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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 Mon, Aug. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$2,606,233-57%2,690156$969$73,947,0622Disney / DreamWorks
2Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,631,579-66%3,471-220$470$135,215,4413Fox
3Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,103,359-66%3,295--$335$12,748,0311Weinstein Company
4Conan the Barbarian (2011)$984,891-65%3,015--$327$11,006,1061Lionsgate
5The Smurfs$883,289-63%3,057-370$289$118,430,1714Sony / Columbia
630 Minutes or Less$840,099-57%2,8880$291$26,704,5292Sony / Columbia
7Fright Night (2011)$818,773-60%3,114--$263$8,933,1611Disney / DreamWorks
8Final Destination 5$803,166-62%3,1550$255$33,129,8522Warner Bros. / New Line
9Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$594,218-62%1,738-676$342$366,602,1186Warner Bros.
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$572,428-58%1,940-695$295$64,839,3974Warner Bros.
11One Day$546,304-59%1,721--$317$5,625,8701Focus
12Captain America: The First Avenger$452,532-62%1,988-847$228$165,200,1755Paramount
13Cowboys & Aliens$420,470-66%2,213-1097$190$89,918,7754Universal
14The Change-Up$318,555-59%1,633-1280$195$32,288,8403Universal
15Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$260,008-52%1,982-58$131$10,703,8912Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Horrible Bosses$158,099-55%755-583$209$112,733,0957Warner Bros. / New Line
2Sarah's Key$82,387-66%201100$410$3,155,2715Weinstein Company
3Friends With Benefits$71,297-51%413-881$173$54,783,4425Sony / Screen Gems
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$70,177-61%484-402$145$348,610,1838Paramount / DreamWorks
5Zookeeper$41,946-57%370-378$113$76,813,2817Sony / Columbia
6Bridesmaids$37,820-52%244-41$155$167,699,13015Universal
7Green Lantern (2011)$35,029-63%2420$145$115,636,16810Warner Bros.
8Mr. Popper's Penguins$33,403-60%274-20$122$66,660,20910Fox
9Kung Fu Panda 2$31,058-62%237-15$131$163,973,90013Paramount / DreamWorks
10X-Men: First Class$17,710-51%146-37$121$145,957,50512Fox
11The Hangover Part II$15,788-56%193-39$82$254,190,29413Warner Bros.
12Monte Carlo$7,087-62%107-17$66$22,820,5588Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$51,050-31%490$1,042$11,825,12120Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Devil's Double$21,823-57%83-6$263$1,022,4164Lionsgate
3The Tree of Life$18,567-51%96-22$193$12,712,43513Fox Searchlight
4Another Earth$16,770-63%875$193$953,1705Fox Searchlight
5Attack the Block$12,381-55%444$281$616,8014Sony / Screen Gems
6Super 8$12,245-57%86-22$142$125,703,87511Paramount
7The Future$9,482-52%3111$306$343,4794Roadside Attractions
8Beginners$8,696-50%69-34$126$5,649,03212Focus
9Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$5,266-28%37-67$142$1,288,9256Fox Searchlight
10Rio (2011)$3,878-68%68-31$57$143,562,05919Fox
11Thor$3,538-56%54-27$66$181,018,67916Paramount
12A Better Life$2,725-60%6514$42$1,735,0309Summit
13Project Nim$1,109-74%12-6$92$335,5617Roadside Attractions
145 Days of War$686-64%2--$343$6,9401Anchor Bay Films
15Everything Must Go$546-27%41$137$2,706,67015Roadside Attractions
16Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$387-32%3--$129$238,55549Collective Eye
17Insidious$298-70%9-4$33$53,984,56721FilmDistrict
18The Conspirator$191-47%42$48$11,535,66519Roadside Attractions
19Daylight (2011)$66-50%1--$66$3,9496Cinema Purgatorio