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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 Fri, Aug. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Help$4,402,34467%2,77888$1,585$86,699,6493Disney / DreamWorks
2Colombiana$3,726,068--2,614--$1,425$3,726,0681Sony / TriStar
3Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$3,582,854--2,760--$1,298$3,582,8541FilmDistrict
4Rise of the Planet of the Apes$2,606,77288%3,346-125$779$142,413,0494Fox
5Our Idiot Brother$2,390,226--2,555--$936$2,390,2261Weinstein Company
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,615,55661%3,30510$489$17,598,6052Weinstein Company
7The Smurfs$1,281,66143%2,861-196$448$122,475,1295Sony / Columbia
8Crazy, Stupid, Love$1,001,94175%1,577-363$635$67,626,2655Warner Bros.
9Fright Night (2011)$997,51359%3,1140$320$12,176,0642Disney / DreamWorks
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$947,78542%3,0150$314$14,423,3602Lionsgate
11One Day$840,34072%1,7254$487$8,113,8022Focus
1230 Minutes or Less$832,47722%2,071-817$402$29,934,7503Sony / Columbia
13Final Destination 5$815,59629%2,085-1070$391$36,175,5413Warner Bros. / New Line
14Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$688,88230%1,328-410$519$368,929,5747Warner Bros.
15Cowboys & Aliens$662,57571%1,559-654$425$91,809,0505Universal
16Captain America: The First Avenger$628,35544%1,424-564$441$167,150,2236Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Change-Up$384,33527%904-729$425$33,677,4704Universal
2Horrible Bosses$202,15045%465-290$435$113,378,0558Warner Bros. / New Line
3Sarah's Key$190,12198%27271$699$3,640,6286Weinstein Company
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$177,811174%51834$343$348,994,7669Paramount / DreamWorks
5Super 8$86,331615%242156$357$125,830,44012Paramount
6Zookeeper$75,41477%225-145$335$77,018,3808Sony / Columbia
7Bridesmaids$73,26082%222-22$330$167,894,46516Universal
8Friends With Benefits$72,5626%214-199$339$55,075,9436Sony / Screen Gems
9Mr. Popper's Penguins$67,837101%239-35$284$66,836,22411Fox
10Green Lantern (2011)$63,91096%222-20$288$115,806,09311Warner Bros.
11Glee: The 3D Concert Movie$56,460-79%223-1759$253$11,558,1943Fox
12Kung Fu Panda 2$51,31078%194-43$264$164,118,86814Paramount / DreamWorks
13X-Men: First Class$33,54899%110-36$305$146,043,69313Fox
14The Hangover Part II$19,97339%128-65$156$254,256,38314Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$40,274-20%490$822$12,005,77821Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bad Teacher$34,707--75-25$463$98,199,45710Sony / Columbia
3Another Earth$26,85147%947$286$1,035,0946Fox Searchlight
4The Devil's Double$26,06426%78-5$334$1,111,7965Lionsgate
5The Tree of Life$25,09617%971$259$12,795,50814Fox Searchlight
6Attack the Block$19,10754%30-14$637$673,5455Sony / Screen Gems
7Monte Carlo$18,313150%91-16$201$22,862,0279Fox
8Circumstance$17,294--7--$2,471$17,2941Roadside Attractions
9Beginners$9,1774%50-19$184$5,685,63313Focus
10The Future$8,000-26%22-9$364$379,9895Roadside Attractions
11Redemption Road$5,880--26--$226$5,8801Freestyle Releasing
12Rio (2011)$4,37712%39-29$112$143,578,58820Fox
13A Better Life$2,750-4%31-34$89$1,746,33410Summit
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$2,520-61%15-22$168$1,309,0417Fox Searchlight
15Project Nim$2,34970%164$147$341,7338Roadside Attractions
16Insidious$1,712432%7-2$245$53,987,15522FilmDistrict
175 Days of War$630-28%1-1$630$9,9402Anchor Bay Films
18The Conspirator$469-18%3-1$156$11,537,04020Roadside Attractions
19Everything Must Go$201-66%3-1$67$2,708,38616Roadside Attractions
20Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$64-88%1-2$64$240,40950Collective Eye