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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, Jun. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
122 Jump Street$18,726,869-26%3,306--$5,665$43,871,3591Sony / Columbia
2How to Train Your Dragon 2$17,315,466-6%4,253--$4,071$35,755,5061Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3Maleficent$7,311,52125%3,623-325$2,018$157,676,4823Disney
4Edge of Tomorrow$6,108,72733%3,50515$1,743$51,164,6232Warner Bros.
5The Fault in Our Stars$5,741,160-10%3,273100$1,754$78,076,2532Fox
6X-Men: Days of Future Past$3,730,15337%3,042-597$1,226$202,895,7794Fox
7A Million Ways to Die in the West$1,243,90532%2,413-747$516$36,044,3903Universal
8Godzilla (2014)$1,209,91037%2,088-1022$579$190,236,2065Warner Bros.
9Neighbors (2014)$967,90520%1,896-778$510$142,425,9206Universal
10Chef$938,20655%1,102-196$851$13,343,7626Open Road
11Blended$666,57518%1,581-1347$422$39,879,0494Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Amazing Spider-Man 2$379,95437%682-799$557$198,089,7837Sony / Columbia
2Million Dollar Arm$284,94235%577-1066$494$33,162,9475Disney
3Belle$216,55343%338-138$641$8,427,0747Fox Searchlight
4Words and Pictures$170,20343%217119$784$960,6184Roadside Attractions
5Rio 2$158,96215%383-319$415$126,547,97010Fox
6Divergent$147,61921%33638$439$149,508,86613Lionsgate / Summit
7Heaven is for Real$125,47730%53286$236$89,289,5609Sony / TriStar
8The Grand Seduction$122,83768%104-3$1,181$1,204,4933eOne Films US
9The Other Woman (2014)$108,15027%244-245$443$82,682,1338Fox
10The Grand Budapest Hotel$84,35154%149-36$566$58,052,51415Fox Searchlight
11The LEGO Movie$81,20022%30127$270$256,250,58619Warner Bros.
12The Immigrant$69,76561%140-5$498$1,647,5145Weinstein Company
13Holiday (2014)$67,41355%102-42$661$648,2772Reliance Entertainment
14Mr. Peabody & Sherman$57,95627%207-17$280$110,582,62215Fox / DreamWorks Animation
15The Signal (2014)$54,5108%120--$454$104,8531Focus
16God's Not Dead$46,81415%150-50$312$60,258,50713Freestyle / Pure Flix
17Noah$24,42652%103-33$237$101,139,83012Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$45,154-15%412$1,101$2,915,45811Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Brick Mansions$22,86847%85-14$269$20,204,6708Relativity Media
3Moms' Night Out$20,081-4%81-211$248$10,068,5076Sony / TriStar
4Fed Up$16,35131%56-32$292$1,314,1756RADiUS-TWC
5Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$13,40242%18--$745$54,3242RADiUS-TWC
6The Railway Man$11,14238%50-127$223$4,300,93110Weinstein Company
7Draft Day$7,46635%53-60$141$28,825,85110Lionsgate / Summit
8Transcendence$6,72413%58-47$116$23,009,9039Warner Bros.
9Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$5,291-2%43-41$123$8,329,3846Clarius Entertainment
10Oculus$4,31312%31-16$139$27,670,83110Relativity Media
11Filmistaan$2,51332%8-16$314$42,9422UTV Motion Pictures
12The Hornet's Nest$1,1858%3-13$395$297,3996Freestyle Releasing
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$59725%1--$597$13,7974Rialto Pictures
14Blue Ruin$51220%2-1$256$256,8318RADiUS-TWC
15The Unknown Known$350192%30$117$273,50811RADiUS-TWC
16Heropanti$242-10%1-2$242$62,8914UTV Motion Pictures
17Godzilla: The Japanese Original$147--1-1$147$139,3849Rialto Pictures