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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.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, Nov. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Saw 3D$1,888,962-5%2,808--$673$28,107,4661Lionsgate
2Red (2010)$1,205,17526%3,34976$360$60,981,8123Summit
3Paranormal Activity 2$1,185,059-11%3,23923$366$68,185,8542Paramount
4Jackass 3D$1,131,8704%3,13928$361$103,876,7253Paramount
5Hereafter$731,14231%2,424243$302$23,553,1473Warner Bros.
6Secretariat$695,58143%3,1080$224$45,892,0294Disney
7Life As We Know It$559,23727%2,860-159$196$44,533,8574Warner Bros.
8The Social Network$538,67721%2,767-154$195$80,505,7135Sony / Columbia
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$343,26754%2,010-226$171$53,239,5846Warner Bros.
10The Town$261,42120%1,608-310$163$88,105,3257Warner Bros.
11Easy A$127,1452%1,262-370$101$56,552,1377Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Conviction$236,37640%565510$418$2,788,8663Fox Searchlight
2Waiting for 'Superman'$108,17024%33040$328$4,788,4746Paramount Vantage
3Alpha and Omega$87,70745%676-51$130$24,235,5527Lionsgate
4Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$87,62425%933-322$94$51,377,5336Fox
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$62,1567%477-83$130$5,907,3174Focus
6Inception$47,08714%401-51$117$291,036,75016Warner Bros.
7Devil$41,335-7%635-7$65$33,185,3457Universal
8Stone$34,68814%12512$278$1,249,1694Relativity / Overture
9Despicable Me$31,82519%33511$95$247,935,70517Universal
10My Soul to Take$28,4100%713-976$40$14,694,4204Universal / Rogue
11N-Secure$25,944-8%367-78$71$2,453,3213Freestyle
12Case 39$19,5314%406-315$48$13,075,1815Paramount Vantage
13Let Me In$18,2995%378-135$48$11,932,1865Relativity / Overture
14Nowhere Boy$17,61726%153-62$115$1,020,0884Weinstein Company
15Never Let Me Go$14,96433%126-52$119$2,209,9357Fox Searchlight
16Catfish$14,3855%137-2$105$3,074,0537Universal / Rogue
17Buried$9,16625%10719$86$986,6046Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$39,82821%611$653$17,469,83733Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$9,71911%160$607$24,659,65590Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Avatar$4,3167%8-1$540$760,426,79346Fox
4Lottery Ticket$3,59817%70-22$51$24,715,37811Warner Bros.
5Machete$2,93915%566$52$26,558,0489Fox
6Wild Target$2,6472%4--$662$28,4231Freestyle
7The American$2,63050%42-34$63$35,600,6119Focus
8The Tillman Story$2,60332%240$108$745,98511Weinstein Company
9I Want Your Money$1,886-3%59-113$32$429,7313Freestyle
10Jack Goes Boating$1,255-13%350$36$475,0927Relativity / Overture
11Piranha 3D$1,07160%19--$56$24,992,15211Weinstein Company
12Vampires Suck$1,025-12%49-5$21$36,647,49911Fox
13Winter's Bone$8464%11-7$77$6,212,17421Roadside Attractions
14I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$221268%3-5$74$90,1024Anchor Bay
15The Concert$140-49%61$23$651,95415Weinstein Company