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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 Fri, Jul. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jul. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$75,754,897--4,404--$17,201$75,754,8971Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$6,757,12346%3,8865$1,739$75,180,4292Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$3,447,3171%3,753-565$919$221,171,6313Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$3,246,14045%3,214-89$1,010$173,665,9554Universal
5Brave$1,936,19726%2,899-493$668$204,685,3835Disney
6Magic Mike$1,634,39021%2,606-484$627$99,309,4174Warner Bros.
7Savages$1,016,16021%2,336-299$435$37,672,3553Universal
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$713,06034%1,540-464$463$58,749,6084Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$457,077-16%1,261-1024$362$206,732,3327Paramount / DreamWorks
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$403,308-35%1,123-1609$359$21,867,5203Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jul. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$557,18550%895-29$623$34,813,6739Focus
2Dark Shadows$406,1341070%412173$986$77,817,29411Warner Bros.
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$216,656144%12948$1,680$2,308,3554Fox Searchlight
4Marvel's The Avengers$190,08810%495-252$384$614,628,10212Disney
5Snow White and the Huntsman$126,79010%409-268$310$152,288,7008Universal
6The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$118,29931%288-54$411$43,554,27912Fox Searchlight
7Rock of Ages$93,573246%32267$291$37,777,0636Warner Bros. / New Line
8Prometheus$90,864-4%312-247$291$124,893,9587Fox
9Men in Black 3$80,532-15%266-231$303$175,296,9959Sony / Columbia
10The Hunger Games$55,69623%190-22$293$405,101,17018Lionsgate
11Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$51,630-34%266-389$194$36,352,6515Fox
12Safety Not Guaranteed$42,77428%124-58$345$2,826,3037FilmDistrict
13The Pirates! Band of Misfits$37,575--189-43$199$30,647,57813Sony / Columbia
14Battleship$36,12013%172-56$210$64,906,73010Universal
15What to Expect When You're Expecting$36,07236%192-29$188$40,876,80510Lionsgate
16Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,730-3%167-1$190$213,895,23021Universal
17The Dictator$14,153-6%105-56$135$59,583,42510Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jul. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$83,75061%918$920$6,842,9059Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$66,8994%520$1,287$5,848,15914Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$25,19962%330$764$20,044,01868Warner Bros. / IMAX
4That's My Boy$23,951--84-88$285$36,883,0986Sony / Columbia
5Bol Bachchan$18,971--46-52$412$1,104,4733Fox International Pictures
6The Three Stooges$17,38528%53-19$328$44,124,25215Fox
7Mirror Mirror$9,599-20%59-32$163$64,810,29117Relativity Media
8For Greater Glory$5,821-38%33-9$176$5,541,1218ARC Entertainment
9Easy Money (2012)$3,80462%20$1,902$41,1902Weinstein Company
10A Cat In Paris$2,93846%180$163$220,7058GKIDS
1130 Beats$2,916--15--$194$2,9161Roadside Attractions
12The Obama Effect$2,258-6%21-4$108$99,0972ARC Entertainment