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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, Apr. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Oblivion (2013)$7,811,52050%3,7929$2,060$60,313,0052Universal
2Pain and Gain$7,342,078-2%3,277--$2,240$14,833,5241Paramount
342 (2013)$4,837,28464%3,405155$1,421$66,143,2173Warner Bros.
4The Croods$3,155,580101%3,283-152$961$161,151,2146Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Big Wedding$3,129,12021%2,633--$1,188$5,705,6931Lionsgate
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$1,680,71573%2,707-468$621$115,429,3065Paramount
7Scary Movie 5$1,609,34449%2,733-669$589$26,726,1093Weinstein / Dimension
8Olympus Has Fallen$1,287,49364%2,334-304$552$92,381,2846FilmDistrict
9The Place Beyond the Pines$1,175,21849%1,58442$742$15,490,2885Focus
10Jurassic Park 3D$1,034,88067%1,848-482$560$41,344,3404Universal
11Evil Dead$857,83935%2,186-637$392$51,360,0764Sony / TriStar
12Oz: The Great and Powerful$835,75295%1,610-435$519$225,713,5278Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$971,85653%363--$2,677$1,607,3371Roadside Attractions
2Tyler Perry's Temptation$512,04761%942-463$544$50,364,8095Lionsgate
3Filly Brown$211,62437%25971$817$2,111,1952Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Jack the Giant Slayer$190,05479%365110$521$63,609,5039Warner Bros. / New Line
5Identity Thief$174,24564%425-55$410$133,090,87512Universal
6The Host (2013)$172,29946%611-745$282$25,777,3985Open Road
7The Call$143,42946%513-464$280$50,645,4857Sony / TriStar
8Silver Linings Playbook$94,02063%361-506$260$131,377,17824Weinstein Company
9The Sapphires$86,22283%12612$684$1,369,3886Weinstein Company
10Snitch (2013)$82,46363%25291$327$42,271,80610Lionsgate / Summit
11Escape From Planet Earth$80,14181%28343$283$55,013,00711Weinstein Company
12The Lords of Salem$70,98824%280-75$254$983,6912Anchor Bay Films
13Safe Haven$59,54040%259-66$230$71,056,87811Relativity Media
14Admission$52,12839%279-206$187$17,667,9066Focus
15Trance$48,92052%157-286$312$2,087,9544Fox Searchlight
16Warm Bodies$46,00456%190-50$242$66,242,32713Lionsgate / Summit
17Life of Pi$35,03363%131-62$267$124,642,70223Fox
18Quartet$34,72049%130-46$267$17,981,09216Weinstein Company
19The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$28,44049%185-80$154$22,446,0727Warner Bros. / New Line
2021 And Over$26,46932%13686$195$25,573,4989Relativity Media
21Side Effects (2013)$21,71167%108-537$201$31,980,84512Open Road
22A Good Day to Die Hard$20,82159%122-48$171$67,221,25711Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1From Up on Poppy Hill$23,68175%44-4$538$783,1327GKIDS
2The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$20,51760%25--$821$504,2609Methinx Entertainment
3Spring Breakers$19,34511%72-50$269$13,926,5647A24
4To the Arctic 3D$17,156-39%520$330$12,285,27254Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Camp (2013)$16,264-11%28-4$581$280,18110Freestyle Releasing
6Dark Skies$12,31873%63-28$196$17,335,46310Weinstein / Dimension
7Parental Guidance$11,72193%61-29$192$77,215,49818Fox
8Kon-Tiki$9,54970%2--$4,775$15,1721Weinstein Company
9Starbuck$8,32560%27-2$308$3,720,2836eOne Films US
10Born to Be Wild 3D$7,561-33%300$252$22,526,101108Warner Bros. / IMAX
11Girl Rising$7,318294%72-98$102$1,001,6328Gathr Films
12Django Unchained$6,81139%38-39$179$162,786,47918Weinstein Company
13Emperor$3,13838%26-38$121$3,293,4378Roadside Attractions
14Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$2,25729%10$2,257$22,4942Rialto Pictures
15Not Today$1,28886%3-17$429$146,8653Freestyle Releasing
16Le Petit Soldat (2013 re-issue)$86469%1--$864$17,3828Rialto Pictures
17Settai$861115%1-1$861$86,6954UTV Motion Pictures
18Kai Po Che$358795%20$179$1,122,39110UTV Motion Pictures