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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. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$1,835,896-46%3,440--$534$32,564,0011Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$1,044,521-21%2,199--$475$12,842,2711Sony / Columbia
3Moneyball$706,807-31%3,01825$234$50,934,1683Sony / Columbia
450/50$636,379-19%2,47921$257$18,907,6202Summit
5Dolphin Tale$555,417-68%3,478-37$160$51,311,6383Warner Bros.
6Courageous$432,227-27%1,1610$372$17,180,5392Sony / TriStar
7What's Your Number?$373,204-11%3,0119$124$11,176,9412Fox
8Dream House$346,320-30%2,6643$130$15,306,6502Universal
9The Lion King 3D$325,265-59%2,267-73$143$87,134,7564Disney
10Killer Elite$275,520-18%2,411-575$114$22,258,6093Open Road
11Contagion$252,324-38%2,250-494$112$69,685,0695Warner Bros.
12The Help$238,588-27%2,064-441$116$163,217,0479Disney / DreamWorks
13Abduction$224,740-40%2,591-527$87$23,962,0723Lionsgate
14Drive (2011)$215,243-24%1,330-644$162$30,606,4134FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$46,550-29%407155$114$379,862,86013Warner Bros.
2Laugh at My Pain$36,638-37%248-26$148$7,024,9975CodeBlack Entertainment
3The Debt$32,375-22%358-245$90$30,638,9106Focus
4Captain America: The First Avenger$31,233-27%303-47$103$175,880,10112Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$29,153-30%382-209$76$175,008,66410Fox
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$21,705-21%222-183$98$83,170,09311Warner Bros.
7Warrior (2011)$16,570-32%319-388$52$13,468,6215Lionsgate
8Cowboys & Aliens$14,420-22%206-35$70$99,801,63111Universal
9I Don't Know How She Does It$12,125-20%240-505$51$9,513,7174Weinstein Company
10Sarah's Key$10,6113%113-26$94$6,903,84712Weinstein Company
11Horrible Bosses$9,865-24%142-80$69$117,410,91314Warner Bros. / New Line
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$9,653-78%365-345$26$37,817,1338Weinstein Company
13Transformers: Dark of the Moon$7,512-27%143-65$53$352,376,57315Paramount / DreamWorks
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$5,619-25%114-102$49$23,833,2197FilmDistrict
15Shark Night 3D$4,101-48%145-147$28$18,608,0276Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machine Gun Preacher$15,343-18%9360$165$325,1653Relativity Media
2Seven Days in Utopia$4,861-39%77-58$63$4,302,3276Visio Entertainment
3Our Idiot Brother$3,570-29%67-69$53$24,666,3197Weinstein Company
4Dirty Girl$3,45023%9--$383$24,1071Weinstein Company
5Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,318-40%27-7$123$418,0516Indomina Media
6Final Destination 5$3,101-10%61-83$51$42,582,2689Warner Bros. / New Line
7Mr. Popper's Penguins$2,751-62%68-35$40$68,191,87217Fox
8Munger Road$2,651-54%98$295$107,2932Freestyle Releasing
9Circumstance$2,538-32%18-5$141$378,2527Roadside Attractions
10Margaret$2,312-27%1412$165$30,4412Fox Searchlight
11Thunder Soul$2,263-53%3724$61$127,7353Roadside Attractions
12Apollo 18$1,586-23%46-68$34$17,523,8136Weinstein Company
13The Future$5574%15-1$37$545,88211Roadside Attractions
14Project Nim$200228%6-1$33$399,26214Roadside Attractions
15Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$11217%90$12$13,8422UTV Communications
16Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$76-17%4-2$19$10,6922Freestyle Releasing