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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 Mon, Jun. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$5,376,525-63%3,773--$1,425$61,594,2251Universal
2Men in Black 3$2,727,859-65%4,2480$642$113,806,6222Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$2,042,375-65%3,670-248$557$554,992,7735Disney
4The Dictator$561,166-58%2,649-365$212$51,373,5303Paramount
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$545,660-56%1,29461$422$25,925,3485Fox Searchlight
6What to Expect When You're Expecting$524,071-53%2,907-114$180$31,226,1713Lionsgate
7Battleship$518,760-64%3,144-558$165$55,923,9053Universal
8Chernobyl Diaries$418,477-50%2,4330$172$14,916,6982Warner Bros.
9Dark Shadows$408,058-58%3,002-402$136$71,085,1044Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$208,749-52%1,099-322$190$398,549,68311Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$180,632-72%757--$239$2,066,2401ARC Entertainment
2Think Like a Man$67,244-60%509-277$132$89,780,4927Sony / Screen Gems
3The Pirates! Band of Misfits$63,425-67%585-299$108$28,623,8296Sony / Columbia
4Crooked Arrows$57,355-60%327260$175$1,212,6903Branded/Peck Films
5Mirror Mirror$47,860-52%357-65$134$62,959,66810Relativity Media
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$47,250-51%315-75$150$211,533,11014Universal
7The Lucky One (2012)$36,393-53%404-211$90$59,005,5047Warner Bros.
8The Three Stooges$28,706-62%285-40$101$42,775,5188Fox
9Rowdy Rathore$26,881-77%120--$224$408,6651UTV Communications
10Wrath of the Titans$20,898-55%205-50$102$83,242,66610Warner Bros.
11The Five-Year Engagement$19,620-58%218-56$90$28,304,2206Universal
12Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$19,211-50%155-20$124$103,365,41917Warner Bros. / New Line
13The Cabin in the Woods$16,152-50%136-67$119$41,180,4928Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$13,868-57%17563$79$16,954,6606Lionsgate
15High School$13,088-48%200--$65$95,9201Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$118,844-57%1612$7,428$1,855,9372Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$52,816-3%500$1,056$2,833,3167Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$33,706-65%5046$674$522,2692Weinstein Company
4Piranha 3DD$21,811-57%86--$254$204,0481Weinstein Company
5Born to Be Wild 3D$16,30312%33-1$494$19,240,59961Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Bully (2012)$16,015172%88-16$182$3,405,33810Weinstein Company
7Titanic 3D$6,574-40%5210$126$57,865,9939Paramount
8Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$4,986-60%60-27$83$9,030,09313CBS Films
9The Artist$4,474-49%8767$51$44,619,82928Weinstein Company
10Sound of My Voice$4,078-52%486$85$365,6156Fox Searchlight
11The Raven$3,255-39%61-50$53$15,794,3616Relativity Media
12Girl in Progress$3,153-73%50-93$63$2,515,0414Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Friends With Kids$427-47%8-1$53$7,246,15913Roadside Attractions
14Act of Valor$231-89%19-20$12$70,011,30415Relativity Media
15Undefeated$208-67%60$35$561,26216Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$180-34%5-2$36$49,875,76920Fox
17Blue Like Jazz$10-75%1-2$10$594,9148Roadside Attractions