'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, Sep. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$3,346,360-37%2,816--$1,188$21,078,8401Lionsgate
2Lawless$2,870,566-24%2,888--$994$15,014,9951Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$2,424,799-30%3,334-21$727$68,814,0853Lionsgate
4The Odd Life of Timothy Green$2,287,554-6%2,63537$868$38,441,5663Disney
6The Bourne Legacy$2,082,115-25%3,131-523$665$98,313,1654Universal
72016: Obama's America$1,944,121--1,747--$1,113$20,722,2288Rocky Mountain Pictures
8The Dark Knight Rises$1,880,976-23%2,187-419$860$433,311,2617Warner Bros.
9The Campaign$1,499,029-35%2,941-361$510$74,783,9274Warner Bros.
10Hope Springs (2012)$1,446,826-17%2,44139$593$53,500,4304Sony / Columbia
11Premium Rush$1,181,161-22%2,2550$524$13,507,6702Sony / Columbia
12Hit and Run$675,001-33%2,8700$235$10,730,8472Open Road
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$582,1622%1,204-761$484$45,768,4885Fox
15Marvel's The Avengers$563,243-33%1,705--$330$620,323,83718Disney
16Sparkle (2012)$545,100-11%1,257-987$434$22,251,7213Sony / TriStar
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$517,213-1%1,036-514$499$156,152,6558Fox
18The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$166,1559%2,160--$77$835,6441Kenn Viselman Presents

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man$286,373-20%50183$572$259,811,2069Sony / Columbia
2Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$232,880-6%505131$461$214,772,53813Paramount / DreamWorks
3Robot & Frank$225,648--144--$1,567$1,366,2113IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4Total Recall (2012)$218,968-34%756-820$290$56,957,1195Sony / Columbia
5Celeste and Jesse Forever$205,868--586--$351$2,079,7905Sony Pictures Classics
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$170,055-16%26755$637$9,788,16110Fox Searchlight
7The Apparition$157,151-29%8100$194$4,408,2722Warner Bros.
8Ted (2012)$148,665-54%561-222$265$216,124,21510Universal
9The Intouchables$121,807-17%175-19$696$11,138,44015Weinstein Company
10Moonrise Kingdom$114,643-15%197-135$582$44,320,08115Focus
11Step Up Revolution$66,122-36%236-192$280$34,237,0306Lionsgate / Summit
12Men in Black 3$63,784-13%186--$343$178,856,55415Sony / Columbia
13Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$50,279-25%17973$281$65,304,46210Lionsgate
14The Watch$42,777-53%195-55$219$33,805,1836Fox
15Magic Mike$36,110-36%268-87$135$113,427,04010Warner Bros.
16The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$30,142-17%105-7$287$45,957,50618Fox Searchlight
17Snow White and the Huntsman$30,030-19%143-51$210$155,111,81514Universal
18The Hunger Games$17,603-13%145-44$121$407,999,25524Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sleepwalk With Me$71,213--29--$2,456$483,1062IFC Films
2The Queen of Versailles$47,708--87--$548$1,848,5287Magnolia Pictures
3Searching For Sugar Man$47,279--32--$1,477$741,2546Sony Pictures Classics
4To the Arctic 3D$47,065-29%520$905$8,278,72020Warner Bros. / IMAX
5To Rome with Love$45,634--94--$485$16,169,65011Sony Pictures Classics
6For A Good Time, Call...$42,754-17%23--$1,859$186,6891Focus
7Flying Swords of Dragon Gate$32,257--15--$2,150$127,7091Indomina Releasing
8Cosmopolis$26,704-17%652$411$632,8413Entertainment One Films
9Ruby Sparks$26,281-19%78-57$337$2,295,9686Fox Searchlight
102 Days In New York$25,380--42--$604$443,2244Magnolia Pictures
11Joker$22,089-44%74--$299$127,9541UTV Communications
12The Imposter$17,914--0----$514,4838Indomina Releasing
13Farewell, My Queen$17,617--36--$489$1,203,5228Cohen Media Group
14Red Hook Summer$16,787--41--$409$261,8934Variance Films
15Compliance$16,185--19--$852$181,7843Magnolia Pictures
16Born to Be Wild 3D$15,393-15%330$466$20,781,90874Warner Bros. / IMAX
17Little White Lies$13,297-13%12--$1,108$93,6332MPI Media
19Mugamoodi$12,074-37%21--$575$68,6771UTV Communications
20Safety Not Guaranteed$11,977-27%48-6$250$3,832,06013FilmDistrict
21The Bullet Vanishes$11,548--14--$825$54,9921China Lion Film
23Bernie$9,577--26--$368$9,168,13419Millennium Entertainment
24Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$7,919-60%49-26$162$37,473,37111Fox
25The Well-Digger's Daughter$7,023--14--$502$249,9867Kino Lorber
26Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry$5,948--18--$330$428,2206IFC Films
27Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$4,975-6%31-99$160$3,345,8184ARC Entertainment
28Beloved (2012)$4,752--6--$792$82,0513IFC Films
29Chicken With Plums$3,270--3--$1,090$103,3623Sony Pictures Classics
30A Cat In Paris$3,22745%3-3$1,076$313,28214GKIDS
31Neighboring Sounds$2,945--2--$1,473$32,2402Cinema Guild
32Oslo, August 31st$2,840--7--$406$91,18315Strand Releasing
33The Day$2,818-5%12--$235$15,6621Anchor Bay Films
34The Ambassador$2,712--4--$678$17,5391Drafthouse Films
35The Awakening (2012)$2,459--13--$189$172,1383Cohen Media Group
36Little Birds$1,777--1--$1,777$8,6911Millenium Entertainment
37360$1,747--3--$582$87,0265Magnolia Pictures
38Neil Young Journeys$1,570--11--$143$187,70510Sony Pictures Classics
39Teddy Bear$1,520--1--$1,520$16,1382Film Movement
40Monsieur Lazhar$1,038--2--$519$2,000,92045Music Box Films
41Somewhere Between$1,036--1--$1,036$15,0842Long Shot Factory
42The Good Doctor$926--2--$463$4,1061Magnolia Pictures
43Unforgivable$851--1--$851$122,28910Strand Releasing
44Take This Waltz$784--9--$87$1,207,34310Magnolia Pictures
45Kumare$590--3--$197$108,13711Kino Lorber
46Hermano$479--8--$60$28,8022Music Box Films
47Breathing$395--1--$395$1,3441Kino Lorber
48Easy Money (2012)$369-58%2-3$185$187,4458Weinstein Company
49Hysteria$280--4--$70$1,774,75716Sony Pictures Classics
50Elena (2012)$277--2--$139$212,20016Zeitgeist Films
51Where Do We Go Now?$270--2--$135$530,88717Sony Pictures Classics
52The Magic of Belle Isle$261--2--$131$100,9109Magnolia Pictures
53Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present$240--1--$240$79,08012Music Box Films
54Klown$229--2--$115$65,7786Drafthouse Films