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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 Tue, Aug. 19 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$3,513,71925%3,980135$883$124,080,7222Paramount
2Guardians of the Galaxy$3,511,41622%3,697-391$950$229,057,7033Disney
3Let's Be Cops$2,505,10019%3,094--$810$30,829,4851Fox
4The Expendables 3$1,623,08623%3,221--$504$18,823,2011Lionsgate
5The Giver$1,569,58520%3,003--$523$15,187,1351Weinstein Company
6The Hundred-Foot Journey$1,055,37239%2,04320$517$25,502,9542Disney / DreamWorks
7Into the Storm$945,49927%3,4340$275$33,206,5922Warner Bros. / New Line
8Lucy$769,32524%2,520-627$305$109,100,4654Universal
9Step Up All In$404,04344%2,0720$195$12,492,6372Lionsgate / Summit
10Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$302,90525%1,262-1044$240$202,442,8016Fox
11Hercules (2014)$285,66526%1,475-1421$194$68,681,4454Paramount
12Get On Up$214,19018%1,101-1368$195$27,445,8053Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$267,59111%771265$347$14,152,1336IFC Films
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$172,67224%960-1320$180$56,035,8135Disney
3A Most Wanted Man$147,87815%644-157$230$12,921,2464Roadside Attractions
4What If$143,96921%787767$183$1,322,9982CBS Films
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$106,96932%377-149$284$171,429,94210Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Purge: Anarchy$83,2057%575-1027$145$70,288,1205Universal
7Sex Tape$55,75635%317-627$176$37,862,8305Sony / Columbia
8And So It Goes$55,52040%362-749$153$14,421,4864Clarius Entertainment
9Calvary$49,5145%13086$381$991,8923Fox Searchlight
1022 Jump Street$41,77925%172-141$243$190,022,30010Sony / Columbia
11Edge of Tomorrow$34,63811%261-4$133$99,764,86011Warner Bros.
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$33,88510%223-4$152$232,545,63113Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$29,52710%206-17$143$124,243,17011Fox
14Transformers: Age of Extinction$27,90225%206-374$135$243,392,7118Paramount
15Tammy$24,39623%276-274$88$83,184,0547Warner Bros. / New Line
16Chef$20,61617%122-120$169$29,335,43315Open Road
17Earth to Echo$15,04122%154-63$98$37,698,4987Relativity Media
18Rio 2$10,88532%128-38$85$131,434,84319Fox
19Godzilla (2014)$9,902-1%118-60$84$200,607,03614Warner Bros.
20Jersey Boys$9,28219%115-35$81$46,641,2309Warner Bros.
21Blended$8,69416%111-33$78$46,227,98413Warner Bros.
22Neighbors (2014)$7,460-6%106-33$70$150,071,89515Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 19 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$34,55810%410$843$6,191,59020Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Yves Saint Laurent$21,78278%1812$1,210$420,6268Weinstein Company
3Begin Again$8,35713%62-183$135$14,471,6088Weinstein Company
4Snowpiercer$7,33525%42-29$175$4,388,4448RADiUS-TWC
5Kick$6,172333%16-58$386$2,467,5374UTV Motion Pictures
6The Grand Seduction$5,86479%25-8$235$3,337,50712eOne Films US
7The Fluffy Movie$5,2525%51-105$103$2,796,2844Open Road
8America (2014)$4,19828%62-59$68$14,383,3558Lionsgate
9Wish I Was Here$2,6511%54-148$49$3,543,8995Focus
10Words and Pictures$1,48285%153$99$2,168,48813Roadside Attractions
11The LEGO Movie$1,339-17%15-2$89$257,746,76928Warner Bros.
12Fed Up$398-3%53$80$1,538,19715RADiUS-TWC
13I Origins$389-8%13-75$30$335,4695Fox Searchlight
14Jake Squared$2011%10--$20$2,0811Freestyle Releasing
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$17517%2-1$88$213,89411RADiUS-TWC