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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 Wed, May. 15 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, May. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Great Gatsby (2013)$3,910,118-21%3,535--$1,106$63,315,5541Warner Bros.
2Iron Man 3$3,871,497-25%4,2530$910$298,595,0762Disney
3Pain and Gain$450,623-25%3,30316$136$43,130,8403Paramount
4Oblivion (2013)$333,775-22%2,770-660$120$83,028,1354Universal
542 (2013)$333,208-13%2,930-415$114$85,715,3515Warner Bros.
6Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$244,704-29%2,041--$120$5,506,3101Lionsgate
7The Big Wedding$206,896-28%2,298-335$90$18,965,1813Lionsgate
8The Croods$191,615-13%2,650-265$72$173,828,4138Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Scary Movie 5$41,845-27%1,007-850$42$30,759,7635Weinstein / Dimension

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, May. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$218,365-9%852276$256$9,238,7823Roadside Attractions
2The Place Beyond the Pines$79,728-21%669-493$119$20,267,4767Focus
3Olympus Has Fallen$65,344-21%836-796$78$96,841,2398FilmDistrict
4Oz: The Great and Powerful$52,017-15%774-386$67$230,433,73510Disney
5Jurassic Park 3D$48,725-21%653-327$75$44,915,9806Universal
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$42,632-26%750-1054$57$119,911,4127Paramount
7Jack the Giant Slayer$17,820-11%281-54$63$64,539,48111Warner Bros. / New Line
8Tyler Perry's Temptation$15,429-9%278-226$56$51,749,9347Lionsgate
9Identity Thief$15,210-2%279-21$55$133,759,36514Universal
10The Host (2013)$15,035-12%30111$50$26,413,6907Open Road
11Silver Linings Playbook$13,695-11%323-145$42$131,968,84526Weinstein Company
12The Sapphires$13,021-12%118-5$110$1,877,6368Weinstein Company
13Snitch (2013)$9,371-12%188-27$50$42,718,04912Lionsgate / Summit
14Admission$8,837-9%15643$57$20,267,4768Focus
15Escape From Planet Earth$7,1504%254-3$28$55,360,10313Weinstein Company
16Side Effects (2013)$4,701-7%108-57$44$32,168,29214Open Road
17Safe Haven$3,680-17%124-45$30$71,293,41413Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, May. 15 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$17,54013%6324$278$1,200,06710Gathr Films
2To the Arctic 3D$12,1071%520$233$12,475,39456Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Kon-Tiki$9,693-9%228$441$254,3433Weinstein Company
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$7,939-13%2319$345$130,2112eOne Films US
5Quartet$4,71717%59-27$80$18,170,97618Weinstein Company
6Stories We Tell$4,66417%2--$2,332$39,6031Roadside Attractions
7No One Lives$4,522-26%53--$85$64,7681Anchor Bay Films
8Born to Be Wild 3D$3,974-25%300$132$22,631,494110Warner Bros. / IMAX
9From Up on Poppy Hill$3,92947%37-2$106$906,8279GKIDS
10Filly Brown$3,853-36%92-112$42$2,741,0684Lionsgate / Pantelion
11Life of Pi$3,445-36%70-29$49$124,829,70525Fox
12Trance$3,328-26%40-46$83$2,279,4816Fox Searchlight
13Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla$2,982-24%4323$69$154,6762Lionsgate / Pantelion
14A Good Day to Die Hard$1,99112%50-22$40$67,328,88113Fox
15Spring Breakers$1,880-34%16-27$118$14,037,5929A24
1621 And Over$1,716-2%37-45$46$25,680,93411Relativity Media
17Starbuck$1,3817%9-19$153$3,781,2828eOne Films US
18Dark Skies$1,357-30%290$47$17,392,90012Weinstein / Dimension
19Emperor$97486%11-9$89$3,321,34910Roadside Attractions
20The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone$66849%6-4$111$551,07511Methinx Entertainment
21Not Today$56227%52$112$160,6345Freestyle Releasing
22The Lords of Salem$312-65%15-35$21$1,165,3244Anchor Bay Films
23The Painting (2013)$22217%1--$222$4,2071GKIDS
24Django Unchained$21551%5-7$43$162,805,17520Weinstein Company
25Camp (2013)$80-45%3-9$27$315,35112Freestyle Releasing