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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, Jun. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jun. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$9,492,291-5%4,004--$2,371$124,825,4481Disney
2World War Z$5,627,751-10%3,607--$1,560$93,922,2941Paramount
3Man of Steel$3,915,288-5%4,2070$931$227,840,1062Warner Bros.
4This Is The End$1,742,936-7%3,0550$571$65,981,0092Sony / Columbia
5Now You See Me$1,057,974-11%2,823-259$375$99,180,5914Lionsgate / Summit
6Fast & Furious 6$495,485-11%2,417-958$205$230,902,7705Universal
7Star Trek Into Darkness$397,016-4%1,565-766$254$218,460,8676Paramount
8The Purge$396,180-18%2,201-390$180$61,562,7203Universal
9The Internship$395,657-22%1,916-1483$207$40,280,0863Fox
10Epic$293,3034%1,994-1157$147$102,189,5255Fox
11After Earth$118,300-12%1,166-1266$101$57,924,0704Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jun. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Bling Ring$243,531-13%650645$375$3,513,3052A24
2Iron Man 3$209,010-5%924-725$226$404,032,0568Disney
3Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$100,5233%206183$488$1,617,7483Roadside Attractions
4The Croods$94,9210%324-44$293$183,952,27014Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5The Great Gatsby (2013)$94,345-4%362-813$261$141,988,6767Warner Bros.
6The Hangover Part III$80,495-10%530-1371$152$110,360,4295Warner Bros.
742 (2013)$46,2087%325-119$142$94,380,42811Warner Bros.
8The East$42,465-3%19580$218$1,385,0644Fox Searchlight
9Mud$36,453-10%213-192$171$20,364,9259Roadside Attractions
10Oblivion (2013)$22,1459%201-57$110$89,107,23510Universal
11Olympus Has Fallen$18,746-1%177-24$106$98,667,85214FilmDistrict
12G.I. Joe: Retaliation$15,43610%139-31$111$122,321,57113Paramount
13The Big Wedding$13,676-1%141-24$97$21,669,8619Lionsgate
14Scary Movie 5$13,1657%134-7$98$31,725,73511Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$9,1092%138-13$66$56,822,05919Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jun. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Kings of Summer$20,9296%652$322$840,6304CBS Films
2Kon-Tiki$8,288-2%53-17$156$1,334,6399Weinstein Company
3Stories We Tell$7,87421%33-30$239$1,357,1417Roadside Attractions
4To the Arctic 3D$7,193-17%520$138$12,888,94462Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$6,199-7%300$207$22,876,258116Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Girl Rising$6,110--16--$382$1,435,23716Gathr Films
7The Place Beyond the Pines$4,541-18%53-23$86$21,403,51913Focus
8The Sapphires$3,551-31%29-10$122$2,378,08414Weinstein Company
9Pain and Gain$3,533-17%50-20$71$49,349,1899Paramount
10Unfinished Song$3,244-19%2--$1,622$39,5671Weinstein Company
11Lost and Found in Armenia$2,11721%1-1$2,117$95,3303High Top Releasing
12Quartet$1,76018%294$61$18,390,11724Weinstein Company
13Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$714-12%8-6$89$493,4708eOne Films US
14Tiger Eyes$581125%2-4$291$26,6683Freestyle Releasing
15Wish You Were Here (2013)$496167%3-3$165$46,3473eOne Films US
16Made in Cleveland$330-1%5--$66$8,7981Striped Entertainment
17Not Today$20117%3-4$67$297,58711Freestyle Releasing
18Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire$81-40%170$5$6,6321High Top Releasing