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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 Sat, Aug. 2 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Aug. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$30,989,857-18%4,080--$7,596$68,835,1931Disney
2Lucy$7,302,02533%3,20229$2,280$74,095,3152Universal
3Get On Up$5,145,2955%2,468--$2,085$10,033,1251Universal
4Hercules (2014)$4,376,36538%3,5950$1,217$49,194,4452Paramount
5Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$3,539,00445%3,283-385$1,078$186,609,1084Fox
6Planes: Fire and Rescue$2,543,05243%3,241-598$785$45,490,2063Disney
7The Purge: Anarchy$2,282,95024%2,656-200$860$61,538,6053Universal
8Sex Tape$1,422,47532%2,500-562$569$32,858,8983Sony / Columbia
9And So It Goes$1,379,53648%1,81654$760$9,437,8232Clarius Entertainment
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$925,69150%1,732-744$534$240,510,3426Paramount
11Tammy$664,01240%1,415-1147$469$81,101,8265Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Aug. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$1,447,68173%726365$1,994$6,020,6882Roadside Attractions
2Maleficent$521,16344%681-396$765$234,350,26210Disney
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$500,33250%861-497$581$168,188,4358Fox / DreamWorks Animation
422 Jump Street$484,41440%828-785$585$188,091,2048Sony / Columbia
5Chef$300,10093%350-55$857$28,107,67413Open Road
6Begin Again$294,24064%727-517$405$13,560,7276Weinstein Company
7Wish I Was Here$254,02450%753128$337$2,867,4433Focus
8Edge of Tomorrow$250,50939%40249$623$98,422,8409Warner Bros.
9The Fluffy Movie$203,77833%4320$472$2,196,9472Open Road
10Earth to Echo$187,74533%536-736$350$36,836,5685Relativity Media
11Kick$174,93745%162-15$1,080$1,956,2892UTV Motion Pictures
12America (2014)$149,51647%478-282$313$13,971,4056Lionsgate
13Jersey Boys$125,71479%286-176$440$46,133,8817Warner Bros.
14The Fault in Our Stars$123,50927%282-105$438$123,307,3259Fox
15Godzilla (2014)$93,76232%277-25$338$200,087,14012Warner Bros.
16X-Men: Days of Future Past$77,33941%190-99$407$231,641,53511Fox
17Rio 2$69,48934%212-18$328$130,970,67317Fox
18Blended$59,21135%187-36$317$45,842,71911Warner Bros.
19Neighbors (2014)$55,83040%177-31$315$149,692,55013Universal
20The Amazing Spider-Man 2$48,60540%161-26$302$202,607,25514Sony / Columbia
21Snowpiercer$44,89944%100-49$449$4,105,0796RADiUS-TWC
22Think Like a Man Too$43,47914%115-202$378$64,997,8687Sony / Screen Gems
23I Origins$26,87549%12246$220$210,9993Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Aug. 2 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$63,31822%410$1,544$5,385,10018Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Deliver Us from Evil (2014)$30,59918%97-224$315$30,486,1985Sony / Screen Gems
3Calvary$29,94651%4--$7,487$49,7981Fox Searchlight
4Heaven is for Real$21,38239%96-33$223$91,370,26116Sony / TriStar
5The Grand Seduction$19,44747%50-24$389$3,189,75010eOne Films US
6Mr. Peabody & Sherman$10,44118%591$177$111,386,43922Fox / DreamWorks Animation
7Words and Pictures$5,16040%18-10$287$2,137,45011Roadside Attractions
8Yves Saint Laurent$3,50049%80$438$258,2696Weinstein Company
9The LEGO Movie$2,58220%38-164$68$257,714,29726Warner Bros.
10God's Not Dead$1,66177%7-2$237$60,752,62120Freestyle / Pure Flix
11Fed Up$1,32050%7-6$189$1,532,13913RADiUS-TWC
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$40823%40$102$210,4149RADiUS-TWC
13Accident (2014 re-issue)$199374%1--$199$17,02411Rialto Pictures
14A Long Way Off$175127%10$175$29,6269Moving Visions Entertainment
15As It Is in Heaven (2014)$12513%1--$125$9,6814Embark Visuals