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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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Apr. 6 - Sun, Apr. 8

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$33,500,000-43%4,1370$8,098$302,839,1653Lionsgate
2American Reunion$21,466,200--3,192--$6,725$21,466,2001Universal
3Titanic 3D$17,350,000--2,674--$6,488$25,710,4821Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$15,010,000-55%3,5450$4,234$58,892,0912Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$11,000,000-39%3,61815$3,040$36,678,1022Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$10,200,000-31%3,009-139$3,390$109,612,3824Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$5,015,010-36%3,003-261$1,670$198,189,3606Universal
8John Carter$820,000-60%1,015-1382$808$67,973,3475Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$975,000-23%52441$1,861$4,639,0015CBS Films
2Safe House$580,810-26%482-247$1,205$124,750,9709Universal
3The Raid: Redemption$564,585109%176130$3,208$1,288,1953Sony Pictures Classics
4Act of Valor$536,000-47%708-531$757$68,769,2077Relativity Media
5Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$505,000-38%651-257$776$99,353,6769Warner Bros. / New Line
6A Thousand Words$475,000-47%507-500$937$17,418,8795Paramount
7Jeff Who Lives at Home$405,000-40%447-66$906$3,386,8704Paramount Vantage
8October Baby$367,096-52%339-48$1,083$3,782,29524IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
9Project X (2012)$305,000-62%444-459$687$54,039,7786Warner Bros.
10The Vow$285,000-14%479-35$595$123,913,9819Sony / Screen Gems
11Casa de mi Padre$260,000-56%283-156$919$5,488,9854Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Friends With Kids$233,250-49%206-102$1,132$6,736,3095Roadside Attractions
13This Means War$214,000-49%321-254$667$53,454,1488Fox
14The Artist$180,000-36%222-93$811$43,846,49020Weinstein Company
15Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$154,000-43%204-117$755$34,659,4147Lionsgate
16A Separation$142,182-36%141-58$1,008$6,697,91615Sony Pictures Classics
17The Iron Lady$127,000-30%236-48$538$29,649,00515Weinstein Company
18Silent House (2012)$114,500-35%214-111$535$12,554,5835Open Road
19The Woman in Black$102,000-34%159-20$642$54,107,60310CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$70,000-35%102-48$686$209,364,76217Paramount
21Hugo$70,000-46%101-73$693$73,821,68320Paramount
22Gone$55,00061%12160$455$11,651,6997Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Footnote$124,393-48%655$1,914$805,2345Sony Pictures Classics
2We Need to Talk About Kevin$77,54915%65-2$1,193$1,573,89118Oscilloscope
3Bully (2012)$74,786-36%61$12,464$235,1962Weinstein Company
4Damsels in Distress$64,199--4--$16,050$64,1991Sony Pictures Classics
5Being Flynn$33,731-20%33-7$1,022$529,0346Focus
6Coriolanus$26,79047%171$1,576$635,98912Weinstein Company
7The Grey$25,959-58%67-137$387$51,532,99811Open Road
8Undefeated$25,361-20%15-1$1,691$462,1878Weinstein Company
9Rampart$19,01039%4010$475$882,6679Millennium Entertainment
10One For the Money$18,800-50%49-53$384$26,407,58911Lionsgate
11W.E.$18,000-6%210$857$519,77510Weinstein Company
12Intruders$7,923-81%11-22$720$65,0302Millennium Entertainment
13Turn Me On, Dammit!$6,320-38%20$3,160$21,1112New Yorker Films