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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, Aug. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We're the Millers$4,710,550-31%3,260--$1,445$11,488,7830Warner Bros. / New Line
2Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$3,404,065-38%2,907--$1,171$8,857,0590Fox
3The Smurfs 2$2,175,719-6%3,8660$563$37,143,5031Sony / Columbia
42 Guns$2,011,225-8%3,025--$665$37,388,9051Universal
5The Wolverine$1,824,277-8%3,785-139$482$103,986,1702Fox
6Despicable Me 2$1,382,250-5%2,850-441$485$332,566,1955Universal
7The Conjuring$1,273,354-6%3,11593$409$114,044,9063Warner Bros. / New Line
8Grown Ups 2$804,531-8%2,852-406$282$120,140,9314Sony / Columbia
9Turbo$704,937-12%2,141-1097$329$72,769,9543Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Red 2$458,032-7%2,755-261$166$47,411,2223Lionsgate / Summit
11Pacific Rim$446,078-13%1,803-799$247$95,229,5314Warner Bros.
12The Heat$440,712-6%1,714-422$257$151,615,9456Fox
13Fruitvale Station$277,634-2%1,08622$256$12,047,6604Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way, Way Back$286,392-6%91327$314$14,820,1885Fox Searchlight
2Chennai Express$196,016--144--$1,361$196,0160UTV Motion Pictures
3Monsters University$193,520-5%620-524$312$259,487,5167Disney
4World War Z$173,045-16%912-528$190$196,803,6327Paramount
5R.I.P.D.$133,380-18%988-1623$135$31,511,1953Universal
6Star Trek Into Darkness$65,781-4%300120$219$226,513,22612Paramount
7The Lone Ranger$52,095-5%408-420$128$87,054,3125Disney
8Man of Steel$52,0363%304-197$171$287,931,6638Warner Bros.
9Epic$44,7875%245-34$183$106,824,21211Fox
10The To Do List$37,142-3%585-6$63$3,377,5302CBS Films
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$28,7764%228-43$126$144,625,73913Warner Bros.
12Fast & Furious 6$28,7659%230-37$125$238,139,65511Universal
13The Croods$27,607-1%165-22$167$186,759,91620Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Now You See Me$27,495-3%206-9$133$115,606,54010Lionsgate / Summit
15The Internship$24,3131%163-34$149$44,321,6949Fox
16Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$15,032-8%214-284$70$32,100,9675Lionsgate / Summit
17The Purge$11,895-5%132-25$90$64,473,1159Universal
18The Hangover Part III$5,324-10%103-44$52$112,166,66611Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$15,573-7%4--$3,893$268,1031A24
2Unfinished Song$11,751-9%68-14$173$1,456,0237Weinstein Company
3Mud$9,10516%621$147$21,506,02315Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$8,93441%58-13$154$4,128,8539Roadside Attractions
5Girl Most Likely$3,091-20%36-191$86$1,362,2533Roadside Attractions
6The Bling Ring$2,731-10%395$70$5,789,4788A24
7Stories We Tell$2,081-17%173$122$1,563,65413Roadside Attractions
8Un Flic (2013 re-issue)$1,869-5%1--$1,869$47,44916Rialto Pictures
9Pain and Gain$1,28510%20-15$64$49,791,47915Paramount
10Kon-Tiki$1,273-25%9-5$141$1,517,41015Weinstein Company
11Copperhead$556-7%20$278$169,5016Brainstorm Media