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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. 19 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Insidious: Chapter 2$1,200,236-3%3,049--$394$46,355,2601FilmDistrict
2The Family (2013)$949,124-8%3,091--$307$18,640,5221Relativity Media
3Riddick$529,890-3%3,11710$170$33,508,2902Universal
4Lee Daniels' The Butler$511,3122%3,239-91$158$102,148,1145Weinstein Company
5We're the Millers$452,1550%3,238-207$140$133,506,2976Warner Bros. / New Line
6Elysium$207,9921%1,720-521$121$89,323,7096Sony / TriStar
7Planes$160,9044%2,739-294$59$83,682,2936Disney
8The World's End$121,959-6%1,243-277$98$24,507,3134Focus
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$92,39310%1,638-407$56$62,471,8116Fox
10The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$87,7817%1,576-943$56$30,004,5314Sony / Screen Gems
11One Direction: This Is Us$82,0236%2,300-435$36$27,319,9903Sony / TriStar
12This Is The End$76,831-3%1,333-828$58$100,775,36014Sony / Columbia
13Despicable Me 2$60,2550%1,006-44$60$359,370,40011Universal
14Getaway$51,331-3%1,378-757$37$10,206,8283Warner Bros.
15You're Next$42,5422%1,110-792$38$18,118,9094Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$304,8822%933216$327$28,561,7253Lionsgate / Pantelion
22 Guns$90,7855%908-257$100$73,817,6657Universal
3The Spectacular Now$72,1066%770355$94$6,019,0667A24
4The Grandmaster$52,7327%705-99$75$6,056,4174Weinstein Company
5The Conjuring$49,0814%676-40$73$136,207,5989Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Wolverine$46,6644%540-158$86$130,426,8028Fox
7The Heat$26,94314%336-14$80$158,400,13212Fox
8The Way, Way Back$26,4367%421-129$63$20,952,61811Fox Searchlight
9World War Z$26,2145%280-94$94$201,948,97113Paramount
10In a World...$25,280-10%14442$176$2,170,1976Roadside Attractions
11Closed Circuit$24,697-5%413-457$60$5,696,9613Focus
12Turbo$23,935-1%353-5$68$81,229,3359Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Ultimate Life$23,89411%4120$58$1,164,9122High Top Releasing
14Kick-Ass 2$22,2958%343-319$65$28,651,2105Universal
15Pacific Rim$19,0958%254-53$75$101,277,30610Warner Bros.
16Jobs$19,0361%239-263$80$15,962,2755Open Road
17Red 2$11,055-6%209-41$53$52,673,0549Lionsgate / Summit
18Now You See Me$10,85711%171-34$63$117,617,74916Lionsgate / Summit
19Fruitvale Station$10,32015%137-51$75$15,918,68010Weinstein Company
20R.I.P.D.$9,03510%164-17$55$33,492,0009Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Sep. 19 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$26,000-6%4--$6,500$53,7340Fox Searchlight
2Man of Steel$5,9336%91-110$65$291,045,51814Warner Bros.
3Populaire$4,4488%1512$297$78,3652Weinstein Company
4Salinger$3,910-26%40$978$175,8892Weinstein Company
5Paranoia$3,35411%71-107$47$7,268,2805Relativity Media
6Contempt (2013 re-issue)$2,52722%10$2,527$28,6302Rialto Pictures
7Satyagraha$1,79758%35-44$51$731,4673UTV Motion Pictures
8Unfinished Song$1,778-32%17-4$105$1,668,82013Weinstein Company
9Chennai Express$1,49166%30-23$50$5,273,0006UTV Motion Pictures
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,31046%14-5$94$4,294,74115Roadside Attractions
11Jayne Mansfield's Car$7789%11--$71$12,4181Anchor Bay Films
12Passion$678-18%12-1$57$89,3083eOne Films US
13Savannah$459127%61$77$35,5514Ketchup Entertainment
14Stories We Tell$47-8%4-5$12$1,596,02619Roadside Attractions
15Underdogs (2013)$16220%10$16$35,2715Freestyle Releasing