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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 Mon, Aug. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$4,725,498-58%4,242-162$1,114$358,660,5923Warner Bros.
2Total Recall (2012)$3,002,968-58%3,601--$834$28,580,7261Sony / Columbia
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,977,307-47%3,391--$583$16,600,9061Fox
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,268,645-53%3,542-327$358$133,340,5444Fox
5The Watch$972,783-53%3,1680$307$26,513,9012Fox
6Step Up Revolution$929,278-49%2,60639$357$24,653,8892Lionsgate / Summit
7Ted (2012)$816,265-53%2,767-362$295$204,396,1806Universal
8The Amazing Spider-Man$685,562-51%2,425-735$283$251,426,2105Sony / Columbia
9Brave$509,748-49%2,110-441$242$223,930,0027Disney
10Magic Mike$221,180-44%1,202-873$184$111,149,8576Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Moonrise Kingdom$167,431-56%687-166$244$40,946,55811Focus
2Savages$144,320-57%704-710$205$46,222,9655Universal
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$140,120-61%318110$441$6,023,6806Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$101,761-50%504-304$202$210,954,1039Paramount / DreamWorks
5Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$84,982-55%737-374$115$64,227,2356Lionsgate
6The Intouchables$68,701-62%1940$354$8,717,49211Weinstein Company
7The Hunger Games$66,226-48%291-19$228$406,763,45020Lionsgate
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$49,730-53%230-46$216$45,063,78514Fox Searchlight
9Snow White and the Huntsman$49,440-48%309-46$160$153,879,39510Universal
10Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$43,310-34%277-329$156$24,832,4075Paramount
11Prometheus$26,779-52%198-31$135$125,853,7219Fox
12Safety Not Guaranteed$21,026-57%121-28$174$3,485,5779FilmDistrict
13Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,991-57%165-32$115$37,033,0667Fox
14Dark Shadows$16,575-51%132-90$126$79,644,59913Warner Bros.
15Rock of Ages$9,921-47%145-157$68$38,462,2548Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$51,403-28%520$989$6,907,00416Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$45,955-61%6451$718$684,6382Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$15,061-20%330$456$20,355,01270Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Soldiers of Fortune$3,776-55%50--$76$28,7541Roadside Attractions
5For Greater Glory$2,503-60%34-55$74$5,656,66810ARC Entertainment
6Easy Money (2012)$2,303-66%61$384$116,5374Weinstein Company
7A Cat In Paris$1,726-54%142$123$275,81410GKIDS
8Mirror Mirror$814-63%39-17$21$64,891,40919Relativity Media