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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 Fri, Sep. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Sep. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$6,728,195--2,993--$2,248$6,728,1951Sony / Columbia
2The Lion King 3D$6,075,717170%2,3300$2,608$45,621,7872Disney
3Dolphin Tale$5,097,129--3,507--$1,453$5,097,1291Warner Bros.
4Abduction$3,844,222--3,118--$1,233$3,844,2221Lionsgate
5Killer Elite$3,406,208--2,986--$1,141$3,406,2081Open Road
6Contagion$2,620,940161%3,136-86$836$51,177,6123Warner Bros.
7Drive (2011)$1,866,64693%2,90418$643$17,520,0212FilmDistrict
8The Help$1,313,68896%2,695-319$487$151,357,7907Disney / DreamWorks
9Straw Dogs (2011)$685,22496%2,4080$285$7,469,0782Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$679,58086%2,49014$273$6,646,0052Weinstein Company
11The Debt$357,91629%1,067-764$335$28,064,3794Focus
12Warrior (2011)$349,99338%1,411-472$248$11,440,2843Lionsgate
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$316,45264%1,178-1162$269$172,754,9758Fox
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$115,644208%1,207-443$96$36,424,0826Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Sep. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$362,798253%28757$1,264$4,393,2813CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$270,92942%847-1086$320$34,456,3725Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$251,38178%675-470$372$81,536,9319Warner Bros.
4Shark Night 3D$134,96930%637-1445$212$17,891,4064Relativity Media
5The Smurfs$127,577141%669-750$191$137,939,6339Sony / Columbia
6Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$110,10624%424-910$260$23,233,6275FilmDistrict
7Transformers: Dark of the Moon$101,764135%251-55$405$351,603,30313Paramount / DreamWorks
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$96,80837%320-281$303$378,533,67611Warner Bros.
9Horrible Bosses$88,721107%313-131$283$116,765,49212Warner Bros. / New Line
10Captain America: The First Avenger$85,42863%334-206$256$174,576,36110Paramount
11Our Idiot Brother$81,306-36%411-1336$198$24,266,6925Weinstein Company
12Zookeeper$81,204--294-54$276$79,400,52612Sony / Columbia
13Cowboys & Aliens$81,07590%345-269$235$99,079,5919Universal
14Seven Days in Utopia$80,87156%272-165$297$3,864,6864Visio Entertainment
15Apollo 18$57,423-26%339-1456$169$17,254,8034Weinstein Company
16Bad Teacher$48,704--232-242$210$99,572,87014Sony / Columbia
17Final Destination 5$45,115160%254-48$178$42,256,0257Warner Bros. / New Line
18Sarah's Key$36,103-4%151-115$239$6,496,28610Weinstein Company
19The Change-Up$33,78556%169-138$200$36,964,0208Universal
20Bridesmaids$26,08580%111-59$235$169,024,57520Universal
21Mr. Popper's Penguins$25,577166%153-60$167$67,955,03215Fox
22Super 8$20,395135%117-42$174$126,922,21416Paramount
23Kung Fu Panda 2$18,698228%113-29$165$165,170,39618Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Sep. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$26,86873%490$548$12,917,14925Warner Bros. / IMAX
230 Minutes or Less$22,965--95-196$242$37,003,9127Sony / Columbia
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$21,818325%4829$455$206,1264Indomina Media
4Thunder Soul$19,866--35--$568$19,8661Roadside Attractions
5Monte Carlo$11,626309%34-12$342$23,155,94113Fox
6Machine Gun Preacher$10,330--4--$2,583$10,3301Relativity Media
7Circumstance$9,21755%29-2$318$286,6665Roadside Attractions
8The Tree of Life$8,42035%39-2$216$13,181,98318Fox Searchlight
9Saving Private Perez$6,760-8%44-72$154$1,367,3354Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Green Lantern (2011)$6,58842%49-54$134$116,574,94915Warner Bros.
11Conan the Barbarian (2011)$6,414-38%56-98$115$21,196,9396Lionsgate
12Attack the Block$2,492-28%17-18$147$1,018,1859Sony / Screen Gems
13The Future$2,423-15%27-2$90$514,2029Roadside Attractions
14The Devil's Double$2,26456%4823$47$1,351,7299Lionsgate
15Project Nim$1,802139%181$100$388,87012Roadside Attractions