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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. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Sep. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious: Chapter 2$1,868,9985%3,049--$613$43,913,1691FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$1,475,26728%3,091--$477$16,663,5171Relativity Media
3Riddick$701,32512%3,11710$225$32,432,9252Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$630,13926%3,239-91$195$101,135,6015Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$548,39919%3,238-207$169$132,601,0086Warner Bros. / New Line
6Elysium$256,25023%1,720-521$149$88,909,1046Sony / TriStar
7Planes$171,6413%2,739-294$63$83,366,6446Disney
8The World's End$153,96819%1,243-277$124$24,255,8024Focus
9One Direction: This Is Us$115,80932%2,300-435$50$27,160,9253Sony / TriStar
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$110,06534%1,576-943$70$29,834,6914Sony / Screen Gems
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$109,86819%1,638-407$67$62,295,5366Fox
12This Is The End$96,4728%1,333-828$72$100,619,70314Sony / Columbia
13Despicable Me 2$70,4208%1,006-44$70$359,249,78511Universal
14Getaway$60,2445%1,378-757$44$10,102,4403Warner Bros.
15You're Next$50,81612%1,110-792$46$18,034,7554Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Sep. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$382,0150%933216$409$27,959,0043Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$104,42021%908-257$115$73,640,7557Universal
3The Spectacular Now$74,40212%770355$97$5,878,7507A24
4The Wolverine$60,02822%540-158$111$130,335,2738Fox
5The Grandmaster$57,8783%705-99$82$5,954,2634Weinstein Company
6The Conjuring$54,4961%676-40$81$136,111,1069Warner Bros. / New Line
7World War Z$30,9330%280-94$110$201,897,68013Paramount
8In a World...$30,44814%14442$211$2,116,8236Roadside Attractions
9The Heat$28,27123%336-14$84$158,349,60312Fox
10Closed Circuit$27,74719%413-457$67$5,646,2763Focus
11Kick-Ass 2$27,44514%343-319$80$28,608,3355Universal
12The Way, Way Back$26,77110%421-129$64$20,901,53111Fox Searchlight
13The Ultimate Life$25,72614%4120$62$1,119,4092High Top Releasing
14Jobs$24,42244%239-263$102$15,924,4345Open Road
15Turbo$24,169-7%353-5$68$81,181,2639Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Pacific Rim$22,3289%254-53$88$101,240,57410Warner Bros.
17Red 2$13,31034%209-41$64$52,650,2919Lionsgate / Summit
18Now You See Me$11,99420%171-34$70$117,597,10716Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$9,95819%137-51$73$15,899,37810Weinstein Company
20R.I.P.D.$9,8409%164-17$60$33,474,7159Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Sep. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Man of Steel$6,67917%91-110$73$291,033,97614Warner Bros.
2Salinger$4,6436%40$1,161$166,7102Weinstein Company
3Paranoia$4,55184%71-107$64$7,261,9025Relativity Media
4Populaire$4,011-10%1512$267$69,8012Weinstein Company
5Satyagraha$3,351207%35-44$96$728,5323UTV Motion Pictures
6Chennai Express$2,67866%30-23$89$5,270,6116UTV Motion Pictures
7Contempt (2013 re-issue)$1,79415%10$1,794$24,0302Rialto Pictures
8Unfinished Song$1,3691%17-4$81$1,664,43713Weinstein Company
9Passion$1,20638%12-1$101$87,8073eOne Films US
10Jayne Mansfield's Car$8060%11--$73$10,9291Anchor Bay Films
11Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$585-32%14-5$42$4,292,53615Roadside Attractions
12Savannah$327-2%61$55$34,8904Ketchup Entertainment
13Stories We Tell$5249%4-5$13$1,595,92819Roadside Attractions