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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, Aug. 7 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$7,631,397-13%4,080--$1,870$134,390,8391Disney
2Lucy$1,681,050-12%3,20229$525$88,022,8052Universal
3Hercules (2014)$894,856-23%3,5950$249$57,761,2472Paramount
4Get On Up$800,980-16%2,468--$325$17,914,6101Universal
5Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$739,897-22%3,283-385$225$193,433,6244Fox
6Planes: Fire and Rescue$717,336-10%3,241-598$221$50,531,3283Disney
7The Purge: Anarchy$516,595-26%2,656-200$195$66,248,3003Universal
8And So It Goes$339,508-19%1,81654$187$12,038,5192Clarius Entertainment
9Sex Tape$317,291-32%2,500-562$127$35,782,6983Sony / Columbia
10Transformers: Age of Extinction$178,665-30%1,732-744$103$242,303,5756Paramount
11Tammy$131,123-24%1,415-1147$93$82,235,1675Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1A Most Wanted Man$268,750-11%726365$370$8,212,2332Roadside Attractions
2Boyhood$250,278-12%310203$807$8,563,3874IFC Films
3How to Train Your Dragon 2$179,533-11%861-497$209$169,431,1158Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods$178,534-79%257--$695$2,116,3380Screenvision
5Maleficent$164,673-9%681-396$242$235,514,97410Disney
622 Jump Street$114,795-26%828-785$139$189,124,6168Sony / Columbia
7Edge of Tomorrow$76,9964%40249$192$98,948,2939Warner Bros.
8Earth to Echo$73,182-12%536-736$137$37,309,8195Relativity Media
9Begin Again$72,845-15%727-517$100$14,099,6006Weinstein Company
10Chef$71,685-10%350-55$205$28,623,92213Open Road
11Wish I Was Here$60,423-20%753128$80$3,364,3413Focus
12The Fault in Our Stars$55,814-8%282-105$198$123,644,8469Fox
13The Fluffy Movie$41,782-29%4320$97$2,609,1812Open Road
14America (2014)$38,607-12%478-282$81$14,254,0656Lionsgate
15Jersey Boys$35,450-13%286-176$124$46,377,5247Warner Bros.
16Godzilla (2014)$30,5150%277-25$110$200,300,72412Warner Bros.
17Rio 2$29,589-1%212-18$140$131,141,48217Fox
18Kick$26,826-32%162-15$166$2,296,2422UTV Motion Pictures
19Blended$20,839-5%187-36$111$45,980,29711Warner Bros.
20X-Men: Days of Future Past$19,670-18%190-99$104$231,799,37011Fox
21Snowpiercer$18,957-5%100-49$190$4,213,3376RADiUS-TWC
22Neighbors (2014)$17,705-9%177-31$100$149,848,13013Universal
23I Origins$10,058-7%12246$82$274,7593Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 7 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$54,102-1%410$1,320$5,639,56618Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Grand Seduction$9,144-26%50-24$183$3,248,94110eOne Films US
3Calvary$7,276-13%4--$1,819$105,6501Fox Searchlight
4Mr. Peabody & Sherman$4,215-45%591$71$111,413,83822Fox / DreamWorks Animation
5Yves Saint Laurent$1,92029%80$240$270,0026Weinstein Company
6Words and Pictures$1,352-38%18-10$75$2,149,28211Roadside Attractions
7The LEGO Movie$945-23%38-164$25$257,726,85226Warner Bros.
8God's Not Dead$469-15%7-2$67$60,755,73220Freestyle / Pure Flix
9Fed Up$37556%7-6$54$1,534,73013RADiUS-TWC
10A Long Way Off$9512%10$95$30,1049Moving Visions Entertainment
11As It Is in Heaven (2014)$36-69%1--$36$10,0964Embark Visuals
12Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$33-57%40$8$211,1419RADiUS-TWC