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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. 5 - Sun, Apr. 7

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Evil Dead$26,000,000--3,025--$8,595$26,000,0001Sony / TriStar
2G.I. Joe: Retaliation$21,100,000-48%3,73415$5,651$86,663,0602Paramount
3The Croods$21,100,000-21%3,879-186$5,440$125,800,2023Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Jurassic Park 3D$18,247,000--2,771--$6,585$18,247,0001Universal
5Olympus Has Fallen$10,042,000-29%3,059-47$3,283$71,115,5013FilmDistrict
6Tyler Perry's Temptation$10,000,000-54%2,0470$4,885$38,383,3412Lionsgate
7Oz: The Great and Powerful$8,171,000-30%2,905-419$2,813$212,767,7185Disney
8The Host (2013)$5,239,000-51%3,2020$1,636$19,664,7132Open Road
9The Call$3,500,000-29%2,002-437$1,748$45,481,0934Sony / TriStar
10Admission$2,054,466-36%1,407-754$1,460$15,374,0143Focus
11Spring Breakers$1,200,000-57%1,072-307$1,119$12,644,7424A24

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$818,000-26%721-361$1,135$131,253,6309Universal
2Silver Linings Playbook$607,000-33%524-228$1,158$129,728,64721Weinstein Company
3Life of Pi$360,000-16%269-71$1,338$123,925,62120Fox
4Quartet$358,000-6%252-50$1,421$17,191,76013Weinstein Company
5Snitch (2013)$263,000-41%304-442$865$41,821,1227Lionsgate / Summit
6Warm Bodies$260,000111%287125$906$65,574,30410Lionsgate / Summit
7Escape From Planet Earth$236,0000%432-545$546$54,414,6698Weinstein Company
8The Gatekeepers$171,492-15%13126$1,309$2,115,32510Sony Pictures Classics
9A Good Day to Die Hard$162,0002%22516$720$66,792,4828Fox
10Django Unchained$134,000-22%183-50$732$162,545,30515Weinstein Company
11Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$131,000-29%180-22$728$55,432,15611Paramount
12Emperor$126,000-15%120-18$1,050$3,103,3645Roadside Attractions
13Dead Man Down$50,00075%14671$342$10,828,1295FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Place Beyond the Pines$695,041149%3026$23,168$1,081,0712Focus
2The Sapphires$322,000350%6048$5,367$473,9523Weinstein Company
3No (2013)$219,797-3%8919$2,470$1,619,7778Sony Pictures Classics
4The Company You Keep$146,058--5--$29,212$146,0581Sony Pictures Classics
5Ginger & Rosa$140,000-18%9921$1,414$589,8044A24
6Trance$136,103--4--$34,026$136,1031Fox Searchlight
7From Up on Poppy Hill$133,66913%4015$3,342$475,4604GKIDS
8Renoir$103,00058%2014$5,150$200,4082IDP / Samuel Goldwyn
9Starbuck$62,06625%3114$2,002$3,609,8483eOne Films US
10Stoker$62,000-65%89-105$697$1,626,1626Fox Searchlight
11The Impossible$41,600-9%80-6$520$18,889,55516Lionsgate / Summit
12Rise of The Guardians$39,000-40%89-45$438$103,396,31520Paramount / DreamWorks
13Blancanieves$35,85442%1410$2,561$73,6032Cohen Media Group
14Upstream Color$31,500--1--$31,500$31,5001ERBP
15Reality$18,00054%128$1,500$55,2384Oscilloscope
16Upside Down$7,418-6%10-9$742$102,9584Millennium Entertainment
17Bless Me, Ultima$6,799-40%5-6$1,360$1,559,3687Arenas Entertainment
18Somebody Up There Likes Me (2013)$6,060--1--$6,060$84,3585Tribeca Film
19Wrong$2,673-87%8-11$334$33,0752Drafthouse Films