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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, Apr. 1 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Apr. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$3,604,45516%3,567--$1,011$50,430,3091Paramount
2Divergent$1,941,59717%3,9360$493$97,984,2572Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$811,73511%1,178398$689$23,292,6272Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$774,17015%3,1940$242$34,563,6012Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$680,67412%3,299-308$206$95,765,6694Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$472,5388%2,486--$190$6,182,5181Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$460,14317%2,601-484$177$101,908,9864Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$434,00028%2,705-410$160$38,417,5393Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$364,67521%2,515-430$145$85,757,5355Universal
10The LEGO Movie$283,18314%2,001-500$142$248,749,2478Warner Bros.
11Son of God$109,79217%1,277-862$86$58,058,8435Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$100,81721%1,139-757$89$15,184,1943Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Apr. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$805,84616%977673$825$25,673,6184Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$251,51721%842755$299$3,938,3723Focus
3Cesar Chavez$203,757-32%664--$307$3,366,5681Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Monuments Men$45,93122%501-437$92$76,671,9048Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$38,46310%387-682$99$398,465,11919Disney
6The Nut Job$35,91832%294-41$122$63,169,38411Open Road
73 Days to Kill$27,61950%340-412$81$30,280,0206Relativity Media
8Ride Along$25,2950%360-290$70$133,709,76011Universal
9Veronica Mars$17,44111%210-137$83$3,215,7303Warner Bros.
1012 Years a Slave$17,31343%228-294$76$56,407,79124Fox Searchlight
11Philomena$16,60648%202-95$82$37,352,98519Weinstein Company
12Gravity$13,9157%135-67$103$273,339,60326Warner Bros.
13American Hustle$12,87218%188-93$68$150,041,19216Sony / Columbia
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,023-1%185-39$54$258,226,42316Warner Bros. / New Line
15Lone Survivor$9,9750%165-46$60$124,984,42114Universal
16The Wolf of Wall Street$9,22022%134-81$69$116,883,50414Paramount
17Her (2013)$7,69621%11037$70$25,473,74415Warner Bros.
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$7,34418%107-21$69$50,562,67511Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$6,04017%158-53$38$424,656,79219Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Apr. 1 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dallas Buyers Club$6,41140%99-79$65$27,202,64122Focus
2That Awkward Moment$5,82049%68-25$86$26,058,8059Focus
3August: Osage County$5,12477%81-60$63$37,680,11214Weinstein Company
4Gloria (2014)$3,41525%36-14$95$2,031,52710Roadside Attractions
5Stalingrad (2014)$2,1495%6653$33$1,008,3285Sony / Columbia
6Ernest & Celestine$2,108-27%125$176$133,8755GKIDS
7Walking With Dinosaurs$2,02020%42-17$48$36,055,52415Fox
8Winter's Tale$1,82916%85-59$22$12,595,0627Warner Bros.
9Vampire Academy$64514%24-11$27$7,787,1688Weinstein Company
10Blood Ties$35353%5-23$71$41,8122Roadside Attractions