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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, May. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Iron Man 3$11,267,610-74%4,253--$2,649$185,412,1951Disney
2Pain and Gain$649,953-69%3,28710$198$34,480,3432Paramount
3Oblivion (2013)$463,050-67%3,430-362$135$76,277,3003Universal
442 (2013)$434,140-72%3,345-60$130$78,615,2374Warner Bros.
5The Big Wedding$337,076-65%2,6330$128$14,553,4982Lionsgate
6The Croods$213,159-83%2,915-368$73$168,933,9577Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Place Beyond the Pines$141,035-59%1,162-422$121$18,817,8276Focus
8Olympus Has Fallen$116,467-63%1,632-702$71$95,490,9967FilmDistrict
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$92,683-72%1,804-903$51$118,845,0936Paramount
10Oz: The Great and Powerful$79,973-77%1,160-450$69$228,938,9149Disney
11Scary Movie 5$77,912-74%1,857-876$42$29,687,5804Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$201,463-65%576213$350$5,371,1622Roadside Attractions
2Jurassic Park 3D$88,195-67%980-868$90$43,844,9305Universal
3Evil Dead$66,267-54%959-1227$69$53,266,2805Sony / TriStar
4Tyler Perry's Temptation$39,963-62%504-438$79$51,405,4666Lionsgate
5Silver Linings Playbook$21,445-56%468107$46$131,724,95725Weinstein Company
6Jack the Giant Slayer$21,017-76%335-30$63$64,172,58210Warner Bros. / New Line
7Identity Thief$16,495-66%300-125$55$133,470,90013Universal
8The Host (2013)$15,307-53%290-321$53$26,159,1266Open Road
9Filly Brown$14,343-78%204-55$70$2,619,4333Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Sapphires$13,870-64%123-3$113$1,649,9627Weinstein Company
11Snitch (2013)$11,321-72%215-37$53$42,535,63411Lionsgate / Summit
12Side Effects (2013)$7,351-57%16557$45$32,093,39213Open Road
13Escape From Planet Earth$6,884-79%257-26$27$55,217,28612Weinstein Company
14Safe Haven$6,059-64%169-90$36$71,216,34812Relativity Media
15Warm Bodies$5,269-65%140-50$38$66,365,22814Lionsgate / Summit
16Admission$3,859-51%113-166$34$17,787,0587Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kon-Tiki$8,090-62%1412$578$115,3632Weinstein Company
2Girl Rising$7,440272%39-33$191$1,105,0979Gathr Films
3Born to Be Wild 3D$6,985188%300$233$22,577,451109Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$6,249-84%20--$312$89,8351Lionsgate / Pantelion
5To the Arctic 3D$6,144-32%520$118$12,374,35255Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Quartet$5,849-51%86-44$68$18,101,92617Weinstein Company
7Trance$5,516-55%86-71$64$2,225,1525Fox Searchlight
8Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$5,035-59%4--$1,259$44,6651eOne Films US
9Spring Breakers$4,310-42%43-29$100$14,005,1218A24
10Life of Pi$4,212-72%99-32$43$124,761,52124Fox
11Starbuck$4,108-26%281$147$3,761,1997eOne Films US
12The Lords of Salem$3,869-48%50-230$77$1,147,5103Anchor Bay Films
13From Up on Poppy Hill$3,111-73%39-5$80$857,1298GKIDS
1421 And Over$3,059-58%82-54$37$25,653,64510Relativity Media
15The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$2,893-66%82-103$35$22,528,8148Warner Bros. / New Line
16A Good Day to Die Hard$2,523-70%72-50$35$67,296,86112Fox
17Dark Skies$1,239-73%29-34$43$17,368,69611Weinstein / Dimension
18Parental Guidance$695-78%42-19$17$77,241,36119Fox
19The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$539-90%10-15$54$539,17110Methinx Entertainment
20Emperor$536-72%20-6$27$3,309,8399Roadside Attractions
21Camp (2013)$488-70%12-16$41$311,33311Freestyle Releasing
22Django Unchained$456-51%12-26$38$162,800,93619Weinstein Company
23Not Today$160-85%30$53$152,9954Freestyle Releasing