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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 Sun, Jun. 29 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jun. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$25,735,547-21%4,233--$6,080$100,038,3901Paramount
222 Jump Street$4,534,733-27%3,426120$1,324$140,279,2673Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,960,246-23%3,750-518$1,056$121,952,2293Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Think Like a Man Too$2,674,626-37%2,2250$1,202$48,084,7572Sony / Screen Gems
5Maleficent$2,470,530-25%3,073-377$804$202,010,0645Disney
6Jersey Boys$2,289,120-28%2,9050$788$27,444,7502Warner Bros.
7Edge of Tomorrow$1,589,261-28%2,535-677$627$84,348,9224Warner Bros.
8The Fault in Our Stars$1,545,407-11%2,845-495$543$109,875,7954Fox
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$1,007,472-25%2,014-667$500$223,414,8996Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jun. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$505,063-30%801-160$631$19,413,4408Open Road
2Godzilla (2014)$264,965-29%750-615$353$197,020,1387Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$201,560-40%510-523$395$147,241,1558Universal
4A Million Ways to Die in the West$159,525-32%483-934$330$41,721,9305Universal
5Blended$159,374-37%475-367$336$43,545,8596Warner Bros.
6Rio 2$128,118-27%32212$398$128,146,33312Fox
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$91,170-32%274-160$333$200,185,5119Sony / Columbia
8Belle$76,964-28%175-69$440$9,655,4859Fox Searchlight
9Heaven is for Real$75,403-17%21110$357$90,175,14111Sony / TriStar
10The Grand Seduction$72,686-26%119-5$611$2,164,2845eOne Films US
11Divergent$55,344-29%210-79$264$150,544,46415Lionsgate / Summit
12The Other Woman (2014)$45,686-31%195-36$234$83,403,92510Fox
13The LEGO Movie$43,264-20%33520$129$257,000,26021Warner Bros.
14Words and Pictures$40,249-31%105-70$383$1,731,6246Roadside Attractions
15Moms' Night Out$23,418-27%11767$200$10,276,5268Sony / TriStar
16Mr. Peabody & Sherman$22,373-29%141-38$159$111,017,44517Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17The Signal (2014)$22,042-20%180-24$122$556,0993Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jun. 29 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snowpiercer$56,938-17%8--$7,117$171,1871RADiUS-TWC
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$46,345-8%410$1,130$3,546,21513Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Begin Again$35,487-36%5--$7,097$134,0641Weinstein Company
4The Grand Budapest Hotel$35,186-33%90-22$391$58,550,01417Fox Searchlight
5The Immigrant$21,969-23%61-49$360$1,984,7437Weinstein Company
6God's Not Dead$18,178-23%90-22$202$60,605,10415Freestyle / Pure Flix
7Brick Mansions$14,747-3%31-29$476$20,358,68710Relativity Media
8America (2014)$13,94413%3--$4,648$38,6081Lionsgate
9Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$8,614-13%31-15$278$175,8034RADiUS-TWC
10Fed Up$8,353-5%32-15$261$1,454,2558RADiUS-TWC
11Yves Saint Laurent$7,226-28%2--$3,613$35,8611Weinstein Company
12The Railway Man$4,955-32%38-46$130$4,407,45812Weinstein Company
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$3,149-9%21-31$150$8,433,8628Clarius Entertainment
14Radio Free Albemuth$1,642-23%10--$164$5,5531Freestyle Releasing
15The Hornet's Nest$257-17%2-1$129$306,9478Freestyle Releasing
16The Unknown Known$75-63%1-1$75$276,38113RADiUS-TWC