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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 Thu, Nov. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$1,967,7435%3,952--$498$42,473,0381Paramount / DreamWorks
2Paranormal Activity 3$1,015,5143%3,3298$305$86,783,0542Paramount
3In Time$1,014,7600%3,122--$325$16,508,6451Fox
4The Rum Diary$533,624-2%2,272--$235$7,435,7341FilmDistrict
5Footloose (2011)$447,74213%3,224-331$139$40,249,6203Paramount
6The Three Musketeers (2011)$345,1311%3,0170$114$16,348,9962Summit
7Real Steel$326,5595%2,914-498$112$75,343,2424Disney / DreamWorks
8The Ides of March$280,7536%1,572-470$179$34,800,2854Sony / Columbia
9Moneyball$243,3069%1,631-722$149$68,427,3906Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$197,85524%1,134-61$174$28,411,7335Sony / TriStar
1150/50$183,6769%1,194-738$154$32,021,2415Summit
12Dolphin Tale$126,0358%1,838-990$69$67,595,1176Warner Bros.
13Johnny English Reborn$124,3206%1,5542$80$7,048,9102Universal
14The Thing (2011)$90,6108%1,394-1601$65$16,479,6803Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$102,3544%265--$386$1,450,3261Sony / Columbia
2Margin Call$76,2324%14084$545$1,798,5102Roadside Attractions
3The Help$52,44910%450-326$117$167,094,66112Disney / DreamWorks
4The Way$47,11510%258-25$183$1,788,9604Producers Distribution Agency
5Drive (2011)$41,72819%194-173$215$33,867,1087FilmDistrict
6Contagion$35,8215%411-490$87$74,251,1158Warner Bros.
7The Mighty Macs$23,712-28%389-586$61$1,642,9582Quaker Media
8Dream House$23,3850%585-639$40$20,945,5305Universal
9The Big Year$22,88917%423-1727$54$6,913,0963Fox
10Crazy, Stupid, Love$21,71917%250-58$87$83,979,35614Warner Bros.
11The Lion King 3D$20,9859%378-713$56$93,223,6067Disney
12Abduction$19,70423%351-402$56$27,235,7216Lionsgate
13Rise of the Planet of the Apes$19,65910%231-18$85$175,962,57613Fox
14Killer Elite$13,6255%257-494$53$24,964,0376Open Road
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$13,59523%163-77$83$380,753,26516Warner Bros.
16Captain America: The First Avenger$6,94814%139-45$50$176,580,00515Paramount
17Apollo 18$5,9829%120107$50$17,627,8999Weinstein Company
18Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$4,05220%151-27$27$38,297,45211Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$29,282-1%3228$915$565,2522Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$16,50916%4--$4,127$177,9961Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$12,733-19%490$260$13,868,16230Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Debt$7,1725%87-32$82$31,177,5489Focus
5Cowboys & Aliens$6,32516%91-40$70$100,240,55114Universal
6What's Your Number?$5,909-12%62-281$95$13,881,1375Fox
7Sarah's Key$4,2649%29-19$147$7,069,17515Weinstein Company
8Shark Night 3D$3,64211%90-12$40$18,811,3539Relativity Media
9Laugh at My Pain$3,173-13%51-52$62$7,651,0878CodeBlack Entertainment
10The Double (2011)$3,0044%11--$273$38,3681Image Entertainment
11Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,9493%7522$39$23,988,17110FilmDistrict
12Machine Gun Preacher$2,60468%13-12$200$513,0786Relativity Media
13Our Idiot Brother$2,22410%51-28$44$24,771,86710Weinstein Company
14Munger Road$1,88866%10-6$189$248,9155Freestyle Releasing
15Warrior (2011)$1,5502%31-34$50$13,657,1158Lionsgate
16Inni$1,307114%2--$654$35,7501Cinema Purgatorio
17Circumstance$1,13716%7-3$162$433,28410Roadside Attractions
18Texas Killing Fields$1,03029%73$147$37,7113Anchor Bay Films
19I Don't Know How She Does It$85128%14-15$61$9,605,9347Weinstein Company
20Labios Rojos$36517%11-32$33$136,1633Lionsgate / Pantelion
21The Future$323-13%5-9$65$566,50214Roadside Attractions
22Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$25627%6-15$43$484,1969Indomina Media
23Dirty Girl$145169%1-4$145$51,7024Weinstein Company
24Thunder Soul$52767%40$13$143,7076Roadside Attractions
25Project Nim$32-63%3-9$11$406,09817Roadside Attractions