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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. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Sep. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Prisoners$8,995,48929%3,260--$2,759$15,969,8371Warner Bros.
2Insidious: Chapter 2$6,454,56938%3,155106$2,046$57,488,0642FilmDistrict
3The Family (2013)$3,212,81652%3,0910$1,039$23,966,3002Relativity Media
4We're the Millers$2,204,07763%3,003-235$734$137,058,6177Warner Bros. / New Line
5Battle of the Year$2,085,36447%2,008--$1,039$3,508,5091Sony / Screen Gems
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$2,026,02874%2,931-308$691$105,339,0966Weinstein Company
7Riddick$1,646,99063%3,022-95$545$36,167,6503Universal
8Planes$1,375,993152%2,446-293$563$85,604,1687Disney
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$896,851123%1,473-165$609$63,771,4677Fox
10Elysium$689,23570%1,392-328$495$90,418,9607Sony / TriStar
11Despicable Me 2$682,720139%1,004-2$680$360,339,26012Universal
12One Direction: This Is Us$533,07374%1,706-594$312$28,159,1834Sony / TriStar
13The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$307,39672%1,047-529$294$30,490,6685Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Sep. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$2,106,54953%97845$2,154$32,041,2344Lionsgate / Pantelion
2The Wizard of Oz 3D$1,279,50070%318--$4,024$2,034,2611Warner Bros.
3The World's End$337,39860%833-410$405$25,055,5635Focus
42 Guns$304,56059%752-156$405$74,313,9858Universal
5The Smurfs 2$275,589215%596-97$462$69,413,6238Sony / Columbia
6Thanks for Sharing$238,34941%269--$886$407,3481Roadside Attractions
7The Wolverine$215,03469%462-78$465$130,769,3609Fox
8Turbo$206,036129%333-20$619$81,525,52010Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9The Conjuring$195,62251%561-115$349$136,532,76310Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Spectacular Now$179,69461%571-199$315$6,310,0628A24
11This Is The End$144,23446%527-806$274$101,018,71715Sony / Columbia
12The Heat$133,90063%310-26$432$158,616,02813Fox
13Grown Ups 2$127,20382%258-36$493$131,278,28411Sony / Columbia
14In a World...$119,53683%1440$830$2,354,9277Roadside Attractions
15The Way, Way Back$108,01573%324-97$333$21,123,07912Fox Searchlight
16The Grandmaster$106,24562%473-232$225$6,228,1215Weinstein Company
17You're Next$97,28668%532-578$183$18,274,2655Lionsgate
18Getaway$91,69853%515-863$178$10,358,5684Warner Bros.
19World War Z$86,10367%203-77$424$202,086,64414Paramount
20Pacific Rim$81,56375%202-52$404$101,405,48511Warner Bros.
21Salinger$80,15050%138134$581$309,4953Weinstein Company
22R.I.P.D.$47,56580%151-13$315$33,565,99010Universal
23Kick-Ass 2$45,22561%201-142$225$28,724,5806Universal
24Red 2$44,64741%178-31$251$52,749,35810Lionsgate / Summit
25The Ultimate Life$43,82638%184-228$238$1,240,4313High Top Releasing
26Jobs$38,62354%152-87$254$16,025,9786Open Road
27Now You See Me$37,43556%133-38$281$117,679,13917Lionsgate / Summit
28Fruitvale Station$20,12167%103-34$195$15,950,88111Weinstein Company
29Closed Circuit$16,74058%105-308$159$5,724,3044Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Sep. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$109,41874%4--$27,355$225,9041Fox Searchlight
2Rush (2013)$72,08410%5--$14,417$137,6551Universal
3Paranoia$26,64227%8817$303$7,315,9396Relativity Media
4C.O.G.$13,89522%20--$695$25,2591Screen Media / Focus World
5Populaire$12,72563%205$636$98,8813Weinstein Company
6Chennai Express$9,54644%20-10$477$5,289,1727UTV Motion Pictures
7Haute Cuisine$6,60261%3--$2,201$10,6981Weinstein Company
8Unfinished Song$5,79753%236$252$1,678,40814Weinstein Company
9Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$4,00463%184$222$4,301,19416Roadside Attractions
10Satyagraha$2,67396%9-26$297$735,5034UTV Motion Pictures
11Afternoon Delight$2,42953%12-27$202$173,4654The Film Arcade
12Jayne Mansfield's Car$90462%6-5$151$13,8792Anchor Bay Films
13Stories We Tell$711259%51$142$1,596,93520Roadside Attractions
14Passion$704-8%4-8$176$90,7804eOne Films US
15Savannah$42818%4-2$107$36,3425Ketchup Entertainment
16I Spit on Your Grave 2$92-55%1--$92$2961Anchor Bay Films