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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 Wed, Aug. 20 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Aug. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$2,623,129-25%3,697-391$710$231,680,8323Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$2,406,886-32%3,980135$605$126,487,6082Paramount
3Let's Be Cops$1,765,160-30%3,094158$571$32,594,6451Fox
4The Giver$1,122,276-28%3,003--$374$16,309,4111Weinstein Company
5The Expendables 3$1,084,957-33%3,221--$337$19,908,1581Lionsgate
6The Hundred-Foot Journey$850,389-19%2,04320$416$26,353,3432Disney / DreamWorks
7Into the Storm$686,409-27%3,4340$200$33,893,0012Warner Bros. / New Line
8Lucy$618,510-20%2,520-532$245$109,718,9754Universal
9Step Up All In$260,460-36%2,0720$126$12,753,0972Lionsgate / Summit
10Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$225,750-25%1,262-589$179$202,668,5516Fox
11Hercules (2014)$210,385-26%1,475-1421$143$68,891,8304Paramount
12Get On Up$170,135-21%1,101-1179$155$27,615,9403Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Aug. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$243,642-9%771265$316$14,397,1336IFC Films
2Planes: Fire and Rescue$146,821-15%960-892$153$56,182,6345Disney
3A Most Wanted Man$137,306-7%644-157$213$13,058,5524Roadside Attractions
4What If$122,603-15%787767$156$1,445,6012CBS Films
5How to Train Your Dragon 2$86,707-19%377-149$230$171,516,64910Fox / DreamWorks Animation
6The Purge: Anarchy$68,720-17%575-630$120$70,356,8405Universal
7Calvary$48,219-3%13086$371$1,040,1113Fox Searchlight
8And So It Goes$47,303-15%362-749$131$14,468,7894Clarius Entertainment
9Sex Tape$45,039-19%317-416$142$37,907,8695Sony / Columbia
1022 Jump Street$37,110-11%172-106$216$190,059,41010Sony / Columbia
11Edge of Tomorrow$32,559-6%261-4$125$99,797,41911Warner Bros.
12X-Men: Days of Future Past$29,797-12%223-4$134$232,575,42813Fox
13The Fault in Our Stars$26,938-9%206-17$131$124,270,10811Fox
14Transformers: Age of Extinction$23,876-14%206-374$116$243,416,5878Paramount
15Tammy$20,688-15%276-274$75$83,204,7427Warner Bros. / New Line
16Chef$18,350-11%122-120$150$29,353,78315Open Road
17Earth to Echo$16,66311%154-63$108$37,715,1617Relativity Media
18Godzilla (2014)$9,704-2%118-60$82$200,616,74014Warner Bros.
19Rio 2$9,109-16%128-38$71$131,443,95219Fox
20Jersey Boys$7,996-14%115-35$70$46,649,2269Warner Bros.
21Blended$7,911-9%111-33$71$46,235,89513Warner Bros.
22Neighbors (2014)$7,4350%106-33$70$150,079,33015Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Aug. 20 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$37,1057%410$905$6,228,69520Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Yves Saint Laurent$11,881-45%1812$660$432,5078Weinstein Company
3The Grand Seduction$7,85034%25-8$314$3,345,35712eOne Films US
4Begin Again$7,279-13%62-183$117$14,478,8878Weinstein Company
5Snowpiercer$7,246-1%42-29$173$4,395,6908RADiUS-TWC
6The Fluffy Movie$4,780-9%51-105$94$2,801,0644Open Road
7America (2014)$3,066-27%62-59$49$14,386,4218Lionsgate
8Wish I Was Here$2,588-2%54-148$48$3,546,4875Focus
9Kick$2,579-58%16-58$161$2,470,1164UTV Motion Pictures
10The LEGO Movie$1,3632%15-2$91$257,748,13228Warner Bros.
11Words and Pictures$1,287-13%153$86$2,169,77513Roadside Attractions
12I Origins$358-8%13-75$28$335,8275Fox Searchlight
13Jake Squared$28542%10--$29$2,3661Freestyle Releasing
14Fed Up$208-48%53$42$1,538,40515RADiUS-TWC
15Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$30-83%2-1$15$213,92411RADiUS-TWC