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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, Jul. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jul. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$40,200,432-11%4,404--$9,128$160,887,2951Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,895,196-24%3,8865$1,517$88,840,2842Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$3,185,221-25%3,753-565$849$228,611,4253Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$2,876,530-26%3,214-89$895$180,431,4254Universal
5Brave$1,799,755-21%2,899-493$621$208,774,1735Disney
6Savages$1,097,920-15%2,336-299$470$40,055,0753Universal
7Magic Mike$1,052,259-34%2,606-484$404$101,966,4594Warner Bros.
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$591,213-38%1,540-464$384$60,289,6224Lionsgate
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$388,583-23%1,261-1024$308$207,626,2017Paramount / DreamWorks
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$335,283-18%1,123-1609$299$22,612,7063Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jul. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$526,595-30%895-29$588$36,087,9599Focus
2Dark Shadows$255,357-53%412173$620$78,620,97411Warner Bros.
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$231,991-26%12948$1,798$2,855,1424Fox Searchlight
4Marvel's The Avengers$175,410-31%495-252$354$615,058,42512Disney
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$125,513-27%288-54$436$43,852,77112Fox Searchlight
6Snow White and the Huntsman$120,655-33%409-268$295$152,589,3158Universal
7Prometheus$94,790-24%312-247$304$125,113,4897Fox
8Men in Black 3$71,576-34%266-231$269$175,476,7279Sony / Columbia
9Rock of Ages$70,070-41%32267$218$37,966,4356Warner Bros. / New Line
10Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$58,092-22%266-389$218$36,485,3915Fox
11The Hunger Games$54,097-25%190-22$285$405,227,71118Lionsgate
12Safety Not Guaranteed$47,131-30%124-58$380$2,940,6897FilmDistrict
13Battleship$39,560-21%172-56$230$64,996,17510Universal
14The Pirates! Band of Misfits$34,115-19%189-43$181$30,724,02213Sony / Columbia
15What to Expect When You're Expecting$31,340-32%192-29$163$40,954,15810Lionsgate
16Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$23,380-24%167-1$140$213,949,50521Universal
17The Dictator$16,028-9%105-56$153$59,617,06810Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jul. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Intouchables$94,318-30%918$1,036$7,072,7029Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$51,848-25%520$997$5,968,74614Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Bol Bachchan$21,075-30%46-52$458$1,155,6953Fox International Pictures
4That's My Boy$17,004-45%84-88$202$36,931,0896Sony / Columbia
5Born to Be Wild 3D$13,445-41%330$407$20,080,16268Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Three Stooges$13,380-41%53-19$252$44,160,31215Fox
7For Greater Glory$8,76812%33-9$266$5,557,7248ARC Entertainment
8Mirror Mirror$7,254-40%59-32$123$64,829,63717Relativity Media
9A Cat In Paris$4,752-18%180$264$231,2818GKIDS
10Easy Money (2012)$4,499-29%20$2,250$52,0512Weinstein Company
1130 Beats$2,476-23%15--$165$8,6241Roadside Attractions
12The Obama Effect$2,273-12%21-4$108$103,9612ARC Entertainment