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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 Thu, May. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Marvel's The Avengers$12,391,566-9%4,349--$2,849$270,019,3731Disney
2Think Like a Man$562,4231%2,010-5$280$75,616,7323Sony / Screen Gems
3The Five-Year Engagement$500,025-6%2,9415$170$21,309,4102Universal
4The Hunger Games$465,6921%2,794-778$167$382,501,6867Lionsgate
5The Lucky One (2012)$441,104-4%3,005-170$147$49,680,7413Warner Bros.
6The Pirates! Band of Misfits$305,2411%3,3580$91$19,903,5582Sony / Columbia
7The Raven$272,263-6%2,2096$123$13,344,9282Relativity Media
8Safe (2012)$270,360-2%2,2715$119$14,270,2552Lionsgate
9Chimpanzee$217,5877%1,531-36$142$23,961,9713Disneynature
10The Cabin in the Woods$187,5520%1,669-970$112$38,782,4474Lionsgate
1121 Jump Street$111,1937%1,040-780$107$134,472,4348Sony / Columbia
12The Three Stooges$90,680-8%2,174-931$42$40,075,4304Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1American Reunion$72,7000%856-1298$85$55,617,7405Universal
2Mirror Mirror$53,639-4%922-1095$58$60,394,2696Relativity Media
3Bully (2012)$50,0606%2630$190$2,729,2426Weinstein Company
4Titanic 3D$45,79019%333-1076$138$57,456,4635Paramount
5Wrath of the Titans$41,05710%715-857$57$81,775,2356Warner Bros.
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$33,9140%247-88$137$8,353,2269CBS Films
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,27510%521-362$60$209,159,69010Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$17,2814%303-98$57$102,345,20013Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lockout$15,337-8%311-948$49$13,956,6504Open Road
10Safe House$11,4451%175-54$65$126,064,64013Universal
11This Means War$9,1283%171-61$53$54,519,34912Fox
12Act of Valor$8,899-4%193-92$46$69,861,94311Relativity Media
13A Thousand Words$7,1415%140-29$51$18,214,4789Paramount
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$6,0805%143104$43$34,963,72611Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$83,545-3%27--$3,094$1,072,5161Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$54,57119%500$1,091$1,203,8373Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$26,056-2%340$766$18,723,65557Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Sound of My Voice$7,083-11%2823$253$131,1752Fox Searchlight
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,41944%75-36$59$133,041,94921Fox
6Casa de mi Padre$4,2664%6832$63$5,865,5368Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Chronicle$3,659-2%78-43$47$64,487,02714Fox
8Project X (2012)$3,4912%72-83$48$54,711,86010Warner Bros.
9Jeff Who Lives at Home$2,916-22%47-32$62$4,203,5348Paramount Vantage
10Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day$2,3668%30-37$79$1,146,6164Code Black Entertainment
11The Artist$1,924-21%41-9$47$44,250,62924Weinstein Company
12Friends With Kids$1,889-7%34-19$56$7,193,4029Roadside Attractions
13Coriolanus$1,8610%184$103$734,45716Weinstein Company
14Blue Like Jazz$1,539-15%20-26$77$583,8434Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$983-59%13-7$76$536,54412Weinstein Company
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$7320%17-10$43$43,449,19213Fox
17Touchback$464-5%12-16$39$199,1954Anchor Bay Films
18W.E.$39961%6-4$67$583,45514Weinstein Company
19Red Tails$346-38%12-11$29$49,859,98016Fox
20Albert Nobbs$14100%5-11$3$3,013,86615Roadside Attractions