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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. 14 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$6,201,076-49%3,66085$1,694$128,524,2512Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$3,583,153-47%3,020--$1,186$29,301,4671Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$3,065,231-27%3,874-127$791$80,676,6503Sony / Columbia
4Runner Runner$570,931-46%3,0260$189$14,730,1772Fox
5Prisoners$566,209-44%2,855-381$198$54,156,4804Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$451,011-54%2,538--$178$4,288,1941Open Road
7Don Jon$373,264-42%1,996-426$187$20,543,8673Relativity Media
8Rush (2013)$372,750-44%2,130-178$175$22,595,6744Universal
9Insidious: Chapter 2$320,234-53%2,156-451$149$78,837,7435FilmDistrict
10Baggage Claim$271,177-45%1,320-710$205$18,501,7173Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$144,421-46%1,150-456$126$146,669,62610Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$87,058-45%1,050-973$83$35,895,2525Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$251,938-50%606169$416$8,414,7934Fox Searchlight
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$117,625-34%980-583$120$113,662,0689Weinstein Company
3Pulling Strings$112,264-79%42841$262$4,356,9502Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Instructions Not Included$111,080-73%711-147$156$42,827,5347Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Despicable Me 2$91,140-36%434-51$210$363,151,27015Universal
6Grace Unplugged$69,828-55%502-9$139$1,818,4842Roadside Attractions
7Romeo and Juliet (2013)$67,019-48%461--$145$587,1351Relativity Media
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$66,314-33%404-109$164$66,541,91610Fox
9The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$39,438-42%147--$268$293,7171Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
10Riddick$38,685-47%430-365$90$41,697,1056Universal
11The Wolverine$25,646-47%227-14$113$131,870,58012Fox
12Turbo$25,141-45%187-35$134$82,470,49513Fox / DreamWorks Animation
132 Guns$19,090-41%166-34$115$75,441,77511Universal
14Besharam$13,608-54%126-91$108$657,7802Reliance Entertainment
15Red 2$13,237-49%168-35$79$53,229,21613Lionsgate / Summit
16The Heat$10,835-54%139-43$78$159,290,23616Fox
17The Conjuring$7,754-52%145-57$53$137,282,21813Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 14 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$9,975-32%167$623$194,3532Ketchup Entertainment
2You're Next$6,153-54%8742$71$18,480,4218Lionsgate
3Pacific Rim$5,890-40%52-40$113$101,791,37214Warner Bros.
4Haute Cuisine$5,485-31%30-30$183$158,5794Weinstein Company
5The World's End$5,441-29%73-58$75$25,908,3618Focus
6The Wizard of Oz 3D$5,396-50%50-196$108$5,498,5774Warner Bros.
7In a World...$4,987-62%54-24$92$2,785,76410Roadside Attractions
8The Way, Way Back$3,120-47%63-68$50$21,428,45615Fox Searchlight
9The Spectacular Now$3,094-41%33-25$94$6,781,00311A24
10We Are What We Are (2013)$2,638-45%135$203$50,1483eOne Films US
11Salinger$2,251-22%16-5$141$578,0266Weinstein Company
12The Grandmaster$1,910-26%16-19$119$6,587,3618Weinstein Company
13Fruitvale Station$1,498-57%41-35$37$16,074,42214Weinstein Company
14Thanks for Sharing$1,219-50%16-49$76$1,033,7004Roadside Attractions
15Populaire$1,031-21%21-37$49$167,9366Weinstein Company
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$138-76%21$69$18,9683Rialto Pictures
17Cassadaga$38-39%3--$13$1,7171Archstone Distribution