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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 Wed, Apr. 23 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Heaven is for Real$1,870,128-23%2,4170$774$36,350,1861Sony / TriStar
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$1,773,553-20%3,825-113$464$207,075,4383Disney
3Rio 2$1,506,933-22%3,97527$379$81,156,0702Fox
4Transcendence$763,412-26%3,455--$221$13,679,5041Warner Bros.
5Bears$607,547-35%1,720--$353$6,968,5611Disneynature
6Draft Day$482,041-15%2,7810$173$20,933,6922Lionsgate / Summit
7Divergent$460,848-16%2,486-624$185$135,437,5015Lionsgate / Summit
8A Haunted House 2$450,763-27%2,310--$195$10,575,2421Open Road
9Oculus$433,440-17%2,6480$164$22,656,8292Relativity Media
10God's Not Dead$402,304-11%1,796-64$224$49,502,9115Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Noah$400,171-19%2,537-745$158$94,669,0314Paramount
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$346,077-4%1,280-187$270$46,017,1727Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$129,12813%929-1097$139$48,738,6695Disney
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$75,6333%780-797$97$107,431,1757Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$53,051-29%135--$393$1,263,8491UTV Motion Pictures
4The LEGO Movie$39,8403%340-270$117$252,405,23211Warner Bros.
5Non-Stop (2014)$32,400-14%360-280$90$90,256,9308Universal
6Frozen (2013)$24,888-11%290-54$86$399,960,21522Disney
7300: Rise of an Empire$23,502-14%265-260$89$105,559,7627Warner Bros.
8Dom Hemingway$18,396-4%12987$143$355,1413Fox Searchlight
9Bad Words$16,088-19%223-540$72$7,617,0926Focus
10Son of God$14,063-15%503-305$28$59,486,3938Fox
11Cesar Chavez$13,55230%117-188$116$5,426,0984Lionsgate / Pantelion
12The Nut Job$11,042-6%201-60$55$64,051,54214Open Road
13Sabotage (2014)$9,258-30%130-621$71$10,387,0524Open Road
14Make Your Move$8,881-13%142--$63$109,8411High Top Releasing
15Gravity$8,430-5%145-57$58$274,004,65129Warner Bros.
163 Days to Kill$7,014-9%11027$64$30,561,8899Relativity Media
17Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$6,619-7%114-21$58$15,945,9376Lionsgate
18Philomena$6,17119%101-56$61$37,654,94922Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 23 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,2275%370$1,006$919,2833Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Railway Man$16,3242%2622$628$300,9812Weinstein Company
3Joe (2014)$9,15510%480$191$252,0032Roadside Attractions
412 Years a Slave$4,658-22%53-11$88$56,629,51827Fox Searchlight
5The Unknown Known$3,897-8%49-31$80$238,1503RADiUS-TWC
6Frankie & Alice$2,963-17%43-128$69$685,0313Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
7Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,55030%1--$2,550$17,9051Rialto Pictures
8Watermark$2,433-28%96$270$50,8583eOne Films US
9Ernest & Celestine$1,302-19%31-8$42$246,5458GKIDS
1013 Sins$1,114-9%45--$25$12,8381RADiUS-TWC
11Gloria (2014)$1,02425%13-11$79$2,085,99213Roadside Attractions
12Dallas Buyers Club$930-9%14-19$66$27,291,79025Focus
13Veronica Mars$627-35%15-8$42$3,321,3756Warner Bros.
14August: Osage County$580-35%16-11$36$37,728,73717Weinstein Company
15Cuban Fury$495-15%8-71$62$91,8722eOne Films US
16Gabrielle (2014)$160-46%1--$160$3,6391eOne Films US