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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 Mon, Sep. 26 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Lion King 3D$1,478,639-78%2,3300$635$62,954,0412Disney
2Moneyball$1,445,889-67%2,993--$483$20,947,1911Sony / Columbia
3Killer Elite$775,000-66%2,986--$260$10,127,0081Open Road
4Dolphin Tale$744,331-86%3,507--$212$19,896,7321Warner Bros.
5Contagion$583,104-70%3,136-86$186$57,591,0023Warner Bros.
6Abduction$564,542-77%3,118--$181$11,489,7951Lionsgate
7Drive (2011)$498,981-67%2,90418$172$21,916,3552FilmDistrict
8The Help$412,208-64%2,695-319$153$154,826,3617Disney / DreamWorks
9Straw Dogs (2011)$181,069-64%2,4080$75$9,016,2562Sony / Screen Gems
10I Don't Know How She Does It$163,474-65%2,49014$66$8,131,9392Weinstein Company
11The Debt$103,657-66%1,067-764$97$29,070,7314Focus
12Warrior (2011)$96,650-68%1,411-472$68$12,306,7763Lionsgate
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$78,291-74%1,178-1162$66$173,679,1028Fox
14Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$23,572-91%1,207-443$20$37,050,4526Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$85,085-66%28757$296$5,250,7253CodeBlack Entertainment
2Colombiana$68,418-70%847-1086$81$35,188,5895Sony / TriStar
3Crazy, Stupid, Love$60,140-66%675-470$89$82,129,0669Warner Bros.
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$34,582-70%320-281$108$378,858,89811Warner Bros.
5Transformers: Dark of the Moon$28,894-76%251-55$115$351,931,51913Paramount / DreamWorks
6Shark Night 3D$27,645-74%637-1445$43$18,250,8834Relativity Media
7The Smurfs$25,192-84%669-750$38$138,379,0849Sony / Columbia
8Horrible Bosses$24,558-60%313-131$78$116,968,21312Warner Bros. / New Line
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$24,151-70%424-910$57$23,501,4345FilmDistrict
10Captain America: The First Avenger$23,466-70%334-206$70$174,816,42810Paramount
11Our Idiot Brother$22,232-63%411-1336$54$24,460,6165Weinstein Company
12Cowboys & Aliens$20,700-71%345-269$60$99,296,9669Universal
13Final Destination 5$16,180-67%254-48$64$42,396,7377Warner Bros. / New Line
14Sarah's Key$14,849-59%151-115$98$6,607,59610Weinstein Company
15Apollo 18$12,263-72%339-1456$36$17,397,1694Weinstein Company
16The Change-Up$9,295-62%169-138$55$37,045,1408Universal
17Super 8$6,331-63%117-42$54$126,981,50016Paramount
18Bridesmaids$6,105-65%111-59$55$169,082,85020Universal
19Mr. Popper's Penguins$5,989-82%153-60$39$68,044,52915Fox
20Kung Fu Panda 2$5,003-77%113-29$44$165,235,26418Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 26 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$12,705-67%490$259$13,018,76925Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$8,294-68%4829$173$275,0534Indomina Media
3The Tree of Life$5,115-51%39-2$131$13,210,42118Fox Searchlight
4Thunder Soul$3,271-73%35--$93$54,5311Roadside Attractions
5Circumstance$3,071-67%29-2$106$313,3225Roadside Attractions
6Machine Gun Preacher$3,030-78%4--$758$48,1601Relativity Media
7Saving Private Perez$2,234-83%44-72$51$1,394,0044Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Green Lantern (2011)$1,935-73%49-54$39$116,595,12615Warner Bros.
9Monte Carlo$1,875-78%34-12$55$23,181,17813Fox
10Conan the Barbarian (2011)$1,859-65%56-98$33$21,212,8756Lionsgate
11The Future$1,540-38%27-2$57$522,6299Roadside Attractions
12The Devil's Double$984-53%4823$21$1,358,0269Lionsgate
13Project Nim$492-62%181$27$392,04712Roadside Attractions
14The Music Never Stopped$315--3--$105$258,53828Roadside Attractions