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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. 30 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Sep. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,346,798-86%4,001--$337$35,364,7281Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$852,111-67%3,29030$259$39,401,3052Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$803,950-65%2,2972292$350$11,079,7792Universal
4Don Jon$788,671-59%2,422--$326$9,465,6801Relativity Media
5Baggage Claim$544,527-71%2,027--$269$9,575,6291Fox Searchlight
6Insidious: Chapter 2$366,756-73%3,120-35$118$69,716,2653FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$301,748-67%2,894-197$104$32,056,3503Relativity Media
8We're the Millers$218,206-65%2,405-598$91$142,579,1378Warner Bros. / New Line
9Lee Daniels' The Butler$206,534-63%2,062-869$100$110,472,3967Weinstein Company
10Riddick$146,080-67%1,826-1196$80$40,202,7904Universal
11Battle of the Year$108,592-78%2,0080$54$7,600,6762Sony / Screen Gems
12Planes$51,926-77%1,426-1020$36$87,733,3758Disney
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$44,530-80%1,007-466$44$65,424,8038Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Sep. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$200,223-84%948-30$211$38,853,1195Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$170,009-67%227223$749$2,636,3902Fox Searchlight
3Metallica Through The Never$107,908-60%305--$354$1,684,4691Picturehouse
4Elysium$46,933-61%562-830$84$91,897,9938Sony / TriStar
5Despicable Me 2$44,880-80%748-256$60$361,819,59513Universal
6The Wizard of Oz 3D$39,767-84%305-13$130$5,120,8162Warner Bros.
72 Guns$26,195-62%403-349$65$75,028,7509Universal
8The Wolverine$24,476-64%329-133$74$131,329,12610Fox
9The World's End$19,195-58%281-552$68$25,713,7406Focus
10Thanks for Sharing$17,395-58%251-18$69$915,7982Roadside Attractions
11The Conjuring$17,034-65%338-223$50$136,989,08911Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Heat$14,130-65%251-59$56$158,962,76614Fox
13Turbo$12,494-83%282-51$44$81,975,93211Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14In a World...$10,330-61%121-23$85$2,607,7168Roadside Attractions
15The Spectacular Now$9,128-70%142-429$64$6,666,0829A24
16Salinger$8,993-55%134-4$67$513,5664Weinstein Company
17Pacific Rim$8,904-70%140-62$64$101,633,50612Warner Bros.
18The Grandmaster$7,804-73%143-330$55$6,513,4206Weinstein Company
19The Way, Way Back$6,702-62%158-166$42$21,331,35813Fox Searchlight
20World War Z$6,406-72%160-43$40$202,285,26415Paramount
21Red 2$5,041-62%110-68$46$52,874,32811Lionsgate / Summit
22You're Next$2,295-60%112-420$20$18,412,2596Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Sep. 30 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Haute Cuisine$3,242-68%1411$232$58,5472Weinstein Company
2Fruitvale Station$3,159-55%42-61$75$16,014,76912Weinstein Company
3Jobs$2,932-55%84-68$35$16,120,3757Open Road
4Paranoia$2,367-46%66-22$36$7,378,3947Relativity Media
5Getaway$2,092-65%74-441$28$10,496,5865Warner Bros.
6The Ultimate Life$1,818-55%47-137$39$1,313,0534High Top Releasing
7Unfinished Song$1,658-47%19-4$87$1,698,95215Weinstein Company
8Populaire$1,586-53%244$66$131,6744Weinstein Company
9We Are What We Are (2013)$994-59%2--$497$14,7211eOne Films US
10The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$692-46%1--$692$6,1851Rialto Pictures
11Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$610-56%8-10$76$4,319,85317Roadside Attractions
12Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$453-60%1--$453$6,1271Rialto Pictures
13C.O.G.$338-74%9-11$38$50,0292Screen Media / Focus World
14Chennai Express$259-87%9-11$29$5,306,9888UTV Motion Pictures
15Hotel Normandy$236-71%1--$236$2,7881Rialto Premieres
16Morning$173-76%4--$43$3,0491Anchor Bay Films
17Stories We Tell$35-73%4-1$9$1,598,14921Roadside Attractions