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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 Thu, Jul. 26 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$13,202,371-4%4,404--$2,998$225,011,3591Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,230,84215%3,8865$831$101,547,2142Fox
3The Amazing Spider-Man$1,580,1747%3,753-565$421$235,252,6103Sony / Columbia
4Ted (2012)$1,398,0906%3,214-89$435$186,265,6004Universal
5Brave$1,108,65819%2,899-493$382$213,024,5195Disney
6Magic Mike$762,4593%2,606-484$293$105,006,8554Warner Bros.
7Savages$501,3357%2,336-299$215$42,145,5703Universal
8Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$298,32833%1,261-1024$237$208,670,4007Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$281,9966%1,540-464$183$61,427,2974Lionsgate
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$250,65413%1,123-1609$223$23,585,8973Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$291,63412%895-29$326$37,206,4999Focus
2Marvel's The Avengers$110,15718%495-252$223$615,483,85112Disney
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$104,2194%12948$808$3,280,8904Fox Searchlight
4Dark Shadows$90,559-22%412173$220$79,063,30011Warner Bros.
5The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$73,5018%288-54$255$44,136,26412Fox Searchlight
6Snow White and the Huntsman$71,57513%409-268$175$152,867,2358Universal
7Prometheus$52,43912%312-247$168$125,317,9197Fox
8Rock of Ages$41,9152%32267$130$38,128,4866Warner Bros. / New Line
9Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$34,7615%266-389$131$36,620,5655Fox
10The Hunger Games$34,7184%190-22$183$405,363,38318Lionsgate
11Safety Not Guaranteed$24,3637%124-58$196$3,033,2677FilmDistrict
12Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$22,54517%167-1$135$214,030,50021Universal
13Battleship$21,5009%172-56$125$65,078,65010Universal
14What to Expect When You're Expecting$20,0894%192-29$105$41,032,87210Lionsgate
15The Dictator$8,63310%105-56$82$59,650,22210Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 26 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$69,8129%520$1,343$6,220,30514Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$48,7734%918$536$7,256,5689Weinstein Company
3Ruby Sparks$20,2794%13--$1,560$39,8360Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$20,2598%330$614$20,151,65668Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Three Stooges$8,448-14%53-19$159$44,195,65615Fox
6Mirror Mirror$6,84121%59-32$116$64,853,77917Relativity Media
7For Greater Glory$4,00917%33-9$121$5,572,0378ARC Entertainment
8Easy Money (2012)$1,998-5%20$999$61,6042Weinstein Company
9The Imposter$1,71626%1--$1,716$47,3912Indomina Releasing
10A Cat In Paris$1,67416%180$93$237,5218GKIDS