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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 Thu, Mar. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$10,506,875--3,719--$2,825$10,506,8750Paramount
2The Croods$5,088,79320%4,046--$1,258$62,182,0771Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$2,465,87614%3,805-107$648$186,672,4003Disney
4Olympus Has Fallen$2,323,5365%3,098--$750$40,742,6691FilmDistrict
5The Call$905,17914%2,5070$361$34,680,2162Sony / TriStar
6Admission$584,2724%2,160--$270$8,508,8781Focus
7Spring Breakers$477,9323%1,104--$433$7,300,2892A24
8The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$421,221-3%3,1600$133$19,286,6212Warner Bros. / New Line
9Jack the Giant Slayer$288,206-4%2,560-797$113$60,380,3224Warner Bros. / New Line
10Identity Thief$235,340-6%2,166-676$109$128,817,8907Universal
11Silver Linings Playbook$165,6267%1,044-558$159$127,811,63619Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$125,6266%1,279-927$98$69,423,6826Relativity Media
1321 And Over$107,5167%1,134-1290$95$24,649,3124Relativity Media
14Snitch (2013)$95,783-30%1,807-546$53$40,909,4025Lionsgate / Summit
15Escape From Planet Earth$84,4945%1,494-717$57$53,691,9796Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$80,095-3%489-157$164$122,893,86518Fox
2Quartet$71,508-9%425-263$168$16,217,39311Weinstein Company
3Stoker$42,6652%275181$155$1,299,0014Fox Searchlight
4Django Unchained$32,4723%29630$110$162,142,81313Weinstein Company
5Side Effects (2013)$31,464-4%225-177$140$31,107,5047Open Road
6Emperor$29,930-19%237-74$126$2,741,8293Roadside Attractions
7Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$28,20321%20979$135$55,037,2449Paramount
8Warm Bodies$23,479-12%299-360$79$65,123,2748Lionsgate / Summit
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$22,90124%235-70$97$302,779,92515Warner Bros. / New Line
10A Good Day to Die Hard$22,431-28%448-669$50$66,392,1096Fox
11Parental Guidance$21,16921%185-37$114$76,809,81913Fox
12Dead Man Down$20,763-26%612-1576$34$10,735,9903FilmDistrict
13Argo$19,559-4%185-355$106$135,588,70924Warner Bros.
14InAPPropriate Comedy$15,8857%275--$58$228,0041Freestyle Releasing
15The Last Exorcism Part II$15,500-15%455-1120$34$15,092,1844CBS Films
16Beautiful Creatures (2013)$14,94530%18863$79$19,357,6186Warner Bros.
17Rise of The Guardians$14,8199%162-51$91$103,230,39418Paramount / DreamWorks
18Dark Skies$13,2716%205-498$65$17,074,1145Weinstein / Dimension
19Mama$12,98533%130-74$100$71,514,41510Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$12,9255%129-112$100$148,720,92513Universal
21The Impossible$9,4865%12318$77$18,773,45114Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$38,470141%188$2,137$514,9803Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$20,4779%520$394$11,853,57549Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Born to Be Wild 3D$18,47747%300$616$22,317,922103Warner Bros. / IMAX
4From Up on Poppy Hill$9,79223%64$1,632$164,6952GKIDS
5The Sapphires$4,5108%4--$1,128$54,5891Weinstein Company
6Camp (2013)$4,049115%172$238$100,5595Freestyle Releasing
7The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$3,416-5%28-17$122$360,4604Methinx Entertainment
8Bless Me, Ultima$3,0984%21-24$148$1,525,2485Arenas Entertainment
9Parker$2,68233%55-37$49$17,596,7449FilmDistrict
10Gangster Squad$2,6233%500$52$45,977,66011Warner Bros.
11Starbuck$2,43336%3--$811$3,477,8581eOne Films US
12Hyde Park on Hudson$2,426-2%20-11$121$6,376,14516Focus
13Kai Po Che$1,060-5%18-24$59$1,109,7285UTV Motion Pictures
14Rangrezz$305-35%11--$28$5,8371UTV Motion Pictures
15Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$272127%1--$272$99,02825Roadside Attractions