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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, Apr. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,251,280-72%2,0150$621$61,723,4792Sony / Screen Gems
2The Five-Year Engagement$822,085-68%2,936--$280$11,432,1451Universal
3The Hunger Games$721,922-75%3,572-180$202$372,740,9436Lionsgate
4The Lucky One (2012)$683,349-70%3,17520$215$40,093,0682Warner Bros.
5Safe (2012)$644,504-70%2,266--$284$8,537,0431Lionsgate
6The Raven$587,678-68%2,203--$267$7,877,3201Relativity Media
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$525,071-84%3,358--$156$11,662,8051Sony / Columbia
8The Cabin in the Woods$411,362-65%2,639-172$156$35,194,6823Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$397,389-73%1,5674$254$19,318,1832Disneynature
1021 Jump Street$245,250-67%1,820-607$135$132,182,8227Sony / Columbia
11American Reunion$237,025-65%2,154-879$110$53,708,7604Universal
12The Three Stooges$235,564-83%3,105-377$76$37,143,5293Fox
13Wrath of the Titans$163,311-71%1,572-930$104$80,688,1305Warner Bros.
14Titanic 3D$151,136-72%1,409-1106$107$56,432,0114Paramount
15Mirror Mirror$143,466-77%2,017-921$71$59,013,8265Relativity Media
16Lockout$85,828-65%1,259-1076$68$13,420,7643Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$44,342-55%2630$169$2,168,2115Weinstein Company
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$44,150-82%883-700$50$208,479,9009Universal
3Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$36,189-65%335-111$108$7,814,0358CBS Films
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$27,928-81%401-43$70$101,911,34512Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$17,328-60%28556$61$69,698,79910Relativity Media
6Safe House$13,695-67%229-72$60$125,869,55012Universal
7This Means War$11,293-69%232-61$49$54,362,33011Fox
8A Thousand Words$9,175-72%1691$54$18,080,1768Paramount
9Project X (2012)$8,020-62%155-103$52$54,645,0279Warner Bros.
10Chronicle$5,849-73%121-16$48$64,422,27113Fox
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,643-76%111-24$33$132,994,33420Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$33,236-54%500$665$701,3672Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$13,786-33%342$405$18,510,49856Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$7,164-70%67-39$107$1,089,4633Code Black Entertainment
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,317-53%79-43$80$4,144,5157Paramount Vantage
5The Artist$3,829-47%50-36$77$44,214,68623Weinstein Company
6Blue Like Jazz$3,797-61%46-80$83$555,5393Roadside Attractions
7Sound of My Voice$3,413-56%5--$683$39,5471Fox Searchlight
8The Woman in Black$2,563-63%63-27$41$54,324,83613CBS Films
9Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,175-61%27-5$81$43,433,13912Fox
10Friends With Kids$1,984-69%53-30$37$7,156,9388Roadside Attractions
11Coriolanus$1,831-60%140$131$709,11515Weinstein Company
12Casa de mi Padre$1,792-76%36-22$50$5,814,1027Lionsgate / Pantelion
13We Bought a Zoo$1,686-72%52-14$32$75,588,39619Fox
14Touchback$1,485-75%28-41$53$184,8003Anchor Bay Films
15Red Tails$1,217-68%23-16$53$49,849,41115Fox
16Undefeated$778-73%203$39$520,43211Weinstein Company
17Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$776-52%39-42$20$34,877,26210Lionsgate
18Silent House (2012)$774-69%22-37$35$12,751,6708Open Road
19W.E.$495-65%10-5$50$576,52413Weinstein Company
20Albert Nobbs$326-90%161$20$3,009,60214Roadside Attractions