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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. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$11,933,56234%2,330--$5,122$20,853,4831Disney
2Contagion$6,441,95539%3,2220$1,999$40,800,0892Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$4,426,69310%2,886--$1,534$8,436,1381FilmDistrict
4The Help$2,837,95046%3,01479$942$145,705,1606Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$1,923,764-3%2,408--$799$3,903,3951Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$1,815,80116%2,476--$733$3,381,4821Weinstein Company
7The Debt$1,368,63257%1,831-45$747$25,860,6293Focus
8Rise of the Planet of the Apes$1,216,70362%2,340-547$520$170,960,1227Fox
9Warrior (2011)$1,153,90327%1,88314$613$9,203,6992Lionsgate
10Colombiana$1,001,19739%1,933-421$518$32,770,0874Sony / TriStar
11Shark Night 3D$844,37756%2,082-766$406$16,895,6673Relativity Media
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$770,561175%1,650-894$467$35,567,9385Weinstein Company
13Crazy, Stupid, Love$711,42642%1,145-165$621$80,384,2498Warner Bros.
14The Smurfs$589,070129%1,419-558$415$137,197,3128Sony / Columbia
15Our Idiot Brother$572,32940%1,747-649$328$23,358,2044Weinstein Company
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$498,79541%1,334-917$374$22,512,0124FilmDistrict
17Apollo 18$492,59644%1,795-1535$274$16,622,2563Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$154,98218%1,5000$103$2,222,3852Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$444,508-1%230132$1,933$3,300,2802CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$314,22874%601-209$523$377,974,74410Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$260,28769%540-264$482$174,152,2219Paramount
4Cowboys & Aliens$239,46060%614-306$390$98,689,0568Universal
5Seven Days in Utopia$228,57223%437-118$523$3,447,8003Visio Entertainment
6Transformers: Dark of the Moon$208,04877%306129$680$351,188,67112Paramount / DreamWorks
7Horrible Bosses$199,65442%444-59$450$116,399,17311Warner Bros. / New Line
8Zookeeper$174,35783%3485$501$79,129,90211Sony / Columbia
9Bad Teacher$143,24845%474378$302$99,306,42813Sony / Columbia
10Sarah's Key$120,21569%266-40$452$6,241,7339Weinstein Company
11The Change-Up$102,84543%307-67$335$36,787,5207Universal
1230 Minutes or Less$98,57941%291-355$339$36,846,4986Sony / Columbia
13Final Destination 5$89,97934%302-353$298$42,085,1636Warner Bros. / New Line
14Mr. Popper's Penguins$77,021112%213-39$362$67,845,43414Fox
15One Day$64,90236%254-238$256$13,727,4045Focus
16Kung Fu Panda 2$43,930113%142-22$309$165,095,30417Paramount / DreamWorks
17Super 8$39,80445%159-44$250$126,844,61215Paramount
18Conan the Barbarian (2011)$37,34742%154-397$243$21,125,9795Lionsgate
19Bridesmaids$29,750-48%170-27$175$168,817,53519Universal
20Saving Private Perez$27,83320%116-49$240$1,293,4523Lionsgate / Pantelion
21Green Lantern (2011)$24,71754%103-52$240$116,537,01414Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$47,589121%490$971$12,803,74324Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Friends With Benefits$29,23537%96-18$305$55,790,6439Sony / Screen Gems
3Monte Carlo$28,74392%46-23$625$23,115,87312Fox
4Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$21,73340%1916$1,144$148,5853Indomina Media
5Circumstance$20,42240%318$659$240,6434Roadside Attractions
6The Tree of Life$15,36468%41-21$375$13,139,90617Fox Searchlight
7Attack the Block$10,09738%35-16$288$996,5688Sony / Screen Gems
8The Future$6,80444%293$235$496,9948Roadside Attractions
9The Devil's Double$3,29616%25-8$132$1,338,7228Lionsgate
10Project Nim$2,91864%176$172$381,57711Roadside Attractions
11Another Earth$2,65912%17-24$156$1,290,6809Fox Searchlight
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$54119%5-3$108$1,341,27510Fox Searchlight
13Tanner Hall$79-46%1-4$79$4,9162Anchor Bay Films