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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 Fri, Oct. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$17,484,818--3,575--$4,891$17,484,8181Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$4,693,453334%4,0010$1,173$43,750,1792Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$2,786,580--3,026--$921$2,786,5801Fox
4Prisoners$1,735,412119%3,236-54$536$43,915,3803Warner Bros.
5Don Jon$1,419,602100%2,4220$586$13,336,9192Relativity Media
6Rush (2013)$1,407,88592%2,30811$610$15,094,2043Universal
7Baggage Claim$1,240,927208%2,0303$611$12,301,0082Fox Searchlight
8Insidious: Chapter 2$1,182,530231%2,607-513$454$72,056,1174FilmDistrict
9We're the Millers$473,129112%1,606-799$295$143,763,1429Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Family (2013)$440,74144%2,023-871$218$33,546,6444Relativity Media
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$347,35563%1,563-499$222$111,525,0958Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pulling Strings$758,787--387--$1,961$758,7871Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Enough Said$603,690215%437210$1,381$3,840,2863Fox Searchlight
3Instructions Not Included$417,706166%858-90$487$39,833,8026Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$346,973--511--$679$346,9731Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$245,887106%589284$417$2,287,1022Picturehouse
6Riddick$147,0757%795-1031$185$40,805,9955Universal
7Battle of the Year$142,78751%907-1101$157$8,089,2833Sony / Screen Gems
8Besharam$122,717169%217--$566$239,9371Reliance Entertainment
9Despicable Me 2$116,410184%485-263$240$362,067,01014Universal
10Grown Ups 2$107,565--335-55$321$132,177,55213Sony / Columbia
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$105,612158%513-494$206$65,661,0029Fox
12Planes$58,94318%376-1050$157$87,936,2589Disney
13The Wolverine$52,585108%241-88$218$131,461,04311Fox
14Elysium$49,72218%222-340$224$92,093,3569Sony / TriStar
15Red 2$47,689618%20393$235$52,942,17112Lionsgate / Summit
16Turbo$44,043219%222-60$198$82,059,01012Fox / DreamWorks Animation
172 Guns$39,01561%200-203$195$75,156,53010Universal
18The Heat$36,411102%182-69$200$159,052,48715Fox
19The Conjuring$33,86492%202-136$168$137,078,03012Warner Bros. / New Line
20The Smurfs 2$33,409--156-197$214$69,983,07010Sony / Columbia
21The Wizard of Oz 3D$25,302-44%246-59$103$5,270,2683Warner Bros.
22The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$20,134--146-183$138$31,117,9227Sony / Screen Gems
23The World's End$19,160-1%131-150$146$25,794,5417Focus
24The Way, Way Back$10,52424%131-27$80$21,364,25414Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$43,892--9--$4,877$43,8921Ketchup Entertainment
2Pacific Rim$18,12276%92-48$197$101,683,21713Warner Bros.
3In a World...$16,75723%78-43$215$2,664,1899Roadside Attractions
4This Is The End$15,635--97-108$161$101,437,34117Sony / Columbia
5The Spectacular Now$14,36535%58-84$248$6,712,25210A24
6World War Z$12,10248%75-85$161$202,320,44216Paramount
7The Grandmaster$8,94215%35-108$255$6,545,4487Weinstein Company
8Thanks for Sharing$8,844-59%65-186$136$987,8863Roadside Attractions
9Haute Cuisine$8,72264%6046$145$82,5913Weinstein Company
10One Direction: This Is Us$8,044--60-168$134$28,848,1866Sony / TriStar
11A.C.O.D.$7,141--3--$2,380$7,1411The Film Arcade
12Fruitvale Station$6,403121%7634$84$16,032,31413Weinstein Company
13Populaire$3,86197%5834$67$141,2175Weinstein Company
14Nothing Left to Fear$3,759--5--$752$3,7591Anchor Bay Films
15Salinger$3,713-62%21-113$177$546,7975Weinstein Company
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,015170%21$1,508$12,6222Rialto Pictures
17You're Next$2,54057%45-67$56$18,421,0887Lionsgate
18We Are What We Are (2013)$2,096156%86$262$19,4852eOne Films US
19All Is Bright$1,364--10--$136$1,3641Anchor Bay Films
20The Ultimate Life$1,324-62%9-38$147$1,324,2865High Top Releasing
21The Last Day of August$725--1--$725$7251Striped Entertainment
22C.O.G.$66962%4-5$167$52,0453Screen Media / Focus World
23Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$669-47%6-2$112$4,325,52518Roadside Attractions
24Stories We Tell$292549%2-2$146$1,598,51922Roadside Attractions