros.
13Submarine$9,55890%184$531$420,1058Weinstein Company
14The Conspirator$2,26523%100$227$11,527,82215Roadside Attractions
15Everything Must Go$2,24210%9-3$249$2,685,05111Roadside Attractions
16The Last Mountain$1,44216%3-2$481$104,1208Dada Films
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$5071%2--$254$227,57345Collective Eye
1835 and Ticking$36818%3-2$123$92,63410Image Entertainment
19Double Dhamaal$22679%2--$113$543,2045Reliance Big Pictures
20The Music Never Stopped$93-7%4--$23$255,77319Roadside Attractions