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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 Sun, Apr. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Apr. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$23,430,665-32%3,938--$5,950$95,023,7211Disney
2Noah$4,930,023-32%3,5714$1,381$72,386,9052Paramount
3Divergent$3,066,149-47%3,631-305$844$114,005,5533Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$2,542,522-15%1,758580$1,446$32,558,1873Freestyle / Pure Flix
5Muppets Most Wanted$1,768,620-38%3,052-142$579$42,002,8083Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$1,593,939-41%1,263286$1,262$33,195,6575Fox Searchlight
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$1,478,638-37%2,931-368$504$102,033,3835Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$604,299-27%2,4860$243$8,858,3432Open Road
9Need For Speed$443,486-46%1,779-926$249$40,810,7454Disney / DreamWorks
10Non-Stop (2014)$422,380-48%1,724-791$245$88,104,1206Universal
11The LEGO Movie$412,395-35%1,350-651$305$250,608,5849Warner Bros.
12300: Rise of an Empire$404,092-36%1,555-1046$260$104,023,9265Warner Bros.
13Bad Words$400,901-43%1,074232$373$5,941,6814Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Apr. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$325,534-12%6640$490$4,598,1722Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Son of God$109,972-8%481-796$229$58,545,2756Fox
3Frozen (2013)$92,841-52%321-66$289$398,938,89020Disney
4Frankie & Alice$89,062-39%171--$521$350,6471Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
5Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$80,800-47%425-714$190$15,659,8284Lionsgate
6The Nut Job$80,233-37%285-9$282$63,506,25212Open Road
7Gravity$68,640-32%255120$269$273,605,31427Warner Bros.
8The Monuments Men$51,952-48%308-193$169$76,974,2949Sony / Columbia
9Ride Along$45,980-46%236-124$195$133,941,07012Universal
10Jinn$37,992-33%201--$189$149,3371Freestyle Releasing
11Philomena$24,341-34%197-5$124$37,470,37020Weinstein Company
12Pompeii$21,620-27%134-28$161$23,091,1277Sony / TriStar
13The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$17,498-32%130-55$135$258,307,30417Warner Bros. / New Line
14Lone Survivor$17,435-42%140-25$125$125,069,69615Universal
1512 Years a Slave$17,360-43%128-100$136$56,501,00125Fox Searchlight
16RoboCop (2014)$15,882-32%118-50$135$57,372,1338Sony / Columbia
173 Days to Kill$15,734-48%131-209$120$30,388,4067Relativity Media
18American Hustle$12,435-49%119-69$104$150,117,80717Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Apr. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$59,386-17%37--$1,605$188,3071Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$16,665-46%44--$379$69,4471CBS Films
3Ernest & Celestine$11,094-18%2412$462$171,8286GKIDS
4Veronica Mars$9,048-42%74-136$122$3,285,1234Warner Bros.
5Her (2013)$7,988-46%85-25$94$25,523,80616Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$7,189-46%52-47$138$27,242,01223Focus
7Dom Hemingway$6,898-47%4--$1,725$38,7281Fox Searchlight
8About Last Night$6,819-44%44-47$155$48,473,6488Sony / Screen Gems
9Gloria (2014)$3,222-35%17-19$190$2,048,26811Roadside Attractions
10August: Osage County$3,017-49%42-39$72$37,699,25615Weinstein Company
11The Players$2,023-32%50--$40$6,6741Weinstein Company
12On the Other Side of the Tracks$1,911-20%50--$38$5,9231Weinstein Company
13Watermark$1,437-49%2--$719$7,7241eOne Films US
14Vampire Academy$735-31%11-13$67$7,791,1469Weinstein Company
15Stalingrad (2014)$5947%10-56$59$1,013,9456Sony / Columbia
16Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$307-74%31$102$28,1969Rialto Pictures