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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 Fri, Oct. 25 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$12,560,227--3,336--$3,765$12,560,2271Paramount
2Gravity$6,080,294167%3,707-113$1,640$185,594,6554Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$3,624,051173%3,143123$1,153$61,898,0943Sony / Columbia
4The Counselor$3,130,082--3,044--$1,028$3,130,0821Fox
5Carrie (2013)$1,955,856132%3,1570$620$22,077,2112Sony / Screen Gems
6Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,640,373235%3,111-491$527$96,151,6275Sony / Columbia
7Escape Plan$1,311,321107%2,8830$455$14,394,9032Lionsgate / Summit
8Prisoners$320,74884%1,347-813$238$58,379,8106Warner Bros.
9Insidious: Chapter 2$276,421206%1,229-436$225$81,529,8067FilmDistrict
10The Fifth Estate$174,04638%1,7690$98$2,451,5122Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$95,113-21%1,253-1285$76$7,058,5043Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
112 Years a Slave$621,889699%123104$5,056$1,881,8322Fox Searchlight
2Enough Said$462,234166%83578$554$11,928,3266Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$206,48565%677-520$305$25,362,3246Universal
4We're the Millers$181,649208%786-95$231$148,160,88212Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$175,28327%969-1042$181$18,434,7034Fox
6Baggage Claim$160,015165%594-271$269$20,437,7835Fox Searchlight
7Don Jon$157,12740%540-574$291$23,162,7505Relativity Media
8I'm in Love with a Church Girl$148,864162%4581$325$1,359,0362High Top Releasing
9Despicable Me 2$102,330222%379-16$270$363,960,59017Universal
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$77,06253%444-158$174$114,550,16511Weinstein Company
11Instructions Not Included$65,551143%301-174$218$43,738,1679Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Pulling Strings$63,571136%315-123$202$5,369,2444Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$60,680234%303-47$200$67,054,65412Fox
14Grace Unplugged$38,64595%208-105$186$2,284,7584Roadside Attractions
15Grown Ups 2$38,608--188-35$205$133,217,33116Sony / Columbia
16The Wolverine$28,48785%164-43$174$132,169,83414Fox
17The Family (2013)$26,48310%218-265$121$36,423,2357Relativity Media
18The Smurfs 2$25,567--205-37$125$70,699,21513Sony / Columbia
19Riddick$17,94043%156-97$115$41,955,6708Universal
20Turbo$17,556163%108-41$163$82,672,50615Fox / DreamWorks Animation
21The Conjuring$8,20585%100-13$82$137,367,87215Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 25 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$153,9141424%8276$1,877$292,0542Roadside Attractions
2The Heat$13,703100%80-23$171$159,443,53118Fox
3Romeo and Juliet (2013)$13,668-57%91-370$150$1,048,5633Relativity Media
4Elysium$10,567--61-32$173$92,506,25912Sony / TriStar
5Spinning Plates$6,794--3--$2,265$6,7941The Film Arcade
6In a World...$6,56922%32-15$205$2,862,75412Roadside Attractions
7A.C.O.D.$5,164--19-23$272$145,4284The Film Arcade
8Linsanity$5,133-33%8-1$642$245,0794Ketchup Entertainment
9Torn$4,094430%54$819$12,4022The Film Collective
10The World's End$3,79752%26-14$146$25,947,56610Focus
11The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$2,968-59%49-98$61$476,5943Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
12Thanks for Sharing$2,897238%11-3$263$1,052,6926Roadside Attractions
13Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$2,686--1--$2,686$2,6861Cinepix
14We Are What We Are (2013)$2,476120%175$146$70,9225eOne Films US
15The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$2,185403%1411$156$25,6565Rialto Pictures
16Haute Cuisine$2,134-39%14-7$152$205,6076Weinstein Company
17The Spectacular Now$1,979-45%24-30$82$6,825,33313A24
18Fruitvale Station$1,50425%16-4$94$16,092,12116Weinstein Company