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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, Oct. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$6,027,128-61%3,575--$1,686$61,812,2401Warner Bros.
2Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$980,996-84%4,0010$245$60,987,9142Sony / Columbia
3Runner Runner$680,153-64%3,026--$225$8,386,8651Fox
4Prisoners$488,419-67%3,236-54$151$48,416,8513Warner Bros.
5Don Jon$411,766-60%2,4220$170$16,484,3442Relativity Media
6Rush (2013)$380,820-66%2,30811$165$18,544,6643Universal
7Baggage Claim$278,963-69%2,0303$137$15,414,0552Fox Searchlight
8Insidious: Chapter 2$264,117-69%2,607-513$101$75,037,2704FilmDistrict
9The Family (2013)$141,178-65%2,023-871$70$34,778,9064Relativity Media
10We're the Millers$132,288-64%1,606-799$82$145,027,7769Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lee Daniels' The Butler$122,685-62%1,563-499$78$112,527,8208Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$182,249-69%437210$417$5,611,4873Fox Searchlight
2Pulling Strings$137,949-83%387--$356$2,605,1171Lionsgate / Pantelion
3Instructions Not Included$112,963-83%858-90$132$41,371,3566Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Grace Unplugged$57,980-79%511--$113$1,056,1251Roadside Attractions
5Metallica Through The Never$56,170-64%589284$95$2,795,1482Picturehouse
6Riddick$51,675-65%795-1031$65$41,251,2455Universal
7Battle of the Year$37,727-74%907-1101$42$8,524,6203Sony / Screen Gems
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$30,939-74%513-494$60$66,016,4109Fox
9Despicable Me 2$29,100-79%485-263$60$362,464,71014Universal
10The Wolverine$18,834-60%241-88$78$131,608,85111Fox
11Planes$18,525-75%376-1050$49$88,153,9959Disney
12Besharam$17,124-82%217--$79$499,3061Reliance Entertainment
13Red 2$16,157-58%20393$80$53,059,56112Lionsgate / Summit
14The Wizard of Oz 3D$15,822-75%246-59$64$5,420,0343Warner Bros.
15Turbo$15,619-76%222-60$70$82,235,81912Fox / DreamWorks Animation
162 Guns$11,985-60%200-203$60$75,259,55010Universal
17The Conjuring$10,645-62%202-136$53$137,173,69612Warner Bros. / New Line
18The Heat$10,014-65%182-69$55$159,147,90815Fox
19The World's End$7,402-56%131-150$57$25,845,9807Focus
20The Way, Way Back$6,769-14%131-27$52$21,394,03914Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$8,928-42%78-43$114$2,714,0239Roadside Attractions
2Linsanity$5,779-73%9--$642$105,2411Ketchup Entertainment
3Pacific Rim$5,690-68%92-48$62$101,734,22513Warner Bros.
4Haute Cuisine$3,830-62%6046$64$111,2173Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$3,581-64%58-84$62$6,744,89310A24
6Thanks for Sharing$3,138-67%65-186$48$1,013,9473Roadside Attractions
7The Grandmaster$2,881-66%35-108$82$6,569,7217Weinstein Company
8Fruitvale Station$2,780-58%7634$37$16,052,15713Weinstein Company
9World War Z$2,401-79%75-85$32$202,351,90516Paramount
10Populaire$1,764-63%5834$30$154,1095Weinstein Company
11Salinger$1,701-65%21-113$81$558,8755Weinstein Company
12We Are What We Are (2013)$1,402-51%86$175$27,0692eOne Films US
13You're Next$434-76%45-67$10$18,427,3717Lionsgate
14C.O.G.$400-28%4-5$100$53,8753Screen Media / Focus World
15The Ultimate Life$367-38%9-38$41$1,326,4265High Top Releasing
16Stories We Tell$30651%2-2$153$1,599,34422Roadside Attractions
17The Last Day of August$24766%1--$247$1,9401Striped Entertainment
18The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$63-73%10$63$16,3792Rialto Pictures
19Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$52-97%6-2$9$4,327,81618Roadside Attractions