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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, May. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$3,985,712-29%4,248--$938$78,889,9991Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$2,515,041-23%3,918-331$642$529,688,9964Disney
3Battleship$851,460-22%3,70212$230$49,386,9252Universal
4The Dictator$812,022-30%3,0146$269$45,284,0902Paramount
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$753,601-8%1,233879$611$20,137,0884Fox Searchlight
6What to Expect When You're Expecting$750,343-20%3,0210$248$25,510,8412Lionsgate
7Dark Shadows$628,309-17%3,404-351$185$66,311,6253Warner Bros.
8Chernobyl Diaries$612,180-26%2,433--$252$10,789,7061Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$235,064-6%1,421-643$165$396,506,22510Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$109,066-15%786-936$139$88,923,7146Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$82,697-12%884-956$94$27,819,1485Sony / Columbia
3The Lucky One (2012)$68,249-13%615-1390$111$58,563,8086Warner Bros.
4Mirror Mirror$57,389-6%42215$136$62,474,8439Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$48,750-11%39011$125$211,089,11013Universal
6The Three Stooges$29,746-3%325-269$92$42,445,6707Fox
7The Five-Year Engagement$28,770-13%274-901$105$28,074,6155Universal
8The Cabin in the Woods$24,465-2%203-245$121$41,029,1687Lionsgate
9Wrath of the Titans$23,206-14%255-105$91$83,038,7699Warner Bros.
10Bully (2012)$17,7251%104-100$170$3,345,1749Weinstein Company
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$16,084-12%175-70$92$103,198,57716Warner Bros. / New Line
12American Reunion$9,880-21%165-125$60$56,746,4608Universal
13Girl in Progress$9,750-14%143-179$68$2,468,8663Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Safe (2012)$7,903-4%112-391$71$16,829,7085Lionsgate
15The Raven$6,674-12%111-321$60$15,764,6095Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$64,072393%87-47$736$8,966,34812CBS Films
2To the Arctic 3D$63,66519%501$1,273$2,503,9536Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Moonrise Kingdom$56,724-7%4--$14,181$803,9811Focus
4Born to Be Wild 3D$22,78625%340$670$19,129,29860Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Intouchables$9,7503%4--$2,438$156,2121Weinstein Company
6Crooked Arrows$6,708-27%6712$100$509,0922Branded/Peck Films
7Titanic 3D$4,505-11%42-28$107$57,820,1888Paramount
8Sound of My Voice$4,2801%425$102$328,7675Fox Searchlight
9A Thousand Words$3,8800%59-51$66$18,445,89312Paramount
10This Means War$2,8742%44-46$65$54,731,58515Fox
11The Artist$1,8630%20-83$93$44,583,21127Weinstein Company
12Red Tails$1,022200%74$146$49,873,30719Fox
13Undefeated$74632%6-3$124$557,82415Weinstein Company
14Act of Valor$5185%39-57$13$70,005,37214Relativity Media
15Tonight You're Mine$27411%3--$91$5,9863Roadside Attractions
16Coriolanus$230-18%4-4$58$756,96119Weinstein Company
17Blue Like Jazz$177490%3-4$59$594,7217Roadside Attractions