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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 Fri, Aug. 2 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Aug. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$9,937,125--3,025--$3,285$9,937,1251Universal
2The Wolverine$6,481,53650%3,9240$1,652$79,795,3862Fox
3The Smurfs 2$5,523,57927%3,866--$1,429$15,084,4501Sony / Columbia
4The Conjuring$4,311,37067%3,11593$1,384$99,241,1233Warner Bros. / New Line
5Despicable Me 2$3,094,75533%3,207-269$965$319,372,2205Universal
6Grown Ups 2$2,497,33257%3,075-183$812$110,747,5384Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$1,859,44122%2,985-824$623$64,938,0843Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Red 2$1,617,72950%2,755-261$587$41,120,8683Lionsgate / Summit
9The Heat$1,390,71765%2,074-310$671$146,231,7796Fox
10Pacific Rim$1,282,80830%1,803-799$711$89,673,5264Warner Bros.
11The Way, Way Back$804,14079%1,001115$803$11,626,4675Fox Searchlight
12Fruitvale Station$750,72366%1,08622$691$9,002,6274Weinstein Company
13R.I.P.D.$723,775-4%1,703-1147$425$28,796,0153Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Aug. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1World War Z$516,23776%912-528$566$194,590,1997Paramount
2Monsters University$400,3818%879-591$455$257,562,0727Disney
3The Lone Ranger$202,04927%553-714$365$86,306,7565Disney
4The To Do List$199,8386%585-6$342$2,662,7022CBS Films
5Star Trek Into Darkness$141,242298%300120$471$225,885,26912Paramount
6White House Down$138,50659%353-323$392$71,216,4596Sony / Columbia
7Man of Steel$137,86149%304-197$453$287,352,6848Warner Bros.
8Now You See Me$81,67473%206-9$396$115,249,81010Lionsgate / Summit
9This Is The End$81,39639%168-102$485$95,981,8188Sony / Columbia
10Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$77,51147%214-284$362$31,838,9545Lionsgate / Summit
11Epic$68,96715%255-34$270$106,491,54411Fox
12Fast & Furious 6$64,40046%230-37$280$237,855,53011Universal
13The Great Gatsby (2013)$55,24725%228-43$242$144,388,74813Warner Bros.
14The Internship$48,07654%172-25$280$44,095,5889Fox
15The Croods$43,77338%162-32$270$186,553,98420Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16After Earth$34,807--146-21$238$60,183,34710Sony / Columbia
17The Purge$26,38559%132-25$200$64,360,2909Universal
18The Hangover Part III$11,3564%103-44$110$112,072,74011Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Aug. 2 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$69,876--4--$17,469$69,8761A24
2Unfinished Song$24,20672%68-14$356$1,345,5137Weinstein Company
3Mud$17,29096%62-11$279$21,428,52315Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$14,70714%58-19$254$4,059,5489Roadside Attractions
5Girl Most Likely$10,537-52%36-191$293$1,318,6983Roadside Attractions
6The Bling Ring$6,55416%395$168$5,756,9158A24
7Stories We Tell$3,169266%173$186$1,545,58913Roadside Attractions
8Pain and Gain$2,398-6%20-15$120$49,780,10415Paramount
9Kon-Tiki$2,330-42%9-5$259$1,505,34515Weinstein Company
10Copperhead$1,323256%20$662$164,6476Brainstorm Media