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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, Jul. 14 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jul. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$8,216,757-58%3,967--$2,071$80,828,1841Fox
2Transformers: Age of Extinction$2,016,518-57%3,913-320$515$210,850,2313Paramount
3Tammy$1,597,464-53%3,4650$461$58,596,2162Warner Bros. / New Line
4How to Train Your Dragon 2$1,013,279-45%2,885-412$351$153,290,0125Fox / DreamWorks Animation
522 Jump Street$996,618-45%2,811-513$355$172,759,3155Sony / Columbia
6Earth to Echo$921,149-40%3,2300$285$25,506,9652Relativity Media
7Maleficent$711,507-43%2,077-312$343$222,716,9017Disney
8Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$692,881-49%3,0490$227$25,744,9802Sony / Screen Gems
9America (2014)$376,626-48%1,1050$341$8,588,4173Lionsgate
10Jersey Boys$348,198-53%1,968-662$177$42,060,2384Warner Bros.
11The Fault in Our Stars$285,276-33%1,002-863$285$119,914,9756Fox
12Think Like a Man Too$275,257-56%1,231-498$224$62,082,5024Sony / Screen Gems
13Edge of Tomorrow$244,020-50%1,103-435$221$94,742,3616Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jul. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Begin Again$355,750-54%939764$379$5,527,3373Weinstein Company
2Chef$175,070-50%70115$250$24,250,21010Open Road
3X-Men: Days of Future Past$151,105-46%655-389$231$229,313,5418Fox
4Snowpiercer$87,610-51%356106$246$2,723,0823RADiUS-TWC
5Rio 2$65,617-38%285-26$230$129,692,52814Fox
6Blended$52,926-45%33530$158$44,766,2408Warner Bros.
7Neighbors (2014)$45,265-47%267-48$170$148,681,37510Universal
8Godzilla (2014)$35,382-50%303-49$117$198,390,5679Warner Bros.
9The LEGO Movie$24,387-2%350110$70$257,360,16823Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$23,505-40%188-39$125$42,639,1907Universal
11Belle$19,729-51%107-16$184$10,269,22411Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jul. 14 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$63,130--5--$12,626$450,7481IFC Films
2Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$43,542-2%410$1,062$4,284,15715Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Grand Seduction$20,806-40%921$226$2,727,6747eOne Films US
4The Grand Budapest Hotel$10,058-42%63-9$160$58,858,92419Fox Searchlight
5The Other Woman (2014)$9,438-44%96-46$98$83,751,70312Fox
6Words and Pictures$6,633-54%40-21$166$1,993,1818Roadside Attractions
7Mr. Peabody & Sherman$5,992-49%78-33$77$111,239,39319Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Yves Saint Laurent$5,213-48%144$372$167,4843Weinstein Company
9Fed Up$2,67216%202$134$1,503,79910RADiUS-TWC
10God's Not Dead$1,643-53%25-35$66$60,723,89017Freestyle / Pure Flix
11The Railway Man$561-56%11-3$51$4,435,64414Weinstein Company
12The Signal (2014)$548-48%15-20$37$597,9685Focus
13Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$218-10%10-13$22$8,456,54310Clarius Entertainment
14The Hornet's Nest$18115%21$91$310,36110Freestyle Releasing
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$125-37%6-6$21$202,5306RADiUS-TWC