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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. 30 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jun. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$10,504,274-59%4,233--$2,482$110,542,6641Paramount
222 Jump Street$2,439,968-46%3,426120$712$142,719,2353Sony / Columbia
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,273,703-43%3,750-518$606$124,225,9323Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Maleficent$1,441,486-42%3,073-377$469$203,451,5505Disney
5Think Like a Man Too$1,123,579-58%2,2250$505$49,208,3362Sony / Screen Gems
6The Fault in Our Stars$1,023,641-34%2,845-495$360$110,899,4364Fox
7Jersey Boys$981,170-57%2,9050$338$28,425,9202Warner Bros.
8Edge of Tomorrow$779,099-51%2,535-677$307$85,128,0214Warner Bros.
9X-Men: Days of Future Past$561,746-44%2,014-667$279$223,976,6456Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jun. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$222,653-56%801-160$278$19,636,0938Open Road
2Godzilla (2014)$147,148-44%750-615$196$197,167,2867Warner Bros.
3Neighbors (2014)$127,570-37%510-523$250$147,368,7258Universal
4Blended$110,749-31%475-367$233$43,656,6086Warner Bros.
5A Million Ways to Die in the West$89,525-44%483-934$185$41,811,4555Universal
6Rio 2$85,114-34%32212$264$128,231,44712Fox
7The Amazing Spider-Man 2$60,196-34%274-160$220$200,245,7079Sony / Columbia
8Heaven is for Real$41,594-45%21110$197$90,216,73511Sony / TriStar
9The Grand Seduction$40,864-44%119-5$343$2,205,1485eOne Films US
10Belle$38,573-50%175-69$220$9,694,0589Fox Searchlight
11Divergent$34,122-38%210-79$162$150,578,58615Lionsgate / Summit
12The LEGO Movie$29,545-32%33520$88$257,029,80521Warner Bros.
13The Other Woman (2014)$26,874-41%195-36$138$83,430,79910Fox
14Words and Pictures$17,136-57%105-70$163$1,748,7606Roadside Attractions
15Mr. Peabody & Sherman$16,066-28%141-38$114$111,033,51117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
16Moms' Night Out$14,810-37%11767$127$10,291,3368Sony / TriStar
17The Signal (2014)$11,873-46%180-24$66$567,9723Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jun. 30 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$43,874-5%410$1,070$3,590,08913Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Snowpiercer$27,868-51%8--$3,484$199,0551RADiUS-TWC
3The Grand Budapest Hotel$18,953-46%90-22$211$58,568,96717Fox Searchlight
4Begin Again$13,400-62%5--$2,680$147,4641Weinstein Company
5God's Not Dead$9,689-47%90-22$108$60,614,79315Freestyle / Pure Flix
6The Immigrant$9,343-57%61-49$153$1,994,0867Weinstein Company
7Brick Mansions$9,201-38%31-29$297$20,367,88810Relativity Media
8Fed Up$5,411-35%32-15$169$1,459,6668RADiUS-TWC
9Yves Saint Laurent$3,875-46%2--$1,938$39,7361Weinstein Company
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$3,310-62%31-15$107$179,1134RADiUS-TWC
11The Railway Man$3,176-36%38-46$84$4,410,63412Weinstein Company
12America (2014)$1,983-86%3--$661$40,5911Lionsgate
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,632-48%21-31$78$8,435,4948Clarius Entertainment
14Radio Free Albemuth$850-48%10--$85$6,4031Freestyle Releasing
15The Hornet's Nest$83-68%2-1$42$307,0308Freestyle Releasing