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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 Sun, Oct. 20 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Oct. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$7,401,895-46%3,820160$1,938$169,563,2913Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$3,951,792-46%3,0200$1,309$52,443,3282Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$3,321,114-47%3,157--$1,052$16,101,5521Sony / Screen Gems
4Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$2,577,971-43%3,602-272$716$92,709,5594Sony / Columbia
5Escape Plan$2,538,377-36%2,883--$880$9,885,7321Lionsgate / Summit
6Prisoners$501,133-47%2,160-695$232$57,258,3935Warner Bros.
7Runner Runner$418,672-42%2,011-1015$208$17,576,5603Fox
8The Fifth Estate$399,010-42%1,769--$226$1,673,3511Disney / DreamWorks
9Machete Kills$345,001-32%2,5380$136$6,402,3742Open Road
10Rush (2013)$310,650-45%1,197-933$260$24,623,2945Universal
11Insidious: Chapter 2$296,224-60%1,665-491$178$80,890,0836FilmDistrict
12Don Jon$290,292-43%1,114-882$261$22,479,5774Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Oct. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$422,431-48%757151$558$10,737,9665Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$240,251-56%865-455$278$20,001,0294Fox Searchlight
3Pulling Strings$225,314-5%43810$514$5,163,7523Lionsgate / Pantelion
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$224,964-43%457--$492$971,8261High Top Releasing
5Instructions Not Included$192,781-12%475-236$406$43,542,1388Lionsgate / Pantelion
6We're the Millers$159,278-56%881-269$181$147,710,41611Warner Bros. / New Line
7Despicable Me 2$128,375-44%395-39$325$363,741,08016Universal
8Lee Daniels' The Butler$97,697-45%602-378$162$114,282,70010Weinstein Company
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$75,010-47%350-54$214$66,921,92711Fox
10Grace Unplugged$59,193-40%313-189$189$2,177,7303Roadside Attractions
11Romeo and Juliet (2013)$54,546-45%4610$118$938,2012Relativity Media
12The Smurfs 2$54,452-41%242-26$225$70,630,58612Sony / Columbia
13The Family (2013)$52,247-47%483-567$108$36,295,4456Relativity Media
14Grown Ups 2$51,126-48%223-38$229$133,123,82015Sony / Columbia
15The Wolverine$38,359-45%207-20$185$132,078,65113Fox
16Turbo$33,886-38%149-38$227$82,628,80814Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Riddick$31,505-39%253-177$125$41,885,6457Universal
182 Guns$24,240-40%135-31$180$75,573,30012Universal
19The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$24,147-34%1470$164$441,0732Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
20The Heat$16,342-54%103-36$159$159,403,24417Fox
21The Conjuring$9,744-52%113-32$86$137,344,44114Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Oct. 20 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$268,121-30%19--$14,112$923,7151Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$28,408-29%6--$4,735$93,5831Roadside Attractions
3Elysium$13,827-44%93-47$149$92,468,06611Sony / TriStar
4Battle of the Year$11,880-43%86-124$138$8,888,3555Sony / Screen Gems
5A.C.O.D.$11,744-42%4224$280$121,3403The Film Arcade
6In a World...$9,940-37%47-7$211$2,837,65311Roadside Attractions
7The Spectacular Now$6,047-35%5421$112$6,811,44512A24
8Haute Cuisine$5,811-36%21-9$277$190,7565Weinstein Company
9Linsanity$5,391-29%9-7$599$227,9083Ketchup Entertainment
10Shahid$3,384-32%16--$212$12,1531UTV Motion Pictures
11Thanks for Sharing$3,070-22%14-2$219$1,045,0385Roadside Attractions
12The World's End$3,003-53%40-33$75$25,934,3259Focus
13We Are What We Are (2013)$2,181-42%12-1$182$64,0434eOne Films US
14Fruitvale Station$1,650-66%20-21$83$16,086,92315Weinstein Company
15Populaire$1,233-30%14-7$88$175,2567Weinstein Company
16The Grandmaster$1,192-26%9-7$132$6,594,1369Weinstein Company
17Torn$1,066-32%1--$1,066$4,8811The Film Collective
18Antoine and Antoinette (2013 re-issue)$230--1--$230$9,4874Rialto Pictures
19The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$167-85%31$56$22,3504Rialto Pictures
20Cassadaga$105-37%30$35$2,2412Archstone Distribution