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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. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$7,752,188-55%3,715--$2,087$72,810,7121Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,477,328-56%4,3750$1,481$280,016,6092Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$2,711,053-48%2,926--$927$21,333,2031Sony / Screen Gems
4Horrible Bosses$1,614,162-53%3,104-30$520$84,180,8653Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,577,501-57%3,375-542$467$327,418,6864Paramount / DreamWorks
6Zookeeper$1,272,100-47%3,215-267$396$60,478,3553Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$834,257-50%2,668-581$313$177,209,5525Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$787,047-49%2,4050$327$18,381,3442Disney
9Bad Teacher$371,954-47%2,034-625$183$94,737,6425Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$119,025-55%1,035-1252$115$34,446,4304Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$176,665-51%680-192$260$164,009,53511Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$152,596-40%591-411$258$63,653,4166Fox
3Super 8$111,278-46%658-801$169$124,346,3807Paramount
4Monte Carlo$86,567-38%360-809$240$21,859,1554Fox
5The Tree of Life$74,233-56%230-5$323$11,112,3839Fox Searchlight
6Thor$58,223-45%236-36$247$180,194,41112Paramount
7Kung Fu Panda 2$56,574-40%250-104$226$160,832,6579Paramount / DreamWorks
8Rio (2011)$55,358-39%210-31$264$142,634,90915Fox
9X-Men: First Class$55,040-45%295-175$187$144,265,4048Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$51,566-49%421-552$122$113,971,7756Warner Bros.
11Beginners$43,652-65%157-13$278$4,651,0708Focus
12The Hangover Part II$41,632-45%275-180$151$252,500,9419Warner Bros.
13Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$24,490-33%190-24$129$14,684,4957Relativity Media
14Fast Five$24,360-55%174-38$140$209,470,13513Universal
15A Better Life$22,661-68%182-34$125$1,436,6215Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$67,160-6%480$1,399$9,786,50316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$29,267-16%270$1,084$27,049,35671Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$25,037-59%6137$410$436,1702Fox Searchlight
4Sarah's Key$13,450-65%5--$2,690$129,1581Weinstein Company
5Another Earth$9,752-60%4--$2,438$87,4921Fox Searchlight
6Water for Elephants$9,371-46%91-29$103$58,603,40514Fox
7Insidious$5,973-48%59-7$101$53,905,84517FilmDistrict
8Project Nim$5,855-62%19-3$308$177,0823Roadside Attractions
9Something Borrowed$4,749-41%47-27$101$39,030,93512Warner Bros.
10A Little Help$4,652-65%24--$194$49,5221Freestyle Releasing
11Delhi Belly$3,279-67%25-42$131$1,505,0444UTV Communications
12Submarine$2,688-60%184$149$429,5928Weinstein Company
13Everything Must Go$726-58%9-3$81$2,687,49211Roadside Attractions
1435 and Ticking$352-12%3-2$117$93,38410Image Entertainment
15The Conspirator$314-83%100$31$11,529,98815Roadside Attractions
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$20-99%2--$10$231,10145Collective Eye