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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, Jun. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snow White and the Huntsman$4,074,840-4%3,773--$1,080$75,478,6851Universal
2Men in Black 3$2,555,9392%4,2480$602$122,005,3742Sony / Columbia
3Marvel's The Avengers$1,974,1796%3,670-248$538$561,050,7255Disney
4The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$585,958-1%1,29461$453$27,773,5795Fox Searchlight
5What to Expect When You're Expecting$576,9102%2,907-114$198$33,035,3723Lionsgate
6Battleship$534,4803%3,144-558$170$57,543,8053Universal
7The Dictator$493,216-2%2,649-365$186$53,038,5403Paramount
8Dark Shadows$431,2858%3,002-402$144$72,375,6334Warner Bros.
9Chernobyl Diaries$357,319-4%2,4330$147$16,110,2612Warner Bros.
10The Hunger Games$225,68610%1,099-322$205$399,200,32211Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$171,8156%757--$227$2,594,1971ARC Entertainment
2The Pirates! Band of Misfits$75,09712%585-299$128$28,832,8946Sony / Columbia
3Think Like a Man$64,7895%509-277$127$89,979,5417Sony / Screen Gems
4Mirror Mirror$58,8989%357-65$165$63,134,10610Relativity Media
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$51,9753%315-75$165$211,690,65514Universal
6Crooked Arrows$43,7147%327260$134$1,339,8373Branded/Peck Films
7The Lucky One (2012)$39,0586%404-211$97$59,121,9007Warner Bros.
8The Three Stooges$29,648-4%285-40$104$42,867,1688Fox
9Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$24,843-20%155-20$160$103,453,52017Warner Bros. / New Line
10Rowdy Rathore$22,161-28%120--$185$511,3191UTV Communications
11Wrath of the Titans$20,8353%205-50$102$83,306,67710Warner Bros.
12The Five-Year Engagement$20,1703%218-56$93$28,368,0606Universal
13The Cabin in the Woods$14,819-3%136-67$109$41,227,6928Lionsgate
14Safe (2012)$13,447-2%17563$77$16,997,1886Lionsgate
15High School$10,583-17%200--$53$133,0951Anchor Bay Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$95,325-8%1612$5,958$2,171,3312Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$64,85013%500$1,297$3,009,0827Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$35,9333%5046$719$629,4422Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$21,448-13%33-1$650$19,304,95161Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Piranha 3DD$17,391-9%86--$202$278,4641Weinstein Company
6Bully (2012)$9,820-39%88-16$112$3,446,94710Weinstein Company
7Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$6,4401%60-27$107$9,047,98013CBS Films
8Titanic 3D$6,1554%5210$118$57,884,1149Paramount
9The Artist$5,84317%8767$67$44,636,42228Weinstein Company
10Sound of My Voice$4,090-4%486$85$377,9316Fox Searchlight
11Girl in Progress$3,400-4%50-93$68$2,525,6114Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Raven$2,737-1%61-50$45$15,803,1386Relativity Media
13Act of Valor$681134%19-20$36$70,012,84715Relativity Media
14Friends With Kids$665-1%8--$83$7,248,06713Roadside Attractions
15Undefeated$3973%60$66$562,21816Weinstein Company
16Red Tails$24193%5-2$48$49,876,37720Fox