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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, Apr. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Noah$2,300,385-12%3,567--$645$55,341,1611Paramount
2Divergent$1,484,458-5%3,9360$377$101,029,1402Lionsgate / Summit
3God's Not Dead$731,785-5%1,178362$621$24,795,5842Freestyle / Pure Flix
4Muppets Most Wanted$641,902-2%3,1940$201$35,857,4512Disney
5Mr. Peabody & Sherman$559,598-3%3,299-308$170$96,901,9254Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6Sabotage (2014)$310,625-15%2,486--$125$6,858,5851Open Road
7300: Rise of an Empire$285,407-21%2,601-484$110$102,557,6524Warner Bros.
8Need For Speed$267,306-16%2,705-410$99$39,003,5853Disney / DreamWorks
9Non-Stop (2014)$251,500-17%2,515-430$100$86,310,7905Universal
10The LEGO Movie$224,591-3%2,001-500$112$249,206,3038Warner Bros.
11Son of God$85,050-11%1,277-862$67$58,239,6465Fox
12Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$67,913-18%1,139-757$60$15,335,2823Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Budapest Hotel$695,100-2%977673$711$27,080,4274Fox Searchlight
2Bad Words$183,717-11%842755$218$4,328,4043Focus
3Cesar Chavez$133,242-2%664--$201$3,636,0951Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Monuments Men$41,224-5%501-437$82$76,756,4918Sony / Columbia
5Frozen (2013)$38,0516%387-682$98$398,539,01319Disney
6The Nut Job$32,1863%294-41$109$63,232,81811Open Road
7Ride Along$21,705-14%360-290$60$133,756,81511Universal
83 Days to Kill$19,724-8%340-412$58$30,321,2256Relativity Media
9Veronica Mars$16,225-3%210-137$77$3,248,5983Warner Bros.
10Philomena$15,7655%202-95$78$37,383,78819Weinstein Company
1112 Years a Slave$12,509-15%228-294$55$56,435,06724Fox Searchlight
12Gravity$11,599-4%135-67$86$273,363,30826Warner Bros.
13American Hustle$11,266-10%188-93$60$150,065,01616Sony / Columbia
14Her (2013)$10,20837%11037$93$25,491,42415Warner Bros.
15The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$10,1972%185-39$55$258,246,58416Warner Bros. / New Line
16Lone Survivor$9,1451%165-46$55$125,002,62114Universal
17The Wolf of Wall Street$8,018-13%134-81$60$116,900,69414Paramount
18Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$7,5796%107-21$71$50,577,41211Paramount
19The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$5,8739%158-53$37$424,668,04719Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1That Awkward Moment$5,47717%68-25$81$26,068,9559Focus
2Dallas Buyers Club$5,2620%99-79$53$27,213,18022Focus
3Dom Hemingway$3,953-28%4--$988$9,4520Fox Searchlight
4Ernest & Celestine$3,40012%125$283$140,3075GKIDS
5August: Osage County$3,234-19%81-60$40$37,687,33214Weinstein Company
6Gloria (2014)$2,910-3%36-14$81$2,037,44710Roadside Attractions
7Winter's Tale$2,79818%85-59$33$12,600,2317Warner Bros.
8Stalingrad (2014)$2,0523%6653$31$1,012,3685Sony / Columbia
9Walking With Dinosaurs$1,997-11%42-17$48$36,059,75915Fox
10Vampire Academy$7239%24-11$30$7,788,5538Weinstein Company
11Blood Ties$245-41%5-23$49$42,4722Roadside Attractions