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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 Tue, Oct. 22 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gravity$2,951,07223%3,820160$773$174,919,8863Warner Bros.
2Captain Phillips$1,778,35232%3,0200$589$55,568,5692Sony / Columbia
3Carrie (2013)$1,236,15716%3,157--$392$18,405,9971Sony / Screen Gems
4Escape Plan$1,046,58728%2,883--$363$11,746,8901Lionsgate / Summit
5Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$469,0881%3,602-272$130$93,643,5694Sony / Columbia
6Prisoners$254,27843%2,160-695$118$57,690,6995Warner Bros.
7Runner Runner$221,78336%2,011-1015$110$17,961,4563Fox
8The Fifth Estate$187,60127%1,769--$106$2,008,1621Disney / DreamWorks
9Machete Kills$170,00921%2,5380$67$6,712,3852Open Road
10Rush (2013)$162,03535%1,197-933$135$24,905,3395Universal
11Don Jon$158,39523%1,114-882$142$22,766,4654Relativity Media
12Insidious: Chapter 2$96,3995%1,665-491$58$81,078,7096FilmDistrict

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$211,22935%757151$279$11,106,1325Fox Searchlight
2Baggage Claim$78,8556%865-455$91$20,154,3994Fox Searchlight
3We're the Millers$77,41027%881-269$88$147,849,00811Warner Bros. / New Line
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$66,9096%457--$146$1,101,7511High Top Releasing
5Lee Daniels' The Butler$55,03746%602-378$91$114,375,46910Weinstein Company
6Pulling Strings$44,52817%43810$102$5,246,2353Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Instructions Not Included$39,08813%475-236$82$43,615,8348Lionsgate / Pantelion
8The Family (2013)$30,99844%483-567$64$36,347,9516Relativity Media
9Despicable Me 2$29,7100%395-39$75$363,800,59516Universal
10Romeo and Juliet (2013)$22,0402%4610$48$981,9012Relativity Media
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$19,016-4%350-54$54$66,960,71811Fox
12Grace Unplugged$18,15512%313-189$58$2,212,0693Roadside Attractions
13The Wolverine$17,38813%207-20$84$132,111,39313Fox
14Riddick$14,04010%253-177$55$41,912,4557Universal
152 Guns$10,74013%135-31$80$75,593,55512Universal
16The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$9,36819%1470$64$458,3212Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
17The Heat$7,52029%103-36$73$159,416,58617Fox
18Turbo$6,662-2%149-38$45$82,642,23414Fox / DreamWorks Animation
19The Conjuring$3,624-7%113-32$32$137,351,96214Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 22 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$84,809-6%19--$4,464$1,098,7371Fox Searchlight
2All Is Lost$11,3570%6--$1,893$116,3111Roadside Attractions
3In a World...$4,79528%47-7$102$2,846,18211Roadside Attractions
4Haute Cuisine$3,24020%21-9$154$196,7045Weinstein Company
5The Spectacular Now$2,7813%5421$52$6,816,91812A24
6The World's End$2,34919%40-33$59$25,938,6529Focus
7Linsanity$1,87354%9-7$208$230,9973Ketchup Entertainment
8Thanks for Sharing$1,63451%14-2$117$1,047,7515Roadside Attractions
9Populaire$1,11995%14-7$80$176,9487Weinstein Company
10We Are What We Are (2013)$1,056-10%12-1$88$66,2754eOne Films US
11Fruitvale Station$1,01891%20-21$51$16,088,47415Weinstein Company
12Torn$8628%1--$862$6,5431The Film Collective
13The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$293208%53$59$22,7384Rialto Pictures
14The Grandmaster$22330%9-7$25$6,594,5309Weinstein Company