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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 Tue, Apr. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1G.I. Joe: Retaliation$4,012,941-12%3,719--$1,079$59,568,6491Paramount
2The Croods$3,866,600-23%4,06519$951$97,759,9942Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Tyler Perry's Temptation$1,831,088-17%2,047--$895$25,686,5621Lionsgate
4Olympus Has Fallen$1,652,899-2%3,1068$532$58,224,1972FilmDistrict
5Oz: The Great and Powerful$1,563,182-16%3,324-481$470$201,792,5714Disney
6The Host (2013)$1,032,869-14%3,202--$323$12,833,9921Open Road
7The Call$653,9300%2,439-68$268$40,913,7893Sony / TriStar
8Admission$436,33413%2,1611$202$12,565,9902Focus
9Spring Breakers$403,0062%1,379275$292$10,872,2573A24
10The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$178,420-12%1,575-1585$113$21,011,1153Warner Bros. / New Line
11Jack the Giant Slayer$135,463-22%1,080-1480$125$61,709,0955Warner Bros. / New Line
12Identity Thief$129,840-8%1,082-1084$120$130,186,6058Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$100,184-4%752-292$133$128,917,10020Weinstein Company
2Quartet$62,99825%302-123$209$16,713,17712Weinstein Company
3Escape From Planet Earth$61,248-20%977-517$63$54,065,1427Weinstein Company
4Life of Pi$61,118-10%340-149$180$123,450,51819Fox
5Safe Haven$59,188-9%550-729$108$69,935,5867Relativity Media
6Snitch (2013)$52,049-4%746-1061$70$41,460,0026Lionsgate / Summit
721 And Over$44,106-10%344-790$128$25,045,4375Relativity Media
8Stoker$24,71215%194-81$127$1,520,0665Fox Searchlight
9Argo$23,27419%26075$90$135,772,96425Warner Bros.
10Django Unchained$23,203-13%233-63$100$162,364,53614Weinstein Company
11A Good Day to Die Hard$21,9382%209-239$105$66,594,4917Fox
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$21,8885%202-7$108$55,263,12510Paramount
13Emperor$19,7202%138-99$143$2,929,4464Roadside Attractions
14Parental Guidance$16,4243%140-45$117$76,930,80814Fox
15Warm Bodies$16,244-14%162-137$100$65,281,7919Lionsgate / Summit
16Rise of The Guardians$16,1481%134-28$121$103,328,03419Paramount / DreamWorks
17Side Effects (2013)$13,7405%102-123$135$31,261,4018Open Road
18The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$10,252-10%145-90$71$302,871,19816Warner Bros. / New Line
19Mama$9,840-11%123-7$80$71,609,13011Universal
20Les Miserables (2012)$8,720-6%109-20$80$148,793,44514Universal
21Dark Skies$7,221-1%101-104$71$17,145,2906Weinstein / Dimension
22Beautiful Creatures (2013)$6,552-2%115-73$57$19,411,5577Warner Bros.
23The Last Exorcism Part II$5,477-31%102-353$54$15,166,2735CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$26,266-15%4--$6,567$336,5881Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$15,192-13%520$292$11,949,81150Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Himmatwala$14,0566%99--$142$225,0641UTV Motion Pictures
4From Up on Poppy Hill$13,766-14%2519$551$313,2073GKIDS
5Born to Be Wild 3D$8,41112%300$280$22,377,479104Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sapphires$7,2258%128$602$140,1162Weinstein Company
7Starbuck$7,12080%1714$419$3,538,4042eOne Films US
8The Impossible$7,115-4%86-37$83$18,833,45215Lionsgate / Summit
9Girl Rising$6,350-38%3930$163$535,0794Gathr Films
10Dead Man Down$4,01913%75-537$54$10,772,1914FilmDistrict
11Parker$1,65714%36-19$46$17,613,09210FilmDistrict
12Bless Me, Ultima$1,371-21%11-10$125$1,539,6166Arenas Entertainment
13Gangster Squad$976-25%500$20$45,998,99812Warner Bros.
14The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$970-3%7-21$139$365,8055Methinx Entertainment
15Kai Po Che$61447%5-13$123$1,117,3276UTV Motion Pictures
16Camp (2013)$4498%6-11$75$105,1746Freestyle Releasing