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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 Sat, Sep. 8 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Possession$4,423,64153%2,83418$1,561$31,158,3962Lionsgate
2Lawless$2,669,93449%3,138250$851$21,985,7972Weinstein Company
3The Expendables 2$2,309,36273%3,260-74$708$74,314,8974Lionsgate
4ParaNorman$2,095,764147%2,856-229$734$44,201,7424Focus
5The Words$2,090,36032%2,801--$746$3,673,2031CBS Films
6The Bourne Legacy$1,937,05571%2,766-365$700$102,729,3205Universal
7The Odd Life of Timothy Green$1,827,370109%2,71782$673$42,058,7314Disney
8The Campaign$1,623,28262%2,542-399$639$78,569,7995Warner Bros.
9The Dark Knight Rises$1,571,14982%1,987-200$791$436,998,7618Warner Bros.
102016: Obama's America$1,345,17227%2,017--$667$25,213,2959Rocky Mountain Pictures
11Hope Springs (2012)$1,317,33658%2,437-4$541$56,873,0045Sony / Columbia
12Premium Rush$1,084,57368%2,182-73$497$16,161,9163Sony / Columbia
13The Cold Light of Day$768,22021%1,511--$508$1,402,3401Lionsgate / Summit
14Hit and Run$495,00157%1,810-1060$273$12,236,6273Open Road
15Marvel's The Avengers$405,84387%1,209-496$336$621,251,52019Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$740,32468%267--$2,773$1,180,4601Paramount
2Ice Age: Continental Drift$445,601219%763-273$584$156,924,6709Fox
3Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$434,514200%931-273$467$46,503,7356Fox
4Sparkle (2012)$383,60584%873-384$439$23,185,9084Sony / TriStar
5Brave$365,111163%959-749$381$233,181,58812Disney
6The Amazing Spider-Man$267,93685%416-85$644$260,418,50510Sony / Columbia
7Ted (2012)$265,22563%515-46$515$216,737,03511Universal
8Total Recall (2012)$221,26970%502-254$441$57,511,7446Sony / Columbia
9Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$191,179142%345-160$554$215,129,46714Paramount / DreamWorks
10Beasts of the Southern Wild$169,71179%2692$631$10,177,70311Fox Searchlight
11The Intouchables$152,873108%19419$788$11,479,22616Weinstein Company
12Moonrise Kingdom$110,11074%2003$551$44,583,43616Focus
13Step Up Revolution$94,941105%198-38$480$34,434,8027Lionsgate / Summit
14Branded$88,610-5%307--$289$181,6101Roadside Attractions
15The Apparition$83,59267%276-534$303$4,699,1173Warner Bros.
16Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$70,22990%167-12$421$65,446,74311Lionsgate
17The Watch$67,24456%135-60$498$33,960,0247Fox
18Men in Black 3$61,57596%173-13$356$178,985,07816Sony / Columbia
19Magic Mike$41,12732%202-66$204$113,558,04811Warner Bros.
20The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$39,01768%1149$342$46,062,90119Fox Searchlight
21The Oogieloves in The BIG Balloon Adventure$17,90262%281-1879$64$1,014,1302Kenn Viselman Presents

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 8 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1For A Good Time, Call...$88,91628%5633$1,588$392,4712Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$39,548174%520$761$8,370,32121Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Ruby Sparks$25,93570%76-2$341$2,359,4107Fox Searchlight
4Cosmopolis$17,74623%45-20$394$691,5344Entertainment One Films
5Safety Not Guaranteed$14,86244%546$275$3,866,66914FilmDistrict
6Prometheus$13,13767%48-7$274$126,421,69614Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$9,61833%330$291$20,808,73375Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$8,38675%39-10$215$37,493,45612Fox
9Joker$7,88153%43-31$183$158,3772UTV Communications
10Mugamoodi$6,63359%17-4$390$87,7792UTV Communications
11Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$4,60154%22-9$209$3,358,5915ARC Entertainment
12A Cat In Paris$2,143266%52$429$317,72915GKIDS
13Easy Money (2012)$320156%20$160$188,7129Weinstein Company