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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, May. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$1,342,5917%2,0150$666$63,066,0702Sony / Screen Gems
2The Five-Year Engagement$1,130,36037%2,936--$385$12,562,5051Universal
3The Lucky One (2012)$958,17740%3,17520$302$41,051,2452Warner Bros.
4The Hunger Games$864,19620%3,572-180$242$373,605,1396Lionsgate
5Safe (2012)$832,93429%2,266--$368$9,369,9771Lionsgate
6The Raven$705,62120%2,203--$320$8,582,9411Relativity Media
7The Pirates! Band of Misfits$605,20915%3,358--$180$12,268,0141Sony / Columbia
8The Cabin in the Woods$509,69324%2,639-172$193$35,704,3753Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$477,89920%1,5674$305$19,796,0822Disneynature
10American Reunion$333,55541%2,154-879$155$54,042,3154Universal
1121 Jump Street$303,62524%1,820-607$167$132,486,4477Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$276,61417%3,105-377$89$37,420,1433Fox
13Wrath of the Titans$194,03819%1,572-930$123$80,882,1685Warner Bros.
14Titanic 3D$184,73622%1,409-1106$131$56,616,7474Paramount
15Mirror Mirror$158,14410%2,017-921$78$59,171,9705Relativity Media
16Lockout$104,65622%1,259-1076$83$13,525,4203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bully (2012)$56,73828%2630$216$2,224,9495Weinstein Company
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$51,46442%335-111$154$7,865,4998CBS Films
3Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$48,56510%883-700$55$208,528,4659Universal
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$29,0414%401-43$72$101,940,38612Warner Bros. / New Line
5Act of Valor$18,99310%28556$67$69,717,79210Relativity Media
6Safe House$16,03017%229-72$70$125,885,58012Universal
7This Means War$14,15925%232-61$61$54,376,48911Fox
8A Thousand Words$11,25423%1691$67$18,091,4308Paramount
9Project X (2012)$8,1712%155-103$53$54,653,1989Warner Bros.
10Chronicle$6,55312%121-16$54$64,428,82413Fox
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$3,8716%111-24$35$132,998,20520Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$37,18712%500$744$738,5542Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$18,16232%342$534$18,528,66056Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$7,2641%67-39$108$1,096,7273Code Black Entertainment
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$6,7907%79-43$86$4,151,3057Paramount Vantage
5Blue Like Jazz$4,43917%46-80$97$559,9783Roadside Attractions
6The Artist$4,32313%50-36$86$44,219,00923Weinstein Company
7Friends With Kids$4,274115%53-30$81$7,161,2128Roadside Attractions
8Sound of My Voice$3,79611%5--$759$43,3431Fox Searchlight
9The Woman in Black$3,52838%63-27$56$54,328,36413CBS Films
10We Bought a Zoo$2,41643%52-14$46$75,590,81219Fox
11Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$2,2594%27-5$84$43,435,39812Fox
12Coriolanus$1,772-3%140$127$710,88715Weinstein Company
13Red Tails$1,76445%23-16$77$49,851,17515Fox
14Touchback$1,72116%28-41$61$186,5213Anchor Bay Films
15Casa de mi Padre$1,717-4%36-22$48$5,815,8197Lionsgate / Pantelion
16Silent House (2012)$1,16450%22-37$53$12,752,8348Open Road
17W.E.$1,136129%10-5$114$577,66013Weinstein Company
18Undefeated$1,04434%203$52$521,47611Weinstein Company
19Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$91418%39-42$23$34,878,17610Lionsgate
20Albert Nobbs$654101%161$41$3,010,25614Roadside Attractions