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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 Thu, Mar. 27 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Divergent$3,068,363-7%3,936--$780$68,760,0081Lionsgate / Summit
2Muppets Most Wanted$1,106,273-4%3,194--$346$21,837,6891Disney
3Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,006,247-6%3,607-344$279$85,408,8133Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4300: Rise of an Empire$674,191-13%3,085-405$219$96,845,4143Warner Bros.
5Need For Speed$602,790-11%3,1150$194$33,418,0212Disney / DreamWorks
6Non-Stop (2014)$500,650-15%2,945-238$170$81,080,1754Universal
7The LEGO Movie$430,866-2%2,501-539$172$245,198,7207Warner Bros.
8Son of God$241,878-13%2,139-851$113$56,790,7424Fox
9Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$204,271-13%1,8960$108$13,878,1052Lionsgate
10Frozen (2013)$73,903-2%1,069-397$69$398,053,87518Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1God's Not Dead$897,064-8%816--$1,099$12,953,0181Freestyle / Pure Flix
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$596,958-13%304238$1,964$15,631,8153Fox Searchlight
3The Monuments Men$102,950-14%938-656$110$76,159,4617Sony / Columbia
43 Days to Kill$58,923-20%752-814$78$30,022,2735Relativity Media
5The Nut Job$51,000-1%335-70$152$62,793,72510Open Road
6Veronica Mars$45,634-5%34756$132$3,024,1512Warner Bros.
7Ride Along$45,500-22%650-374$70$133,340,87510Universal
812 Years a Slave$43,055-21%522-403$82$56,244,32723Fox Searchlight
9Philomena$30,823-3%297-205$104$37,219,12318Weinstein Company
10Gravity$23,432-5%202-118$116$273,190,65825Warner Bros.
11American Hustle$22,328-13%281-222$79$149,909,81815Sony / Columbia
12RoboCop (2014)$20,552-16%328-637$63$57,182,2796Sony / Columbia
13The Wolf of Wall Street$20,173-12%215-71$94$116,779,95513Paramount
14About Last Night$16,858-12%214-410$79$48,345,2856Sony / Screen Gems
15The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$16,7846%224-53$75$258,102,65615Warner Bros. / New Line
16Lone Survivor$15,795-6%211-105$75$124,874,55113Universal
17Pompeii$15,3924%201-470$77$22,877,6915Sony / TriStar
18Dallas Buyers Club$15,143-5%178-103$85$27,135,18921Focus
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$12,286-3%211-57$58$424,582,05418Lionsgate
20Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$11,5973%128-24$91$50,473,62510Paramount
21August: Osage County$9,645-3%141-62$68$37,639,30713Weinstein Company
22Winter's Tale$5,553-10%14494$39$12,578,9236Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 27 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Bad Words$80,19325%8781$922$918,6902Focus
2That Awkward Moment$7,729-5%93-29$83$26,006,9398Focus
3Her (2013)$6,826-16%73-48$94$25,410,74314Warner Bros.
4Gloria (2014)$6,26529%50-25$125$2,004,7319Roadside Attractions
5The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$4,63214%63-25$74$58,178,35313Fox
6Walking With Dinosaurs$3,43110%59-39$58$36,033,27314Fox
7Blood Ties$2,643-22%28--$94$39,3561Roadside Attractions
8Repentance$2,173-25%43-83$51$1,189,6124Lionsgate / Codeblack Films
9Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$1,73736%18-5$97$8,323,08517Weinstein Company
10Vampire Academy$1,515-1%3523$43$7,779,6127Weinstein Company
11Ernest & Celestine$970-12%7-2$139$98,0574GKIDS
12Stalingrad (2014)$919-22%13-57$71$992,8984Sony / Columbia
13The Art of the Steal (2014)$602-22%15-45$40$64,0652RADiUS-TWC
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$366-12%10$366$25,0067Rialto Pictures