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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 Wed, Sep. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Sep. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Contagion$1,672,418-24%3,222--$519$27,923,6411Warner Bros.
2The Help$878,307-14%2,93592$299$139,978,5115Disney / DreamWorks
3Warrior (2011)$441,771-23%1,869--$236$6,706,7021Lionsgate
4The Debt$421,667-22%1,87650$225$23,188,8202Focus
5Colombiana$301,904-24%2,354-260$128$30,731,4823Sony / TriStar
6Rise of the Planet of the Apes$269,737-19%2,887-306$93$168,709,4546Fox
7Our Idiot Brother$261,359-17%2,396-159$109$22,115,8773Weinstein Company
8Apollo 18$199,601-21%3,3302$60$15,583,9862Weinstein Company
9Shark Night 3D$182,552-31%2,84842$64$15,315,7102Relativity Media
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$181,403-17%1,310-140$138$78,967,6457Warner Bros.
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$156,156-15%2,251-529$69$21,494,9483FilmDistrict
12Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$118,982-26%1,500--$79$1,825,9601Sony / Columbia
13The Smurfs$83,986-10%1,977-729$42$136,261,8787Sony / Columbia
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$72,312-14%2,544-463$28$34,443,5134Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Sep. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$92,239-7%810-282$114$377,382,3509Warner Bros.
2Seven Days in Utopia$68,327-7%555-6$123$2,951,1052Visio Entertainment
3Captain America: The First Avenger$68,137-8%804-246$85$173,662,9358Paramount
4Horrible Bosses$64,107-14%50381$127$115,991,81410Warner Bros. / New Line
5Cowboys & Aliens$59,800-13%920-265$65$98,235,0667Universal
6Sarah's Key$53,4240%306-13$175$5,995,7488Weinstein Company
730 Minutes or Less$50,462-13%646-709$78$36,626,2305Sony / Columbia
8One Day$41,418-27%492-695$84$13,570,9824Focus
9Final Destination 5$40,353-15%655-571$62$41,882,2815Warner Bros. / New Line
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$32,709-17%551-1171$59$21,026,1754Lionsgate
11The Change-Up$29,920-24%374-165$80$36,582,5256Universal
12Bridesmaids$17,730-5%197-23$90$168,798,82018Universal
13Saving Private Perez$16,600-11%1654$101$1,228,6982Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$15,671-15%177-247$89$350,847,74711Paramount / DreamWorks
15Super 8$11,756-8%203-37$58$126,764,79414Paramount
16Green Lantern (2011)$7,974-9%155-30$51$116,488,27013Warner Bros.
17Mr. Popper's Penguins$7,798-7%2520$31$67,724,58113Fox
18Kung Fu Panda 2$6,938-8%164-141$42$165,023,34216Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Sep. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$110,866-16%98--$1,131$2,295,5701CodeBlack Entertainment
2Born to Be Wild 3D$14,45711%490$295$12,718,52323Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Tree of Life$7,22347%62-24$117$13,108,51716Fox Searchlight
4Attack the Block$7,158-14%51-15$140$971,8047Sony / Screen Gems
5Monte Carlo$6,7224%6928$97$23,066,16611Fox
6Circumstance$6,278-2%2312$273$200,0763Roadside Attractions
7X-Men: First Class$3,480-6%67-34$52$146,369,11015Fox
8The Devil's Double$2,660-25%33-16$81$1,329,9677Lionsgate
9Another Earth$2,385-22%41-30$58$1,282,3938Fox Searchlight
10Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$2,326-2%30$775$109,1752Indomina Media
11The Future$2,3262%0-17--$482,9967Roadside Attractions
12The Hangover Part II$2,001-12%60-30$33$254,462,20416Warner Bros.
13Project Nim$80240%11-4$73$375,96410Roadside Attractions
14Tanner Hall$54337%5--$109$4,1851Anchor Bay Films
15Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$459-3%8-4$57$1,339,4709Fox Searchlight
16Everything Must Go$11957%40$30$2,711,55118Roadside Attractions
175 Days of War$62-9%1-2$62$17,4384Anchor Bay Films