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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 Sat, May. 24 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: Days of Future Past$29,283,650-18%3,996--$7,328$64,795,6241Fox
2Godzilla (2014)$11,773,12534%3,9520$2,979$137,921,4272Warner Bros.
3Blended$5,221,57619%3,555--$1,469$9,594,7991Warner Bros.
4Neighbors (2014)$5,142,37520%3,266-45$1,575$109,115,4003Universal
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$3,070,20150%3,160-831$972$182,218,8124Sony / Columbia
6Million Dollar Arm$2,703,49949%3,0190$895$18,058,6132Disney
7The Other Woman (2014)$1,418,04529%2,154-900$658$76,612,9055Fox
8Rio 2$1,022,28291%1,701-670$601$120,656,5297Fox
9Heaven is for Real$781,02556%1,720-1173$454$85,081,3306Sony / TriStar
10Captain America: The Winter Soldier$670,54151%1,373-898$488$252,955,7768Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, May. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$894,23359%498426$1,796$2,744,7193Open Road
2Belle$659,00454%453280$1,455$3,286,3544Fox Searchlight
3Moms' Night Out$289,53524%861-185$336$8,489,5143Sony / TriStar
4Divergent$269,01846%644-347$418$147,663,77310Lionsgate / Summit
5The Grand Budapest Hotel$266,08261%360-270$739$56,363,63912Fox Searchlight
6The Railway Man$213,73340%600417$356$3,257,6817Weinstein Company
7Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$190,68776%674-1904$283$7,532,2283Clarius Entertainment
8The Immigrant$183,95762%147144$1,251$367,9542Weinstein Company
9The LEGO Movie$162,53066%323-32$503$254,774,91516Warner Bros.
10Mr. Peabody & Sherman$115,90475%286-33$405$109,575,14412Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11Fed Up$91,04631%10247$893$621,6543RADiUS-TWC
12God's Not Dead$85,00646%245-535$347$59,413,28710Freestyle / Pure Flix
13Noah$80,88646%219-67$369$100,491,7039Paramount
14Non-Stop (2014)$61,20045%153-67$400$91,621,98013Universal
15Brick Mansions$57,61836%168-556$343$19,903,7745Relativity Media
16Transcendence$36,99136%202-113$183$22,798,1506Warner Bros.
17Draft Day$30,14937%145-350$208$28,544,7627Lionsgate / Summit
18Oculus$21,55840%105-35$205$27,501,9917Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, May. 24 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$49,284-4%392$1,264$2,069,4348Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Words and Pictures$34,61752%10--$3,462$57,3801Roadside Attractions
3A Haunted House 2$29,29466%88-36$333$17,143,8136Open Road
4The Hornet's Nest$26,846-4%5740$471$120,4183Freestyle Releasing
5The Quiet Ones$16,73772%92-249$182$8,435,3925Lionsgate
6300: Rise of an Empire$12,63750%71-84$178$106,551,95212Warner Bros.
7Heropanti$11,89220%16--$743$21,8071UTV Motion Pictures
8Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,47233%4-4$618$125,5106Rialto Pictures
9Accident (2014 re-issue)$2,16410%1--$2,164$4,1261Rialto Pictures
10Bad Words$1,11052%21-62$53$7,776,48011Focus
112 States$87351%4-28$218$2,235,5636UTV Motion Pictures
12Blue Ruin$471-7%5-19$94$246,7635RADiUS-TWC
13The Unknown Known$41837%52$84$268,2418RADiUS-TWC
14Grand D├ępart$13613%1--$136$2561Rialto Premieres