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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. 26 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$2,109,30227%3,371-326$626$255,227,7734Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$1,660,96828%3,864-116$430$148,490,0103Paramount
3If I Stay$1,537,48821%2,907--$529$18,484,1531Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$1,301,01027%3,14046$414$47,386,1232Fox
5The Giver$773,05230%3,0030$257$25,172,6692Weinstein Company
6Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$764,96724%2,894--$264$7,698,2341Weinstein / Dimension
7The Expendables 3$757,57034%3,2210$235$28,725,5542Lionsgate
8The Hundred-Foot Journey$695,62343%1,944-99$358$33,708,8933Disney / DreamWorks
9When the Game Stands Tall$692,23123%2,673--$259$9,635,6731Sony / TriStar
10Lucy$442,81029%1,768-752$250$114,485,6255Universal
11Into the Storm$382,21032%2,375-1059$161$38,976,3183Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$191,07022%723-48$264$16,673,6417IFC Films
2Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$156,81936%733-529$214$204,209,3417Fox
3What If$134,89462%680-107$198$2,439,4703CBS Films
4Hercules (2014)$102,44635%622-853$165$70,114,2335Paramount
5Get On Up$92,91019%579-522$160$28,868,6604Universal
6Step Up All In$88,54860%948-1124$93$13,832,0463Lionsgate / Summit
7A Most Wanted Man$86,64828%433-211$200$14,197,6255Roadside Attractions
8How to Train Your Dragon 2$61,54923%353-24$174$172,218,93911Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Calvary$55,76212%240110$232$1,704,5094Fox Searchlight
10Earth to Echo$46,82233%781627$60$38,116,4988Relativity Media
11Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$43,0108%302261$142$6,609,06321Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Transformers: Age of Extinction$36,21013%28377$128$243,890,1999Paramount
13The Purge: Anarchy$27,8805%295-280$95$70,765,6756Universal
14And So It Goes$22,86327%156-206$147$14,707,8705Clarius Entertainment
15X-Men: Days of Future Past$16,9308%188-35$90$232,782,53014Fox
16Chef$16,07920%105-17$153$29,546,75416Open Road
17The Fault in Our Stars$15,6588%185-21$85$124,461,26812Fox
18Edge of Tomorrow$14,46010%192-69$75$99,978,94412Warner Bros.
19Tammy$13,96218%157-119$89$83,393,9548Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 26 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Yves Saint Laurent$15,906113%213$757$515,5809Weinstein Company
2Jersey Boys$8,27429%64-51$129$46,717,56610Warner Bros.
3Snowpiercer$5,83057%28-14$208$4,437,7569RADiUS-TWC
4The One I Love$5,78835%8--$724$58,1361RADiUS-TWC
5Begin Again$5,39955%39-23$138$14,530,7339Weinstein Company
6Blended$3,79115%66-45$57$46,287,59514Warner Bros.
7Godzilla (2014)$3,6013%70-48$51$200,668,40715Warner Bros.
8The Grand Seduction$3,3109%19-6$174$3,373,15213eOne Films US
9America (2014)$3,267-54%7210$45$14,422,9739Lionsgate
10Rio 2$2,52019%72-56$35$131,487,28420Fox
11The Fluffy Movie$1,8107%30-21$60$2,824,4405Open Road
12Wish I Was Here$1,21441%19-35$64$3,563,0216Focus
13The LEGO Movie$336511%7-8$48$257,750,03829Warner Bros.