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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. 30 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cowboys & Aliens$13,181,2501%3,750--$3,515$26,268,7351Universal
2The Smurfs$12,610,312-5%3,395--$3,714$25,871,1261Sony / Columbia
3Captain America: The First Avenger$9,939,60426%3,7150$2,676$109,671,4532Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$8,457,01129%4,145-230$2,040$311,549,4733Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$7,073,8207%3,020--$2,342$13,658,1551Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$3,435,5718%2,9260$1,174$35,505,8812Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$2,821,27927%2,510-594$1,124$94,136,9054Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$2,466,78438%2,604-771$947$336,181,8655Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$1,702,41721%2,418-797$704$67,644,8274Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$919,50632%1,763-905$522$181,383,5976Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$669,03726%1,632-773$410$21,859,8553Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$341,22527%484-196$705$165,207,82012Universal
2Bad Teacher$328,79122%765-1269$430$96,473,6616Sony / Columbia
3Kung Fu Panda 2$254,84128%31969$799$161,473,22610Paramount / DreamWorks
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$181,50511%412-179$441$64,503,0437Fox
5The Hangover Part II$156,62135%34671$453$252,900,89810Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$133,43543%196-34$681$11,579,36010Fox Searchlight
7Super 8$124,45137%325-333$383$124,885,2488Paramount
8X-Men: First Class$114,08432%254-41$449$144,636,5459Fox
9Larry Crowne$112,12531%335-700$335$35,042,6205Universal
10Beginners$101,59263%147-10$691$4,965,2499Focus
11Thor$79,50031%190-46$418$180,513,27713Paramount
12Rio (2011)$70,41228%174-36$405$142,962,63116Fox
13Green Lantern (2011)$67,99433%135-286$504$114,263,1147Warner Bros.
14Fast Five$54,37536%125-49$435$209,644,48514Universal
15Monte Carlo$51,0146%168-192$304$22,239,2655Fox
16A Better Life$31,05348%108-74$288$1,560,8256Summit
17Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$26,21310%161-29$163$14,866,4848Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jul. 30 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$155,49074%3328$4,712$414,9722Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$82,250-8%491$1,679$10,209,41917Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$74,76743%9332$804$653,1733Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$50,1148%8--$6,264$96,3211Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$43,42041%2016$2,171$186,5092Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$33,3535%5--$6,671$65,1221Lionsgate
7Singham$25,03548%39-11$642$265,7482Reliance Big Pictures
8Project Nim$13,50771%212$643$216,6614Roadside Attractions
9The Future$10,40010%1--$10,400$19,8651Roadside Attractions
10Water for Elephants$9,70013%41-50$237$58,657,39815Fox
11A Little Help$7,93352%240$331$76,5712Freestyle Releasing
12Insidious$7,90925%41-18$193$53,937,24418FilmDistrict
13Delhi Belly$4,70680%7-18$672$1,522,4745UTV Communications
14Submarine$3,350-4%191$176$445,6609Weinstein Company
15Everything Must Go$1,32378%8-1$165$2,692,94312Roadside Attractions
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$830435%20$415$232,67846Collective Eye
17The Last Mountain$42850%2-1$214$112,0069Dada Films
18Daylight (2011)$370172%0----$2,5583Cinema Purgatorio
19The Music Never Stopped$29129%2-2$146$256,47620Roadside Attractions
2035 and Ticking$212-3%2-1$106$94,51111Image Entertainment
21The Conspirator$21046%3-7$70$11,531,60716Roadside Attractions