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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 Mon, Aug. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$2,994,750-58%3,025--$990$30,053,8801Universal
2The Wolverine$2,703,138-57%3,9240$689$97,341,8782Fox
3The Smurfs 2$2,454,003-50%3,866--$635$29,563,2631Sony / Columbia
4The Conjuring$1,717,163-52%3,11593$551$109,674,0703Warner Bros. / New Line
5Despicable Me 2$1,555,395-46%3,207-269$485$327,966,9805Universal
6Grown Ups 2$1,102,378-49%3,075-183$358$117,297,6534Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$888,752-50%2,985-824$298$70,196,2113Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Pacific Rim$689,052-51%1,803-799$382$93,570,0964Warner Bros.
9Red 2$677,567-57%2,755-261$246$45,737,0003Lionsgate / Summit
10The Heat$610,016-51%2,074-310$294$150,074,9736Fox
11R.I.P.D.$366,145-48%1,703-1147$215$30,848,2403Universal
12The Way, Way Back$325,516-54%1,001115$325$13,878,1695Fox Searchlight
13Fruitvale Station$307,886-59%1,08622$284$11,160,3424Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1World War Z$276,182-50%912-528$303$196,158,3757Paramount
2Monsters University$248,500-42%879-591$283$258,813,7387Disney
3The To Do List$111,454-41%585-6$191$3,206,4192CBS Films
4The Lone Ranger$89,295-52%553-714$161$86,854,6475Disney
5Star Trek Into Darkness$78,245-46%300120$261$226,300,62512Paramount
6Man of Steel$75,106-46%304-197$247$287,756,5038Warner Bros.
7Epic$38,402-41%255-34$151$106,687,23511Fox
8Now You See Me$36,292-68%206-9$176$115,512,29710Lionsgate / Summit
9Fast & Furious 6$32,200-56%230-37$140$238,052,19011Universal
10Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$31,949-52%214-284$149$32,041,4955Lionsgate / Summit
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$28,282-46%228-43$124$144,540,49713Warner Bros.
12The Internship$25,091-62%172-25$146$44,246,7579Fox
13The Croods$23,857-41%162-32$147$186,674,99020Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14The Purge$12,540-55%132-25$95$64,436,1909Universal
15The Hangover Part III$6,225-88%103-44$60$112,149,08511Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$19,336-67%4--$4,834$216,7521A24
2Unfinished Song$11,899-51%68-14$175$1,418,6017Weinstein Company
3Mud$7,673-55%62-11$124$21,479,72015Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$6,915-59%58-19$119$4,105,9809Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$4,921-22%395$126$5,778,2758A24
6Girl Most Likely$4,074-59%36-191$113$1,350,6773Roadside Attractions
7Stories We Tell$1,738-54%173$102$1,557,18713Roadside Attractions
8Pain and Gain$1,253-57%20-15$63$49,787,71515Paramount
9Kon-Tiki$1,031-65%9-5$115$1,512,82915Weinstein Company
10Copperhead$617-40%20$309$167,9136Brainstorm Media