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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 Actuals (Domestic) Fri, Dec. 9 - Sun, Dec. 11

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$13,019,180--3,505--$3,714$13,019,1801Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$9,851,435--2,750--$3,582$9,851,4351Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$7,819,402-53%3,604-442$2,170$259,402,6694Lionsgate / Summit
4The Muppets$6,978,870-37%3,328-112$2,097$65,742,1283Disney
5Arthur Christmas$6,510,486-12%3,272-104$1,990$33,400,5983Sony / Columbia
6Hugo$6,050,309-20%2,608768$2,320$33,414,7193Paramount
7Happy Feet Two$3,690,304-38%2,840-696$1,299$56,790,4054Warner Bros.
8Jack and Jill$3,085,098-42%2,787-262$1,107$68,527,3855Sony / Columbia
9Immortals$2,461,227-45%2,299-328$1,071$79,868,7325Relativity Media
10Tower Heist$2,358,655-40%2,069-335$1,140$74,122,1856Universal
11Puss in Boots (2011)$1,628,199-46%1,843-907$883$141,873,4747Paramount / DreamWorks
12J. Edgar$1,188,413-49%1,555-430$764$34,761,1115Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$4,380,138-9%876302$5,000$23,630,5614Fox Searchlight
2My Week with Marilyn$780,822-34%2440$3,200$5,118,6613Weinstein Company
3A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$474,749-52%470-240$1,010$33,986,2086Warner Bros. / New Line
4In Time$347,020-37%354-67$980$36,405,8927Fox
5Dolphin Tale$269,737-14%342-68$789$71,068,65212Warner Bros.
6Melancholia$230,558-15%14516$1,590$1,971,4435Magnolia Pictures
7Courageous$193,760-9%191-74$1,014$33,333,63911Sony / TriStar
8Margin Call$178,130-17%148-2$1,204$4,947,0808Roadside Attractions
9Like Crazy$165,779-36%16210$1,023$3,147,0927Paramount Vantage
10Moneyball$150,309-74%208-796$723$74,176,91212Sony / Columbia
11Paranormal Activity 3$142,6529%30247$472$103,629,0048Paramount
12Real Steel$131,872-28%206-47$640$83,611,20010Disney / DreamWorks
13The Way$123,396-31%120-40$1,028$3,836,96710Producers Distribution Agency
14The Ides of March$118,673-77%187-829$635$40,467,88110Sony / Columbia
15Midnight in Paris$115,370-52%195-110$592$56,177,98730Sony Pictures Classics
16The Skin I Live In$110,230-30%109-7$1,011$2,882,0869Sony Pictures Classics
17The Help$106,325-39%212-50$502$169,224,62518Disney / DreamWorks
18The Three Musketeers (2011)$86,234-27%168-40$513$20,227,5178Summit
19The Smurfs$81,564-38%181-146$451$142,614,15820Sony / Columbia
20Footloose (2011)$70,026-51%201-108$348$51,142,4549Paramount
21Abduction$68,213-28%131-20$521$28,064,22612Lionsgate
2250/50$65,038-51%146-50$445$34,887,97811Summit
23Contagion$44,759-37%111-44$403$75,638,74314Warner Bros.
24Desi Boyz$42,917-75%1030$417$1,066,1673Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$310,562--4--$77,641$310,5621Focus
2Young Adult$310,263--8--$38,783$310,2631Paramount
3The Artist$295,36140%1610$18,460$888,7413Weinstein Company
4Shame$283,415-19%2111$13,496$781,5012Fox Searchlight
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$115,29760%251$4,612$297,1573Warner Bros.
