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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, Jul. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Conjuring$4,224,379-6%2,903--$1,455$61,736,6281Warner Bros. / New Line
2Despicable Me 2$3,208,885-5%3,820-71$840$290,388,5853Universal
3Turbo$2,588,882-1%3,806255$680$42,442,9981Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Grown Ups 2$2,354,259-3%3,4910$674$90,163,7712Sony / Columbia
5Pacific Rim$1,770,477-7%3,28510$539$76,486,1042Warner Bros.
6Red 2$1,597,128-10%3,016--$530$25,674,3561Lionsgate / Summit
7The Heat$1,224,7650%2,689-306$455$134,394,7444Fox
8R.I.P.D.$1,211,845-8%2,852--$425$18,494,9801Universal
9Monsters University$834,8130%2,186-652$382$252,612,1885Disney
10World War Z$635,118-9%2,066-937$307$189,859,5465Paramount
11The Lone Ranger$530,212-7%2,273-1159$233$83,637,0133Disney
12White House Down$294,649-4%1,454-1112$203$69,724,7694Sony / Columbia
13Man of Steel$231,262-8%1,050-1100$220$286,058,2726Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$269,2287%304225$886$5,631,4413Fox Searchlight
2Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$169,523-6%748-144$227$30,752,9303Lionsgate / Summit
3This Is The End$146,940-9%622-772$236$95,114,2856Sony / Columbia
4Girl Most Likely$78,619-4%351--$224$1,025,1141Roadside Attractions
5Epic$68,282-4%319-17$214$105,876,5909Fox
6Now You See Me$63,741-16%333-517$191$114,693,5918Lionsgate / Summit
7Star Trek Into Darkness$55,236-5%250-153$221$225,352,74310Paramount
8The Great Gatsby (2013)$54,352-3%302177$180$143,888,40511Warner Bros.
9Fast & Furious 6$43,125-6%279-43$155$237,303,8509Universal
10The Croods$41,531-5%212-20$196$186,204,79618Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Internship$34,0440%2024$169$43,721,5977Fox
12The Purge$18,720-8%156-4$120$64,147,8707Universal
13The Hangover Part III$16,9085%202-63$84$111,950,5129Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fruitvale Station$90,1247%3427$2,651$1,682,3162Weinstein Company
2Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$24,2204%95-43$255$3,922,1447Roadside Attractions
3Unfinished Song$21,2473%88-3$241$1,152,9325Weinstein Company
4Mud$13,9156%77-36$181$21,294,44113Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$12,048-3%38-59$317$5,676,6346A24
6The Kings of Summer$6,73916%35-21$193$1,315,5008CBS Films
742 (2013)$5,11118%85-20$60$95,020,21315Warner Bros.
8Pain and Gain$4,4461%70-80$64$49,753,51713Paramount
9The East$4,1390%31-36$134$2,225,5258Fox Searchlight
10Stories We Tell$3,841-15%22-6$175$1,534,24411Roadside Attractions
11Copperhead$3,5758%3631$99$158,7334Brainstorm Media
12Kon-Tiki$2,66371%9-12$296$1,474,03313Weinstein Company
13The Sapphires$648-8%10-5$65$2,450,86718Weinstein Company
14Scary Movie 5$4014%8-25$50$32,015,78715Weinstein / Dimension
15Escape From Planet Earth$299-24%7-48$43$57,012,97723Weinstein Company
16Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$140-82%42$35$518,34212eOne Films US
17Not Today$676%10$67$318,12115Freestyle Releasing