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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 Sun, Sep. 18 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$9,298,131-22%2,330--$3,991$30,151,6141Disney
2Contagion$3,460,435-46%3,2220$1,074$44,260,5242Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$2,904,323-34%2,886--$1,006$11,340,4611FilmDistrict
4The Help$1,734,633-39%3,01479$576$147,439,7936Disney / DreamWorks
5Straw Dogs (2011)$1,220,365-37%2,408--$507$5,123,7601Sony / Screen Gems
6I Don't Know How She Does It$1,020,719-44%2,476--$412$4,402,2011Weinstein Company
7Warrior (2011)$798,926-31%1,88314$424$10,002,6252Lionsgate
8The Debt$703,802-49%1,831-45$384$26,564,4313Focus
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$691,415-43%2,340-547$295$171,651,5377Fox
10Colombiana$607,436-39%1,933-421$314$33,377,5234Sony / TriStar
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$539,796-30%1,650-894$327$36,107,7345Weinstein Company
12Shark Night 3D$414,735-51%2,082-766$199$17,310,4023Relativity Media
13The Smurfs$396,569-33%1,419-558$279$137,593,8818Sony / Columbia
14Crazy, Stupid, Love$352,024-51%1,145-165$307$80,736,2738Warner Bros.
15Our Idiot Brother$314,006-45%1,747-649$180$23,672,2104Weinstein Company
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$271,490-46%1,334-917$204$22,783,5024FilmDistrict
17Apollo 18$263,586-46%1,795-1535$147$16,885,8423Weinstein Company
18Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$108,933-30%1,5000$73$2,331,3182Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$297,982-33%230132$1,296$3,598,2622CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$205,877-34%601-209$343$378,180,62110Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$149,299-43%540-264$276$174,301,5209Paramount
4Transformers: Dark of the Moon$143,316-31%306129$468$351,331,98712Paramount / DreamWorks
5Seven Days in Utopia$142,082-38%437-118$325$3,589,8823Visio Entertainment
6Cowboys & Aliens$141,220-41%614-306$230$98,830,2768Universal
7Bridesmaids$126,565325%170-27$745$168,944,10019Universal
8Horrible Bosses$105,314-47%444-59$237$116,504,48711Warner Bros. / New Line
9Zookeeper$104,299-40%3485$300$79,234,20111Sony / Columbia
10Bad Teacher$84,470-41%474378$178$99,390,89813Sony / Columbia
11Sarah's Key$75,067-38%266-40$282$6,316,8009Weinstein Company
12Final Destination 5$54,045-40%302-353$179$42,139,2086Warner Bros. / New Line
1330 Minutes or Less$53,827-45%291-355$185$36,900,3256Sony / Columbia
14The Change-Up$53,725-48%307-67$175$36,841,2457Universal
15Mr. Popper's Penguins$48,431-37%213-39$227$67,893,86514Fox
16One Day$38,610-41%254-238$152$13,766,0145Focus
17Saving Private Perez$36,39831%116-49$314$1,329,8503Lionsgate / Pantelion
18Kung Fu Panda 2$32,878-25%142-22$232$165,128,18217Paramount / DreamWorks
19Super 8$25,221-37%159-44$159$126,869,83315Paramount
20Conan the Barbarian (2011)$24,265-35%154-397$158$21,150,2445Lionsgate
21Green Lantern (2011)$14,108-43%103-52$137$116,551,12214Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Sep. 18 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$36,200-24%490$739$12,839,94324Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Monte Carlo$15,461-46%46-23$336$23,131,33412Fox
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$15,099-31%1916$795$163,6843Indomina Media
4Circumstance$13,823-32%318$446$254,4664Roadside Attractions
5Friends With Benefits$12,111-59%96-18$126$55,802,7549Sony / Screen Gems
6The Tree of Life$10,827-30%41-21$264$13,150,73317Fox Searchlight
7Attack the Block$6,894-32%35-16$197$1,003,4628Sony / Screen Gems
8The Future$4,864-29%293$168$501,8588Roadside Attractions
9The Devil's Double$3,277-1%25-8$131$1,341,9998Lionsgate
10Another Earth$2,272-15%17-24$134$1,292,9529Fox Searchlight
11Project Nim$1,796-38%176$106$383,37311Roadside Attractions
12Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$492-9%5-3$98$1,341,76710Fox Searchlight
13Tanner Hall$8913%1-4$89$5,0052Anchor Bay Films