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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, Sep. 9 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$7,984,564--3,222--$2,478$7,984,5641Warner Bros.
2The Help$2,675,273105%2,93592$912$131,076,9315Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$1,770,745--1,869--$947$1,770,7451Lionsgate
4The Debt$1,433,487118%1,87650$764$18,530,4432Focus
5Colombiana$1,157,591155%2,354-260$492$26,936,2973Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,093,995180%2,887-306$379$165,054,8266Fox
7Shark Night 3D$1,001,904262%2,84842$352$12,266,0832Relativity Media
8Apollo 18$871,680150%3,3302$262$12,959,6342Weinstein Company
9Our Idiot Brother$835,074124%2,396-159$349$19,494,0833Weinstein Company
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$689,203186%1,310-140$526$76,938,2647Warner Bros.
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$674,589133%2,251-529$300$19,508,3473FilmDistrict
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$538,188--1,500--$359$538,1881Sony / Columbia
13Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$468,471344%2,544-463$184$32,190,0574Weinstein Company
14The Smurfs$351,256161%1,977-729$178$134,560,1017Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$264,29257%810-282$326$376,367,3939Warner Bros.
2Captain America: The First Avenger$244,177135%804-246$304$172,858,1878Paramount
3Cowboys & Aliens$234,555132%920-265$255$97,448,4217Universal
4Seven Days in Utopia$214,106123%555-6$386$2,314,4502Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$183,507256%50381$365$115,393,46210Warner Bros. / New Line
630 Minutes or Less$174,36139%646-709$270$36,113,2595Sony / Columbia
7Final Destination 5$167,92482%655-571$256$41,369,0945Warner Bros. / New Line
8One Day$127,14615%492-695$258$13,179,3684Focus
9Zookeeper$111,714--343-58$326$78,442,50010Sony / Columbia
10Sarah's Key$107,06265%306-13$350$5,570,3998Weinstein Company
11The Change-Up$100,98097%374-165$270$36,264,6656Universal
12Conan the Barbarian (2011)$87,412-24%551-1171$159$20,704,4284Lionsgate
13Saving Private Perez$61,731128%1654$374$988,9982Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Bridesmaids$52,205116%197-23$265$168,642,20518Universal
15Transformers: Dark of the Moon$46,97821%177-247$265$350,672,11711Paramount / DreamWorks
16Super 8$40,260133%203-37$198$126,627,28414Paramount
17Mr. Popper's Penguins$38,996339%2520$155$67,577,96113Fox
18Green Lantern (2011)$29,208161%155-30$188$116,378,23213Warner Bros.
19Friends With Benefits$27,090--114-47$238$55,653,6458Sony / Screen Gems
20Kung Fu Panda 2$26,93899%164-141$164$164,905,69016Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 9 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$758,461--98--$7,739$758,4611CodeBlack Entertainment
2Monte Carlo$25,0632492%6928$363$22,972,72811Fox
3Bad Teacher$19,473-49%96-890$203$98,999,52212Sony / Columbia
4Attack the Block$17,21677%51-15$338$914,4997Sony / Screen Gems
5Circumstance$17,124387%2312$745$143,7023Roadside Attractions
6Born to Be Wild 3D$16,89028%490$345$12,607,69923Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Tree of Life$12,83828%62-24$207$13,056,25016Fox Searchlight
8X-Men: First Class$12,019106%67-34$179$146,329,93915Fox
9The Hangover Part II$9,211167%60-30$154$254,436,00716Warner Bros.
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$7,534120%30$2,511$86,0082Indomina Media
11The Devil's Double$6,41750%33-16$194$1,305,6107Lionsgate
12Another Earth$5,857-12%41-30$143$1,257,6418Fox Searchlight
13The Future$5,33965%269$205$463,0607Roadside Attractions
14Project Nim$1,90131%11-4$173$369,93610Roadside Attractions
15Tanner Hall$1,074--5--$215$1,0741Anchor Bay Films
16Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$830-23%8-4$104$1,335,8379Fox Searchlight
17Everything Must Go$17950%40$45$2,710,81618Roadside Attractions
185 Days of War$102-70%1-2$102$17,0404Anchor Bay Films
19In/Sight$82-94%3-20$27$16,8322Check Entertainment
20The Music Never Stopped$40--10$40$257,90926Roadside Attractions
21The Conspirator$16--1--$16$11,538,18822Roadside Attractions