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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, Jun. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$14,714,700-30%3,773--$3,900$56,217,7001Universal
2Men in Black 3$7,809,305-36%4,2480$1,838$111,078,7632Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$5,826,863-35%3,670-248$1,588$552,950,3985Disney
4Battleship$1,430,520-35%3,144-558$455$55,405,1453Universal
5The Dictator$1,320,684-33%2,649-365$499$50,812,3643Paramount
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$1,231,475-38%1,29461$952$25,379,6885Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$1,124,243-39%2,907-114$387$30,702,1003Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$970,883-42%3,002-402$323$70,677,0464Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$843,887-32%2,4330$347$14,498,2212Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$434,899-36%1,099-322$396$398,340,93411Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$639,418-3%757--$845$1,885,6081ARC Entertainment
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$194,915-32%585-299$333$28,560,4046Sony / Columbia
3Think Like a Man$169,627-46%509-277$333$89,713,2487Sony / Screen Gems
4Crooked Arrows$142,838-39%327260$437$1,155,3353Branded/Peck Films
5Rowdy Rathore$116,350-27%120--$970$381,7841UTV Communications
6Mirror Mirror$99,755-33%357-65$279$62,911,80810Relativity Media
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$96,075-32%315-75$305$211,485,86014Universal
821 Jump Street$94,183-42%330-34$285$137,181,72312Sony / Columbia
9The Lucky One (2012)$77,542-47%404-211$192$58,969,1117Warner Bros.
10The Three Stooges$75,189-35%285-40$264$42,746,8128Fox
11The Five-Year Engagement$46,865-42%218-56$215$28,284,6006Universal
12Wrath of the Titans$46,438-30%205-50$227$83,221,76810Warner Bros.
13Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$38,060-26%155-20$246$103,346,20817Warner Bros. / New Line
14Safe (2012)$32,263-25%17563$184$16,940,7926Lionsgate
15The Cabin in the Woods$32,049-30%136-67$236$41,164,3408Lionsgate
16High School$25,247-14%200--$126$82,7401Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$274,317-22%1612$17,145$1,737,0932Focus
2The Intouchables$94,963-36%5046$1,899$488,5632Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$54,695-31%500$1,094$2,780,5007Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Piranha 3DD$50,462-26%86--$587$182,2371Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$14,603-20%33-1$443$19,224,29661Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$12,538-45%60-27$209$9,025,10713CBS Films
7Girl in Progress$11,701-9%50-93$234$2,511,8884Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Titanic 3D$10,937-15%5210$210$57,859,4199Paramount
9The Artist$8,709-30%8767$100$44,615,35528Weinstein Company
10Sound of My Voice$8,560-24%486$178$361,5376Fox Searchlight
11Bully (2012)$5,891-30%88-16$67$3,389,32310Weinstein Company
12The Raven$5,376-33%61-50$88$15,791,1066Relativity Media
13Act of Valor$2,14974%19-20$113$70,011,07315Relativity Media
14Friends With Kids$807-33%8-1$101$7,245,73213Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$636-48%60$106$561,05416Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$273-73%5-2$55$49,875,58920Fox
17Blue Like Jazz$40-51%1-2$40$594,9048Roadside Attractions