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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. 14 - Sun, Dec. 16

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$84,617,303--4,045--$20,919$84,617,3031Warner Bros. / New Line
2Rise of The Guardians$7,143,445-31%3,387-252$2,109$71,085,2684Paramount / DreamWorks
3Lincoln$7,033,132-21%2,285271$3,078$107,687,3196Disney / DreamWorks
4Skyfall$6,555,732-39%2,924-477$2,242$271,921,7956Sony / Columbia
5Life of Pi$5,413,066-35%2,548-398$2,124$69,572,4724Fox
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$5,136,074-44%3,042-604$1,688$276,826,1435Lionsgate / Summit
7Wreck-It Ralph$3,216,043-34%2,249-497$1,430$168,721,5927Disney
8Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,146,443-45%2,8403$1,108$10,737,5352FilmDistrict
9Red Dawn (2012)$2,408,882-43%2,250-504$1,071$40,904,3054FilmDistrict
10Flight$1,910,666-39%1,823-608$1,048$89,418,7047Paramount
11Killing Them Softly$1,008,127-64%1,427-997$706$14,140,4323Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$2,109,274-3%3710$5,685$16,979,3235Weinstein Company
2Argo$1,170,175-21%667-277$1,754$104,955,07910Warner Bros.
3Hitchcock$1,107,65955%561380$1,974$3,071,8714Fox Searchlight
4Anna Karenina (2012)$1,022,214-34%409-13$2,499$8,380,5175Focus
5The Collection$529,158-64%621-782$852$6,520,7943LD Entertainment
6Taken 2$288,772-25%339-91$852$138,132,49311Fox
7Pitch Perfect$245,680-20%332-55$740$63,869,42312Universal
8Talaash$168,828-65%113-49$1,494$2,706,4833Reliance Entertainment
9The Sessions$147,487-33%151-46$977$5,208,5389Fox Searchlight
10End of Watch$91,195-88%172-1077$530$40,469,93613Open Road
11Looper$89,512-34%190-42$471$66,305,04512Sony / TriStar
12The Perks of Being A Wallflower$87,459-37%125-50$700$17,008,01313Lionsgate / Summit
13Here Comes the Boom$81,619-43%150-84$544$42,680,15910Sony / Columbia
14Sinister$77,378112%184107$421$47,917,44410Lionsgate / Summit
15Hotel Transylvania$74,170-28%136-60$545$143,923,82012Sony / Columbia
16Alex Cross$73,777-36%175-39$422$25,739,7579Lionsgate / Summit
17Khiladi 786$61,563-73%1150$535$352,6842Eros International
18Paranormal Activity 4$56,616216%157109$361$53,808,2349Paramount
19Seven Psychopaths$45,457-36%100-41$455$14,989,76110CBS Films
20The Odd Life of Timothy Green$42,362-30%105-27$403$51,749,34618Disney
21Brave$39,680-36%115-36$345$237,211,82526Disney
22The Man With the Iron Fists$39,380-54%105-76$375$15,608,5457Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$292,796260%3632$8,133$404,8162Focus
2The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$91,933-19%14-3$6,567$449,4424Warner Bros.
3Cloud Atlas$83,295-52%98-93$850$26,623,2238Warner Bros.
