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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 Sat, Nov. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Thor: The Dark World$32,078,0101%3,841--$8,351$63,977,2201Disney
2Free Birds$5,027,32296%3,7360$1,346$26,606,4572Relativity Media
3Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa$4,812,94142%3,187-158$1,510$75,643,0593Paramount
4Last Vegas$4,791,15649%3,08217$1,555$30,433,5782CBS Films
5Ender's Game$4,435,83253%3,4070$1,302$41,093,3122Lionsgate / Summit
6Gravity$3,854,62568%2,720-304$1,417$228,863,8286Warner Bros.
712 Years a Slave$2,871,25155%1,144734$2,510$15,474,7224Fox Searchlight
8Captain Phillips$2,541,93460%2,646-375$961$89,310,7185Sony / Columbia
9About Time$1,925,98525%1,2001025$1,605$4,985,6932Universal
10Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$1,282,742119%1,836-594$699$109,045,1347Sony / Columbia
11Carrie (2013)$568,68848%1,512-740$376$33,718,3244Sony / Screen Gems
12Escape Plan$357,73162%1,049-917$341$22,940,8254Lionsgate / Summit
13The Counselor$342,87346%1,022-2022$335$15,622,6693Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1All Is Lost$488,20849%399269$1,224$2,482,6804Roadside Attractions
2Enough Said$296,78173%429-233$692$15,674,4698Fox Searchlight
3Despicable Me 2$220,10095%3101$710$365,212,55519Universal
4We're the Millers$122,91563%358-197$343$149,607,79714Warner Bros. / New Line
5Prisoners$81,22165%225-240$361$60,220,4038Warner Bros.
6Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$77,03392%216-35$357$67,657,29714Fox
7Elysium$68,71450%192154$358$92,696,93714Sony / TriStar
8Insidious: Chapter 2$64,96452%229-324$284$83,016,7809FilmDistrict
9Machete Kills$63,04735%212-51$297$7,908,6175Open Road
10Lee Daniels' The Butler$62,76266%214-98$293$115,260,44613Weinstein Company
11Rush (2013)$55,76070%164-139$340$26,716,8548Universal
12Baggage Claim$49,20587%135-159$364$21,360,9397Fox Searchlight
13Grown Ups 2$39,91891%111-37$360$133,561,68718Sony / Columbia
14Diana$35,47340%10062$355$163,8602eOne Films US
15Runner Runner$17,05946%119-118$143$19,230,8676Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$275,42161%3526$7,869$801,0002Focus
2The Book Thief$46,10380%4--$11,526$71,7681Fox
3Don Jon$43,79357%92-89$476$24,046,5657Relativity Media
4I'm in Love with a Church Girl$26,524103%74-169$358$2,149,4394High Top Releasing
5The Smurfs 2$24,826136%94-41$264$70,930,78915Sony / Columbia
6Turbo$24,220114%62-7$391$82,854,43717Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7The Wolverine$20,09172%77-42$261$132,411,30416Fox
8Pulling Strings$19,66292%76-33$259$5,762,5196Lionsgate / Pantelion
9Instructions Not Included$15,206104%52-84$292$44,180,96311Lionsgate / Pantelion
10The Family (2013)$10,18468%57-30$179$36,616,8909Relativity Media
11Grace Unplugged$7,73020%37-44$209$2,475,7676Roadside Attractions
12Reaching for the Moon$7,01883%2--$3,509$10,8611Wolfe Releasing
13Spinning Plates$5,76468%60$961$54,0893The Film Arcade
14In a World...$5,51276%18-4$306$2,923,37914Roadside Attractions
15The Heat$4,54830%28-14$162$159,529,68220Fox
16The World's End$2,80621%9-7$312$25,981,21812Focus
17The Spectacular Now$2,39151%12-6$199$6,844,80315A24
18Big Sur$1,66285%5-8$332$28,5792Ketchup Entertainment
19Long Shot: The Kevin Laue Story (2013 re-issue)$1,084-23%32$361$21,8303Cinepix
20The Wicker Man: The Final Cut$97019%3-2$323$52,1727Rialto Pictures
21Romeo and Juliet (2013)$948-79%21-1$45$1,123,9115Relativity Media
22Approved for Adoption$680-73%1--$680$3,1641GKIDS
23Linsanity$494-47%3-1$165$268,3196Ketchup Entertainment