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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, 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.

Big Hero 6 took third 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.

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. 31 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$1,776,627-12%3,336--$533$41,558,3361Paramount
2Gravity$1,638,76915%3,707-113$442$206,066,0134Warner Bros.
3Captain Phillips$1,175,54234%3,143123$374$74,050,5073Sony / Columbia
4Carrie (2013)$903,85097%3,1570$286$28,572,8882Sony / Screen Gems
5The Counselor$543,507-2%3,044--$179$10,387,5091Fox
6Escape Plan$380,2643%2,8830$132$19,319,7462Lionsgate / Summit
7Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$359,89754%3,111-491$116$101,995,1775Sony / Columbia
8Insidious: Chapter 2$113,653121%1,229-436$92$82,412,4317FilmDistrict
9Prisoners$108,42817%1,347-813$80$59,548,6076Warner Bros.
10The Fifth Estate$80,51311%1,7690$46$3,154,9312Disney / DreamWorks
11Machete Kills$47,842-4%1,253-1285$38$7,469,7083Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Enough Said$191,72927%83578$230$13,723,6806Fox Searchlight
212 Years a Slave$170,714-8%123104$1,388$4,160,3242Fox Searchlight
3Rush (2013)$77,85521%677-520$115$26,151,0096Universal
4We're the Millers$62,4453%786-95$79$148,808,24612Warner Bros. / New Line
5Runner Runner$53,5453%969-1042$55$19,054,5234Fox
6Don Jon$45,712-8%540-574$85$23,718,5825Relativity Media
7Lee Daniels' The Butler$40,66140%444-158$92$114,878,62411Weinstein Company
8I'm in Love with a Church Girl$39,32227%4581$86$1,867,0872High Top Releasing
9Baggage Claim$32,647-2%594-271$55$20,983,7635Fox Searchlight
10Despicable Me 2$30,32045%379-16$80$364,350,98517Universal
11Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$18,07063%303-47$60$67,280,74012Fox
12Pulling Strings$14,535-4%315-123$46$5,644,2514Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Grace Unplugged$13,74770%208-105$66$2,406,5014Roadside Attractions
14The Family (2013)$13,25826%218-265$61$36,531,4537Relativity Media
15Instructions Not Included$12,554-16%301-174$42$44,022,7559Lionsgate / Pantelion
16The Wolverine$11,11227%164-43$68$132,283,66014Fox
17Riddick$6,2851%156-97$40$42,025,1358Universal
18Turbo$4,47724%108-41$41$82,746,85515Fox / DreamWorks Animation

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 31 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$55,662-1%8276$679$876,5072Roadside Attractions
2Romeo and Juliet (2013)$5,055-16%91-370$56$1,097,9163Relativity Media
3The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$3,930104%149$281$40,0305Rialto Pictures
4The Heat$3,65918%80-23$46$159,482,82018Fox
5In a World...$2,43928%32-15$76$2,887,38712Roadside Attractions
6Haute Cuisine$1,68716%14-7$121$217,8836Weinstein Company
7We Are What We Are (2013)$1,64959%175$97$81,3815eOne Films US
8The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete$1,557-30%49-98$32$494,6083Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Thanks for Sharing$1,52620%11-3$139$1,065,8816Roadside Attractions
10The World's End$1,174-39%26-14$45$25,962,77010Focus
11Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,143-30%1--$1,143$12,6431Cinepix
12The Spectacular Now$91414%24-30$38$6,834,25513A24
13Linsanity$854-70%8-1$107$258,1284Ketchup Entertainment
14Fruitvale Station$700-56%16-4$44$16,098,99816Weinstein Company