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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, Sep. 12 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$1,655,322-67%3,222--$514$24,058,9181Warner Bros.
2The Help$751,822-68%2,93592$256$138,079,6225Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$446,358-67%1,869--$239$5,688,4651Lionsgate
4The Debt$359,677-69%1,87650$192$22,227,3532Focus
5Colombiana$308,607-69%2,354-260$131$30,034,8953Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$257,705-73%2,887-306$89$168,104,8216Fox
7Our Idiot Brother$231,464-62%2,396-159$97$21,541,0113Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$196,378-75%2,84842$69$14,868,9702Relativity Media
9Apollo 18$192,661-71%3,3302$58$15,131,9642Weinstein Company
10Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$155,216-69%2,251-529$69$21,155,8203FilmDistrict
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$151,354-70%1,310-140$116$78,568,8027Warner Bros.
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$131,028-62%1,500--$87$1,546,0511Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$75,202-87%1,977-729$38$136,084,4797Sony / Columbia
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$64,178-92%2,544-463$25$34,287,1964Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$86,245-70%810-282$106$377,190,9299Warner Bros.
2Cowboys & Aliens$64,400-70%920-265$70$98,106,2217Universal
3Captain America: The First Avenger$60,731-71%804-246$76$173,520,3948Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$59,688-63%555-6$108$2,809,5442Visio Entertainment
5Horrible Bosses$57,341-59%50381$114$115,853,16410Warner Bros. / New Line
630 Minutes or Less$45,526-63%646-709$70$36,517,8805Sony / Columbia
7Final Destination 5$37,980-70%655-571$58$41,794,4535Warner Bros. / New Line
8Sarah's Key$36,502-66%306-13$119$5,888,9278Weinstein Company
9One Day$35,754-63%492-695$73$13,472,7454Focus
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$33,268-61%551-1171$60$20,954,1504Lionsgate
11The Change-Up$28,005-63%374-165$75$36,513,3306Universal
12Saving Private Perez$18,018-80%1654$109$1,193,3922Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Bridesmaids$13,790-61%197-23$70$168,762,37518Universal
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$13,668-70%177-247$77$350,813,74511Paramount / DreamWorks
15Super 8$11,510-69%203-37$57$126,740,21914Paramount
16Green Lantern (2011)$7,452-76%155-30$48$116,471,57713Warner Bros.
17Kung Fu Panda 2$7,227-80%164-141$44$165,008,83616Paramount / DreamWorks
18Mr. Popper's Penguins$6,914-84%2520$27$67,708,42013Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 12 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$143,576-62%98--$1,465$2,051,9961CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$8,997-72%490$184$12,691,09623Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Attack the Block$7,087-51%51-15$139$956,3047Sony / Screen Gems
4The Tree of Life$5,872-63%62-24$95$13,096,39316Fox Searchlight
5Circumstance$5,248-68%2312$228$187,3623Roadside Attractions
6Monte Carlo$5,200-81%6928$75$23,053,00211Fox
7X-Men: First Class$3,768-61%67-34$56$146,361,94315Fox
8Another Earth$3,023-58%41-30$74$1,276,9618Fox Searchlight
9The Devil's Double$2,638-58%33-16$80$1,323,7607Lionsgate
10The Future$2,433-57%0-17--$478,3847Roadside Attractions
11The Hangover Part II$1,943-62%60-30$32$254,457,92916Warner Bros.
12Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$1,896-72%30$632$104,4812Indomina Media
13Project Nim$646-52%11-4$59$374,59010Roadside Attractions
14Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$618-28%8-4$77$1,338,5379Fox Searchlight
15Tanner Hall$443-39%5--$89$3,2461Anchor Bay Films
16Everything Must Go$146-13%40$37$2,711,35618Roadside Attractions
175 Days of War$65-31%1-2$65$17,3084Anchor Bay Films
18The Music Never Stopped$16-90%10$16$258,09326Roadside Attractions