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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 Wed, Aug. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Smurfs$4,828,115-15%3,395--$1,422$51,109,2721Sony / Columbia
2Cowboys & Aliens$3,506,250-18%3,750--$935$48,469,8401Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$2,986,118-18%3,7150$804$127,467,6522Paramount
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,886,480-13%4,145-230$696$328,025,6863Warner Bros.
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$2,766,168-10%3,020--$916$27,673,5801Warner Bros.
6Friends With Benefits$1,402,561-14%2,9260$479$42,658,3822Sony / Screen Gems
7Horrible Bosses$1,072,236-8%2,510-594$427$99,599,5734Warner Bros. / New Line
8Transformers: Dark of the Moon$745,034-13%2,604-771$286$340,435,8395Paramount / DreamWorks
9Zookeeper$687,730-4%2,418-797$284$70,822,5774Sony / Columbia
10Cars 2$373,542-2%1,763-905$212$183,235,5166Disney
11Winnie the Pooh$318,8871%1,632-773$195$23,352,5723Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bridesmaids$125,8800%484-196$260$165,822,68512Universal
2Kung Fu Panda 2$125,879-15%31969$395$162,081,29810Paramount / DreamWorks
3Mr. Popper's Penguins$114,5457%412-179$278$64,918,3947Fox
4Bad Teacher$108,837-13%765-1269$142$97,069,3096Sony / Columbia
5The Hangover Part II$67,055-7%34671$194$253,234,70010Warner Bros.
6The Tree of Life$54,898-3%196-34$280$11,848,80810Fox Searchlight
7X-Men: First Class$50,297-4%254-41$198$144,876,0389Fox
8Rio (2011)$43,113-8%174-36$248$143,143,34316Fox
9Super 8$41,984-10%325-333$129$125,106,3828Paramount
10Larry Crowne$33,4250%335-700$100$35,203,4005Universal
11Thor$32,931-9%190-46$173$180,683,21313Paramount
12Beginners$31,148-16%147-10$212$5,129,6289Focus
13Monte Carlo$29,5800%168-192$176$22,362,4705Fox
14Green Lantern (2011)$28,721-27%135-286$213$114,430,5107Warner Bros.
15Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$14,2911%161-29$89$14,918,4648Relativity Media
16Fast Five$13,750-8%125-49$110$209,731,32514Universal
17A Better Life$9,354-12%108-74$87$1,614,0306Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$87,03130%491$1,776$10,497,95317Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$52,1822%3328$1,581$682,6152Weinstein Company
3Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$33,245-12%9332$357$807,8403Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$19,101-7%8--$2,388$200,0201Sony / Screen Gems
5Another Earth$15,4253%2016$771$267,6392Fox Searchlight
6The Devil's Double$11,177-4%5--$2,235$132,5581Lionsgate
7Water for Elephants$5,393-3%41-50$132$58,679,29415Fox
8The Future$4,67614%1--$4,676$40,2071Roadside Attractions
9Project Nim$4,428-9%212$211$242,0024Roadside Attractions
10Insidious$2,754-6%41-18$67$53,951,85418FilmDistrict
11Submarine$1,93611%191$102$454,3249Weinstein Company
12Delhi Belly$822-1%7-18$117$1,526,5255UTV Communications
13Everything Must Go$517-36%8-1$65$2,696,10112Roadside Attractions
14The Last Mountain$211118%2--$106$112,5949Dada Films
1535 and Ticking$106-27%2-1$53$95,07611Image Entertainment
16The Music Never Stopped$50-75%2-2$25$256,86720Roadside Attractions
17Daylight (2011)$400%0----$2,7603Cinema Purgatorio