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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 Sun, Aug. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Aug. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$15,966,318-17%3,648--$4,377$54,806,1911Fox
2The Smurfs$6,680,744-17%3,3950$1,968$75,904,2462Sony / Columbia
3Cowboys & Aliens$4,692,695-26%3,7544$1,250$67,349,5202Universal
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$4,235,921-12%3,175-970$1,334$343,086,0454Warner Bros.
5Captain America: The First Avenger$4,043,499-22%3,620-95$1,117$143,203,9673Paramount
6The Change-Up$3,757,770-25%2,913--$1,290$13,531,1151Universal
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$3,574,782-24%3,0200$1,184$42,102,2522Warner Bros.
8Friends With Benefits$1,410,346-22%2,398-528$588$48,526,2873Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$1,361,451-27%2,025-485$672$105,125,4155Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$973,893-22%1,854-750$525$344,244,4866Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$627,589-28%1,724-694$364$73,613,5405Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Aug. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$437,753-9%926-837$473$184,807,3307Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$317,2444%716-916$443$24,440,6284Disney
3Bridesmaids$160,825-30%374-110$430$166,499,06513Universal
4Kung Fu Panda 2$151,543-24%290-29$523$162,695,95711Paramount / DreamWorks
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$112,181-33%327-85$343$65,426,9698Fox
6X-Men: First Class$91,870-39%236-18$389$145,292,35110Fox
7Bad Teacher$86,823-38%350-415$248$97,513,9677Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$85,840-26%303-43$283$253,589,16311Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$84,149-21%170-26$495$12,158,11911Fox Searchlight
10Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$60,448-17%11623$521$1,015,4704Fox Searchlight
11Beginners$58,773-28%126-21$466$5,344,57810Focus
12Super 8$48,040-30%174-151$276$125,316,7999Paramount
13Rio (2011)$43,351-21%139-35$312$143,323,28117Fox
14Larry Crowne$42,365-39%229-106$185$35,398,4856Universal
15Monte Carlo$33,449-35%141-27$237$22,516,0996Fox
16Thor$32,639-26%141-49$231$180,825,65114Paramount
17Green Lantern (2011)$30,881-27%108-27$286$114,570,3848Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Aug. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$190,638-17%6734$2,845$1,279,8913Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$82,401-2%490$1,682$10,798,27218Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$65,832-12%3328$1,995$342,1512Lionsgate
4Another Earth$57,947-13%5535$1,054$452,7793Fox Searchlight
5The Future$29,256-15%1817$1,625$130,2712Roadside Attractions
6Attack the Block$25,119-16%80$3,140$295,8312Sony / Screen Gems
7Fast Five$18,065-24%86-39$210$209,805,00515Universal
8A Better Life$12,484-31%74-34$169$1,664,3397Summit
9Gun Hill Road$11,137-10%3--$3,712$37,9631Motion Film Group
10Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$8,814-14%88-73$100$14,959,1599Relativity Media
11Project Nim$8,487-7%210$404$270,1235Roadside Attractions
12Insidious$3,396-32%26-15$131$53,966,56919FilmDistrict
1335 and Ticking$2,980-29%53$596$106,33912Image Entertainment
14Singham$1,63320%9-30$181$345,1253Reliance Big Pictures
15Delhi Belly$1,278-44%6-1$213$1,531,7576UTV Communications
16Everything Must Go$928-39%80$116$2,699,83113Roadside Attractions
17Submarine$912-24%10-9$91$459,23510Weinstein Company
18The Last Mountain$514-41%31$171$115,97710Dada Films
19Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$2209%20$110$233,83847Collective Eye
20The Conspirator$9678%2-1$48$11,531,99717Roadside Attractions