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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, Jun. 7 - Sun, Jun. 9

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Purge$36,400,000--2,536--$14,353$36,400,0001Universal
2Fast & Furious 6$19,800,000-44%3,77185$5,251$202,985,6953Universal
3Now You See Me$19,500,000-34%3,02095$6,457$61,374,0242Lionsgate / Summit
4The Internship$18,100,000--3,366--$5,377$18,100,0001Fox
5Epic$12,100,000-27%3,594-300$3,367$84,154,5563Fox
6Star Trek Into Darkness$11,700,000-30%3,152-433$3,712$200,140,4394Paramount
7After Earth$11,200,000-59%3,4010$3,293$46,591,5692Sony / Columbia
8The Hangover Part III$7,380,000-55%3,242-323$2,276$102,373,9563Warner Bros.
9Iron Man 3$5,787,000-31%2,351-544$2,462$394,316,6656Disney
10The Great Gatsby (2013)$4,230,000-35%2,160-475$1,958$136,175,1185Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mud$1,209,400-1%5823$2,078$18,636,8957Roadside Attractions
2Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani$890,410-43%1610$5,530$2,942,8352Eros International
3The Croods$775,00016%414-92$1,872$181,699,03812Fox / DreamWorks Animation
4Frances Ha$589,68011%233101$2,531$2,377,2464IFC Films
542 (2013)$375,000-27%370-131$1,014$92,935,7799Warner Bros.
6Oz: The Great and Powerful$355,000-15%322-8$1,102$233,651,86814Disney
7Oblivion (2013)$246,000-38%298-59$826$88,472,4508Universal
8Love Is All You Need$221,87732%10130$2,197$998,0806Sony Pictures Classics
9G.I. Joe: Retaliation$165,000-40%236-50$699$121,884,02711Paramount
10What Maisie Knew$161,369-16%12221$1,323$783,4556Millenium Entertainment
11Escape From Planet Earth$105,000-46%182-86$577$56,546,21117Weinstein Company
12Pain and Gain$90,000-44%175-32$514$49,205,7387Paramount
13The Place Beyond the Pines$73,255-13%13431$547$21,256,08911Focus
14Tyler Perry Presents Peeples$65,000-4%1309$500$9,128,8085Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Before Midnight$584,64845%5221$11,243$1,518,3323Sony Pictures Classics
2The East$247,000221%4137$6,024$354,4112Fox Searchlight
3The Kings of Summer$220,000273%4440$5,000$301,6082CBS Films
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$183,400--5--$36,680$183,4001Roadside Attractions
5Stories We Tell$156,52037%7031$2,236$1,105,9235Roadside Attractions
6Kon-Tiki$113,000-20%751$1,507$1,076,4837Weinstein Company
7Fill the Void$78,04858%137$6,004$259,7593Sony Pictures Classics
8The Iceman$67,848-45%67-56$1,013$1,852,9096Millennium Entertainment
9Dirty Wars$66,000--4--$16,500$66,0001IFC Films
10The Big Wedding$47,000-37%92-34$511$21,370,4157Lionsgate
11The Sapphires$39,500-30%55-3$718$2,275,71012Weinstein Company
12We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks$35,35015%2413$1,473$127,8003Focus World
13Hannah Arendt$30,000-4%54$6,000$97,6272Zeitgeist Films
14Wish You Were Here (2013)$25,723--11--$2,338$25,7231eOne Films US
15Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's$25,516-42%29-9$880$442,1446eOne Films US
16Violet & Daisy$10,250--17--$603$10,2501Cinedigm
17The Prey$6,310--5--$1,262$6,3101Cohen Media Group
18In the House$3,129-72%8-5$391$387,8698Cohen Media Group