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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. 17 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$10,675,972-20%4,2635$2,504$119,006,0062Paramount / DreamWorks
2Prometheus$7,163,388-8%3,44246$2,081$89,370,3012Fox
3That's My Boy$4,200,939-11%3,030--$1,386$13,453,7141Sony / Columbia
4Snow White and the Huntsman$3,904,555-26%3,701-76$1,055$122,062,6703Universal
5Rock of Ages$3,674,410-33%3,470--$1,059$14,437,2691Warner Bros. / New Line
6Men in Black 3$3,503,220-8%3,135-657$1,117$152,726,5584Sony / Columbia
7Marvel's The Avengers$3,406,3273%2,582-547$1,319$586,794,3717Disney
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$693,212-28%1,184-114$585$35,216,7137Fox Searchlight
9The Dictator$309,244-32%1,119-532$276$57,677,7175Paramount
10What to Expect When You're Expecting$271,529-47%1,216-871$223$38,639,3825Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$704,374-24%17882$3,957$6,839,4624Focus
2Battleship$433,320-10%942-1012$460$62,151,8205Universal
3The Hunger Games$266,935-21%593-158$450$401,766,45213Lionsgate
4For Greater Glory$232,06624%380-262$611$4,542,5583ARC Entertainment
5Dark Shadows$179,751-29%680-870$264$75,156,0166Warner Bros.
6Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$69,250-33%277-13$250$212,490,25016Universal
7The Three Stooges$61,980-22%201-44$308$43,442,67710Fox
8Mirror Mirror$61,526-35%278-25$221$63,915,26412Relativity Media
921 Jump Street$54,249-30%220-38$247$137,982,55014Sony / Columbia
10The Cabin in the Woods$53,075-21%224111$237$41,507,32710Lionsgate
11The Lucky One (2012)$52,571-36%350-52$150$59,890,5749Warner Bros.
12Think Like a Man$50,687-41%208-79$244$90,677,9649Sony / Screen Gems
13Chernobyl Diaries$46,100-38%255-925$181$17,637,7064Warner Bros.
14Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$41,696-25%157--$266$150,3371Indomina Media
15The Pirates! Band of Misfits$30,896-11%149-168$207$29,140,9538Sony / Columbia
16Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$26,320-2%108-18$244$103,692,73519Warner Bros. / New Line
17Wrath of the Titans$26,169-11%105-45$249$83,550,28412Warner Bros.
18The Five-Year Engagement$21,050-49%168-7$125$28,644,7708Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 17 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$110,446-29%770$1,434$1,552,6454Weinstein Company
2Safety Not Guaranteed$92,516-25%4738$1,968$439,9992FilmDistrict
3To the Arctic 3D$56,543-13%510$1,109$3,611,2779Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Crooked Arrows$19,813-1%97-181$204$1,731,0145Branded/Peck Films
5Lola Versus$18,726-25%5248$360$107,9912Fox Searchlight
6Born to Be Wild 3D$16,698-12%330$506$19,480,18363Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Safe (2012)$11,535-21%76-35$152$17,120,0198Lionsgate
8Rowdy Rathore$11,533-30%32-68$360$744,1643UTV Communications
9Girl in Progress$5,594-28%41-16$136$2,594,8786Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Raven$3,299-30%29-5$114$15,839,9928Relativity Media
11The Artist$2,286-19%21-15$109$44,667,09530Weinstein Company
12Sound of My Voice$1,442-51%13-11$111$398,7298Fox Searchlight
13Piranha 3DD$1,210-93%11-67$110$370,9043Weinstein Company
14Bully (2012)$853-19%14-17$61$3,483,79512Weinstein Company