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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 Mon, Apr. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$6,219,552-73%3,938--$1,579$101,243,2731Disney
2Noah$1,255,452-75%3,5714$352$73,642,3572Paramount
3Divergent$803,491-74%3,631-305$221$114,809,0443Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$655,317-74%1,758580$373$33,213,5043Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$504,780-68%1,263286$400$33,700,4375Fox Searchlight
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$407,623-72%2,931-368$139$102,441,0065Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Muppets Most Wanted$373,371-79%3,052-142$122$42,376,1793Disney
8Sabotage (2014)$206,746-66%2,4860$83$9,065,0892Open Road
9Non-Stop (2014)$145,755-65%1,724-791$85$88,249,8756Universal
10Need For Speed$141,292-68%1,779-926$79$40,952,0374Disney / DreamWorks
11Bad Words$137,635-66%1,074232$128$6,079,3164Focus
12300: Rise of an Empire$136,222-66%1,555-1046$88$104,160,1485Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$121,079-71%1,350-651$90$250,729,6639Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$69,906-79%6640$105$4,668,0782Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Son of God$29,970-73%481-796$62$58,575,2456Fox
3Frankie & Alice$27,318-69%171--$160$377,9651Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
4Frozen (2013)$26,610-71%321-66$83$398,965,50020Disney
5The Nut Job$25,886-68%285-9$91$63,532,13812Open Road
6Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$24,002-70%425-714$56$15,683,8304Lionsgate
7Gravity$23,224-66%255120$91$273,628,53827Warner Bros.
8Jinn$13,936-63%201--$69$163,2731Freestyle Releasing
9Ride Along$13,055-72%236-124$55$133,954,12512Universal
10Philomena$11,581-52%197-5$59$37,481,95120Weinstein Company
1112 Years a Slave$7,704-56%128-100$60$56,508,70525Fox Searchlight
12Lone Survivor$5,605-68%140-25$40$125,075,30115Universal
133 Days to Kill$5,339-66%131-209$41$30,393,7457Relativity Media
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,049-71%130-55$39$258,312,35317Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$25,136-58%37--$679$213,4431Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$6,226-63%44--$142$75,6731CBS Films
3Her (2013)$3,494-56%85-25$41$25,527,30016Warner Bros.
4Veronica Mars$3,490-61%74-136$47$3,288,6134Warner Bros.
5Ernest & Celestine$2,797-75%2412$117$174,6256GKIDS
6Dallas Buyers Club$2,503-65%52-47$48$27,244,51523Focus
7Dom Hemingway$2,419-65%4--$605$41,1471Fox Searchlight
8August: Osage County$1,756-42%42-39$42$37,701,01215Weinstein Company
9Gloria (2014)$825-74%17-19$49$2,049,09311Roadside Attractions
10Watermark$821-43%2--$411$8,5451eOne Films US
11On the Other Side of the Tracks$755-60%50--$15$6,6781Weinstein Company
12The Players$706-65%50--$14$7,3801Weinstein Company
13Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$155-50%21$78$28,3519Rialto Pictures
14Vampire Academy$122-83%11-13$11$7,791,2689Weinstein Company