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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, Aug. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$5,004,689-49%3,395--$1,474$40,616,3261Sony / Columbia
2Cowboys & Aliens$4,276,050-58%3,750--$1,140$40,707,3401Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$3,438,458-56%3,7150$926$120,860,0292Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$3,328,240-52%4,145-230$803$321,839,8423Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$2,728,118-50%3,020--$903$21,832,4211Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$1,446,321-46%2,9260$494$39,622,2942Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$1,068,468-50%2,510-594$426$97,359,3854Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$831,144-54%2,604-771$319$338,838,8695Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$588,580-50%2,418-797$243$69,421,3134Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$361,653-51%1,763-905$205$182,480,3436Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$282,616-51%1,632-773$173$22,718,1063Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kung Fu Panda 2$125,702-40%31969$394$161,807,36910Paramount / DreamWorks
2Bad Teacher$117,822-52%765-1269$154$96,835,9696Sony / Columbia
3Bridesmaids$113,740-54%484-196$235$165,570,82012Universal
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$71,302-42%412-179$173$64,696,7717Fox
5The Hangover Part II$68,499-46%34671$198$253,095,54210Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$51,787-51%196-34$264$11,737,15810Fox Searchlight
7X-Men: First Class$49,326-43%254-41$194$144,773,1689Fox
8Super 8$43,778-51%325-333$135$125,017,6098Paramount
9Green Lantern (2011)$34,830-46%135-286$258$114,362,4447Warner Bros.
10Thor$33,485-50%190-46$176$180,614,28013Paramount
11Rio (2011)$32,454-44%174-36$187$143,053,52216Fox
12Beginners$29,136-57%147-10$198$5,061,5419Focus
13Larry Crowne$28,475-56%335-700$85$35,136,4205Universal
14Monte Carlo$27,361-25%168-192$163$22,303,2565Fox
15Fast Five$14,375-67%125-49$115$209,702,61014Universal
16Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$9,563-32%161-29$59$14,890,0198Relativity Media
17A Better Life$8,530-66%108-74$79$1,594,0886Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$61,672-16%491$1,259$10,344,22717Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$42,632-65%3328$1,292$579,2822Weinstein Company
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$26,644-53%9332$286$736,6593Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$20,865-52%8--$2,608$160,3711Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$15,749-55%2016$787$237,2412Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$13,353-57%5--$2,671$109,7671Lionsgate
7Project Nim$5,674-45%212$270$232,7224Roadside Attractions
8The Future$4,276-41%1--$4,276$31,4131Roadside Attractions
9Water for Elephants$4,257-36%41-50$104$58,668,35715Fox
10Insidious$2,982-50%41-18$73$53,946,17418FilmDistrict
11A Little Help$2,369-74%240$99$88,1582Freestyle Releasing
12Submarine$1,347-63%191$71$450,6509Weinstein Company
13Everything Must Go$650-45%8-1$81$2,694,77312Roadside Attractions
14Delhi Belly$488-74%7-18$70$1,524,8745UTV Communications
15Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$436--20$218$233,11446Collective Eye
1635 and Ticking$16215%2-1$81$94,82411Image Entertainment
17The Last Mountain$116-29%2--$58$112,2869Dada Films
18Daylight (2011)$32-64%0----$2,6803Cinema Purgatorio
19The Music Never Stopped$26-77%2--$13$256,61620Roadside Attractions