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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. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$19,661,750-27%3,658--$5,375$117,036,9951Universal
2Star Trek Into Darkness$9,896,297-23%3,90739$2,533$156,013,8792Paramount
3Epic$9,289,903-14%3,882--$2,393$42,820,9711Fox
4The Hangover Part III$8,591,168-32%3,555--$2,417$62,051,8291Warner Bros.
5Iron Man 3$5,368,815-19%3,424-813$1,568$372,775,9314Disney
6The Great Gatsby (2013)$3,484,035-23%3,090-460$1,128$117,754,2093Warner Bros.
7The Croods$414,328-6%1,008-1365$411$179,657,54610Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$145,104-31%1,003-1426$145$48,701,8055Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$569,633-17%712-248$800$15,124,9525Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$450,6490%915-1465$493$91,513,7667Warner Bros.
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$201,566-13%401-134$503$232,416,13012Disney
4Oblivion (2013)$168,740-44%572-1505$295$87,503,8956Universal
5The Iceman$111,565--258--$432$1,463,9034Millennium Entertainment
6G.I. Joe: Retaliation$108,607-29%346-63$314$121,196,7009Paramount
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$107,6486%485-1556$222$8,896,2763Lionsgate
8Escape From Planet Earth$81,636-13%346-347$236$56,039,40015Weinstein Company
9The Big Wedding$54,688-28%265-1178$206$21,139,3185Lionsgate
10Olympus Has Fallen$47,346-21%209-257$227$97,726,85610FilmDistrict
11The Place Beyond the Pines$41,388-23%128-189$323$20,997,1729Focus
12The Call$38,443-31%166--$232$51,595,37211Sony / TriStar
13Jack the Giant Slayer$37,139-3%185-65$201$65,006,13313Warner Bros. / New Line
14Identity Thief$31,790-51%187-54$170$134,288,82516Universal
15Tyler Perry's Temptation$18,608-13%131-19$142$51,954,5249Lionsgate
16Scary Movie 5$9,612-50%171-337$56$31,379,5107Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, May. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Frances Ha$134,436--60--$2,241$888,9122IFC Films
2Before Midnight$59,061--5--$11,812$305,9751Sony Pictures Classics
3Love Is All You Need$54,829--63--$870$477,1344Sony Pictures Classics
4Kon-Tiki$44,532-19%643$696$708,6685Weinstein Company
5What Maisie Knew$41,676--27--$1,544$301,3334Millenium Entertainment
6Renoir$39,887--75--$532$1,735,5699IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
7Stories We Tell$30,570-24%263$1,176$753,4243Roadside Attractions
8The Company You Keep$29,856--96--$311$4,780,0048Sony Pictures Classics
9Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$22,296-11%3713$603$314,1384eOne Films US
10Fill the Void$20,940--3--$6,980$80,1041Sony Pictures Classics
11The Sapphires$20,337-13%61-41$333$2,129,12410Weinstein Company
12At Any Price$19,798--81--$244$282,1305Sony Pictures Classics
13Hubble 3D$15,622--18--$868$38,394,506167Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Filly Brown$15,363-13%29-10$530$2,833,3836Lionsgate / Pantelion
15The Reluctant Fundamentalist$15,294--51--$300$456,1575IFC Films
16Snitch (2013)$10,781-17%93-60$116$42,919,09614Lionsgate / Summit
17To the Arctic 3D$7,886-55%520$152$12,629,48258Warner Bros. / IMAX
18Quartet$7,73411%30-12$258$18,242,71720Weinstein Company
19In the House$7,565--21--$360$361,8106Cohen Media Group
20The Host (2013)$7,55139%59-172$128$26,616,9999Open Road
21Spring Breakers$7,472-15%7059$107$14,088,74311A24
22We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$6,502-29%4--$1,626$34,1911Focus World
23From Up on Poppy Hill$6,2772%24-12$262$965,75411GKIDS
24The Angels' Share$5,912--23--$257$287,9217IFC Films
25Born to Be Wild 3D$5,077-4%300$169$22,695,856112Warner Bros. / IMAX
26Space Station 3D$4,427--13--$341$87,916,598580IMAX
27Silver Linings Playbook$4,161-29%35-96$119$132,075,31128Weinstein Company
28Evil Dead$4,150-37%58--$72$54,115,7828Sony / TriStar
29Admission$3,232-17%26-103$124$17,995,24410Focus
30Life of Pi$3,115-7%26-25$120$124,888,55027Fox
31The Painting (2013)$3,0502%65$508$18,1933GKIDS
32Augustine$2,926--4--$732$34,2642Music Box Films
33Free the Mind$2,870--6--$478$49,0744International Film Circuit
34No (2013)$2,657--23--$116$2,308,79115Sony Pictures Classics
35Venus and Serena$1,964--8--$246$37,5783Magnolia Pictures
36A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$1,911-37%1--$1,911$11,9081Rialto Pictures
37Safe Haven$1,76917%36-54$49$71,346,93015Relativity Media
38Home Run$1,729--10--$173$2,844,9536IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
39To the Wonder$1,616--16--$101$549,0197Magnolia Pictures
40The Gatekeepers$1,453--10--$145$2,402,28317Sony Pictures Classics
41Lore$1,440--6--$240$920,48316Music Box Films
42Something in the Air$1,406--10--$141$66,3864IFC Films
43A Green Story$1,352--4--$338$9,5151Indican Pictures
44Emperor$1,237-46%81$155$3,334,93912Roadside Attractions
45Not Today$1,202-38%5-1$240$196,0847Freestyle Releasing
46An Oversimplification of Her Beauty$1,194--4--$299$35,1255Variance Films
47Deep Sea 3D$1,165--5--$233$45,565,466378Warner Bros. / IMAX
48A Wedding Invitation$994--2--$497$4,1771CJ Entertainment
49Trance$968--11-12$88$2,310,3978Fox Searchlight
50One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das$867--3--$289$25,2093Zeitgeist Films
51Searching For Sugar Man$755--6--$126$3,673,46244Sony Pictures Classics
52Pieta$673--5--$135$13,6672Drafthouse Films
53The Silence$610--4--$153$89,78612Music Box Films
54Hava Nagila (The Movie)$581--3--$194$321,71913International Film Circuit
55Under the Sea 3D$577--13--$44$32,975,647224Warner Bros. / IMAX
56Sightseers$566--2--$283$26,3853IFC Films
57The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$476--1--$476$8,74025Indican Pictures
58No Place on Earth$453--3--$151$150,1518Magnolia Pictures
59Bert Stern: Original Mad Man$417--1--$417$31,6838First Run Features
60Post Tenebras Lux$386--1--$386$21,8184Strand Releasing
61Sound City$379--2--$190$415,31217Variance Films
62Kiss of the Damned$148--2--$74$13,1314Magnolia / Magnet
63Paradise: Love$139--3--$46$20,8395Strand Releasing
6456 Up$69--1--$69$695,64021First Run Features