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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 Sat, Sep. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$9,421,48618%3,222--$2,924$17,406,0501Warner Bros.
2The Help$3,925,54847%2,93592$1,337$135,002,4795Disney / DreamWorks
3The Debt$2,187,03753%1,87650$1,166$20,717,4802Focus
4Warrior (2011)$2,133,56220%1,869--$1,142$3,904,3071Lionsgate
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,827,54567%2,887-306$633$166,882,3716Fox
6Colombiana$1,794,14855%2,354-260$762$28,730,4453Sony / TriStar
7Shark Night 3D$1,625,10262%2,84842$571$13,891,1852Relativity Media
8Apollo 18$1,311,58850%3,3302$394$14,271,2222Weinstein Company
9Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,235,783164%2,544-463$486$33,425,8404Weinstein Company
10Our Idiot Brother$1,199,91844%2,396-159$501$20,694,0013Weinstein Company
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$999,22248%2,251-529$444$20,507,5693FilmDistrict
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$973,00841%1,310-140$743$77,911,2727Warner Bros.
13The Smurfs$879,648150%1,977-729$445$135,439,7497Sony / Columbia
14Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$532,762-1%1,500--$355$1,070,9501Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$449,80770%810-282$555$376,817,2009Warner Bros.
2Captain America: The First Avenger$392,50161%804-246$488$173,250,6888Paramount
3Cowboys & Aliens$381,80063%920-265$415$97,830,2217Universal
4Seven Days in Utopia$273,53428%555-6$493$2,587,9842Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$262,50543%50381$522$115,655,96710Warner Bros. / New Line
6Final Destination 5$261,63756%655-571$399$41,630,7315Warner Bros. / New Line
730 Minutes or Less$236,66236%646-709$366$36,349,9215Sony / Columbia
8Zookeeper$208,35487%343-58$607$78,650,85410Sony / Columbia
9Sarah's Key$173,78562%306-13$568$5,744,1848Weinstein Company
10One Day$160,18526%492-695$326$13,339,5534Focus
11The Change-Up$143,99043%374-165$385$36,408,6556Universal
12Conan the Barbarian (2011)$132,21251%551-1171$240$20,836,6404Lionsgate
13Saving Private Perez$95,75955%1654$580$1,084,7572Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$82,99277%177-247$469$350,755,10911Paramount / DreamWorks
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$79,477104%2520$315$67,657,43813Fox
16Bridesmaids$70,92036%197-23$360$168,713,12518Universal
17Super 8$64,40660%203-37$317$126,691,69014Paramount
18Kung Fu Panda 2$59,532121%164-141$363$164,965,22216Paramount / DreamWorks
19Green Lantern (2011)$55,34689%155-30$357$116,433,57813Warner Bros.
20Friends With Benefits$35,02329%114-47$307$55,688,6688Sony / Screen Gems

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$769,7641%98--$7,855$1,528,2251CodeBlack Entertainment
2Monte Carlo$47,69590%6928$691$23,020,42311Fox
3Born to Be Wild 3D$41,713147%490$851$12,649,41223Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Bad Teacher$28,75948%96-890$300$99,028,28112Sony / Columbia
5Circumstance$22,15129%2312$963$165,8533Roadside Attractions
6Attack the Block$20,20717%51-15$396$934,7067Sony / Screen Gems
7The Tree of Life$18,52644%62-24$299$13,074,77616Fox Searchlight
8X-Men: First Class$18,52254%67-34$276$146,348,46115Fox
9The Hangover Part II$14,09553%60-30$235$254,450,91216Warner Bros.
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$9,73629%30$3,245$95,7442Indomina Media
11The Devil's Double$9,20543%33-16$279$1,314,8157Lionsgate
12Another Earth$9,04654%41-30$221$1,266,6878Fox Searchlight
13The Future$7,29137%269$280$470,3517Roadside Attractions
14Project Nim$2,67641%11-4$243$372,61210Roadside Attractions
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$1,22247%8-4$153$1,337,0599Fox Searchlight
16Tanner Hall$998-7%5--$200$2,0721Anchor Bay Films
17Everything Must Go$22626%40$57$2,711,04218Roadside Attractions
18In/Sight$12451%3-20$41$16,9562Check Entertainment
195 Days of War$1097%1-2$109$17,1494Anchor Bay Films
20The Conspirator$8-50%10$8$11,538,19622Roadside Attractions