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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. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,524,302-19%4,26815$826$105,579,7582Fox / DreamWorks Animation
222 Jump Street$3,492,276-22%3,3060$1,056$121,507,4272Sony / Columbia
3Maleficent$1,941,335-16%3,450-173$563$191,884,9284Disney
4Think Like a Man Too$1,862,648-27%2,225--$837$36,139,7611Sony / Screen Gems
5Jersey Boys$1,604,028-17%2,905--$552$18,329,3061Warner Bros.
6The Fault in Our Stars$1,506,958-14%3,34067$451$103,392,0553Fox
7Edge of Tomorrow$1,224,439-22%3,212-293$381$77,990,4113Warner Bros.
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$831,264-20%2,681-361$310$219,411,1555Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$284,008-14%1,365-723$208$195,860,7446Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$211,845-17%1,417-996$150$40,981,8304Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$186,290-16%1,033-863$180$146,300,4357Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$248,165-5%961-141$258$17,525,2567Open Road
2Blended$147,323-23%842-739$175$42,825,7795Warner Bros.
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$91,026-8%434-248$210$199,786,4288Sony / Columbia
4Rio 2$87,129-6%310-73$281$127,622,45311Fox
5Belle$50,204-8%244-94$206$9,345,1078Fox Searchlight
6Divergent$48,002-2%289-47$166$150,301,84414Lionsgate / Summit
7The Grand Seduction$42,978-14%12420$347$1,890,0144eOne Films US
8The LEGO Movie$42,7562%31514$136$256,813,46220Warner Bros.
9The Other Woman (2014)$39,5170%231-13$171$83,204,1599Fox
10Heaven is for Real$33,117-1%201-331$165$89,907,65910Sony / TriStar
11Words and Pictures$31,1576%175-42$178$1,563,7425Roadside Attractions
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$23,690-12%179-28$132$110,913,03516Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Signal (2014)$19,717-18%20484$97$468,3332Focus
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$19,124-23%112-37$171$58,411,53116Fox Searchlight
15God's Not Dead$14,924-15%112-38$133$60,529,52114Freestyle / Pure Flix
16The Immigrant$14,454-7%110-30$131$1,900,4476Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$40,475-9%410$987$3,357,89912Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,092-23%529$175$8,415,6107Clarius Entertainment
3Fed Up$7,84025%47-9$167$1,422,8427RADiUS-TWC
4The Railway Man$7,723-3%8434$92$4,384,58611Weinstein Company
5Yves Saint Laurent$6,801--2--$3,401$6,8010Weinstein Company
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$6,696-5%4628$146$145,9713RADiUS-TWC
7Moms' Night Out$6,187-19%50-31$124$10,185,7997Sony / TriStar
8Brick Mansions$5,2844%60-25$88$20,300,1909Relativity Media
9Oculus$1,41931%17-14$83$27,693,04411Relativity Media
10The Hornet's Nest$339-5%30$113$306,0667Freestyle Releasing
11Blue Ruin$54-27%1-1$54$258,3389RADiUS-TWC
12The Unknown Known$25-85%2-1$13$275,91912RADiUS-TWC