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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 Thu, Jul. 3 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jul. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Transformers: Age of Extinction$9,660,41825%4,233--$2,282$138,345,7691Paramount
2Tammy$5,518,172-11%3,400--$1,623$11,729,5400Warner Bros. / New Line
3Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$2,657,138-7%3,049--$871$5,511,8520Sony / Screen Gems
4Earth to Echo$2,552,979-4%3,230--$790$5,202,8990Relativity Media
522 Jump Street$2,491,95026%3,32418$750$149,466,2933Sony / Columbia
6How to Train Your Dragon 2$2,444,11224%3,311-957$738$131,254,3643Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Maleficent$1,529,47927%2,443-1007$626$207,760,4885Disney
8Jersey Boys$1,095,42825%2,630-275$417$31,535,7952Warner Bros.
9Think Like a Man Too$1,091,56732%1,729-496$631$52,298,7242Sony / Screen Gems
10Edge of Tomorrow$812,36855%1,538-1674$528$87,227,1534Warner Bros.
11The Fault in Our Stars$767,75411%1,866-1474$411$113,403,5294Fox
12America (2014)$626,648-4%1,105--$567$1,318,9681Lionsgate
13X-Men: Days of Future Past$410,27240%1,040-1641$394$225,220,0026Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jul. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$306,45148%686-275$447$20,361,7528Open Road
2Begin Again$214,94532%175--$1,228$538,2491Weinstein Company
3Snowpiercer$165,32547%250--$661$501,5191RADiUS-TWC
4Godzilla (2014)$105,09752%352-1013$299$197,483,6147Warner Bros.
5The Amazing Spider-Man 2$101,24933%289-145$350$200,477,6129Sony / Columbia
6Neighbors (2014)$90,99030%298-735$305$147,621,6308Universal
7Rio 2$90,7513%299-11$304$128,503,12812Fox
8Blended$60,12143%305-537$197$43,846,0156Warner Bros.
9A Million Ways to Die in the West$59,36041%201-1216$295$41,983,1705Universal
10Heaven is for Real$47,59718%186-15$256$90,349,86111Sony / TriStar
11Belle$42,52333%134-110$317$9,809,7199Fox Searchlight
12Divergent$40,39820%210-79$192$150,687,12115Lionsgate / Summit
13The Grand Seduction$31,01619%119-5$261$2,305,6605eOne Films US
14The LEGO Movie$30,158-2%240-75$126$257,122,20321Warner Bros.
15The Other Woman (2014)$28,17030%168-63$168$83,506,60710Fox
16Mr. Peabody & Sherman$18,3495%136-43$135$111,089,59117Fox / DreamWorks Animation
17Words and Pictures$16,46731%105-70$157$1,795,1116Roadside Attractions
18The Signal (2014)$1,50830%180-24$8$581,4653Focus

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jul. 3 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$55,76414%0-41--$3,742,80013Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Budapest Hotel$21,04539%80-32$263$58,622,60417Fox Searchlight
3Brick Mansions$14,89184%31-29$480$20,396,82910Relativity Media
4God's Not Dead$12,59138%90-22$140$60,648,17515Freestyle / Pure Flix
5The Immigrant$11,87234%61-49$195$2,025,3287Weinstein Company
6Moms' Night Out$11,19139%9646$117$10,327,0688Sony / TriStar
7Fed Up$6,4241%18-29$357$1,481,3078RADiUS-TWC
8Yves Saint Laurent$6,10221%20$3,051$54,5611Weinstein Company
9The Railway Man$2,89024%38-46$76$4,418,31912Weinstein Company
10Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$2,62064%12-34$218$186,2564RADiUS-TWC
11Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$1,22433%9-43$136$8,439,8068Clarius Entertainment
12Radio Free Albemuth$872-19%10--$87$9,3651Freestyle Releasing
13Godzilla: The Japanese Original$200-37%1--$200$143,75711Rialto Pictures
14The Hornet's Nest$8822%1-2$88$307,3328Freestyle Releasing
15The Unknown Known$6632%1-1$66$276,49713RADiUS-TWC