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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. 16 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable (2010)$1,852,74121%3,207--$578$26,073,2641Fox
2Megamind$1,350,05222%3,9495$342$91,279,2152Paramount / DreamWorks
3Due Date$1,342,23719%3,36510$399$61,366,9102Warner Bros.
4Morning Glory (2010)$871,93236%2,518--$346$13,322,8721Paramount
5Skyline$762,8456%2,880--$265$13,175,1251Universal / Rogue
6Red (2010)$415,19527%2,878-351$144$80,418,3855Summit
7For Colored Girls$407,0910%2,1270$191$31,502,1482Lionsgate
8Saw 3D$265,36822%1,976-832$134$44,062,3403Lionsgate
9Jackass 3D$205,02316%1,607-558$128$115,025,1045Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$204,29114%2,403-765$85$82,313,4644Paramount
11Secretariat$177,52917%2,019-595$88$55,076,3416Disney
12The Social Network$141,65229%1,088-772$130$88,059,2637Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$129,39127%1,691-674$77$31,679,7295Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$100,12338%1,239-711$81$50,927,1806Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$94,78120%175129$542$2,093,6792Summit
2Conviction$74,65651%493-179$151$6,146,9705Fox Searchlight
3The Town$40,83025%375-426$109$90,700,0509Warner Bros.
4Waiting for 'Superman'$27,77916%204-38$136$5,943,7078Paramount Vantage
5Despicable Me$24,57020%273-34$90$248,860,45519Universal
6Inception$21,08111%262-29$80$291,872,74718Warner Bros.
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$18,63232%249-104$75$52,180,5258Fox
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$8,16429%240-500$34$54,377,0078Warner Bros.
9Nowhere Boy$7,85726%111-64$71$1,345,0556Weinstein Company
10Let Me In$6,6773%14348$47$12,080,5837Relativity / Overture
11Alpha and Omega$4,98118%123-165$40$24,598,9969Lionsgate
12Devil$4,8100%120-164$40$33,592,7809Universal
13Case 39$3,3751%106-51$32$13,255,2067Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 16 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$48,70125%2218$2,214$899,3282Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$27,77124%56-4$496$18,128,46535Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$10,42721%87-22$120$1,659,5766Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$6,19519%140$443$24,807,00592Warner Bros. / IMAX
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$4,66011%67-134$70$6,318,7486Focus
6Cool It$4,29626%41--$105$34,5421Roadside Attractions
7Never Let Me Go$2,95937%32-19$92$2,336,4739Fox Searchlight
8Catfish$2,375-17%25-30$95$3,206,4639Universal / Rogue
9Jack Goes Boating$1,09752%343$32$514,0039Relativity / Overture
10Wild Target$928-16%50$186$56,8543Freestyle
11Winter's Bone$92747%100$93$6,223,92223Roadside Attractions
12The Tillman Story$787-22%21-3$37$784,39413Weinstein Company
13N-Secure$654-12%20-85$33$2,594,2065Freestyle
14Avatar$47934%6-3$80$760,505,68348Fox
15The Concert$34089%3-1$113$657,71417Weinstein Company
16Piranha 3D$74-18%82$9$25,003,03613Weinstein Company
17I Spit on Your Grave (2010)$17-78%1-1$17$92,4966Anchor Bay