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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, Apr. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$5,005,449-21%4,06519$1,231$93,893,3942Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,547,019-53%3,719--$1,223$55,555,7081Paramount
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$2,213,795-48%2,047--$1,081$23,855,4741Lionsgate
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,854,673-37%3,324-481$558$200,229,3894Disney
5Olympus Has Fallen$1,681,213-54%3,1068$541$56,571,2982FilmDistrict
6The Host (2013)$1,201,011-32%3,202--$375$11,801,1231Open Road
7The Call$653,968-48%2,439-68$268$40,259,8593Sony / TriStar
8Spring Breakers$394,814-42%1,379275$286$10,469,2503A24
9Admission$385,515-50%2,1611$178$12,129,6562Focus
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$203,049-41%1,575-1585$129$20,832,6953Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack the Giant Slayer$174,248-34%1,080-1480$161$61,573,6325Warner Bros. / New Line
12Identity Thief$140,660-47%1,082-1084$130$130,056,7658Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$104,353-53%752-292$139$128,816,91620Weinstein Company
2Escape From Planet Earth$76,79826%977-517$79$54,003,8947Weinstein Company
3Life of Pi$68,275-41%340-149$201$123,389,40019Fox
4Safe Haven$64,962-21%550-729$118$69,876,3987Relativity Media
5Snitch (2013)$54,094-50%746-1061$73$41,407,9536Lionsgate / Summit
6Quartet$50,515-52%302-123$167$16,650,17912Weinstein Company
721 And Over$49,242-34%344-790$143$25,001,3315Relativity Media
8Django Unchained$26,650-39%233-63$114$162,341,33314Weinstein Company
9Stoker$21,532-51%194-81$111$1,495,3545Fox Searchlight
10A Good Day to Die Hard$21,484-43%209-239$103$66,572,5537Fox
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$20,749-50%202-7$103$55,241,23710Paramount
12Argo$19,555-47%26075$75$135,749,69025Warner Bros.
13Emperor$19,421-49%138-99$141$2,909,7264Roadside Attractions
14Warm Bodies$18,950-24%162-137$117$65,265,5479Lionsgate / Summit
15Rise of The Guardians$16,0497%134-28$120$103,311,88619Paramount / DreamWorks
16Parental Guidance$15,896-1%140-45$114$76,914,38414Fox
17Side Effects (2013)$13,086-62%102-123$128$31,247,6618Open Road
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$11,453-30%145-90$79$302,860,94616Warner Bros. / New Line
19Mama$11,070-36%123-7$90$71,599,29011Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$9,265-32%109-20$85$148,784,72514Universal
21The Last Exorcism Part II$7,917-41%102-353$78$15,160,7965CBS Films
22Dark Skies$7,321-26%101-104$72$17,138,0696Weinstein / Dimension
23Beautiful Creatures (2013)$6,660-29%115-73$58$19,405,0057Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$30,865-61%4--$7,716$310,3221Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$17,5448%520$337$11,934,61950Warner Bros. / IMAX
3From Up on Poppy Hill$15,992-51%2519$640$299,4413GKIDS
4Himmatwala$13,238-76%99--$134$211,0081UTV Motion Pictures
5Girl Rising$10,199187%3936$262$528,7294Gathr Films
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,522-17%300$251$22,369,068104Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Impossible$7,375-34%86-37$86$18,826,33715Lionsgate / Summit
8The Sapphires$6,673-67%128$556$132,8912Weinstein Company
9Starbuck$3,945-72%1714$232$3,531,2842eOne Films US
10Dead Man Down$3,559-48%75-537$47$10,768,1724FilmDistrict
11Bless Me, Ultima$1,726-45%11-10$157$1,538,2456Arenas Entertainment
12Parker$1,453-56%36-19$40$17,611,43510FilmDistrict
13Gangster Squad$1,304-72%500$26$45,998,02212Warner Bros.
14The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$99856%7-21$143$364,8355Methinx Entertainment
15Kai Po Che$419-71%5-13$84$1,116,7136UTV Motion Pictures
16Camp (2013)$414-17%6-11$69$104,7256Freestyle Releasing