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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 Thu, Sep. 22 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$2,249,5022%2,330--$965$39,546,0701Disney
2Contagion$1,003,0803%3,2220$311$48,556,6722Warner Bros.
3Drive (2011)$964,752-2%2,886--$334$15,653,3751FilmDistrict
4The Help$670,3386%3,01479$222$150,044,1026Disney / DreamWorks
5I Don't Know How She Does It$366,138-2%2,476--$148$5,966,4251Weinstein Company
6Straw Dogs (2011)$350,177-5%2,408--$145$6,783,8541Sony / Screen Gems
7The Debt$278,2813%1,831-45$152$27,706,4633Focus
8Warrior (2011)$254,0171%1,88314$135$11,090,2912Lionsgate
9Rise of the Planet of the Apes$192,9353%2,340-547$82$172,438,5237Fox
10Colombiana$191,0572%1,933-421$99$34,185,4434Sony / TriStar
11Crazy, Stupid, Love$141,49210%1,145-165$124$81,285,5508Warner Bros.
12Our Idiot Brother$127,3815%1,747-649$73$24,185,3864Weinstein Company
13Shark Night 3D$103,506-2%2,082-766$50$17,756,4373Relativity Media
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$88,79711%1,334-917$67$23,123,5214FilmDistrict
15Apollo 18$77,8361%1,795-1535$43$17,197,3803Weinstein Company
16The Smurfs$52,9562%1,419-558$37$137,812,0568Sony / Columbia
17Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star$48,1382%1,5000$32$2,529,3952Sony / Columbia
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$37,571-22%1,650-894$23$36,308,4385Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$102,6514%230132$446$4,030,4832CodeBlack Entertainment
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$70,81416%601-209$118$378,436,86810Warner Bros.
3Captain America: The First Avenger$52,37616%540-264$97$174,490,9339Paramount
4Seven Days in Utopia$51,80716%437-118$119$3,783,8153Visio Entertainment
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$43,37311%306129$142$351,501,53912Paramount / DreamWorks
6Horrible Bosses$42,959-2%444-59$97$116,676,77111Warner Bros. / New Line
7Cowboys & Aliens$42,6758%614-306$70$98,998,5168Universal
8Sarah's Key$37,5714%266-40$141$6,460,1839Weinstein Company
9The Change-Up$21,6051%307-67$70$36,930,2357Universal
10One Day$19,48916%254-238$77$13,843,7715Focus
11Final Destination 5$17,3401%302-353$57$42,210,9106Warner Bros. / New Line
12Bridesmaids$14,53013%170-27$85$168,998,49019Universal
13Conan the Barbarian (2011)$10,2846%154-397$67$21,190,5255Lionsgate
14Mr. Popper's Penguins$9,62713%213-39$45$67,929,45514Fox
15Super 8$8,68116%159-44$55$126,901,81915Paramount
16Saving Private Perez$7,3426%116-49$63$1,360,5753Lionsgate / Pantelion
17Kung Fu Panda 2$5,6955%142-22$40$165,151,69817Paramount / DreamWorks
18Green Lantern (2011)$4,65313%103-52$45$116,568,36114Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 22 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$15,52527%490$317$12,890,28124Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Tree of Life$6,244-23%41-21$152$13,173,56317Fox Searchlight
3Circumstance$5,929-7%318$191$277,4494Roadside Attractions
4Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,128-3%1916$270$184,3083Indomina Media
5Attack the Block$3,47023%35-16$99$1,015,6938Sony / Screen Gems
6The Future$2,8667%29--$99$511,7798Roadside Attractions
7Monte Carlo$2,840-29%46-23$62$23,144,31512Fox
8The Devil's Double$1,449-3%25-8$58$1,349,4658Lionsgate
9Another Earth$1,35665%17-24$80$1,297,7109Fox Searchlight
10Project Nim$7548%176$44$387,06811Roadside Attractions
11Snow Flower and the Secret Fan$161-60%5-3$32$1,343,06910Fox Searchlight