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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, Sep. 28 - Sun, Sep. 30

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hotel Transylvania$43,000,000--3,349--$12,840$43,000,0001Sony / Columbia
2Looper$21,200,000--2,992--$7,086$21,200,0001Sony / TriStar
3End of Watch$8,000,265-39%2,78050$2,878$26,168,8972Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$7,530,000-38%3,2120$2,344$23,725,9622Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$7,154,000-42%3,0830$2,320$22,224,9692Relativity Media
6Finding Nemo 3D$4,066,000-58%2,639-265$1,541$36,474,9803Disney
7Resident Evil: Retribution$3,000,000-55%2,381-635$1,260$38,704,9333Sony / Screen Gems
8Won't Back Down$2,700,000--2,515--$1,074$2,700,0001Fox
9Dredd 3D$2,280,000-64%2,55751$892$10,864,6072Lionsgate
10The Possession$1,441,000-45%1,618-980$891$47,490,3185Lionsgate
11Lawless$861,000-62%1,503-1111$573$36,270,6405Weinstein Company
12ParaNorman$787,369-66%1,209-408$651$53,941,3387Focus
13The Odd Life of Timothy Green$646,000-58%1,187-565$544$49,708,8427Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$5,210,000--335--$15,552$5,210,0001Universal
2The Master$2,745,000-37%85668$3,207$9,633,0703Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,137,300398%10298$11,150$1,462,1392Lionsgate / Summit
4Arbitrage$923,000-22%25612$3,605$5,163,7593Roadside Attractions
5The Dark Knight Rises$800,000-37%655-293$1,221$444,388,23111Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$787,000-51%824-607$955$111,704,1558Universal
7The Campaign$515,000-57%630-620$817$85,926,5128Warner Bros.
8The Expendables 2$500,000-66%815-1005$613$84,001,1487Lionsgate
92016: Obama's America$393,316-58%575-641$684$32,927,75212Rocky Mountain Pictures
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$385,000-29%387-33$995$159,081,44512Fox
11Ted (2012)$174,000-29%224-69$777$218,117,06514Universal
12Sleepwalk With Me$165,100-29%127-8$1,300$1,890,8756IFC Films
13Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$150,000-33%203-37$739$216,097,17417Paramount / DreamWorks
14Last Ounce of Courage$146,086-74%297-767$492$3,190,9873Rocky Mountain Pictures
15The Intouchables$139,000-23%121-35$1,149$12,474,05319Weinstein Company
16Brave$129,000--114--$1,132$233,687,24715Disney
17Robot & Frank$111,000-39%111-45$1,000$3,075,6867IDP/Samuel Goldwyn

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Samsara$153,695-20%601$2,562$1,400,3176Oscilloscope
2Searching For Sugar Man$96,6494%37-1$2,612$1,320,04910Sony Pictures Classics
3Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$95,20049%1411$6,800$198,0452IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
4For A Good Time, Call...$52,123-65%84-21$621$1,203,7095Focus
5Liberal Arts$49,60029%3111$1,600$150,6923IFC Films
610 Years$41,657-44%6320$661$179,9733Anchor Bay Films
7My Uncle Rafael$40,318-63%5-9$8,064$177,3642Rocky Mountain Pictures
8To Rome with Love$37,985-30%23-27$1,652$16,594,50315Sony Pictures Classics
9Vulgaria$36,000--16--$2,250$36,0001China Lion Film
10Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$31,000-59%40-45$775$3,119,5934Paramount
11Detropia$28,050-15%110$2,550$178,6134Loki Films
12The Other Dream Team$22,714--2--$11,357$22,7141The Film Arcade
13Celeste and Jesse Forever$21,008-55%34-20$618$3,056,1779Sony Pictures Classics
14How To Survive A Plague$17,600-38%84$2,200$58,5802IFC Films
15Hello I Must Be Going$9,945-52%11-4$904$84,9904Oscilloscope
16The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best$3,9543%32$1,318$8,4182Oscilloscope
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$1,700-24%70$243$3,374,5258ARC Entertainment