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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, Oct. 1 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dolphin Tale$6,522,45387%3,5158$1,856$33,280,7902Warner Bros.
2Moneyball$5,537,24645%2,9930$1,850$35,335,2022Sony / Columbia
3The Lion King 3D$4,454,38435%2,34010$1,904$76,345,8703Disney
450/50$3,623,34425%2,458--$1,474$6,510,7211Summit
5Dream House$3,525,82522%2,661--$1,325$6,413,0101Universal
6Courageous$3,261,4914%1,161--$2,809$6,389,4311Sony / TriStar
7Abduction$2,569,65951%3,1180$824$17,764,7792Lionsgate
8Contagion$2,287,58454%2,744-392$834$63,431,7994Warner Bros.
9What's Your Number?$2,156,4926%3,002--$718$4,186,8951Fox
10Killer Elite$2,122,61040%2,9860$711$16,220,8852Open Road
11Drive (2011)$1,444,33343%1,974-930$732$26,166,2853FilmDistrict
12The Help$1,331,73649%2,505-190$532$158,580,7078Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Laugh at My Pain$348,71251%278-9$1,254$6,094,9574CodeBlack Entertainment
2The Debt$310,54381%603-464$515$29,926,6355Focus
3Rise of the Planet of the Apes$257,81576%591-587$436$174,346,2299Fox
4Warrior (2011)$204,75649%707-704$290$12,964,9354Lionsgate
5Colombiana$195,06573%412-435$473$35,746,0426Sony / TriStar
6Straw Dogs (2011)$193,41344%874-1534$221$9,968,6723Sony / Screen Gems
7Bad Teacher$192,340-26%354122$543$100,205,68915Sony / Columbia
8Captain America: The First Avenger$192,12258%35016$549$175,207,63111Paramount
9Crazy, Stupid, Love$181,16044%405-270$447$82,672,61910Warner Bros.
10I Don't Know How She Does It$177,08839%745-1745$238$9,125,3693Weinstein Company
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$175,306174%710-497$247$37,424,0447Weinstein Company
12The Smurfs$161,364117%411-258$393$138,708,65410Sony / Columbia
13Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$125,40581%252-68$498$379,167,18412Warner Bros.
14Zookeeper$98,64591%253-41$390$79,851,23813Sony / Columbia
15Transformers: Dark of the Moon$92,00275%208-43$442$352,165,90514Paramount / DreamWorks
16Cowboys & Aliens$84,35056%241-104$350$99,504,39110Universal
17Horrible Bosses$75,39437%222-91$340$117,182,65613Warner Bros. / New Line
18Shark Night 3D$72,11798%292-345$247$18,458,9085Relativity Media
19Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$61,12461%216-208$283$23,678,3896FilmDistrict
20Sarah's Key$46,83959%139-12$337$6,736,54611Weinstein Company
21Final Destination 5$35,01771%144-110$243$42,500,8908Warner Bros. / New Line
22Mr. Popper's Penguins$34,026115%103-50$330$68,111,50316Fox
23Seven Days in Utopia$33,40316%135-137$247$4,081,9305Visio Entertainment
24Our Idiot Brother$27,69735%136-275$204$24,587,1866Weinstein Company
25Apollo 18$23,59169%114-225$207$17,471,3805Weinstein Company
26Conan the Barbarian (2011)$21,21059%11559$184$21,254,9757Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 1 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$47,90579%490$978$13,144,28826Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$33,88733%3329$1,027$117,6162Relativity Media
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$22,68955%34-14$667$339,2215Indomina Media
4Munger Road$12,449-24%1--$12,449$28,8551Freestyle Releasing
5Circumstance$8,12138%23-6$353$339,3636Roadside Attractions
6Muran$7,26742%10--$727$12,3881UTV Communications
7Thunder Soul$7,18347%13-22$553$76,9122Roadside Attractions
8Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$3,88212%9--$431$7,3521UTV Communications
9The Future$3,54639%16-11$222$533,40310Roadside Attractions
10Margaret$3,02446%2--$1,512$5,0961Fox Searchlight
11Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$2,89039%6--$482$4,9721Freestyle Releasing
12Project Nim$59923%7-11$86$397,01913Roadside Attractions