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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, Jun. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$6,207,742-68%3,948--$1,572$75,639,0401Disney
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,163,908-66%4,0015$791$165,184,1092Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,627,855-62%3,158--$515$18,425,2401Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$1,152,979-66%3,501-451$329$175,592,6653Warner Bros.
5Neighbors (2014)$911,525-57%2,939-327$310$129,877,8904Universal
6Blended$709,031-64%3,5550$199$30,059,8702Warner Bros.
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$378,342-65%2,152-1008$176$193,114,2445Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$344,767-64%2,329-690$148$28,329,8203Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$158,352-53%1,114-1040$142$81,234,3866Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$206,211-61%624126$330$7,032,6414Open Road
2Belle$135,197-62%52572$258$6,324,0955Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$124,577-65%983-718$127$124,445,3148Fox
4Heaven is for Real$95,443-62%722-998$132$88,108,7907Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$64,584-59%539-834$120$255,241,1349Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$45,655-51%249-111$183$57,384,42613Fox Searchlight
7Divergent$40,548-52%373-271$109$148,681,10311Lionsgate / Summit
8Moms' Night Out$39,019-46%383-478$102$9,629,2424Sony / TriStar
9The Immigrant$33,086-60%1503$221$1,118,4263Weinstein Company
10The LEGO Movie$32,252-62%302-21$107$255,469,24917Warner Bros.
11The Railway Man$26,988-58%496-104$54$4,076,4598Weinstein Company
12Fed Up$22,395-57%1042$215$1,047,6414RADiUS-TWC
13Mr. Peabody & Sherman$22,174-62%254-32$87$110,071,85613Fox / DreamWorks Animation
14Noah$18,828-62%182-37$103$100,887,84110Paramount
15God's Not Dead$16,545-55%155-90$107$59,813,72111Freestyle / Pure Flix
16Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$16,150-45%180-494$90$8,173,4424Clarius Entertainment
17Draft Day$9,804-55%17328$57$28,708,1628Lionsgate / Summit
18Transcendence$5,697-58%128-74$45$22,936,1857Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$36,104-57%94--$384$359,8471eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$27,551-2%390$706$2,420,8349Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Words and Pictures$8,495-62%133$653$226,1742Roadside Attractions
4A Haunted House 2$6,074-64%74-14$82$17,269,8417Open Road
5The Hornet's Nest$5,161-60%42-15$123$260,9894Freestyle Releasing
6Oculus$5,044-61%83-22$61$27,608,0748Relativity Media
7The Quiet Ones$3,398-54%72-20$47$8,499,5106Lionsgate
8Brick Mansions$2,596-57%45-123$58$20,033,9706Relativity Media
9Godzilla: The Japanese Original$1,000307%40$250$135,1207Rialto Pictures
10Heropanti$813-64%11-5$74$57,9632UTV Motion Pictures
11Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$180-68%2--$90$46,76517Rialto Pictures
12Blue Ruin$154-73%61$26$250,1686RADiUS-TWC
13The Unknown Known$3559%1-4$35$269,1869RADiUS-TWC