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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 Tue, Aug. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rise of the Planet of the Apes$6,673,0920%3,648--$1,829$68,132,2811Fox
2The Smurfs$3,796,19531%3,3950$1,118$82,589,6072Sony / Columbia
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,011,23811%3,175-970$633$346,901,6204Warner Bros.
4Captain America: The First Avenger$1,989,85619%3,620-95$550$146,866,4283Paramount
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,978,17819%3,0200$655$45,747,5862Warner Bros.
6Cowboys & Aliens$1,970,85013%3,7544$525$71,065,9802Universal
7The Change-Up$1,879,19515%2,913--$645$17,041,5901Universal
8Friends With Benefits$862,60620%2,398-528$360$50,106,3973Sony / Screen Gems
9Horrible Bosses$747,43617%2,025-485$369$106,511,2585Warner Bros. / New Line
10Transformers: Dark of the Moon$485,57315%1,854-750$262$345,152,2866Paramount / DreamWorks
11Zookeeper$377,82026%1,724-694$219$74,291,5395Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$224,27824%926-837$242$185,212,3737Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$144,67321%716-916$202$24,704,9924Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$117,34943%290-29$405$162,895,15511Paramount / DreamWorks
4Bridesmaids$89,65014%374-110$240$166,667,25513Universal
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$79,53425%327-85$243$65,569,8898Fox
6X-Men: First Class$57,5266%236-18$244$145,404,08810Fox
7Bad Teacher$57,34817%350-415$164$97,620,2897Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part II$47,2568%303-43$156$253,680,19811Warner Bros.
9The Tree of Life$44,75915%170-26$263$12,241,63811Fox Searchlight
10Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$32,53139%11623$280$1,071,3804Fox Searchlight
11Super 8$26,85711%174-151$154$125,367,8909Paramount
12Rio (2011)$25,88439%139-35$186$143,367,80217Fox
13Monte Carlo$25,30319%141-27$179$22,562,7146Fox
14Beginners$23,93919%126-21$190$5,388,65210Focus
15Larry Crowne$23,00518%229-106$100$35,440,9556Universal
16Thor$21,32923%141-49$151$180,864,34214Paramount
17Green Lantern (2011)$19,24523%108-27$178$114,605,3048Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sarah's Key$81,86628%6734$1,222$1,425,8673Weinstein Company
2Born to Be Wild 3D$75,24327%490$1,536$10,932,68318Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Devil's Double$27,4037%3328$830$395,0522Lionsgate
4Another Earth$23,0115%5535$418$497,7723Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$13,85714%80$1,732$321,8422Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$11,7708%1817$654$152,9062Roadside Attractions
7Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$8,69831%88-73$99$14,974,4829Relativity Media
8Fast Five$8,5605%86-39$100$209,821,73515Universal
9A Better Life$4,776-9%74-34$65$1,674,3847Summit
10Project Nim$4,37622%210$208$278,0885Roadside Attractions
11Gun Hill Road$3,6683%3--$1,223$45,1991Motion Film Group
12Insidious$1,539-4%26-15$59$53,969,70919FilmDistrict
13Submarine$1,050113%10-9$105$460,77910Weinstein Company
14Everything Must Go$50372%80$63$2,700,62613Roadside Attractions
15The Conspirator$279745%4--$70$11,532,30917Roadside Attractions
16Delhi Belly$222-9%6-1$37$1,532,2246UTV Communications
17Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$111--3--$37$233,94947Collective Eye