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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, Sep. 5 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,129,9677%3,330220$339$83,001,3773Weinstein Company
2We're the Millers$797,189-4%3,4450$231$115,918,9044Warner Bros. / New Line
3One Direction: This Is Us$428,63411%2,735--$157$19,890,5101Sony / TriStar
4Elysium$397,912-12%2,539-374$157$81,977,2674Sony / TriStar
5Planes$358,76033%3,259-119$110$75,004,1844Disney
6The World's End$328,204-9%1,5532$211$19,469,6172Focus
7The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$318,645-4%3,1180$102$25,644,2042Sony / Screen Gems
8You're Next$255,189-12%2,4370$105$15,322,4912Lionsgate
9Getaway$238,229-12%2,130--$112$6,488,6791Warner Bros.
10Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$191,34415%2,393-337$80$57,347,7664Fox
112 Guns$162,265-12%1,411-358$115$70,667,7855Universal
12Despicable Me 2$115,56020%1,284-27$90$356,098,8109Universal
13Kick-Ass 2$115,220-18%1,646-1299$70$27,459,0353Universal
14The Smurfs 2$101,81549%1,366-486$75$67,275,1995Sony / Columbia
15Jobs$93,400-10%1,302-1079$72$15,115,1123Open Road
16Monsters University$87,04235%1,889--$46$264,537,01711Disney
17World War Z$79,2125%1,2471008$64$200,920,53711Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$559,148-5%348--$1,607$12,211,6041Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$151,106-12%749742$202$3,928,4302Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$131,231-6%8708$151$4,085,5141Focus
4The Wolverine$96,557-9%988-461$98$128,662,5396Fox
5The Spectacular Now$90,8861%38540$236$4,093,5155A24
6The Conjuring$82,042-12%903-452$91$134,463,6587Warner Bros. / New Line
7Star Trek Into Darkness$67,54411%958814$71$228,696,48116Paramount
8The Way, Way Back$46,8684%654352$72$19,949,9289Fox Searchlight
9Pacific Rim$44,178-5%401141$110$100,514,5948Warner Bros.
10The Heat$32,8465%393-16$84$157,531,98610Fox
11Turbo$31,00613%438-32$71$80,184,7217Fox / DreamWorks Animation
12Now You See Me$30,5061%239-7$128$117,192,25814Lionsgate / Summit
13Grown Ups 2$27,0491%471-149$57$130,274,0228Sony / Columbia
14Fruitvale Station$23,13716%294-98$79$15,653,0438Weinstein Company
15Red 2$20,305-7%261-128$78$52,279,7307Lionsgate / Summit
16Man of Steel$16,974-5%284-19$60$290,804,65712Warner Bros.
17R.I.P.D.$12,7501%1812$70$33,124,4457Universal
18Paranoia$12,241-10%392-2067$31$7,135,3573Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 5 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$28,70510%9116$315$1,388,2574Roadside Attractions
2Satyagraha$15,084-28%83--$182$570,1511UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$7,244-26%93-51$78$5,154,8314UTV Motion Pictures
4This Is The End$6,098-1%34--$179$96,946,08712Sony / Columbia
5Passion$4,814-8%14--$344$55,6201eOne Films US
6The Croods$2,10127%45-24$47$187,136,27524Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Fast & Furious 6$2,0550%59-39$35$238,679,85015Universal
8Epic$1,94817%80-35$24$107,458,14015Fox
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$78871%13-14$61$4,272,09413Roadside Attractions
10Unfinished Song$671-7%17-10$39$1,636,51911Weinstein Company
11The Servant (2013 re-issue)$526-36%2--$263$35,3466Rialto Pictures
12Inch'Allah$32471%20$162$461,6303eOne Films US
13Savannah$287-38%5-9$57$26,7272Ketchup Entertainment
14Underdogs (2013)$108-36%1-1$108$34,3073Freestyle Releasing
15Mud$9626%6-10$16$21,588,37619Roadside Attractions
16The Last Flight of the Champion$71-33%15--$5$2,5971High Top Releasing
17Girl Most Likely$49--10$49$1,377,6307Roadside Attractions