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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 Wed, Oct. 5 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Oct. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moneyball$953,698-10%2,9930$319$40,867,5922Sony / Columbia
250/50$754,492-20%2,458--$307$11,087,4641Summit
3Dolphin Tale$652,271-17%3,5158$186$39,231,1712Warner Bros.
4The Lion King 3D$500,218-20%2,34010$214$80,908,3553Disney
5Courageous$467,011-22%1,161--$402$10,730,9091Sony / TriStar
6Killer Elite$452,120-25%2,9860$151$19,008,3872Open Road
7What's Your Number?$425,212-26%3,002--$142$6,841,0561Fox
8Dream House$412,465-26%2,661--$155$9,579,6101Universal
9Contagion$363,097-16%2,744-392$132$65,718,0644Warner Bros.
10The Help$332,020-9%2,505541$133$160,358,2588Disney / DreamWorks
11Abduction$308,424-27%3,1180$99$20,148,8792Lionsgate
12Drive (2011)$304,276-16%1,974-930$154$27,959,4153FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Oct. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Debt$62,601-9%603-464$104$30,259,2525Focus
2Laugh at My Pain$47,570-16%274-13$174$6,412,4184CodeBlack Entertainment
3Warrior (2011)$41,675-9%707-704$59$13,211,6314Lionsgate
4I Don't Know How She Does It$41,391-8%745-1745$56$9,341,1673Weinstein Company
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$39,477-7%405-270$97$82,877,28810Warner Bros.
6Straw Dogs (2011)$39,244-16%874-1534$45$10,196,1873Sony / Screen Gems
7Rise of the Planet of the Apes$39,170-7%591-587$66$174,601,0799Fox
8Captain America: The First Avenger$38,374-15%35016$110$175,453,01111Paramount
9Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$24,335-2%252-68$97$379,317,92012Warner Bros.
10Cowboys & Aliens$16,870-6%241-104$70$99,603,13110Universal
11Horrible Bosses$16,013-5%222-91$72$117,271,51513Warner Bros. / New Line
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$14,579-8%710-497$21$37,589,3087Weinstein Company
13Sarah's Key$14,0352%139-12$101$6,809,42411Weinstein Company
14Transformers: Dark of the Moon$13,084-7%208-43$63$352,262,44314Paramount / DreamWorks
15Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$11,49613%216-208$53$23,739,6166FilmDistrict
16Seven Days in Utopia$9,3007%135--$69$4,225,8635Visio Entertainment
17Shark Night 3D$8,822-14%292-345$30$18,519,9015Relativity Media
18Our Idiot Brother$6,505-14%136-275$48$24,623,1196Weinstein Company
19Conan the Barbarian (2011)$5,803-12%11559$50$21,289,1627Lionsgate
20Final Destination 5$5,456-16%144-110$38$42,538,7798Warner Bros. / New Line
21Apollo 18$4,5298%114-225$40$17,498,8935Weinstein Company
22Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,818-20%103-50$27$68,141,07316Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Oct. 5 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$12,99615%490$265$13,218,03726Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Machine Gun Preacher$9,4869%3329$287$169,9472Relativity Media
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$5,3561%34-14$158$370,9325Indomina Media
4Circumstance$2,52921%23-6$110$352,8606Roadside Attractions
5Munger Road$1,692-26%1--$1,692$42,8401Freestyle Releasing
6The Future$1,48540%16-11$93$539,68110Roadside Attractions
7Margaret$1,12611%2--$563$10,6331Fox Searchlight
8Thunder Soul$979-37%13-22$75$84,9542Roadside Attractions
9Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$762-5%6--$127$8,9951Freestyle Releasing
10Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$63046%9--$70$11,0381UTV Communications
11Muran$420-69%10--$42$19,2401UTV Communications
12Project Nim$30419%7-11$43$398,54813Roadside Attractions