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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 Fri, Apr. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$12,799,832100%4,1370$3,094$282,138,9973Lionsgate
2American Reunion$9,272,760--3,192--$2,905$9,272,7601Universal
3Titanic 3D$7,120,87595%2,674--$2,663$15,481,3571Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$5,403,236103%3,5450$1,524$49,285,3272Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$4,607,739112%3,61815$1,274$30,285,8412Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$3,631,87481%3,009-139$1,207$103,044,2564Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$2,252,25098%3,003-261$750$195,426,6006Universal
8John Carter$292,73219%1,015-1382$288$67,446,0795Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$323,032153%52441$616$3,987,0335CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$221,39587%651-257$340$99,070,0719Warner Bros. / New Line
3Safe House$216,900158%482-247$450$124,387,0529Universal
4Act of Valor$187,96828%708-531$265$68,421,1757Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$173,46335%507-500$342$17,117,3425Paramount
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$134,94774%447-66$302$3,116,8174Paramount Vantage
7Project X (2012)$121,93017%444-459$275$53,856,7086Warner Bros.
8The Vow$112,438133%479-35$235$123,741,4199Sony / Screen Gems
9This Means War$92,472108%321-254$288$53,332,6208Fox
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$80,997--277-103$292$50,973,4308Sony / Columbia
11Casa de mi Padre$80,11242%283-156$283$5,309,0974Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Friends With Kids$79,56570%207-101$384$6,582,6245Roadside Attractions
13The Artist$58,03784%222-93$261$43,724,52720Weinstein Company
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$56,83933%195-27$291$132,572,77417Fox
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$54,52091%204-117$267$34,559,9347Lionsgate
16Chronicle$43,086113%162-36$266$63,873,73910Fox
17Silent House (2012)$41,76893%214-111$195$12,481,8515Open Road
18The Iron Lady$41,25847%236-48$175$29,563,26315Weinstein Company
19The Woman in Black$40,374124%159-20$254$54,045,97710CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$28,73275%102-48$282$209,323,49417Paramount
21Hugo$25,64154%101-73$254$73,777,32420Paramount
22Gone$22,005506%12160$182$11,618,7047Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$43,28516%400$1,082$17,831,80753Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$26,96576%61$4,494$187,3752Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$23,98021%99-37$242$75,373,56716Fox
4The Descendants$16,90756%78-40$217$82,493,47221Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$14,360561%4515$319$43,297,4309Fox
6Red Tails$9,67832%55-46$176$49,743,92212Fox
7Being Flynn$9,019134%33-7$273$504,3226Focus
8The Grey$8,623-12%67-137$129$51,515,66211Open Road
9Undefeated$7,95570%15-1$530$444,7818Weinstein Company
10Coriolanus$7,720187%171$454$616,91912Weinstein Company
11One For the Money$5,8686%49-53$120$26,394,65711Lionsgate
12W.E.$5,62061%210$268$507,39510Weinstein Company
13Albert Nobbs$4,064139%301$135$2,954,57011Roadside Attractions