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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. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$5,539,917--2,511--$2,206$5,539,9170Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$4,914,439-26%3,648--$1,347$73,046,7201Fox
3The Smurfs$2,981,329-21%3,3950$878$85,570,9362Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$1,662,317-17%3,175-970$524$348,563,9374Warner Bros.
5Captain America: The First Avenger$1,503,295-24%3,620-95$415$148,369,7233Paramount
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,466,459-26%3,0200$486$47,214,0452Warner Bros.
7Cowboys & Aliens$1,464,060-26%3,7544$390$72,530,0402Universal
8The Change-Up$1,339,880-29%2,913--$460$18,381,5701Universal
9Friends With Benefits$597,976-31%2,240-686$267$50,704,3733Sony / Screen Gems
10Horrible Bosses$565,073-24%2,025-485$279$107,076,3315Warner Bros. / New Line
11Transformers: Dark of the Moon$375,743-23%1,854-750$203$345,528,0296Paramount / DreamWorks
12Zookeeper$265,195-30%1,458-960$182$74,556,7345Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cars 2$170,553-24%773-990$221$185,382,9067Disney
2Winnie the Pooh$106,338-26%615-1017$173$24,811,3304Disney
3Kung Fu Panda 2$98,354-16%290-29$339$162,993,50911Paramount / DreamWorks
4Bridesmaids$72,930-19%374-110$195$166,740,18513Universal
5Mr. Popper's Penguins$68,664-14%327-85$210$65,638,5538Fox
6X-Men: First Class$46,388-19%235-19$197$145,450,47610Fox
7The Hangover Part II$41,586-12%303-43$137$253,721,78411Warner Bros.
8Bad Teacher$39,811-31%314-451$127$97,660,1007Sony / Columbia
9The Tree of Life$37,705-16%170-26$222$12,279,34311Fox Searchlight
10Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$23,314-28%11623$201$1,094,6944Fox Searchlight
11Super 8$22,840-15%174-151$131$125,390,7309Paramount
12Rio (2011)$21,278-18%139-35$153$143,389,08017Fox
13Monte Carlo$19,768-22%141-27$140$22,582,4826Fox
14Beginners$18,017-25%126-21$143$5,406,66910Focus
15Larry Crowne$17,175-25%229-106$75$35,458,1306Universal
16Thor$16,730-22%141-49$119$180,881,07214Paramount
17Green Lantern (2011)$13,087-32%108-27$121$114,618,3918Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$79,2075%490$1,616$11,011,89018Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Sarah's Key$61,017-25%6734$911$1,486,8843Weinstein Company
3The Devil's Double$22,984-16%3328$696$418,0362Lionsgate
4Another Earth$18,560-19%5535$337$516,3323Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$12,933-7%80$1,617$334,7752Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$9,246-21%1817$514$162,1522Roadside Attractions
7Fast Five$8,200-4%86-39$95$209,829,93515Universal
8Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer$7,714-11%88-73$88$14,982,1969Relativity Media
9Gun Hill Road$3,7442%3--$1,248$48,9431Motion Film Group
10Project Nim$2,994-32%210$143$281,0825Roadside Attractions
11A Better Life$2,834-41%74-34$38$1,677,2187Summit
12Submarine$1,52145%10-9$152$462,30010Weinstein Company
13Insidious$1,377-11%26-15$53$53,971,08619FilmDistrict
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$653488%3--$218$234,60247Collective Eye
15Delhi Belly$31241%6-1$52$1,532,5366UTV Communications
16Everything Must Go$305-39%80$38$2,700,93113Roadside Attractions
17The Conspirator$225-19%4--$56$11,532,53417Roadside Attractions