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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, Sep. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1End of Watch$1,268,421-63%2,730--$465$14,421,1041Open Road
2Trouble with the Curve$854,376-68%3,212--$266$13,016,4161Warner Bros.
3House at the End of the Street$611,964-73%3,083--$198$12,899,1981Relativity Media
4Dredd 3D$567,929-65%2,506--$227$6,846,4201Lionsgate
5Resident Evil: Retribution$542,746-71%3,0164$180$34,012,2762Sony / Screen Gems
6Finding Nemo 3D$457,093-83%2,9040$157$30,632,5422Disney
7Lawless$204,706-64%2,614-449$78$34,681,8404Weinstein Company
8The Possession$167,245-71%2,598-262$64$45,458,8624Lionsgate
92016: Obama's America$119,289-55%1,216--$98$32,141,89111Rocky Mountain Pictures
10ParaNorman$111,096-85%1,617-709$69$52,693,8246Focus
11The Expendables 2$107,954-71%1,820-1076$59$83,127,7596Lionsgate
12The Bourne Legacy$107,325-69%1,431-739$75$110,509,9007Universal
13The Campaign$93,420-64%1,250-752$75$85,079,6217Warner Bros.
14The Odd Life of Timothy Green$81,862-80%1,752-663$47$48,737,6906Disney
15Hope Springs (2012)$73,572-62%1,147-799$64$62,227,9557Sony / Columbia
16Last Ounce of Courage$63,502-61%1,064--$60$2,829,0372Rocky Mountain Pictures
17The Words$57,838-66%1,247-1554$46$11,058,0493CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$351,070-66%788783$446$5,798,0452Weinstein Company
2The Dark Knight Rises$103,442-67%948-633$109$443,227,45610Warner Bros.
3Arbitrage$82,592-71%24447$338$3,940,7992Roadside Attractions
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$31,812-80%420-121$76$158,593,10411Fox
5Barfi!$31,321-83%130-2$241$2,008,8492UTV Communications
6Premium Rush$25,957-68%567-772$46$19,691,0595Sony / Columbia
7Ted (2012)$23,440-62%293-118$80$217,862,34013Universal
8Moonrise Kingdom$17,188-46%120-37$143$45,178,81118Focus
9Heroine$16,613-82%114--$146$406,5141UTV Communications
10The Intouchables$15,851-65%156-24$102$12,269,03418Weinstein Company
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$14,846-85%374-217$40$47,794,1648Fox
12Hit and Run$14,226-58%291-360$49$13,620,4445Open Road
13For A Good Time, Call...$14,142-61%105-2$135$1,098,3944Focus
14Beasts of the Southern Wild$12,262-63%132-80$93$10,915,23513Fox Searchlight
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$10,550-84%240-66$44$215,907,00116Paramount / DreamWorks
16Step Up Revolution$7,762-80%182-86$43$34,967,8309Lionsgate / Summit
17The Cold Light of Day$4,140-62%155-1356$27$3,695,5343Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$18,621-67%4--$4,655$246,9801Lionsgate / Summit
2To the Arctic 3D$14,890-29%520$286$8,672,27223Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$6,558-70%85-237$77$3,061,8613Paramount
410 Years$6,381-63%4340$148$111,4942Anchor Bay Films
5My Uncle Rafael$5,897-83%14--$421$115,6451Rocky Mountain Pictures
6The Watch$5,158-62%77-61$67$34,237,8089Fox
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,424-63%47-33$94$46,267,48521Fox Searchlight
8Born to Be Wild 3D$4,090-31%330$124$20,889,64377Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Magic Mike$2,291-49%55-60$42$113,712,28313Warner Bros.
10Safety Not Guaranteed$2,146-59%40-6$54$3,960,19116FilmDistrict
11Ruby Sparks$1,986-61%43-27$46$2,480,2409Fox Searchlight
12Toys in the Attic$725-65%6--$121$49,2873Hannover House
13The Apparition$685-65%35-33$20$4,861,1725Warner Bros.
14Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$351-60%70$50$3,371,8207ARC Entertainment
15Cosmopolis$242-63%9-22$27$757,8086Entertainment One Films
16Husbands In Goa$187-84%7--$27$4,6701UTV Communications
17Branded$94-11%2-78$47$353,3213Roadside Attractions