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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 Mon, Nov. 7 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Puss in Boots (2011)$1,636,620-84%3,96311$413$77,164,3022Paramount / DreamWorks
2Tower Heist$1,515,150-72%3,367--$450$25,540,3401Universal
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$1,031,316-64%2,875--$359$13,985,4581Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$563,031-68%3,1275$180$24,553,2682Fox
5Paranormal Activity 3$505,874-70%3,286-43$154$95,622,6193Paramount
6The Rum Diary$272,941-63%2,29220$119$10,629,1562FilmDistrict
7Footloose (2011)$267,151-72%2,811-413$95$44,986,9064Paramount
8Real Steel$207,062-77%2,438-476$85$78,986,3905Disney / DreamWorks
9The Ides of March$139,581-68%1,391-181$100$36,878,0635Sony / Columbia
10Courageous$134,178-68%1,1384$118$30,085,4746Sony / TriStar
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$133,503-71%1,863-1154$72$18,181,1333Summit
12Moneyball$124,885-66%1,278-353$98$70,338,7167Sony / Columbia
13Dolphin Tale$63,060-79%1,105-733$57$68,680,4437Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anonymous$107,380-67%514249$209$2,790,7122Sony / Columbia
250/50$76,302-65%747-447$102$33,051,1796Summit
3Margin Call$52,728-72%17838$296$2,569,0773Roadside Attractions
4Johnny English Reborn$38,640-81%644-910$60$7,763,7953Universal
5The Way$30,586--224-34$137$2,180,2595Producers Distribution Agency
6Sarah's Key$29,938-60%318289$94$7,368,39816Weinstein Company
7The Thing (2011)$23,040-63%384-1010$60$16,767,6754Universal
8Drive (2011)$20,290-61%136-58$149$34,084,9328FilmDistrict
9Contagion$18,033-66%260-151$69$74,485,6739Warner Bros.
10Dream House$14,850-64%330-255$45$21,161,7056Universal
11Rise of the Planet of the Apes$13,058-73%199-32$66$176,153,86414Fox
12Crazy, Stupid, Love$11,117-60%172-78$65$84,120,71715Warner Bros.
13Abduction$10,282-64%207-144$50$27,376,7577Lionsgate
14The Big Year$7,339-68%213-210$34$7,021,2264Fox
15Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$6,022-82%22562$27$380,879,04217Warner Bros.
16What's Your Number?$5,867-62%10240$58$13,943,1576Fox
17Killer Elite$4,967-56%119-138$42$25,011,5357Open Road
18Captain America: The First Avenger$3,531-74%102-37$35$176,640,34716Paramount
19The Mighty Macs$2,720-90%101-288$27$1,739,9933Quaker Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 7 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Martha Marcy May Marlene$39,938-68%9866$408$1,060,9623Fox Searchlight
2Like Crazy$23,286-70%1612$1,455$467,7962Paramount Vantage
3Born to Be Wild 3D$9,963-68%490$203$13,974,01231Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Double (2011)$6,541-61%4534$145$105,1022Image Entertainment
5Apollo 18$2,949-72%93-27$32$17,666,63710Weinstein Company
6Inni$2,809--53$562$47,5382Cinema Purgatorio
7Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$2,731-86%98-53$28$38,357,94112Weinstein Company
8Our Idiot Brother$2,294-57%35-16$66$24,794,05411Weinstein Company
9Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011)$2,125-77%52-23$41$24,022,22411FilmDistrict
10Shark Night 3D$2,085-72%44-46$47$18,839,50910Relativity Media
11Laugh at My Pain$1,984-60%38-13$52$7,675,9069CodeBlack Entertainment
12The Son of No One$1,887-58%10--$189$19,9021Anchor Bay Films
13Machine Gun Preacher$825-63%12-1$69$521,3297Relativity Media
14Texas Killing Fields$592-58%103$59$42,8304Anchor Bay Films
15Circumstance$450-50%5-2$90$436,79511Roadside Attractions
16Munger Road$328-85%9-1$36$259,3156Freestyle Releasing
17Dirty Girl$310-43%65$52$53,9405Weinstein Company
18I Don't Know How She Does It$253-76%8-6$32$9,609,0478Weinstein Company
19Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$135-51%5-1$27$486,09610Indomina Media
20The Future$116-24%50$23$567,15915Roadside Attractions
21Project Nim$6282%30$21$406,50418Roadside Attractions