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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, Aug. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$6,818,467-7%4,4040$1,548$318,197,7642Warner Bros.
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,973,617-9%3,869-17$510$123,462,8593Fox
3Step Up Revolution$1,352,8020%2,567--$527$17,797,1491Lionsgate / Summit
4The Watch$1,330,470-9%3,168--$420$19,013,2031Fox
5Ted (2012)$1,018,926-4%3,129-85$326$197,937,2365Universal
6The Amazing Spider-Man$1,013,217-3%3,160-593$321$246,340,3334Sony / Columbia
7Brave$751,014-5%2,551-348$294$220,434,0406Disney
8Magic Mike$471,1160%2,075-531$227$109,514,3055Warner Bros.
9Savages$281,6905%1,414-922$199$45,120,1104Universal
10Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$163,902-1%1,111-429$148$63,410,4255Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$224,7570%853-42$263$39,539,04410Focus
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$171,132-10%808-453$212$210,264,8308Paramount / DreamWorks
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$133,487-2%20879$642$4,728,7925Fox Searchlight
4Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$106,180-7%606-517$175$24,587,0744Paramount
5The Hunger Games$95,0031%310120$306$406,267,85819Lionsgate
6Snow White and the Huntsman$82,12629%355-54$231$153,533,2469Universal
7The Intouchables$74,274-10%194103$383$8,082,66110Weinstein Company
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$61,0843%276-12$221$44,703,57113Fox Searchlight
9Dark Shadows$43,9519%222-190$198$79,519,18612Warner Bros.
10Prometheus$35,8889%229-83$157$125,659,1188Fox
11Safety Not Guaranteed$27,59411%14925$185$3,303,5538FilmDistrict
12Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$27,5063%197-69$140$36,887,2276Fox
13Rock of Ages$24,3802%302-20$81$38,384,1047Warner Bros. / New Line
14Battleship$18,09029%140-32$129$65,235,40011Universal
15What to Expect When You're Expecting$13,1617%139-53$95$41,152,20311Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$62,446-5%520$1,201$6,649,93515Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$16,409-4%330$497$20,276,49269Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ruby Sparks$15,278-5%130$1,175$242,7701Fox Searchlight
4For Greater Glory$8,2059%8956$92$5,638,5309ARC Entertainment
5Mirror Mirror$3,317-14%56-3$59$64,883,86118Relativity Media
6The Imposter$2,127-8%21$1,064$68,9873Indomina Releasing
7Easy Money (2012)$1,872-25%53$374$92,6843Weinstein Company
8A Cat In Paris$1,8312%12-6$153$263,1289GKIDS
9The Obama Effect$169-8%2--$85$110,9043ARC Entertainment