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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 Sun, May. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, May. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$43,012,812-31%4,253--$10,114$174,144,5851Disney
2Pain and Gain$2,063,529-33%3,28710$628$33,830,3902Paramount
342 (2013)$1,526,247-44%3,345-60$456$78,181,0974Warner Bros.
4Oblivion (2013)$1,423,450-43%3,430-362$415$75,814,2503Universal
5The Croods$1,227,372-39%2,915-368$421$168,720,7987Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Big Wedding$968,518-43%2,6330$368$14,216,4222Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$352,875-66%1,160-450$304$228,858,9419Disney
8The Place Beyond the Pines$346,640-37%1,162-422$298$18,676,7926Focus
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$332,512-42%1,804-903$184$118,752,4106Paramount
10Olympus Has Fallen$317,386-40%1,632-702$194$95,374,5297FilmDistrict
11Scary Movie 5$303,249-55%1,857-876$163$29,609,6684Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, May. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$579,734-39%576213$1,006$5,169,6992Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$269,555-30%980-868$275$43,756,7355Universal
3Evil Dead$143,957-47%959-1227$150$53,200,0135Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$103,836-46%504-438$206$51,365,5036Lionsgate
5Jack the Giant Slayer$87,035-34%335-30$260$64,151,56510Warner Bros. / New Line
6Filly Brown$64,5356%204-55$316$2,605,0903Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Silver Linings Playbook$49,180-44%468107$105$131,703,51225Weinstein Company
8Identity Thief$48,005-50%300-125$160$133,454,40513Universal
9Snitch (2013)$40,140-33%215-37$187$42,524,31311Lionsgate / Summit
10The Sapphires$38,453-46%123-3$313$1,636,0927Weinstein Company
11Escape From Planet Earth$33,150-40%257-26$129$55,210,40212Weinstein Company
12The Host (2013)$32,646-53%290-321$113$26,143,8196Open Road
13The Call$22,243-47%200-313$111$50,934,4378Sony / TriStar
14Side Effects (2013)$17,265-40%16557$105$32,086,04113Open Road
15Safe Haven$16,829-51%169-90$100$71,210,28912Relativity Media
16Warm Bodies$15,250-44%140-50$109$66,359,95914Lionsgate / Summit
17Admission$7,945-56%113-166$70$17,783,1997Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, May. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$38,56146%20--$1,928$83,5861Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Kon-Tiki$21,371-37%1412$1,527$107,2732Weinstein Company
3Life of Pi$15,171-45%99-32$153$124,757,30924Fox
4Trance$12,200-36%86-71$142$2,219,6365Fox Searchlight
5Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$12,151-21%4--$3,038$39,6301eOne Films US
6Quartet$11,848-40%86-44$138$18,096,07717Weinstein Company
7From Up on Poppy Hill$11,344-12%39-5$291$854,0188GKIDS
8To the Arctic 3D$9,007-30%520$173$12,368,20855Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$8,421-43%82-103$103$22,525,9218Warner Bros. / New Line
10A Good Day to Die Hard$8,355-59%72-50$116$67,294,33812Fox
11The Lords of Salem$7,504-18%50-230$150$1,143,5413Anchor Bay Films
12Spring Breakers$7,483-28%43-29$174$14,000,8118A24
1321 And Over$7,287-26%82-54$89$25,650,58610Relativity Media
14Starbuck$5,529-39%281$197$3,757,0917eOne Films US
15The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$5,349-4%10-15$535$538,63210Methinx Entertainment
16Dark Skies$4,663-21%29-34$161$17,367,45711Weinstein / Dimension
17Parental Guidance$3,109-56%42-19$74$77,240,66619Fox
18Born to Be Wild 3D$2,427-70%300$81$22,570,466109Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Girl Rising$2,000251%39-33$51$1,097,6579Gathr Films
20Emperor$1,938-47%20-6$97$3,309,3039Roadside Attractions
21Camp (2013)$1,604-27%12-16$134$310,84511Freestyle Releasing
22Not Today$1,040-13%30$347$152,8354Freestyle Releasing
23Django Unchained$940-56%12-26$78$162,800,48019Weinstein Company