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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 Tue, Aug. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Expendables 2$1,644,78021%3,35539$490$55,244,2992Lionsgate
2The Bourne Legacy$1,077,93016%3,654-99$295$87,531,0353Universal
3ParaNorman$1,040,63716%3,45526$301$30,200,6842Focus
4The Odd Life of Timothy Green$907,26117%2,5980$349$28,757,6262Disney
5The Campaign$903,38610%3,30247$274$66,300,4023Warner Bros.
6The Dark Knight Rises$888,2387%2,606-551$341$423,976,6186Warner Bros.
7Premium Rush$789,45125%2,255--$350$7,450,1981Sony / Columbia
8Hope Springs (2012)$783,20030%2,40241$326$46,191,6313Sony / Columbia
9Hit and Run$573,57017%2,870--$200$6,783,0571Open Road
10Sparkle (2012)$412,76623%2,2440$184$19,404,9482Sony / TriStar
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$300,6718%1,965-772$153$43,463,3884Fox
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$283,33210%1,550-724$183$154,040,1327Fox
13Total Recall (2012)$224,08711%1,576-858$142$55,600,2474Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Apparition$231,2340%810--$285$3,303,2011Warner Bros.
2Ted (2012)$121,3653%783-386$155$215,001,6209Universal
3Brave$80,457-6%452-189$178$230,254,75310Disney
4The Amazing Spider-Man$75,56412%418-180$181$258,498,9438Sony / Columbia
5Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$65,43022%374-32$175$213,808,27912Paramount / DreamWorks
6Step Up Revolution$63,28123%428-477$148$33,817,8755Lionsgate / Summit
7Beasts of the Southern Wild$62,16314%212-24$293$8,976,4589Fox Searchlight
8The Intouchables$59,40435%1940$306$10,549,85014Weinstein Company
9Moonrise Kingdom$49,4532%33250$149$43,769,69114Focus
10Magic Mike$41,66726%355100$117$113,161,3059Warner Bros.
11Ruby Sparks$21,75016%135-83$161$2,145,8925Fox Searchlight
12The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$21,13331%112-16$189$45,791,10817Fox Searchlight
13The Watch$18,9835%250-263$76$33,502,3125Fox
14Snow White and the Huntsman$16,4906%194-50$85$154,949,26513Universal
15Savages$12,2855%117-37$105$47,226,2758Universal
16The Hunger Games$10,4304%189-41$55$407,904,45423Lionsgate
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$8,991-6%130-294$69$3,315,1383ARC Entertainment
18Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$4,4305%106-93$42$65,063,2709Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$32,284-8%520$621$8,023,24219Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cosmopolis$18,409-5%6360$292$486,1032Entertainment One Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$10,14411%330$307$20,695,14273Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Prometheus$7,8071%91-10$86$126,313,39412Fox
5Safety Not Guaranteed$6,49217%540$120$3,766,78112FilmDistrict
6Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$5,8589%75-30$78$37,408,35210Fox
7Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$4,1842%66-74$63$25,318,2108Paramount
8Easy Money (2012)$1,448110%50$290$182,3437Weinstein Company
9A Cat In Paris$769231%6-1$128$303,81313GKIDS