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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 Tue, Jul. 10 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$8,631,65114%4,3180$1,999$153,210,3481Sony / Columbia
2Ted (2012)$4,753,7606%3,25617$1,460$129,080,8352Universal
3Brave$3,153,21424%3,891-75$810$179,663,5133Disney
4Magic Mike$2,802,41526%3,120190$898$77,864,3022Warner Bros.
5Savages$1,944,7207%2,628--$740$19,774,9501Universal
6Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$1,355,34716%2,730--$496$12,766,0351Paramount
7Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$1,281,84636%2,861-854$448$198,129,1435Paramount / DreamWorks
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$1,203,34915%2,1610$557$48,072,9422Lionsgate
9People Like Us$367,30046%2,0550$179$9,809,7692Disney / DreamWorks
10Marvel's The Avengers$311,77119%1,125-227$277$611,701,09710Disney
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$304,27816%1,657-1100$184$34,618,0773Fox
12Prometheus$256,53915%1,105-279$232$122,870,7695Fox
13Snow White and the Huntsman$236,16014%1,152-489$205$150,200,0856Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$528,68810%88430$598$27,788,2507Focus
2Men in Black 3$236,68824%879-238$269$173,516,8017Sony / Columbia
3The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$107,34625%359-60$299$42,185,13110Fox Searchlight
4That's My Boy$94,01332%400-630$235$36,266,4254Sony / Columbia
5Rock of Ages$81,57614%701-549$116$37,127,6244Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Hunger Games$52,48712%228-50$230$404,481,40616Lionsgate
7Dark Shadows$46,71715%303-62$154$76,948,2779Warner Bros.
8Battleship$42,33013%249-59$170$64,414,6308Universal
9What to Expect When You're Expecting$35,84317%23633$152$40,486,9298Lionsgate
10Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$30,62546%175-27$175$213,546,29019Universal
11Safety Not Guaranteed$27,92715%109-3$256$2,222,2325FilmDistrict
12The Dictator$24,3158%18656$131$59,357,4578Paramount
13Mirror Mirror$14,36841%119-47$121$64,679,83915Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 10 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$63,19127%520$1,215$5,179,42412Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Beasts of the Southern Wild$38,921-3%1915$2,048$823,0642Fox Searchlight
3The Intouchables$33,73420%60-8$562$3,157,7477Weinstein Company
4Born to Be Wild 3D$17,14239%330$519$19,868,97966Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$10,14962%76-41$134$43,929,62113Fox
6The Cabin in the Woods$7,5278%83-66$91$42,058,12413Lionsgate
7The Lucky One (2012)$6,2898%72-43$87$60,407,62812Warner Bros.
8For Greater Glory$6,115-3%39-8$157$5,426,7736ARC Entertainment
9Chernobyl Diaries$3,1838%38-107$84$18,091,7277Warner Bros.
10Crooked Arrows$1,108-73%11-2$101$1,823,4598Branded/Peck Films
11The Raven$59822%29-49$21$16,007,06811Relativity Media