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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. 25 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$8,948,171-50%4,164--$2,149$75,271,7651Disney
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$3,063,686-47%3,920-343$782$160,149,7233Paramount / DreamWorks
3Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$1,901,986-57%3,108--$612$18,208,9601Fox
4Prometheus$1,340,969-56%2,862-580$469$109,793,3193Fox
5That's My Boy$1,231,077-47%3,0300$406$29,141,8712Sony / Columbia
6Snow White and the Huntsman$1,109,220-52%2,919-782$380$138,237,5704Universal
7Marvel's The Avengers$962,092-50%2,230-352$431$599,387,5348Disney
8Rock of Ages$958,219-52%3,4700$276$29,376,8402Warner Bros. / New Line
9Men in Black 3$867,472-47%2,462-673$352$164,333,1795Sony / Columbia
10Seeking a Friend for the End of the World$461,645-56%1,625--$284$4,284,4481Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$488,580-51%395217$1,237$12,102,4085Focus
2The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$223,867-53%741-443$302$38,607,8308Fox Searchlight
3The Hunger Games$97,158-47%414-179$235$403,061,69814Lionsgate
4Battleship$65,205-57%483-459$135$63,255,3106Universal
5The Dictator$63,067-42%316-803$200$58,768,1196Paramount
6Safety Not Guaranteed$61,659-56%12982$478$1,136,1923FilmDistrict
7What to Expect When You're Expecting$50,549-46%411-805$123$39,848,4966Lionsgate
8Dark Shadows$34,538-50%302-378$114$75,787,6457Warner Bros.
9Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,590-46%234-43$135$212,932,86517Universal
10For Greater Glory$31,268-70%160-220$195$5,113,2614ARC Entertainment
11Mirror Mirror$26,277-37%222-56$118$64,274,66213Relativity Media
12The Cabin in the Woods$23,149-47%196-28$118$41,800,44111Lionsgate
13Chernobyl Diaries$22,248-49%240-15$93$17,907,6805Warner Bros.
14The Lucky One (2012)$19,341-41%202-148$96$60,173,57910Warner Bros.
15The Three Stooges$17,945-49%154-47$117$43,674,83511Fox
16The Raven$10,939-48%133104$82$15,926,8829Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 25 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$65,05611%521$1,251$4,128,69710Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$40,683-61%74-3$550$2,134,1995Weinstein Company
3Born to Be Wild 3D$16,4202%330$498$19,613,01364Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$10,141-42%85-23$119$103,822,38220Warner Bros. / New Line
5Lola Versus$7,506-48%50-2$150$210,6003Fox Searchlight
6Wrath of the Titans$6,724-53%70-35$96$83,647,15013Warner Bros.
7Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap$4,714-63%16-141$295$270,8612Indomina Media
8Crooked Arrows$1,435-53%25-73$57$1,789,2446Branded/Peck Films