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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. 10 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Apr. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Captain America: The Winter Soldier$4,582,140-5%3,938--$1,164$117,608,1711Disney
2Noah$1,033,153-7%3,5714$289$77,421,6352Paramount
3Divergent$776,3841%3,631-305$214$117,376,9933Lionsgate / Summit
4God's Not Dead$638,915-7%1,758580$363$35,357,3123Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$508,206-4%1,263286$402$35,419,5555Fox Searchlight
6Muppets Most Wanted$307,100-9%3,052-142$101$43,477,0473Disney
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$261,205-11%2,931-368$89$103,389,9795Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Sabotage (2014)$176,732-15%2,4860$71$9,708,1312Open Road
9Bad Words$124,014-14%1,074232$115$6,530,1064Focus
10Need For Speed$121,631-6%1,779-926$68$41,394,2444Disney / DreamWorks
11Non-Stop (2014)$119,890-13%1,724-791$70$88,704,3056Universal
12300: Rise of an Empire$112,043-17%1,555-1046$72$104,579,4255Warner Bros.
13The LEGO Movie$95,039-8%1,350-651$70$251,058,7719Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Apr. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cesar Chavez$74,2908%6640$112$4,900,8282Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Son of God$30,9703%481-796$64$58,672,0736Fox
3Frozen (2013)$29,6202%321-66$92$399,060,24220Disney
4The Nut Job$25,8942%285-9$91$63,612,92812Open Road
5Frankie & Alice$23,404-15%171--$137$462,8831Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
6Gravity$22,317-5%255120$88$273,704,33827Warner Bros.
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$21,935-14%425-714$52$15,766,4064Lionsgate
8Philomena$13,21612%197-5$67$37,522,23520Weinstein Company
9Ride Along$12,990-8%236-124$55$133,996,53512Universal
10Jinn$11,051-17%201--$55$202,3481Freestyle Releasing
1112 Years a Slave$8,04514%128-100$63$56,534,90925Fox Searchlight
12Lone Survivor$6,95011%140-25$50$125,095,60115Universal
133 Days to Kill$6,7203%131-209$51$30,415,8707Relativity Media
14The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$5,2789%130-55$41$258,327,97517Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Apr. 10 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$32,5730%37--$880$308,9931Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Afflicted$7,4214%44--$169$102,8511CBS Films
3Ernest & Celestine$5,71779%2412$238$187,5806GKIDS
4Veronica Mars$4,26617%74-136$58$3,301,2914Warner Bros.
5Her (2013)$4,0864%85-25$48$25,539,54216Warner Bros.
6Dallas Buyers Club$2,7491%52-47$53$27,254,56823Focus
7August: Osage County$2,56810%42-39$61$37,710,40215Weinstein Company
8Dom Hemingway$2,317-29%40$579$49,8231Fox Searchlight
9Gloria (2014)$1,66118%17-19$98$2,053,06311Roadside Attractions
10Watermark$1,56781%2--$784$11,9471eOne Films US
11The Players$1,30234%50--$26$10,8541Weinstein Company
12On the Other Side of the Tracks$883-3%50--$18$9,5721Weinstein Company
13Vampire Academy$213-2%11-13$19$7,791,9799Weinstein Company
14Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$130-24%1--$130$28,8459Rialto Pictures