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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, Sep. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Riddick$1,398,150-69%3,107--$450$20,428,5251Universal
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$662,659-68%3,3300$199$92,065,7654Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$577,143-68%3,4450$168$124,191,0745Warner Bros. / New Line
4Elysium$267,852-66%2,241-298$120$85,386,4515Sony / TriStar
5The World's End$199,276-65%1,520-33$131$21,983,3873Focus
6This Is The End$187,068-60%2,1612127$87$99,034,98013Sony / Columbia
7Planes$184,201-85%3,033-226$61$79,309,1965Disney
8The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$153,978-74%2,519-599$61$28,005,1823Sony / Screen Gems
9Getaway$144,106-72%2,1355$67$8,824,2692Warner Bros.
10One Direction: This Is Us$128,778-87%2,7350$47$24,065,7432Sony / TriStar
11You're Next$122,591-66%1,902-535$64$17,029,6233Lionsgate
122 Guns$110,675-67%1,165-246$95$72,188,0956Universal
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$101,366-85%2,045-348$50$59,874,6715Fox
14Despicable Me 2$68,250-84%1,050-234$65$357,626,56510Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$582,582-82%717369$813$20,943,4752Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Grandmaster$92,146-68%80455$115$5,051,1523Weinstein Company
3Closed Circuit$80,307-63%8700$92$5,103,9742Focus
4The Spectacular Now$58,474-65%41530$141$4,834,2106A24
5The Wolverine$57,273-68%698-290$82$129,468,4067Fox
6The Conjuring$56,061-65%716-187$78$135,242,0468Warner Bros. / New Line
7Kick-Ass 2$49,650-67%662-984$75$28,144,2104Universal
8The Ultimate Life$41,560-72%412--$101$701,4721High Top Releasing
9World War Z$37,908-68%374-873$101$201,396,92712Paramount
10Jobs$33,744-67%502-800$67$15,557,8724Open Road
11The Way, Way Back$32,277-68%550-104$59$20,441,41010Fox Searchlight
12The Smurfs 2$29,143-90%949-417$31$68,206,5696Sony / Columbia
13The Heat$25,379-68%350-43$73$157,922,04511Fox
14Pacific Rim$25,242-71%307-94$82$100,885,6329Warner Bros.
15Monsters University$25,221-81%596-1293$42$265,014,35712Disney
16Turbo$22,649-83%358-80$63$80,636,3978Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17In a World...$19,975-71%10211$196$1,689,0075Roadside Attractions
18Now You See Me$14,587-70%205-34$71$117,400,87715Lionsgate / Summit
19Red 2$12,223-66%250-11$49$52,455,5378Lionsgate / Summit
20Fruitvale Station$10,192-59%188-106$54$15,770,6799Weinstein Company
21R.I.P.D.$9,955-76%1810$55$33,294,5858Universal
22Man of Steel$7,984-76%201-83$40$290,933,45513Warner Bros.
23Star Trek Into Darkness$6,001-61%106-852$57$228,762,23317Paramount
24Paranoia$4,935-58%178-214$28$7,197,8954Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salinger$6,446-71%4--$1,612$93,4021Weinstein Company
2Satyagraha$3,899-85%79-4$49$677,0362UTV Motion Pictures
3Chennai Express$2,323-85%53-40$44$5,223,2495UTV Motion Pictures
4Passion$1,643-59%13-1$126$73,4892eOne Films US
5Populaire$1,477-64%3--$492$17,1671Weinstein Company
6Epic$1,457-88%56-24$26$107,493,74116Fox
7Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,233-44%1--$1,233$9,5551Rialto Pictures
8Unfinished Song$1,134-66%214$54$1,648,88812Weinstein Company
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$992-67%196$52$4,280,34014Roadside Attractions
10Stories We Tell$942-49%9--$105$1,592,04918Roadside Attractions
11Savannah$347-64%50$69$30,0203Ketchup Entertainment
12Mud$247-43%4-2$62$21,589,55420Roadside Attractions
13The Servant (2013 re-issue)$114-76%1-1$114$36,7827Rialto Pictures
14Underdogs (2013)$42147%10$42$34,8524Freestyle Releasing
15Girl Most Likely$32-93%21$16$1,378,4588Roadside Attractions