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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, Sep. 3 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,348,389-75%3,330220$405$80,814,7673Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$1,053,219-71%3,4450$306$114,293,2314Warner Bros. / New Line
3One Direction: This Is Us$603,449-77%2,735--$221$19,076,3241Sony / TriStar
4Elysium$601,038-70%2,539-374$237$81,125,5504Sony / TriStar
5The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$470,015-71%3,1180$151$24,993,9082Sony / Screen Gems
6The World's End$461,034-69%1,5532$297$18,781,6032Focus
7Planes$406,338-87%3,259-119$125$74,376,3304Disney
8Getaway$375,109-66%2,130--$176$5,981,2511Warner Bros.
9You're Next$368,242-62%2,4370$151$14,777,3112Lionsgate
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$260,706-85%2,393-337$109$56,990,1724Fox
112 Guns$225,760-70%1,411-430$160$70,322,0905Universal
12Kick-Ass 2$205,750-60%1,646-1299$125$27,203,8103Universal
13Despicable Me 2$147,660-86%1,284-118$115$355,886,9509Universal
14The Smurfs 2$119,332-86%1,366-486$87$67,105,1955Sony / Columbia
15Jobs$111,588-67%1,302-1079$86$14,917,9353Open Road
16Monsters University$99,012-86%1,889--$52$264,385,38111Disney
17World War Z$91,342-76%1,2471008$73$200,765,54711Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$683,101-73%348--$1,963$11,061,6591Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$227,723-68%749742$304$3,605,1012Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$186,138-71%870--$214$3,814,8691Focus
4The Wolverine$138,031-72%988-461$140$128,460,3186Fox
5The Conjuring$104,470-64%903-452$116$134,288,3987Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$93,721-73%385231$243$3,912,5815A24
7Star Trek Into Darkness$71,225-74%958814$74$228,568,04916Paramount
8Pacific Rim$57,543-71%401141$143$100,423,8078Warner Bros.
9The Way, Way Back$51,476-79%654352$79$19,858,0539Fox Searchlight
10Turbo$39,148-86%438-32$89$80,126,2817Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Heat$37,183-70%393-16$95$157,467,71010Fox
12Now You See Me$34,466-70%239-7$144$117,131,45114Lionsgate / Summit
13Grown Ups 2$31,681-81%471-149$67$130,220,1288Sony / Columbia
14Red 2$26,888-72%261-128$103$52,237,4957Lionsgate / Summit
15Fruitvale Station$19,833-69%294-98$67$15,609,9678Weinstein Company
16Man of Steel$19,595-80%284-19$69$290,769,85212Warner Bros.
17Paranoia$16,596-71%392-2067$42$7,109,5653Relativity Media
18R.I.P.D.$14,480-72%1812$80$33,099,0257Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 3 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Satyagraha$33,286-62%83--$401$534,0001UTV Motion Pictures
2In a World...$27,254-75%9116$299$1,333,3584Roadside Attractions
3Chennai Express$15,508-72%93-51$167$5,137,7484UTV Motion Pictures
4This Is The End$9,353-43%34--$275$96,933,85212Sony / Columbia
5Passion$3,115-65%14--$223$45,5841eOne Films US
6Fast & Furious 6$2,360-74%59-39$40$238,675,73015Universal
7Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$2,349-24%13-14$181$4,270,84613Roadside Attractions
8Epic$2,169-90%80-35$27$107,454,52515Fox
9The Croods$1,856-87%45-24$41$187,132,52324Fox / DreamWorks Animation
10Unfinished Song$598-73%17-10$35$1,635,13011Weinstein Company
11The Servant (2013 re-issue)$580-73%2--$290$33,9956Rialto Pictures
12Savannah$423-58%5-9$85$25,9742Ketchup Entertainment
13The Last Flight of the Champion$200-72%15--$13$2,4201High Top Releasing
14Inch'Allah$172-69%20$86$461,1173eOne Films US
15Mud$156-76%6-10$26$21,588,20419Roadside Attractions
16Underdogs (2013)$130-87%1-1$130$34,0313Freestyle Releasing