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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 Tue, Oct. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$1,061,17224%2,9930$355$39,913,8942Sony / Columbia
250/50$940,76226%2,458--$383$10,332,9721Summit
3Dolphin Tale$784,08528%3,5158$223$38,578,9002Warner Bros.
4The Lion King 3D$624,4049%2,34010$267$80,408,1373Disney
5Killer Elite$601,12332%2,9860$201$18,556,2672Open Road
6Courageous$597,5578%1,161--$515$10,263,8981Sony / TriStar
7What's Your Number?$570,84235%3,002--$190$6,415,8441Fox
8Dream House$558,81017%2,661--$210$9,167,1451Universal
9Contagion$433,18823%2,744-392$158$65,354,9674Warner Bros.
10Abduction$422,58532%3,1180$136$19,840,4552Lionsgate
11The Help$365,78227%2,505-190$146$160,026,2388Disney / DreamWorks
12Drive (2011)$361,34224%1,974-930$183$27,655,1393FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Debt$69,00528%603-464$114$30,196,6515Focus
2Laugh at My Pain$56,909-1%274-13$208$6,364,8484CodeBlack Entertainment
3Straw Dogs (2011)$46,98612%874-1534$54$10,156,9433Sony / Screen Gems
4Warrior (2011)$45,95611%707-704$65$13,169,9564Lionsgate
5Captain America: The First Avenger$45,10415%35016$129$175,414,63711Paramount
6I Don't Know How She Does It$44,82036%745-1745$60$9,299,7763Weinstein Company
7Crazy, Stupid, Love$42,44833%405-270$105$82,837,81110Warner Bros.
8Rise of the Planet of the Apes$42,17814%591-587$71$174,561,9099Fox
9Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$24,8317%252-68$99$379,293,58512Warner Bros.
10Cowboys & Aliens$17,98515%241-104$75$99,586,26110Universal
11Horrible Bosses$16,85514%222-91$76$117,255,50213Warner Bros. / New Line
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$15,8479%710-497$22$37,574,7297Weinstein Company
13Transformers: Dark of the Moon$14,0126%208-43$67$352,249,35914Paramount / DreamWorks
14Sarah's Key$13,80220%139-12$99$6,795,38911Weinstein Company
15Shark Night 3D$10,31419%292-345$35$18,511,0795Relativity Media
16Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$10,2008%216-208$47$23,728,1206FilmDistrict
17Seven Days in Utopia$8,672-3%135--$64$4,216,5635Visio Entertainment
18Our Idiot Brother$7,60431%136-275$56$24,616,6146Weinstein Company
19Conan the Barbarian (2011)$6,56111%11559$57$21,283,3597Lionsgate
20Final Destination 5$6,49510%144-110$45$42,533,3238Warner Bros. / New Line
21Apollo 18$4,1972%114-225$37$17,494,3645Weinstein Company
22Mr. Popper's Penguins$3,529-1%103-50$34$68,138,25516Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$11,286-7%490$230$13,205,04126Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$8,678-2%3329$263$160,4612Relativity Media
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,3026%34-14$156$365,5765Indomina Media
4Munger Road$2,2801%1--$2,280$41,1481Freestyle Releasing
5Circumstance$2,090-17%23-6$91$350,3316Roadside Attractions
6Thunder Soul$1,54649%13-22$119$83,9752Roadside Attractions
7Muran$1,34737%10--$135$18,8201UTV Communications
8The Future$1,057-11%16-11$66$538,19610Roadside Attractions
9Margaret$1,0124%2--$506$9,5071Fox Searchlight
10Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$79852%6--$133$8,2331Freestyle Releasing
11Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$4321%9--$48$10,4081UTV Communications
12Project Nim$25626%7-11$37$398,24413Roadside Attractions