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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 Fri, Apr. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Apr. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Other Woman (2014)$9,287,804--3,205--$2,898$9,287,8041Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$4,415,521150%3,620-205$1,220$213,255,7374Disney
3Heaven is for Real$4,056,107130%2,705288$1,499$42,167,0232Sony / TriStar
4Brick Mansions$3,553,769--2,647--$1,343$3,553,7691Relativity Media
5Rio 2$3,294,840144%3,703-272$890$85,803,2833Fox
6The Quiet Ones$1,528,345--2,027--$754$1,528,3451Lionsgate
7Transcendence$1,264,87984%3,4550$366$15,631,8452Warner Bros.
8Bears$1,195,260107%1,7200$695$8,742,1972Disneynature
9Divergent$1,080,476154%2,066-420$523$136,943,3676Lionsgate / Summit
10A Haunted House 2$970,186139%2,3100$420$11,950,8422Open Road
11God's Not Dead$828,511109%1,600-196$518$50,728,3386Freestyle / Pure Flix
12Draft Day$818,65184%2,080-701$394$22,196,5023Lionsgate / Summit
13Oculus$711,19286%1,881-767$378$23,750,4783Relativity Media
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$662,777103%1,021-259$649$47,006,7588Fox Searchlight
15Noah$589,27863%1,604-933$367$95,620,1495Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Apr. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Railway Man$155,141878%156130$994$471,9803Weinstein Company
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$135,811111%468-312$290$107,631,4068Fox / DreamWorks Animation
32 States$135,661208%1372$990$1,443,5242UTV Motion Pictures
4The LEGO Movie$83,478124%303-37$276$252,525,95612Warner Bros.
5300: Rise of an Empire$66,182185%32560$204$105,649,1518Warner Bros.
6Non-Stop (2014)$58,07090%252-108$230$90,345,6009Universal
7Frozen (2013)$42,74269%227-63$188$400,028,18123Disney
8The Monuments Men$34,840--166-55$210$77,604,83312Sony / Columbia
9RoboCop (2014)$23,816--147-28$162$57,812,63411Sony / Columbia
10The Nut Job$22,45383%160-41$140$64,086,25115Open Road
11Son of God$18,95641%211-292$90$59,518,7969Fox
12Dom Hemingway$18,79622%119-10$158$389,3644Fox Searchlight
13Bad Words$15,03612%114-109$132$7,645,5657Focus
14Gravity$10,85634%105-40$103$274,023,59930Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Apr. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$54,36736%370$1,469$1,013,6684Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Cesar Chavez$20,37551%45-72$453$5,460,0015Lionsgate / Pantelion
33 Days to Kill$12,55473%85-25$148$30,581,68110Relativity Media
4Joe (2014)$10,52731%41-7$257$270,5643Roadside Attractions
5About Last Night$10,409--67-42$155$48,614,53011Sony / Screen Gems
6Sabotage (2014)$10,18620%75-55$136$10,405,7395Open Road
7Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$4,046-37%87-27$47$15,956,3897Lionsgate
8Philomena$3,624-41%33-68$110$37,664,67023Weinstein Company
9Watermark$3,24959%168$203$56,1514eOne Films US
10The Unknown Known$2,372-68%22-27$108$248,0214RADiUS-TWC
11Ernest & Celestine$2,116-13%20-11$106$251,0859GKIDS
12August: Osage County$1,751492%7-9$250$37,730,78418Weinstein Company
13Frankie & Alice$1,462-53%24-19$61$689,5764Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
14Make Your Move$1,254-84%40-102$31$118,8872High Top Releasing
15Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$1,158--2--$579$30,95112Rialto Pictures
16Gloria (2014)$1,14441%9-4$127$2,087,94814Roadside Attractions
17Dallas Buyers Club$1,11549%12-2$93$27,293,65126Focus
18Godzilla: The Japanese Original$316-90%10$316$21,2542Rialto Pictures
19Gabrielle (2014)$252-8%10$252$4,1642eOne Films US