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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 Tue, Aug. 27 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,181,54718%3,110177$701$55,787,6762Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,646,42515%3,445120$478$94,370,1263Warner Bros. / New Line
3The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$1,072,89519%3,118--$344$16,063,9851Sony / Screen Gems
4Planes$1,002,4369%3,378-338$297$61,520,3243Disney
5Elysium$962,08122%2,913-371$330$70,630,0233Sony / TriStar
6The World's End$886,62710%1,551--$572$10,506,8881Focus
7You're Next$682,6198%2,437--$280$8,335,0631Lionsgate
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$658,15919%2,730-350$241$49,632,2193Fox
9Kick-Ass 2$633,17519%2,9455$215$23,689,7202Universal
10The Smurfs 2$495,99316%1,852-497$268$63,505,4774Sony / Columbia
112 Guns$405,02019%1,841-630$220$66,099,6004Universal
12Jobs$379,69117%2,3810$159$12,713,5152Open Road
13Despicable Me 2$350,5554%1,402-416$250$351,388,1708Universal
14The Wolverine$314,00316%1,449-609$217$125,663,0885Fox
15The Conjuring$228,0024%1,355-646$168$132,115,6166Warner Bros. / New Line
16Paranoia$186,29724%2,4590$76$6,587,4322Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$83,0374%15499$539$2,066,9174A24
2Grown Ups 2$79,8939%620-621$129$129,098,4187Sony / Columbia
3Turbo$70,9643%470-289$151$78,925,1936Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4The Heat$66,29615%409-282$162$156,516,5949Fox
5Pacific Rim$61,30015%260-184$236$99,289,7197Warner Bros.
6Chennai Express$58,19177%144-46$404$4,778,7993UTV Motion Pictures
7The Way, Way Back$53,0707%302-155$176$18,730,8698Fox Searchlight
8World War Z$46,6652%239-68$195$198,947,24310Paramount
9Now You See Me$44,68111%246112$182$116,518,53413Lionsgate / Summit
10Fruitvale Station$40,63216%392-85$104$15,261,0567Weinstein Company
11Red 2$39,9779%389-326$103$51,681,7596Lionsgate / Summit
12Man of Steel$32,975-9%303-62$109$290,298,85111Warner Bros.
13R.I.P.D.$19,69016%179-24$110$32,768,1906Universal
14Star Trek Into Darkness$15,6963%144-66$109$227,408,78715Paramount
15Epic$8,31936%115-53$72$107,371,05214Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 27 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$35,34816%7538$471$798,5943Roadside Attractions
2The Grandmaster$16,539-3%7--$2,363$166,1991Weinstein Company
3Fast & Furious 6$5,8809%98-43$60$238,561,58014Universal
4The Croods$3,75134%69-45$54$187,080,24123Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Unfinished Song$3,3922%27-16$126$1,617,95710Weinstein Company
6Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,03331%27-9$112$4,257,59912Roadside Attractions
7Savannah$1,518-3%14--$108$18,6871Ketchup Entertainment
8Mud$91821%16-12$57$21,583,56018Roadside Attractions
9Underdogs (2013)$63110%2-2$316$29,7352Freestyle Releasing
10Stories We Tell$444-30%6-2$74$1,584,10916Roadside Attractions
11Inch'Allah$1741%21$87$458,2322eOne Films US
12Girl Most Likely$167-42%1-1$167$1,376,5836Roadside Attractions
13Pain and Gain$97-6%22-64$4$49,875,13318Paramount