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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. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$17,096,727-24%4,258--$4,015$60,316,7381Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$13,563,254-15%3,396--$3,994$51,050,1011Fox
3Snow White and the Huntsman$6,666,405-25%3,7774$1,765$98,537,4752Universal
4Men in Black 3$3,933,246-30%3,792-456$1,037$135,901,0943Sony / Columbia
5Marvel's The Avengers$3,365,949-26%3,129-541$1,076$572,300,4636Disney
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$938,582-32%1,2984$723$31,040,7356Fox Searchlight
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$755,960-32%2,087-820$362$35,823,5984Lionsgate
8The Dictator$679,265-20%1,651-998$411$55,281,1034Paramount
9Battleship$664,360-28%1,954-1190$340$59,820,2154Universal
10Dark Shadows$392,662-33%1,550-1452$253$73,785,8405Warner Bros.
11Chernobyl Diaries$239,152-23%1,180-1253$203$16,942,6853Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For Greater Glory$362,73615%642-115$565$3,522,5182ARC Entertainment
2The Hunger Games$322,261-25%751-348$429$400,272,53512Lionsgate
3The Lucky One (2012)$99,495-33%402-2$248$59,477,8128Warner Bros.
4Think Like a Man$95,086-28%287-222$331$90,313,4228Sony / Screen Gems
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$85,550-39%290-25$295$212,028,51015Universal
6Mirror Mirror$77,081-48%303-54$254$63,477,02711Relativity Media
721 Jump Street$73,282-28%258-72$284$137,634,84913Sony / Columbia
8The Three Stooges$67,547-37%245-40$276$43,122,9729Fox
9Crooked Arrows$67,518-24%278-49$243$1,557,8984Branded/Peck Films
10Rowdy Rathore$42,174-33%100-20$422$654,3522UTV Communications
11The Pirates! Band of Misfits$41,408-29%317-268$131$28,971,7057Sony / Columbia
12Wrath of the Titans$33,673-17%150-55$224$83,411,36111Warner Bros.
13The Five-Year Engagement$31,500-41%175-43$180$28,490,2257Universal
14Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$29,558-18%126-29$235$103,547,48318Warner Bros. / New Line
15The Cabin in the Woods$18,887-25%113-23$167$41,290,3059Lionsgate
16Safe (2012)$18,854-6%111-64$170$17,051,4687Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$456,194-28%9680$4,752$3,731,0013Focus
2The Intouchables$117,493-29%7727$1,526$1,014,6103Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$45,777-29%511$898$3,180,1658Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Safety Not Guaranteed$28,668-32%9--$3,185$97,7621FilmDistrict
5Born to Be Wild 3D$12,933-27%330$392$19,354,15162Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Girl in Progress$10,626-4%577$186$2,556,0845Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Piranha 3DD$8,694-41%78-8$111$315,3742Weinstein Company
8Lola Versus$8,618-40%4--$2,155$31,8151Fox Searchlight
9The Artist$4,065-30%36-51$113$44,650,53729Weinstein Company
10The Raven$3,209-41%34-27$94$15,817,3077Relativity Media
11Cartas a Elena$2,9667%12--$247$7,7111Freestyle Releasing
12Bully (2012)$2,789-29%31-57$90$3,463,48911Weinstein Company
13Sound of My Voice$2,620-23%24-24$109$386,4957Fox Searchlight
14High School$1,10017%4-196$275$136,0812Anchor Bay Films
15Friends With Kids$82643%5-3$165$7,250,08714Roadside Attractions