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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 Wed, Aug. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$2,163,690-33%3,316--$653$36,777,8341Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$1,444,905-28%3,7538$385$74,778,8402Universal
3The Campaign$1,257,872-26%3,25550$386$55,934,7492Warner Bros.
4ParaNorman$1,197,541-31%3,429--$349$18,487,8331Focus
5The Dark Knight Rises$1,196,744-20%3,157-533$379$413,861,7645Warner Bros.
6The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,060,608-30%2,59847$408$18,949,1101Disney
7Hope Springs (2012)$948,361-23%2,3610$402$38,154,4722Sony / Columbia
8Hit and Run$625,011--2,698--$232$625,0110Open Road
9Sparkle (2012)$619,949-35%2,244--$276$14,084,9291Sony / TriStar
10Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$401,571-34%2,308-1093$174$40,267,4703Fox
11Total Recall (2012)$368,070-28%2,151-1450$171$53,041,2753Sony / Columbia
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$340,027-32%1,930-917$176$151,418,6776Fox
13Ted (2012)$167,970-22%1,018-925$165$213,647,3708Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Brave$105,940-18%576-534$184$229,471,1339Disney
2The Amazing Spider-Man$97,216-28%542-853$179$257,769,6647Sony / Columbia
3Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$91,210-27%406100$225$212,994,57011Paramount / DreamWorks
4Step Up Revolution$87,092-40%905-993$96$33,114,8904Lionsgate / Summit
5Moonrise Kingdom$78,9295%282-165$280$43,192,71813Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$71,585-3%230-52$311$8,324,4848Fox Searchlight
7The Intouchables$52,418-11%1940$270$10,042,17913Weinstein Company
8Ruby Sparks$32,219-26%194-58$166$1,907,1914Fox Searchlight
9The Watch$31,865-44%395-1613$81$33,200,5404Fox
10Magic Mike$30,647-27%255-195$120$112,825,7428Warner Bros.
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$27,801-36%298-502$93$3,194,0852ARC Entertainment
12Snow White and the Huntsman$25,620-5%244-26$105$154,737,52512Universal
13The Hunger Games$19,267-11%230-30$84$407,749,78422Lionsgate
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$17,279-11%120-47$144$45,643,36216Fox Searchlight
15Savages$14,630-14%154-164$95$47,104,9557Universal
16Prometheus$11,023-8%101-40$109$126,228,43911Fox
17Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$9,551-13%140-62$68$25,271,9347Paramount
18Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$8,962-9%105-25$85$37,334,8789Fox
19Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$7,726-34%199-165$39$64,986,5988Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$40,752-2%520$784$7,779,78018Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Born to Be Wild 3D$11,825-6%330$358$20,616,45972Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Cosmopolis$6,097-12%3--$2,032$287,3971Entertainment One Films
4Safety Not Guaranteed$6,0261%54-19$112$3,699,96611FilmDistrict
5Easy Money (2012)$1,420-11%5-2$284$170,2386Weinstein Company
6A Cat In Paris$802-9%7-5$115$296,59312GKIDS