4Chasing Ice$65,559-36%53-4$1,237$612,0896Submarine Deluxe
5Finding Nemo 3D$63,755-10%70-4$911$40,930,67014Disney
6Rust and Bone$57,40710%62$9,568$209,0534Sony Pictures Classics
7A Werewolf Boy$52,381-38%201$2,619$222,5813CJ Entertainment
8A Late Quartet$51,339-30%46-17$1,116$1,084,3397Entertainment One / RKO
9A Royal Affair$46,514-14%5613$831$534,2676Magnolia Pictures
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$45,736-19%84-6$544$161,011,39123Fox
11Any Day Now$40,489--16--$2,531$40,4891Music Box Films
12The Central Park Five$38,32939%2212$1,742$175,8014IFC Films
13To the Arctic 3D$37,371-10%520$719$10,208,06835Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Hubble 3D$37,30812%14-2$2,665$35,443,590144Warner Bros. / IMAX
15ParaNorman$28,679-27%61-20$470$55,964,93518Focus
16Frankenweenie$24,126-27%56-19$431$34,403,19111Disney
17Searching For Sugar Man$22,555-39%31-11$728$2,931,59921Sony Pictures Classics
18Born to Be Wild 3D$19,471-19%300$649$21,509,30589Warner Bros. / IMAX
19Chasing Mavericks$18,964-30%46-21$412$5,904,9308Fox
20The Intouchables$18,091521%2513$724$13,069,90130Weinstein Company
21Deadfall (2012)$16,649-14%176$979$45,3922Magnolia Pictures
22Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$15,068-16%41-6$368$49,002,81520Fox
23The Flat$14,817-29%15-2$988$445,9199IFC Films
24Samsara$14,20360%113$1,291$2,587,43117Oscilloscope
25Hecho en Mexico$14,146-49%10-16$1,415$145,9363Lionsgate / Pantelion
26Burn$12,236-78%40$3,059$104,6136Area23a
27Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$11,530-57%45-31$256$17,529,1578Open Road
28House at the End of the Street$11,347-53%41-27$277$31,607,59813Relativity Media
29The Master$9,361-22%14-9$669$15,912,49914Weinstein Company
30Arbitrage$6,507-58%10-15$651$7,890,70114Roadside Attractions
31Just 45 Minutes from Broadway$6,249--2--$3,125$88,55711Rainbow Releasing
32Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$4,532-37%14-1$324$938,47613IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
33Under the Sea 3D$4,41932%5-2$884$32,473,827201Warner Bros. / IMAX
34Beware of Mr. Baker$4,414-57%10$4,414$45,2523SnagFilms
35Smashed$4,157-74%10-19$416$368,88710Sony Pictures Classics
36The Big Picture (2012)$3,866-35%3-2$1,289$158,41110MPI Media
37Save the Date$3,755--2--$1,878$3,7551IFC Films
38The Loneliest Planet$3,644-1%5-1$729$128,5198IFC Films
39Let Fury Have the Hour$3,386--1--$3,386$3,3861CAVU Pictures
40Wagner & Me$3,278-33%42$820$26,0312First Run Features
41This Must Be the Place$3,071-32%3-2$1,024$142,2427Weinstein Company
42Somewhere Between$2,9195%21$1,460$177,63317Long Shot Factory
43Step Up to the Plate$2,452--2--$1,226$42,72914Cinema Guild
44Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home$2,436-65%10$2,436$11,4882Cinema Libre
45Wake in Fright (2012 re-issue)$2,33075%52$466$49,45811Drafthouse Films
46Masquerade (2012)$1,8440%10$1,844$902,33713CJ Entertainment
47The Well-Digger's Daughter$1,82812%20$914$375,00922Kino Lorber
48Tchoupitoulas$1,774-25%21$887$5,5512Oscilloscope
49Starlet$1,654-82%4-6$414$76,2106Music Box Films
50Only the Young$1,5306%21$765$3,5582Oscilloscope
51Brooklyn Castle$1,356-75%2-2$678$186,6909Producers Distribution Agency
52North Sea Texas$1,259-71%2-1$630$20,5127Strand Releasing
53The House I Live In$1,223-71%1-3$1,223$181,78211Abramorama
54The Waiting Room$1,082-75%3-1$361$174,99112International Film Circuit
55Cheerful Weather for the Wedding$1,01640%21$508$1,9492IFC Films
56The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez$1,008-67%10$1,008$5,6092Indican Pictures
57In Our Nature$893-80%10$893$6,1752Cinedigm
58Neighboring Sounds$868--1--$868$47,97417Cinema Guild
59California Solo$853-80%20$427$10,9113Strand Releasing
60Keep the Lights On$820-58%10$820$243,53615Music Box Films
61The Law in These Parts$504--1--$504$10,8135Cinema Guild
62Planet of Snail$431--1--$431$13,22221Cinema Guild
63All Together$343-46%10$343$37,7349Kino Lorber / Tribeca Film
64Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet$319--2--$160$7941Kino Lorber
65Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning$319--2--$160$5,2473Magnolia / Magnet
66Citadel$192-67%20$96$12,6636Cinedigm
67Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters$168--1--$168$27,6877Zeitgeist Films
68The Revisionaries$164--1--$164$18,26211Kino Lorber
69In Another Country$25--1--$25$7,9436Kino Lorber