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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 Tue, Jul. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jul. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Despicable Me 2$6,845,13021%4,0036$1,710$240,866,1352Universal
2Grown Ups 2$5,273,52111%3,491--$1,511$51,542,0361Sony / Columbia
3Pacific Rim$4,416,3409%3,275--$1,349$45,758,7731Warner Bros.
4The Heat$2,175,63523%3,128-56$696$116,310,0373Fox
5Monsters University$1,931,13127%3,142-597$615$241,220,1904Disney
6The Lone Ranger$1,657,51118%3,9040$425$74,531,3132Disney
7World War Z$1,430,81318%3,003-313$476$179,620,0724Paramount
8White House Down$922,49623%2,566-656$360$64,650,8773Sony / Columbia
9Man of Steel$712,44820%2,150-755$331$282,193,6535Warner Bros.
10This Is The End$485,18614%1,394-710$348$92,548,7495Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jul. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$511,2241%89216$573$27,148,8772Lionsgate / Summit
2Now You See Me$225,50122%850-756$265$113,722,0347Lionsgate / Summit
3Star Trek Into Darkness$110,18312%403-162$273$224,569,3849Paramount
4Epic$95,75528%352-76$272$105,042,9978Fox
5Fast & Furious 6$78,41518%392-225$200$236,678,2258Universal
6The Croods$56,37031%243-26$232$185,729,36417Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7After Earth$46,91713%238-32$197$59,472,0927Sony / Columbia
8Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$41,25827%138-32$299$3,600,5386Roadside Attractions
9The Internship$36,59416%233-146$157$43,288,9676Fox
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$32,98532%125-60$264$143,276,71110Warner Bros.
11The Hangover Part III$30,3545%265-73$115$111,710,8708Warner Bros.
12The Purge$26,9000%179-77$150$63,887,7256Universal
13Mud$18,2886%1132$162$21,106,05312Roadside Attractions
14Pain and Gain$10,9633%150-20$73$49,684,77212Paramount
1542 (2013)$10,24811%105-77$98$94,947,31814Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jul. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$131,6149%7960$1,666$2,118,9802Fox Searchlight
2Fruitvale Station$52,666-1%7--$7,524$492,3401Weinstein Company
3Unfinished Song$33,68330%9121$370$844,7474Weinstein Company
4The Bling Ring$27,83219%97-62$287$5,509,4155A24
5Escape From Planet Earth$14,84738%55-7$270$56,983,64522Weinstein Company
6Scary Movie 5$13,9536%33-10$423$31,985,03814Weinstein / Dimension
7The East$12,40918%71-31$175$2,148,9847Fox Searchlight
8The Kings of Summer$11,95522%565$213$1,228,4607CBS Films
9Kon-Tiki$4,25145%21-3$202$1,452,21012Weinstein Company
10G.I. Joe: Retaliation$2,716-3%41-22$66$122,517,57916Paramount
11Stories We Tell$2,55612%281$91$1,488,90410Roadside Attractions
12The Sapphires$1,6020%150$107$2,442,45317Weinstein Company
13Pawn Shop Chronicles$1,02659%15--$68$6,5941Anchor Bay Films
14Copperhead$74686%5-10$149$120,2913Brainstorm Media
15Revelation Road 2$242-5%5--$48$4,2201Freestyle Releasing
16Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$202-92%20$101$511,04711eOne Films US
17Not Today$48-76%1-1$48$317,41214Freestyle Releasing