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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 Wed, Apr. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,951,643-26%2,015--$969$40,974,3151Sony / Screen Gems
2The Lucky One (2012)$1,363,043-27%3,155--$432$27,198,2091Warner Bros.
3The Hunger Games$944,136-17%3,752-164$252$360,163,1555Lionsgate
4Chimpanzee$688,922-16%1,563--$441$12,936,3251Disneynature
5The Cabin in the Woods$654,133-25%2,8110$233$29,494,1102Lionsgate
6American Reunion$454,955-29%3,033-170$150$50,095,2353Universal
721 Jump Street$395,573-20%2,427-308$163$128,510,0076Sony / Columbia
8The Three Stooges$388,580-29%3,4825$112$31,314,7412Fox
9Titanic 3D$333,088-23%2,515-182$132$53,992,0383Paramount
10Wrath of the Titans$298,150-20%2,502-600$119$78,222,5364Warner Bros.
11Lockout$268,172-24%2,33527$115$12,122,7382Open Road
12Mirror Mirror$265,436-19%2,938-268$90$56,347,6654Relativity Media
13Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$94,980-20%1,583-529$60$207,477,5558Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$69,5620%263105$264$1,727,7754Weinstein Company
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$68,225-5%44611$153$7,274,1597CBS Films
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$30,263-22%444-58$68$101,337,91611Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$19,455-14%301-70$65$125,668,87511Universal
5This Means War$16,460-6%29310$56$54,159,07710Fox
6Project X (2012)$15,841-12%258113$61$54,543,2568Warner Bros.
7Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$15,614-4%1064$147$983,9292Code Black Entertainment
8Jeff Who Lives at Home$12,672-13%122-61$104$4,068,2536Paramount Vantage
9The Iron Lady$12,2761%102-44$120$29,992,37717Weinstein Company
10Act of Valor$11,799-12%229-123$52$69,509,1939Relativity Media
11Blue Like Jazz$10,386-9%126-10$82$500,3632Roadside Attractions
12Chronicle$8,484-1%137-28$62$64,332,02712Fox
13Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,426-1%135-18$33$132,936,97519Fox
14A Thousand Words$3,880-23%168-109$23$17,950,0057Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,031-1%50--$801$384,2781Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$24,95314%32-8$780$18,391,40955Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Friends With Kids$7,799-25%83-30$94$7,114,8747Roadside Attractions
4The Artist$6,614-14%86-35$77$44,174,60122Weinstein Company
5Casa de mi Padre$4,2015%58-63$72$5,787,2536Lionsgate / Pantelion
6Touchback$3,5621%6919$52$152,6512Anchor Bay Films
7The Woman in Black$3,333-10%90-32$37$54,290,08912CBS Films
8We Bought a Zoo$3,30510%66-17$50$75,557,59718Fox
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,089-23%32-1$65$43,408,77211Fox
10Silent House (2012)$2,014-52%590$34$12,735,9137Open Road
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,867-12%81-44$23$34,859,4769Lionsgate
12Red Tails$1,545-25%39-4$40$49,830,77614Fox
13W.E.$1,275-16%15-2$85$568,50912Weinstein Company
14Coriolanus$1,145-12%14-4$82$690,02614Weinstein Company
15Undefeated$90916%170$53$507,41510Weinstein Company
16Albert Nobbs$457-55%153$30$3,000,27513Roadside Attractions