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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 Thu, Oct. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$3,522,4871%3,66085$962$139,536,1302Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$2,012,206-4%3,020--$666$36,030,2351Sony / Columbia
3Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$836,75826%3,874-127$216$83,036,7683Sony / Columbia
4Runner Runner$339,397-12%3,0260$112$15,911,3182Fox
5Prisoners$316,225-4%2,855-381$111$55,194,1584Warner Bros.
6Machete Kills$256,012-12%2,538--$101$5,199,2391Open Road
7Rush (2013)$244,8350%2,130-178$115$23,362,1794Universal
8Don Jon$227,654-5%1,996-426$114$21,297,1673Relativity Media
9Insidious: Chapter 2$174,184-1%2,156-451$81$79,390,2415FilmDistrict
10Baggage Claim$120,418-3%1,320-710$91$18,900,6553Fox Searchlight
11We're the Millers$97,2951%1,150-456$85$146,966,16110Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Family (2013)$56,764-5%1,050-973$54$36,080,0355Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$186,421-2%606169$308$8,987,4474Fox Searchlight
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$76,8411%980-583$78$113,895,2279Weinstein Company
3Pulling Strings$59,458-12%42841$139$4,555,7862Lionsgate / Pantelion
4Instructions Not Included$53,761-7%711-147$76$43,003,5507Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Grace Unplugged$46,12723%502-9$92$1,943,3382Roadside Attractions
6Romeo and Juliet (2013)$42,4783%461--$92$717,0731Relativity Media
7Despicable Me 2$39,06039%434-51$90$363,255,23015Universal
8Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$29,74631%404-109$74$66,621,90610Fox
9Riddick$23,65010%430-365$55$41,768,1456Universal
10The Wolverine$18,3916%227-14$81$131,926,08712Fox
11The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$17,092-17%147--$116$356,8051Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Turbo$15,69746%187-35$84$82,508,70613Fox / DreamWorks Animation
132 Guns$12,3950%166-34$75$75,481,56011Universal
14The Heat$11,7992%139-43$85$159,325,99816Fox
15Red 2$11,48011%168-35$68$53,262,56013Lionsgate / Summit
16The Conjuring$6,94319%145-57$48$137,301,40913Warner Bros. / New Line
17Besharam$3,678-34%126-91$29$679,8612Reliance Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Linsanity$8,18352%167$511$210,9522Ketchup Entertainment
2In a World...$5,23010%54-24$97$2,800,89210Roadside Attractions
3You're Next$4,570-5%8742$53$18,494,0068Lionsgate
4The Wizard of Oz 3D$4,33328%50-196$87$5,509,3344Warner Bros.
5Pacific Rim$4,28310%52-40$82$101,802,90614Warner Bros.
6Haute Cuisine$3,882-5%30-30$129$170,5804Weinstein Company
7The World's End$3,769-6%73-58$52$25,920,1108Focus
8The Spectacular Now$3,43563%33-25$104$6,789,00411A24
9The Way, Way Back$3,240-4%63-68$51$21,438,21615Fox Searchlight
10Salinger$1,89018%16-5$118$583,6336Weinstein Company
11We Are What We Are (2013)$1,821-10%135$140$56,1363eOne Films US
12Fruitvale Station$1,6835%41-35$41$16,079,05314Weinstein Company
13The Grandmaster$1,1261%16-19$70$6,590,5538Weinstein Company
14Populaire$964-9%21-37$46$170,9076Weinstein Company
15Thanks for Sharing$7360%16-49$46$1,035,6634Roadside Attractions
16The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$32458%21$162$19,8123Rialto Pictures
17Cassadaga$21888%3--$73$2,1481Archstone Distribution