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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, Aug. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$19,305,174-1%3,648--$5,292$38,839,8731Fox
2The Smurfs$8,058,98035%3,3950$2,374$69,223,5022Sony / Columbia
3Cowboys & Aliens$6,363,03036%3,7544$1,695$62,656,8252Universal
4Captain America: The First Avenger$5,183,68537%3,620-95$1,432$139,160,4683Paramount
5The Change-Up$4,995,7955%2,913--$1,715$9,773,3451Universal
6Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,834,99943%3,175-970$1,523$338,850,1244Warner Bros.
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$4,711,59826%3,0200$1,560$38,527,4702Warner Bros.
8Horrible Bosses$1,868,84138%2,025-485$923$103,763,9645Warner Bros. / New Line
9Friends With Benefits$1,800,91222%2,398-528$751$47,115,9413Sony / Screen Gems
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$1,252,03146%1,854-750$675$343,270,5936Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$877,48532%1,724-694$509$72,985,9515Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$480,34658%926-837$519$184,369,5777Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$303,60863%716-916$424$24,123,3844Disney
3Bridesmaids$230,01540%374-110$615$166,338,24013Universal
4Kung Fu Panda 2$199,74134%290-29$689$162,544,41411Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$166,77730%327-85$510$65,314,7888Fox
6X-Men: First Class$149,88017%236-18$635$145,200,48110Fox
7Bad Teacher$139,44521%350-415$398$97,427,1447Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$116,13727%303-43$383$253,503,32311Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$106,24465%170-26$625$12,073,97011Fox Searchlight
10Beginners$81,57488%126-21$647$5,285,80510Focus
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$72,58962%11623$626$955,0224Fox Searchlight
12Larry Crowne$69,84542%229-106$305$35,356,1206Universal
13Super 8$68,79529%174-151$395$125,268,7599Paramount
14Rio (2011)$54,56933%139-35$393$143,279,93017Fox
15Monte Carlo$51,78219%141-27$367$22,482,6506Fox
16Thor$44,22337%141-49$314$180,793,01214Paramount
17Green Lantern (2011)$42,30314%108-27$392$114,539,5038Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$229,83580%6734$3,430$1,089,2533Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$84,20236%490$1,718$10,715,87118Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$74,78929%3328$2,266$276,3192Lionsgate
4Another Earth$66,54544%5535$1,210$394,8323Fox Searchlight
5The Future$34,54657%1817$1,919$101,0152Roadside Attractions
6Attack the Block$29,87931%80$3,735$270,7122Sony / Screen Gems
7Fast Five$23,65045%86-39$275$209,786,94015Universal
8A Better Life$18,12675%74-34$245$1,651,8557Summit
9Gun Hill Road$12,436-14%3--$4,145$26,8261Motion Film Group
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$10,27314%88-73$117$14,950,3459Relativity Media
11Project Nim$9,10354%210$433$261,6365Roadside Attractions
12Insidious$4,97143%26-15$191$53,963,17319FilmDistrict
1335 and Ticking$4,2204%53$844$103,35912Image Entertainment
14Delhi Belly$2,280126%6-1$380$1,530,4796UTV Communications
15Everything Must Go$1,528126%80$191$2,698,90313Roadside Attractions
16Singham$1,36345%9-30$151$343,4923Reliance Big Pictures
17Submarine$1,19668%10-9$120$458,32310Weinstein Company
18The Last Mountain$866-55%31$289$115,46310Dada Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$201-34%20$101$233,61847Collective Eye
20The Conspirator$54-36%2-1$27$11,531,90117Roadside Attractions