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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 Sat, Sep. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious: Chapter 2$13,397,398-34%3,049--$4,394$33,628,7611FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$5,367,4740%3,091--$1,736$10,742,2661Relativity Media
3Riddick$2,758,54526%3,11710$885$29,206,8052Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,424,99942%3,239-91$749$98,586,5075Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$2,377,63736%3,238-207$734$130,313,0026Warner Bros. / New Line
6Planes$1,419,821100%2,739-294$518$82,046,2146Disney
7One Direction: This Is Us$1,033,04624%2,300-435$449$26,350,2903Sony / TriStar
8Elysium$911,67344%1,720-521$530$87,884,4586Sony / TriStar
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$881,69093%1,638-407$538$61,548,3066Fox
10Despicable Me 2$613,660126%1,006-44$610$358,716,60511Universal
11The World's End$576,02240%1,243-277$463$23,651,7544Focus
12The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$501,53253%1,576-943$318$29,344,5334Sony / Screen Gems
13This Is The End$315,58712%1,333-828$237$100,239,27814Sony / Columbia
14Getaway$275,18114%1,378-757$200$9,812,6183Warner Bros.
15You're Next$200,686-18%1,110-792$181$17,823,7314Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$1,382,388-1%933216$1,482$25,109,5583Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$363,20027%908-257$400$73,227,6207Universal
3The Smurfs 2$297,822146%693-256$430$68,737,4567Sony / Columbia
4The Spectacular Now$291,18427%770355$378$5,552,6777A24
5The Wolverine$246,71536%540-158$457$130,088,5848Fox
6The Conjuring$240,0738%676-40$355$135,864,9669Warner Bros. / New Line
7Turbo$194,561101%353-5$551$80,991,9099Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8The Grandmaster$192,23630%705-99$273$5,697,7954Weinstein Company
9The Way, Way Back$135,57257%421-129$322$20,782,10011Fox Searchlight
10Grown Ups 2$132,94139%294-61$452$130,952,77910Sony / Columbia
11In a World...$130,97657%14442$910$1,985,4746Roadside Attractions
12World War Z$130,48440%280-94$466$201,742,80213Paramount
13The Heat$128,03342%336-14$381$158,233,32312Fox
14Kick-Ass 2$104,61530%343-319$305$28,491,7105Universal
15The Ultimate Life$97,80316%4120$237$1,011,7352High Top Releasing
16Pacific Rim$97,27454%254-53$383$101,130,75610Warner Bros.
17Closed Circuit$94,15646%413-457$228$5,537,3553Focus
18Jobs$84,00150%239-263$351$15,830,0395Open Road
19Red 2$61,02350%209-41$292$52,599,8489Lionsgate / Summit
20R.I.P.D.$58,22058%164-17$355$33,422,2359Universal
21Now You See Me$55,10341%171-34$322$117,542,52316Lionsgate / Summit
22White House Down$30,56445%117-51$261$73,086,99312Sony / Columbia
23Fruitvale Station$30,43319%137-51$222$15,861,27310Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$27,36056%91-110$301$291,005,46314Warner Bros.
2Salinger$20,57686%40$5,144$145,3522Weinstein Company
3Paranoia$18,39439%71-107$259$7,249,4125Relativity Media
4Populaire$15,75254%1512$1,050$49,2322Weinstein Company
5Chennai Express$15,281112%30-23$509$5,258,6646UTV Motion Pictures
6Afternoon Delight$12,95522%3914$332$142,2443The Film Arcade
7Satyagraha$11,28079%35-44$322$717,8293UTV Motion Pictures
8Jayne Mansfield's Car$3,98818%11--$363$7,3581Anchor Bay Films
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$3,21278%14-5$229$4,289,69915Roadside Attractions
10Unfinished Song$3,20948%17-4$189$1,659,21313Weinstein Company
11Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,76430%10$2,764$18,1672Rialto Pictures
12Passion$2,3518%12-1$196$84,1553eOne Films US
13Savannah$1,13518%61$189$33,2154Ketchup Entertainment
14Underdogs (2013)$152300%10$152$35,2075Freestyle Releasing
15Stories We Tell$48-24%4-5$12$1,595,65619Roadside Attractions