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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, Jun. 4 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Maleficent$5,612,603-22%3,948--$1,422$88,447,8511Disney
2X-Men: Days of Future Past$2,824,137-25%4,0015$706$171,796,1412Fox
3A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,419,590-24%3,158--$450$21,709,4651Universal
4Godzilla (2014)$1,117,001-18%3,501-451$319$178,079,8013Warner Bros.
5Neighbors (2014)$897,550-15%2,939-327$305$131,834,8904Universal
6Blended$762,465-17%3,5550$214$31,740,7062Warner Bros.
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$402,062-20%2,152-1008$187$194,017,4255Sony / Columbia
8Million Dollar Arm$399,096-7%2,329-690$171$29,158,2783Disney
9The Other Woman (2014)$170,963-10%1,114-1040$153$81,595,6936Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$244,4123%624126$392$7,514,3474Open Road
2Belle$161,267-6%52572$307$6,656,0985Fox Searchlight
3Rio 2$159,0967%983-718$162$124,753,3758Fox
4Heaven is for Real$100,987-8%722-998$140$88,320,1337Sony / TriStar
5Captain America: The Winter Soldier$68,841-8%539-834$128$255,384,6209Disney
6The Grand Budapest Hotel$49,488-6%249-111$199$57,486,76413Fox Searchlight
7Divergent$42,959-6%373-271$115$148,769,74411Lionsgate / Summit
8The LEGO Movie$40,6025%302-21$134$255,548,52017Warner Bros.
9The Immigrant$39,6319%1503$264$1,194,3133Weinstein Company
10Moms' Night Out$37,526-25%383-478$98$9,716,7394Sony / TriStar
11The Railway Man$33,515-9%496-104$68$4,146,9728Weinstein Company
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$28,367-2%254-32$112$110,129,19913Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Fed Up$24,7045%1042$238$1,095,9754RADiUS-TWC
14Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$21,978-17%180-494$122$8,221,9404Clarius Entertainment
15Noah$20,829-1%182-37$114$100,929,75010Paramount
16God's Not Dead$18,916-2%155-90$122$59,851,92111Freestyle / Pure Flix
17Draft Day$11,070-13%17328$64$28,731,9418Lionsgate / Summit
18Transcendence$6,651-12%128-74$52$22,950,3977Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 4 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Grand Seduction$51,487-32%94--$548$487,3501eOne Films US
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,3252%390$957$2,494,8879Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Words and Pictures$9,72021%133$748$243,9572Roadside Attractions
4A Haunted House 2$5,867-8%74-14$79$17,282,0857Open Road
5Oculus$5,530-9%83-22$67$27,619,6868Relativity Media
6The Hornet's Nest$5,2040%42-15$124$271,3974Freestyle Releasing
7The Quiet Ones$3,275-8%72-20$45$8,506,3476Lionsgate
8Brick Mansions$2,767-20%45-123$61$20,040,1966Relativity Media
9Heropanti$1,411-19%11-5$128$61,1112UTV Motion Pictures
10Alphaville (2014 re-issue)$34722%2--$174$47,39717Rialto Pictures
11Blue Ruin$225-54%61$38$250,8816RADiUS-TWC