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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. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Aug. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1We're the Millers$3,528,117-53%3,260--$1,082$41,436,2961Warner Bros. / New Line
2Elysium$3,417,121-57%3,284--$1,041$33,224,5141Sony / TriStar
3Planes$2,491,030-58%3,702--$673$24,723,3211Disney
4Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$1,862,526-53%3,031--$614$25,120,6391Fox
5The Smurfs 2$1,309,237-47%3,8671$339$47,781,2352Sony / Columbia
62 Guns$1,256,620-61%3,0283$415$49,894,6702Universal
7The Wolverine$1,006,802-57%2,867-1057$351$113,017,3763Fox
8Despicable Me 2$910,125-47%2,395-812$380$339,391,9706Universal
9The Conjuring$868,235-51%2,650-465$328$121,540,4974Warner Bros. / New Line
10Grown Ups 2$477,402-48%2,102-973$227$124,263,8985Sony / Columbia
11Turbo$350,351-51%1,771-1214$198$75,471,4254Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12The Heat$247,603-49%1,351-723$183$153,829,8227Fox
13Red 2$229,793-56%1,574-1181$146$49,581,4384Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Aug. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pacific Rim$227,167-51%980-823$232$97,006,9245Warner Bros.
2The Way, Way Back$193,026-48%780-221$247$16,504,6476Fox Searchlight
3Chennai Express$171,140-73%196--$873$2,587,6531UTV Motion Pictures
4Fruitvale Station$170,711-58%828-258$206$13,624,6465Weinstein Company
5Monsters University$124,730-36%405-474$308$260,295,9058Disney
6Man of Steel$111,836-52%426122$263$288,793,8069Warner Bros.
7World War Z$100,750-45%505-407$200$197,558,8578Paramount
8R.I.P.D.$59,750-53%478-1225$125$32,029,8604Universal
9Star Trek Into Darkness$40,841-52%256-44$160$226,841,89713Paramount
10Epic$23,432-51%222-33$106$107,007,88512Fox
11Now You See Me$20,558-47%143-63$144$115,770,70511Lionsgate / Summit
12Fast & Furious 6$18,145-60%191-39$95$238,304,78512Universal
13The Internship$15,847-45%136-36$117$44,438,53710Fox
14The Croods$14,368-48%142-20$101$186,869,37621Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Great Gatsby (2013)$13,982-43%135-93$104$144,724,19514Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Aug. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$34,088-56%1915$1,794$568,7802A24
2The To Do List$12,344-36%86-499$144$3,459,6833CBS Films
3Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$8,976-48%77-137$117$32,172,0396Lionsgate / Summit
4In a World...$8,643-58%3--$2,881$79,1841Roadside Attractions
5Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,555-36%53-5$143$4,176,90910Roadside Attractions
6Unfinished Song$6,552-55%53-15$124$1,516,5388Weinstein Company
7Mud$3,942-52%44-18$90$21,542,30916Roadside Attractions
8The Bling Ring$3,236-30%401$81$5,809,6969A24
9The Hangover Part III$3,197-42%46-57$70$112,189,82212Warner Bros.
10Pain and Gain$1,444-69%19-1$76$49,805,22416Paramount
11Girl Most Likely$1,007-47%12-24$84$1,371,0684Roadside Attractions
12Stories We Tell$779-50%10-7$78$1,570,52114Roadside Attractions