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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, Mar. 22 - Sun, Mar. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Croods$44,700,000--4,046--$11,048$44,700,0001Fox / DreamWorks Animation
2Olympus Has Fallen$30,500,000--3,098--$9,845$30,500,0001FilmDistrict
3Oz: The Great and Powerful$22,031,000-47%3,805-107$5,790$177,559,1333Disney
4The Call$8,700,000-49%2,5070$3,470$30,904,1212Sony / TriStar
5Admission$6,445,650--2,160--$2,984$6,445,6501Focus
6Spring Breakers$5,000,0001801%1,1041101$4,529$5,406,8582A24
7The Incredible Burt Wonderstone$4,275,000-58%3,1600$1,353$17,365,4302Warner Bros. / New Line
8Jack the Giant Slayer$2,965,000-53%2,560-797$1,158$59,052,2834Warner Bros. / New Line
9Identity Thief$2,545,000-42%2,166-676$1,175$127,726,9457Universal
10Snitch (2013)$1,930,000-45%1,807-546$1,068$40,342,5495Lionsgate / Summit
11Silver Linings Playbook$1,620,000-36%1,044-558$1,552$127,198,54319Weinstein Company
12Safe Haven$1,152,000-53%1,279-927$901$68,932,1456Relativity Media
1321 And Over$972,000-64%1,134-1290$857$24,107,3204Relativity Media
14Escape From Planet Earth$473,000-80%1,494-717$317$53,350,3776Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$700,000-43%489-157$1,431$122,526,51118Fox
2Quartet$592,000-37%425-263$1,393$15,928,22911Weinstein Company
3Stoker$356,00034%275181$1,295$1,127,3254Fox Searchlight
4Dead Man Down$319,000-85%612-1576$521$10,624,8683FilmDistrict
5A Good Day to Die Hard$315,000-73%448-669$703$66,252,1826Fox
6Django Unchained$277,000-2%29630$936$162,000,81613Weinstein Company
7Emperor$275,250-56%237-74$1,161$2,592,2193Roadside Attractions
8Side Effects (2013)$269,000-51%225-177$1,196$30,980,1117Open Road
9Warm Bodies$247,000-57%299-360$826$65,027,9388Lionsgate / Summit
10Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$203,000107%20979$971$54,926,8339Paramount
11Dark Skies$197,000-64%205-498$961$17,026,4855Weinstein / Dimension
12InAPPropriate Comedy$171,600--275--$624$171,6001Freestyle Releasing
13Rise of The Guardians$102,000-42%162-51$630$103,173,72418Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Impossible$72,000-14%12318$585$18,731,45514Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No (2013)$207,84415%6012$3,464$1,000,2796Sony Pictures Classics
2The Gatekeepers$188,317-17%948$2,003$1,607,0118Sony Pictures Classics
3Ginger & Rosa$102,000138%3431$3,000$162,2462A24
4From Up on Poppy Hill$60,2635%64$10,044$132,4962GKIDS
5Amour$53,150-48%90-39$591$6,589,68214Sony Pictures Classics
6The Sapphires$40,927--4--$10,232$40,9271Weinstein Company
7Upside Down$26,013-9%3928$667$68,0112Millennium Entertainment
8Gimme the Loot$23,400--1--$23,400$23,4001IFC Films
9Bless Me, Ultima$21,612-55%21-24$1,029$1,512,3735Arenas Entertainment
10Parker$21,000-64%55-37$382$17,584,4929FilmDistrict
11Starbuck$16,446--3--$5,482$3,471,4711eOne Films US
12My Brother the Devil$12,140--2--$6,070$12,1401Paladin/108 Media
13Hyde Park on Hudson$10,999-51%20-11$550$6,364,61916Focus
14Reality$8,00013%21$4,000$18,0162Oscilloscope
15Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$7,200-42%21$3,600$58,5023Tribeca Film