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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 Thu, May. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, May. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fast & Furious 6$4,993,170-14%3,658--$1,365$135,839,5251Universal
2The Hangover Part III$2,707,051-15%3,5550$761$72,155,6541Warner Bros.
3Star Trek Into Darkness$2,562,579-7%3,90739$656$164,756,4862Paramount
4Epic$1,805,556-1%3,882--$465$48,761,1811Fox
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$1,223,317-11%3,090-460$396$121,990,8923Warner Bros.
6Iron Man 3$1,162,570-7%3,424-781$340$376,745,2854Disney
7The Croods$90,0488%1,008-722$89$179,923,06110Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pain and Gain$46,267-31%1,003-1426$46$48,894,7535Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, May. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$151,820-16%712-248$213$15,659,7915Roadside Attractions
242 (2013)$91,194-7%915-1465$100$91,819,4547Warner Bros.
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$66,6359%401-32$166$232,613,19512Disney
4Oblivion (2013)$48,725-10%572-966$85$87,672,9656Universal
5G.I. Joe: Retaliation$37,4127%346-63$108$121,311,7629Paramount
6Escape From Planet Earth$31,35714%346-347$91$56,127,10415Weinstein Company
7Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$20,301-25%485-1556$42$8,972,8643Lionsgate
8The Big Wedding$16,804-32%265-1178$63$21,211,1945Lionsgate
9The Place Beyond the Pines$16,102-1%128-144$126$21,050,9899Focus
10Olympus Has Fallen$15,186-7%209-257$73$97,776,67210FilmDistrict
11Identity Thief$13,09016%187-54$70$134,326,17516Universal
12Jack the Giant Slayer$11,64110%185-65$63$65,039,49813Warner Bros. / New Line
13Tyler Perry's Temptation$6,539-3%131-19$50$51,975,3549Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$4,248-21%171-337$25$31,393,7707Weinstein / Dimension

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, May. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Girl Rising$21,7205%6326$345$1,340,22712Gathr Films
2Kon-Tiki$15,411-1%643$241$756,6255Weinstein Company
3Stories We Tell$11,5660%263$445$786,9793Roadside Attractions
4Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$8,8095%3713$238$344,5514eOne Films US
5The Sapphires$7,8253%61-41$128$2,152,37810Weinstein Company
6To the Arctic 3D$7,399-44%520$142$12,659,91458Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Filly Brown$5,701-1%29-10$197$2,850,3576Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Spring Breakers$4,652-7%7059$66$14,102,10111A24
9Born to Be Wild 3D$4,427-9%300$148$22,709,864112Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Snitch (2013)$3,8730%93-60$42$42,930,46214Lionsgate / Summit
11The Host (2013)$3,5002%59-172$59$26,627,2019Open Road
12We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$2,99722%4--$749$42,8111Focus World
13Quartet$2,606-21%30-12$87$18,251,97920Weinstein Company
14From Up on Poppy Hill$2,57414%24-12$107$972,56911GKIDS
15A Pig Across Paris (2013 re-issue)$2,11339%1--$2,113$16,9461Rialto Pictures
16Silver Linings Playbook$1,97110%35-96$56$132,080,77828Weinstein Company
17Life of Pi$1,33227%26-25$51$124,892,17427Fox
18Admission$1,2151%26-102$47$17,998,60810Focus
19Emperor$1,075-11%81$134$3,338,04512Roadside Attractions
20The Painting (2013)$9523%65$159$20,6853GKIDS
21Not Today$80410%5-1$161$199,0727Freestyle Releasing
22Safe Haven$657-4%36-54$18$71,349,12015Relativity Media