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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, Oct. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,532,08514%4,001--$383$36,896,8131Sony / Columbia
2Prisoners$1,122,03232%3,29030$341$40,523,3372Warner Bros.
3Rush (2013)$1,045,13530%2,2972292$455$12,124,9142Universal
4Don Jon$970,45223%2,422--$401$10,436,1321Relativity Media
5Baggage Claim$617,46013%2,027--$305$10,193,0891Fox Searchlight
6Insidious: Chapter 2$444,92421%3,120-35$143$70,161,1893FilmDistrict
7The Family (2013)$410,46836%2,894-197$142$32,466,8183Relativity Media
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$264,11128%2,062-869$128$110,736,5077Weinstein Company
9We're the Millers$261,19620%2,405-598$109$142,840,3338Warner Bros. / New Line
10Riddick$173,47019%1,826-1196$95$40,376,2604Universal
11Battle of the Year$148,92437%2,0080$74$7,749,6002Sony / Screen Gems
12Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$51,64916%1,007-466$51$65,476,4528Fox
13Planes$47,638-8%1,426-1020$33$87,781,0138Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$232,35016%948-30$245$39,085,4695Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$205,51621%227223$905$2,841,9062Fox Searchlight
3Metallica Through The Never$115,6097%305--$379$1,800,0781Picturehouse
4Elysium$57,81323%562-830$103$91,955,8068Sony / TriStar
5Despicable Me 2$48,6208%748-256$65$361,868,21513Universal
6The Wizard of Oz 3D$38,126-4%305-13$125$5,158,9422Warner Bros.
72 Guns$36,18038%403-349$90$75,064,9309Universal
8The Wolverine$28,70717%329-133$87$131,357,83310Fox
9The World's End$23,34322%281-552$83$25,737,0836Focus
10Thanks for Sharing$19,60413%251-18$78$935,4022Roadside Attractions
11The Heat$19,08435%251-59$76$158,981,85014Fox
12The Conjuring$18,80710%338-223$56$137,007,89611Warner Bros. / New Line
13In a World...$13,66632%121-23$113$2,621,3828Roadside Attractions
14Turbo$13,0915%282-51$46$81,989,02311Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15Pacific Rim$11,30827%140-62$81$101,644,81412Warner Bros.
16The Spectacular Now$10,90820%142-429$77$6,676,9899A24
17Salinger$8,851-2%134-4$66$522,4174Weinstein Company
18The Grandmaster$8,5049%143-330$59$6,521,9246Weinstein Company
19World War Z$7,87023%160-43$49$202,293,13415Paramount
20Red 2$7,45648%110-68$68$52,881,78411Lionsgate / Summit
21The Way, Way Back$7,0746%158-166$45$21,338,43213Fox Searchlight
22You're Next$2,69117%112-420$24$18,414,9506Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Haute Cuisine$4,65844%1411$333$63,2052Weinstein Company
2The Ultimate Life$4,635155%47-137$99$1,317,6884High Top Releasing
3Fruitvale Station$4,02427%42-61$96$16,018,79312Weinstein Company
4Jobs$3,78229%84-68$45$16,124,1577Open Road
5Paranoia$3,37443%66-22$51$7,381,7687Relativity Media
6Getaway$1,985-5%74-441$27$10,498,5715Warner Bros.
7Populaire$1,6122%244$67$133,2864Weinstein Company
8Unfinished Song$1,254-24%19-4$66$1,700,20615Weinstein Company
9The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$1,10760%1--$1,107$7,2921Rialto Pictures
10Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$1,09880%8-10$137$4,320,95117Roadside Attractions
11Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$85789%1--$857$6,9841Rialto Pictures
12We Are What We Are (2013)$815-18%2--$408$15,5361eOne Films US
13Chennai Express$597131%9-11$66$5,307,5858UTV Motion Pictures
14C.O.G.$41824%9-11$46$50,4472Screen Media / Focus World
15Morning$356106%4--$89$3,4051Anchor Bay Films
16Hotel Normandy$28722%1--$287$3,0751Rialto Premieres