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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, 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.

Big Hero 6 took third 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.

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 Thu, Oct. 13 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Real Steel$1,469,8865%3,440--$427$35,439,8011Disney / DreamWorks
2The Ides of March$910,1761%2,199--$414$14,654,3891Sony / Columbia
3Moneyball$654,1175%3,01825$217$52,212,2583Sony / Columbia
450/50$573,9137%2,47921$232$20,019,0652Summit
5Dolphin Tale$548,08417%3,478-37$158$52,326,9813Warner Bros.
6Courageous$445,93327%1,1610$384$17,977,5902Sony / TriStar
7The Lion King 3D$327,15916%2,267-73$144$87,743,9154Disney
8What's Your Number?$320,6514%3,0119$106$11,805,7672Fox
9Dream House$319,6809%2,6643$120$15,919,3702Universal
10The Help$268,50415%2,064-441$130$163,718,2889Disney / DreamWorks
11Contagion$266,14712%2,250-494$118$70,188,3135Warner Bros.
12Killer Elite$238,1601%2,411-575$99$22,732,5243Open Road
13Abduction$198,8604%2,591-527$77$24,351,4913Lionsgate
14Drive (2011)$193,753-2%1,330-644$146$30,997,3064FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$47,49317%407155$117$379,950,85213Warner Bros.
2The Debt$33,5158%358-245$94$30,703,4056Focus
3Laugh at My Pain$33,2095%248-26$134$7,089,9045CodeBlack Entertainment
4Captain America: The First Avenger$31,83011%303-47$105$175,940,53312Paramount
5Rise of the Planet of the Apes$31,64412%382-209$83$175,068,45110Fox
6Crazy, Stupid, Love$21,078-4%222-183$95$83,213,20811Warner Bros.
7Warrior (2011)$18,74412%319-388$59$13,504,1075Lionsgate
8Cowboys & Aliens$13,4250%206-35$65$99,828,44611Universal
9Sarah's Key$12,9119%113-26$114$6,928,56512Weinstein Company
10I Don't Know How She Does It$11,83910%240-505$49$9,536,3274Weinstein Company
11Horrible Bosses$10,0931%142-80$71$117,430,98714Warner Bros. / New Line
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$9,46113%365-345$26$37,834,9628Weinstein Company
13Transformers: Dark of the Moon$7,61020%143-65$53$352,390,54315Paramount / DreamWorks
14Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$5,0951%114-102$45$23,843,3687FilmDistrict
15Shark Night 3D$3,601-16%145-147$25$18,615,9046Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 13 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Machine Gun Preacher$15,226-3%9360$164$356,1463Relativity Media
2Seven Days in Utopia$5,5861%77-58$73$4,313,4546Visio Entertainment
3Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$3,95727%27-7$147$425,1366Indomina Media
4Mr. Popper's Penguins$3,36922%68-35$50$68,198,00317Fox
5Margaret$3,34640%1412$239$36,1812Fox Searchlight
6Circumstance$2,97123%18-5$165$383,6457Roadside Attractions
7Final Destination 5$2,86314%61-83$47$42,587,6439Warner Bros. / New Line
8Thunder Soul$2,81437%3724$76$132,6053Roadside Attractions
9Munger Road$2,80045%9--$311$112,0212Freestyle Releasing
10Our Idiot Brother$2,733-25%67-69$41$24,672,7127Weinstein Company
11Dirty Girl$2,5125%9--$279$29,0071Weinstein Company
12Apollo 18$1,84634%46-68$40$17,527,0416Weinstein Company
13The Future$61111%15-1$41$547,04211Roadside Attractions
14Project Nim$23664%6-1$39$399,64214Roadside Attractions
15Sarah Palin: You Betcha!$191267%4--$48$10,9352Freestyle Releasing
16Sahib Biwi Aur Gangster$151-37%90$17$14,2312UTV Communications