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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. 31 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Men in Black 3$4,114,5543%4,248--$969$83,003,5531Sony / Columbia
2Marvel's The Avengers$2,774,98410%3,918-331$708$532,463,9804Disney
3Battleship$925,9259%3,70212$250$50,312,8502Universal
4The Dictator$826,2702%3,0146$274$46,110,3602Paramount
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$782,5184%3,0210$259$26,293,3592Lionsgate
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$759,5171%1,233879$616$20,896,6054Fox Searchlight
7Dark Shadows$662,2165%3,404-351$195$66,973,8413Warner Bros.
8Chernobyl Diaries$581,408-5%2,433--$239$11,371,1141Warner Bros.
9The Hunger Games$267,52314%1,421-643$188$396,773,74810Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Think Like a Man$118,0558%786-936$150$89,041,7696Sony / Screen Gems
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$110,63434%884-956$125$27,929,7825Sony / Columbia
3The Lucky One (2012)$82,11020%615-1390$134$58,645,9186Warner Bros.
4Mirror Mirror$68,29619%42215$162$62,543,1399Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$56,55016%39011$145$211,145,66013Universal
6The Three Stooges$31,7617%325-269$98$42,477,4317Fox
7The Five-Year Engagement$30,1405%274-901$110$28,104,7555Universal
8Wrath of the Titans$26,98316%255-105$106$83,065,7529Warner Bros.
9The Cabin in the Woods$23,247-5%203-245$115$41,052,4157Lionsgate
10Bully (2012)$21,80223%104-100$210$3,366,9769Weinstein Company
11Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$20,85230%175-70$119$103,219,42916Warner Bros. / New Line
12American Reunion$12,37525%165-125$75$56,758,8358Universal
13Girl in Progress$10,5869%143-179$74$2,479,4523Lionsgate / Pantelion
14The Raven$7,33010%111-321$66$15,771,9395Relativity Media
15Safe (2012)$7,004-11%112-391$63$16,836,7125Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 31 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$60,568-5%501$1,211$2,564,5216Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moonrise Kingdom$56,231-1%4--$14,058$860,2121Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$24,8709%340$731$19,154,16860Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Crooked Arrows$13,820106%6712$206$522,9122Branded/Peck Films
5The Intouchables$10,4007%4--$2,600$166,6121Weinstein Company
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$9,875-85%87-47$114$8,976,22312CBS Films
7Titanic 3D$5,16315%42-28$123$57,825,3518Paramount
8Sound of My Voice$4,5837%425$109$333,3505Fox Searchlight
9A Thousand Words$4,2349%59-51$72$18,450,12712Paramount
10This Means War$3,15310%44-46$72$54,734,73815Fox
11The Artist$2,08112%20-83$104$44,585,29227Weinstein Company
125 Broken Cameras$1,912--1--$1,912$1,9120Kino Lorber
13Act of Valor$70837%39-57$18$70,006,08014Relativity Media
14Undefeated$682-9%6-3$114$558,50615Weinstein Company
15Tonight You're Mine$269-2%3--$90$6,2553Roadside Attractions
16Coriolanus$2342%4-4$59$757,19519Weinstein Company
17Red Tails$209-80%74$30$160,15819Fox
18Blue Like Jazz$15-92%3-4$5$594,7367Roadside Attractions