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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, Apr. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$5,324,24618%4,1370$1,287$258,330,6422Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$2,942,17914%3,545--$830$38,972,6911Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$1,969,53729%3,603--$547$21,641,8211Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$1,718,82628%3,14827$546$95,943,0633Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,011,84026%3,264-413$310$191,144,8505Universal
6John Carter$274,23134%2,397-815$114$66,713,3314Disney
7Act of Valor$119,82719%1,239-980$97$67,966,3006Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$112,63025%1,007-780$112$16,710,4704Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$139,83139%483359$290$3,410,1574CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$112,34842%908-432$124$98,647,0428Warner Bros. / New Line
3Project X (2012)$106,49920%903-1162$118$53,548,9835Warner Bros.
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$80,83029%513259$158$2,835,7603Paramount Vantage
5Safe House$80,19029%729-601$110$124,023,9358Universal
6Casa de mi Padre$60,8219%439-36$139$5,127,6713Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Friends With Kids$57,50767%306-252$188$6,417,8184Roadside Attractions
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$47,35341%222-26$213$132,430,99216Fox
9This Means War$47,32430%575-613$82$53,160,7027Fox
10The Vow$41,46840%514-744$81$123,544,6218Sony / Screen Gems
11The Artist$32,25928%315-261$102$43,603,89519Weinstein Company
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$27,69413%321-300$86$34,453,8476Lionsgate
13The Iron Lady$27,58935%284-43$97$29,462,77114Weinstein Company
14Hugo$19,32650%174-109$111$73,720,46319Paramount
15We Bought a Zoo$18,63824%136-19$137$75,313,14715Fox
16Chronicle$18,44419%198-94$93$63,793,0559Fox
17Silent House (2012)$16,97718%325-877$52$12,403,4134Open Road
18Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$14,26229%150-50$95$209,264,97716Paramount
19The Woman in Black$13,97312%179-1$78$53,973,4729CBS Films
20Big Miracle$11,89540%170-54$70$20,134,3559Universal
21The Descendants$11,03641%118-81$94$82,455,43320Fox Searchlight
22Red Tails$10,75365%101-30$106$49,720,61711Fox
23Wanderlust$9,86055%116-119$85$17,271,9156Universal
24The Grey$8,15024%2040$40$51,489,90910Open Road
25One For the Money$4,65227%102-49$46$26,378,75710Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$32,11557%400$803$17,716,73552Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$9,9116%5--$1,982$135,7231Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$5,0436%29-15$174$2,946,28510Roadside Attractions
4Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,76548%55-31$87$186,838,66216Warner Bros.
5Being Flynn$4,47118%40-33$112$488,2755Focus
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$3,90914%30-44$130$43,278,9248Fox
7W.E.$3,05834%213$146$496,1279Weinstein Company
8Undefeated$2,95847%16-1$185$429,2547Weinstein Company
9Gone$2,49127%61-122$41$11,591,2726Summit
10Coriolanus$2,4108%16-3$151$604,27711Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$86951%12-32$72$14,598,85119Weinstein Company