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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 Sun, May. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$17,792,788-7%4,248--$4,189$54,592,7791Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$12,956,164-8%3,918-331$3,307$513,371,6594Disney
3Battleship$3,868,590-6%3,70212$1,045$44,555,8152Universal
4The Dictator$3,180,042-4%3,0146$1,055$41,124,6642Paramount
5Dark Shadows$2,596,147-8%3,404-351$763$62,987,2833Warner Bros.
6What to Expect When You're Expecting$2,267,060-13%3,0210$750$22,149,1672Lionsgate
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$2,253,914-8%1,233879$1,828$16,586,6994Fox Searchlight
8Chernobyl Diaries$2,039,237-15%2,433--$838$7,955,3071Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$829,474-6%1,421-643$584$395,320,19110Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$499,739-11%786-936$636$88,337,2066Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$390,660-8%884-956$442$27,286,5925Sony / Columbia
321 Jump Street$207,625-24%364103$570$136,503,52211Sony / Columbia
4The Lucky One (2012)$182,171-14%615-1390$296$58,279,6626Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$156,738-19%42215$371$62,200,7599Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$154,050-23%39011$395$210,839,55513Universal
7The Three Stooges$111,157-16%325-269$342$42,303,9277Fox
8The Five-Year Engagement$97,270-14%274-901$355$27,949,8405Universal
9Wrath of the Titans$81,250-9%255-105$319$82,927,7569Warner Bros.
10The Cabin in the Woods$62,801-2%203-245$309$40,933,1457Lionsgate
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$59,601-14%175-70$341$103,110,61116Warner Bros. / New Line
12Girl in Progress$52,32614%143-179$366$2,405,7633Lionsgate / Pantelion
13American Reunion$31,350-41%165-125$190$56,706,7558Universal
14Safe (2012)$23,102-1%112-391$206$16,799,1285Lionsgate
15The Raven$21,494-5%111-321$194$15,735,5035Relativity Media
16Bully (2012)$11,8817%104-100$114$3,297,0259Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$172,443-3%4--$43,111$522,9961Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$80,1291%501$1,603$2,310,3466Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Crooked Arrows$48,09814%6712$718$456,8442Branded/Peck Films
4The Intouchables$37,7012%4--$9,425$103,5071Weinstein Company
5Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$30,024-11%87-47$345$8,865,97812CBS Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$19,789-6%340$582$19,069,21760Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Sound of My Voice$13,106-13%425$312$310,3815Fox Searchlight
8Titanic 3D$12,518-1%42-28$298$57,801,0228Paramount
9A Thousand Words$10,776-12%59-51$183$18,429,08112Paramount
10This Means War$7,158-35%44-46$163$54,719,74715Fox
11The Artist$4,4281%20-83$221$44,575,36927Weinstein Company
12Act of Valor$3,40524%39-57$87$70,002,49814Relativity Media
13Friends With Kids$2,48816%9-16$276$7,238,97712Roadside Attractions
14Undefeated$1,58722%6-3$265$555,16515Weinstein Company
15Red Tails$70245%74$100$49,871,44019Fox
16Tonight You're Mine$68335%3--$228$5,0863Roadside Attractions
17Coriolanus$68035%4-4$170$756,02619Weinstein Company
18Lovely Molly$345-54%2-3$173$17,9772Image Entertainment
19Blue Like Jazz$21222%3-4$71$594,4677Roadside Attractions