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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.

Weekend domestic gross

WeekendTop 10 GrossChg. LW%Total GrossChg. LW% Top movie of the week
06 (Feb 07 - Feb 09)$132,710,403101%$152,816,95778%The LEGO Movie
45 (Nov 07 - Nov 09)$142,643,89591%$156,969,71566%Big Hero 6
37 (Sep 12 - Sep 14)$73,297,49352%$91,079,82439%No Good Deed (2014)
18 (May 02 - May 04)$141,515,37545%$153,996,10832%The Amazing Spider-Man 2
40 (Oct 03 - Oct 05)$136,249,16142%$148,956,07439%Gone Girl
20 (May 16 - May 18)$167,395,91435%$178,372,83331%Godzilla (2014)
12 (Mar 21 - Mar 23)$129,583,26131%$141,358,71724%Divergent
03 (Jan 17 - Jan 19)$146,864,92431%$176,250,39825%Ride Along
31 (Aug 01 - Aug 03)$167,783,61527%$186,309,03620%Guardians of the Galaxy
26 (Jun 27 - Jun 29)$171,037,68226%$180,004,11323%Transformers: Age of Extinction
14 (Apr 04 - Apr 06)$155,800,77425%$167,154,07919%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
38 (Sep 19 - Sep 21)$90,003,66723%$102,537,10513%The Maze Runner
10 (Mar 07 - Mar 09)$127,539,95523%$143,771,58816%300: Rise of an Empire
07 (Feb 14 - Feb 16)$155,759,46817%$178,151,93917%The LEGO Movie
28 (Jul 11 - Jul 13)$133,801,34416%$150,142,27813%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
24 (Jun 13 - Jun 15)$177,277,72215%$186,942,08015%22 Jump Street
09 (Feb 28 - Mar 02)$104,089,48010%$123,511,32011%Non-Stop (2014)
39 (Sep 26 - Sep 28)$95,966,6317%$107,209,1465%The Equalizer
21 (May 23 - May 25)$175,346,8225%$187,232,5075%X-Men: Days of Future Past
32 (Aug 08 - Aug 10)$169,712,5051%$186,189,3020%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
30 (Jul 25 - Jul 27)$132,017,6591%$154,705,0344%Lucy
29 (Jul 18 - Jul 20)$130,550,571-2%$149,168,728-1%Dawn of The Planet of The Apes
23 (Jun 06 - Jun 08)$153,810,858-2%$162,885,920-2%The Fault in Our Stars
41 (Oct 10 - Oct 12)$131,948,473-3%$150,548,4601%Gone Girl
13 (Mar 28 - Mar 30)$124,746,109-4%$140,571,703-1%Noah
02 (Jan 10 - Jan 12)$112,448,084-5%$140,546,7740%Lone Survivor
22 (May 30 - Jun 01)$157,680,341-10%$166,449,158-11%Maleficent
16 (Apr 18 - Apr 20)$116,260,430-11%$133,362,817-5%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
46 (Nov 14 - Nov 16)$125,728,488-12%$140,293,757-11%Dumb and Dumber To
19 (May 09 - May 11)$123,849,070-12%$136,682,787-11%Neighbors (2014)
42 (Oct 17 - Oct 19)$115,233,422-13%$131,464,508-13%Fury (2014)
35 (Aug 29 - Aug 31)$82,775,516-15%$109,332,503-5%Guardians of the Galaxy
43 (Oct 24 - Oct 26)$97,071,579-16%$115,800,273-12%Ouija
15 (Apr 11 - Apr 13)$131,084,472-16%$140,004,458-16%Captain America: The Winter Soldier
17 (Apr 25 - Apr 27)$97,473,803-16%$116,764,238-12%The Other Woman (2014)
34 (Aug 22 - Aug 24)$97,178,514-22%$114,841,162-20%Guardians of the Galaxy
11 (Mar 14 - Mar 16)$98,624,322-23%$113,857,743-21%Mr. Peabody & Sherman
44 (Oct 31 - Nov 02)$74,844,096-23%$94,837,524-18%Ouija
25 (Jun 20 - Jun 22)$135,785,499-23%$145,793,829-22%Think Like a Man Too
33 (Aug 15 - Aug 17)$124,986,010-26%$142,778,857-23%Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
05 (Jan 31 - Feb 02)$65,887,288-30%$86,072,092-27%Ride Along
27 (Jul 04 - Jul 06)$115,345,546-33%$132,400,546-26%Transformers: Age of Extinction
04 (Jan 24 - Jan 26)$93,470,922-36%$118,117,092-33%Ride Along
08 (Feb 21 - Feb 23)$94,308,705-39%$111,652,840-37%The LEGO Movie
36 (Sep 05 - Sep 07)$48,083,368-42%$65,655,749-40%Guardians of the Galaxy
01 (Jan 03 - Jan 05)$118,936,215--$141,175,697--Frozen (2013)