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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 Tue, Jul. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The First Avenger$7,831,1211%3,715--$2,108$80,641,8331Paramount
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,479,2760%4,3750$1,481$286,495,8852Warner Bros.
3Friends With Benefits$2,941,7279%2,926--$1,005$24,274,9301Sony / Screen Gems
4Horrible Bosses$1,827,46313%3,104-30$589$86,008,3283Warner Bros. / New Line
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,715,3759%3,375-542$508$329,134,0614Paramount / DreamWorks
6Zookeeper$1,538,97621%3,215-267$479$62,017,3313Sony / Columbia
7Cars 2$931,54112%2,668-581$349$178,141,0935Disney
8Winnie the Pooh$867,38210%2,4050$361$19,248,7262Disney
9Bad Teacher$430,56016%2,034-625$212$95,168,2025Sony / Columbia
10Larry Crowne$139,72517%1,035-1252$135$34,586,1554Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$207,44517%680-192$305$164,216,98011Universal
2Mr. Popper's Penguins$172,32113%591-411$292$63,825,7376Fox
3Super 8$113,3182%658-801$172$124,459,6987Paramount
4Monte Carlo$106,25623%360-809$295$21,965,4114Fox
5The Tree of Life$87,32118%230-5$380$11,199,7049Fox Searchlight
6Kung Fu Panda 2$74,14131%250-104$297$160,906,7989Paramount / DreamWorks
7Rio (2011)$72,22930%210-31$344$142,707,13815Fox
8Thor$66,24714%236-36$281$180,260,65812Paramount
9X-Men: First Class$62,44213%295-175$212$144,327,8468Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$61,87920%421-552$147$114,033,6546Warner Bros.
11Beginners$57,74332%157-13$368$4,708,8138Focus
12The Hangover Part II$45,3789%275-180$165$252,546,3199Warner Bros.
13Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$43,37977%190-24$228$14,727,8747Relativity Media
14Fast Five$27,84014%174-38$160$209,497,97513Universal
15A Better Life$24,2147%182-34$133$1,460,8355Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$92,75938%480$1,932$9,879,26216Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$30,39921%6137$498$466,5692Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$27,537-6%270$1,020$27,076,89371Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sarah's Key$14,5428%5--$2,908$143,7001Weinstein Company
5Water for Elephants$12,25531%91-29$135$58,615,66014Fox
6Another Earth$8,043-18%4--$2,011$95,5351Fox Searchlight
7Project Nim$6,2146%19-3$327$183,2963Roadside Attractions
8A Little Help$6,19833%24--$258$55,7201Freestyle Releasing
9Insidious$6,0341%59-7$102$53,911,87917FilmDistrict
10Something Borrowed$5,40814%47-27$115$39,036,34312Warner Bros.
11Submarine$3,56633%184$198$433,1588Weinstein Company
12Delhi Belly$2,958-10%25-42$118$1,508,0024UTV Communications
13Everything Must Go$1,06146%9-3$118$2,688,55311Roadside Attractions
14The Conspirator$46949%100$47$11,530,45715Roadside Attractions
1535 and Ticking$282-20%3-2$94$93,66610Image Entertainment
16The Music Never Stopped$33--40$8$255,80619Roadside Attractions
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$16-20%2--$8$231,11745Collective Eye