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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, 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.

Big Hero 6 took third 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.

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, Aug. 30 - Sun, Sep. 1

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1One Direction: This Is Us$17,000,000--2,735--$6,216$17,000,0001Sony / TriStar
2Lee Daniels' The Butler$14,742,000-11%3,330220$4,427$74,007,1063Weinstein Company
3We're the Millers$12,610,000-3%3,4450$3,660$109,561,9184Warner Bros. / New Line
4Planes$7,756,000-10%3,259-119$2,380$70,843,6704Disney
5Elysium$6,300,000-9%2,539-374$2,481$78,403,7294Sony / TriStar
6The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones$5,200,000-44%3,1180$1,668$22,654,1842Sony / Screen Gems
7The World's End$4,759,494-46%1,5532$3,065$16,568,7282Focus
8Getaway$4,505,000--2,130--$2,115$4,505,0001Warner Bros.
9Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters$4,425,000-16%2,393-337$1,849$54,965,0194Fox
10Blue Jasmine$4,020,7381%1,179-104$3,410$20,487,2066Sony Pictures Classics
11You're Next$4,000,000-43%2,4370$1,641$13,339,7082Lionsgate
12Despicable Me 2$2,700,0004%1,280-122$2,109$354,638,7909Universal
132 Guns$2,600,000-23%1,408-433$1,847$69,309,9055Universal
14The Smurfs 2$1,950,000-29%1,366-486$1,428$66,104,2365Sony / Columbia
15Kick-Ass 2$1,900,000-57%1,638-1307$1,160$26,429,0453Universal
16Monsters University$1,476,000277%1,8891646$781$263,478,31411Disney
17World War Z$1,241,000294%1,2471008$995$200,264,83111Paramount
18Jobs$1,221,000-57%1,302-1079$938$14,485,3203Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Instructions Not Included$7,500,000--347--$21,614$7,500,0001Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Closed Circuit$2,543,484--870--$2,924$3,055,3301Focus
3The Grandmaster$2,446,0001744%749742$3,266$2,642,0442Weinstein Company
4The Wolverine$1,700,000-32%988-461$1,721$127,808,8826Fox
5The Conjuring$1,350,000-34%903-452$1,495$133,822,9107Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Spectacular Now$1,044,63069%385231$2,713$3,386,9095A24
7Star Trek Into Darkness$820,000671%958814$856$228,260,81016Paramount
8Turbo$770,00020%438-32$1,758$79,817,4837Fox / DreamWorks Animation
9Pacific Rim$740,00084%401141$1,845$100,117,0518Warner Bros.
10The Way, Way Back$700,00072%654352$1,070$19,520,5739Fox Searchlight
11The Heat$630,00016%393-16$1,603$157,255,65710Fox
12Now You See Me$368,0009%239-7$1,540$116,965,84514Lionsgate / Summit
13The Lone Ranger$364,00094%254113$1,433$88,430,9039Disney
14Red 2$342,000-1%261-128$1,310$52,088,0967Lionsgate / Summit
15R.I.P.D.$214,0004%1812$1,182$33,017,0957Universal
16Fruitvale Station$188,000-32%294-98$639$15,521,1728Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1In a World...$328,70016%9217$3,573$1,192,1704Roadside Attractions
2Austenland$215,31293%5230$4,141$444,6793Sony Pictures Classics
3Short Term 12$94,34568%1612$5,897$170,8082Cinedigm
4Fast & Furious 6$88,80069%59-39$1,505$238,660,69015Universal
5Passion$33,757--14--$2,411$33,7571eOne Films US
6Afternoon Delight$28,088--2--$14,044$28,0881The Film Arcade
7Therese (2013)$20,0050%82$2,501$51,3592MPI Pictures
8Our Nixon$5,911--3--$1,970$5,9111Cinedigm