6A Dangerous Method$76,936-36%40$19,234$535,9853Sony Pictures Classics
7Born to Be Wild 3D$62,090-3%490$1,267$14,675,83536Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Martha Marcy May Marlene$51,057-44%72-12$709$2,821,0848Fox Searchlight
9Drive (2011)$48,452-20%70-16$692$34,677,49713FilmDistrict
10Take Shelter$47,72113%639$757$1,573,21511Sony Pictures Classics
11Le Havre$38,21177%237$1,661$317,6388Janus Films
12Rise of the Planet of the Apes$35,670-18%61-23$585$176,698,08619Fox
13Hubble 3D$33,9070%203$1,695$30,009,44591Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Anonymous$31,852-56%82-23$388$4,463,2927Sony / Columbia
15Pastorela$30,870-62%44-11$702$136,5702Lionsgate / Pantelion
16The Rum Diary$29,471-23%630$468$13,070,4627FilmDistrict
17The Lion King 3D$26,683-27%38-15$702$94,163,65413Disney
18We Need to Talk About Kevin$24,587--1--$24,587$24,5871Oscilloscope
19The Women on the 6th Floor$23,38520%132$1,799$397,03610Strand Releasing
20Mozart's Sister$16,738169%166$1,046$646,26817Music Box Films
21Eames: The Architect and the Painter$15,942-23%11-1$1,449$112,3684First Run Features
22Into the Abyss$15,8319%309$528$199,7655IFC Films
23Under the Sea 3D$13,187-7%103$1,319$30,184,803148Warner Bros. / IMAX
24Young Goethe In Love$12,524119%83$1,566$81,4006Music Box Films
25Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$11,52518%71$1,646$68,7165Variance Films
26Tomboy (2011)$11,517-16%94$1,280$72,8804Dada Films
27Space Station 3D$10,595--2--$5,298$84,596,560504IMAX
28The Guard$10,301-21%15-2$687$5,313,32720Sony Pictures Classics
29The Big Year$8,715-24%250$349$7,192,2389Fox
30Outrage$8,13125%75$1,162$18,2542Magnolia / Magnet
31The Man Nobody Knew$6,170-25%62$1,028$158,72212First Run Features
32Sleeping Beauty (2011)$5,944-35%42$1,486$21,0372IFC Films
33Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$5,888-34%23-8$256$38,536,37617Weinstein Company
34Khodorkovsky$5,887-4%10$5,887$20,1022Kino Lorber
35Magic to Win$5,125--1--$5,125$5,1251China Lion Film
36Blackthorn$4,245-23%5-1$849$174,92610Magnolia Pictures
37Sea Rex: Journey To A Prehistoric World$4,233-33%90$470$4,420,291833D Entertainment
38My Piece of the Pie$4,213--2--$2,107$4,2131IFC Films
39Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey$3,132-70%5-10$626$192,4158Submarine Deluxe
40Crazy Wisdom$3,109-65%20$1,555$33,0103Alive Mind Cinema
41Circumstance$2,843-28%1-1$2,843$452,60216Roadside Attractions
42Revenge of the Electric Car$2,79110%31$930$149,1368Area23a
43I Melt With You$2,729--2--$1,365$2,7291Magnolia Pictures
44Project Nim$2,657--2--$1,329$410,07723Roadside Attractions
45Knuckle$2,647--3--$882$2,6471Vitagraph
46Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life$2,351131%63$392$230,31115Music Box Films
47Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$2,250-55%2-3$1,125$836,79623International Film Circuit
48House of Tolerance$2,120-23%32$707$14,9043IFC Films
49Cars 2$2,108-73%15-25$141$191,450,87525Disney
50The Other F Word$2,051-43%20$1,026$53,2146Oscilloscope
51The Mill and the Cross$1,937-66%4-2$484$257,20813Kino Lorber
52My Reincarnation$1,851-3%21$926$33,4917Long Shot Factory
53Inni$1,705-70%4-3$426$113,9727Cinema Purgatorio
54Garbo: The Spy$1,580--2--$790$16,0104First Run Features
55The Interrupters$1,316--1--$1,316$260,79920Cinema Guild
56Amigo$1,201--1--$1,201$174,36517Variance Films
57London River$1,044--1--$1,044$1,3141Cinema Libre
58The Whale$99841%10$998$56,22214Paladin
59The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch$95614%42$239$32,0604Music Box Films
60Charlotte Rampling: The Look$943--1--$943$11,6736Kino Lorber
61Laugh at My Pain$935-54%3-2$312$7,705,97414CodeBlack Entertainment
62Answers to Nothing$866-94%7-14$124$21,3042Roadside Attractions
63Summer (2011 re-issue)$796--1--$796$37,45527The Film Desk
64Higher Ground$720-43%5-1$144$835,31516Sony Pictures Classics
65El Bulli: Cooking in Progress$690-64%10$690$190,53020Alive Mind Cinema
66Restless (2011)$6853706%32$228$162,75313Sony Pictures Classics
67Paul Goodman Changed My Life$617-44%21$309$24,2668Zeitgeist Films
68Tyrannosaur$526-62%1-2$526$15,0854Strand Releasing
69Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle (2011 re-issue)$48876%10$488$18,08921The Film Desk
70The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu$471--1--$471$25,26014The Film Desk
71Hell and Back Again$401-69%10$401$34,29210Docurama Films
72The Future$219--1--$219$568,50920Roadside Attractions
73Rapt$85-59%10$85$45,66923Lorber Films