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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 Wed, Nov. 17 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unstoppable (2010)$1,445,752-22%3,207--$451$27,519,0161Fox
2Due Date$1,108,166-17%3,36510$329$62,475,0762Warner Bros.
3Megamind$1,048,349-22%3,9495$265$92,327,5642Paramount / DreamWorks
4Morning Glory (2010)$680,392-22%2,5180$270$14,003,2641Paramount
5Skyline$561,535-26%2,880--$195$13,736,6601Universal / Rogue
6Red (2010)$352,671-15%2,878-351$123$80,771,0565Summit
7For Colored Girls$327,514-20%2,1270$154$31,829,6622Lionsgate
8Saw 3D$204,297-23%1,976-832$103$44,266,6373Lionsgate
9Jackass 3D$179,200-13%1,607-558$112$115,204,3045Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$167,532-18%2,403-765$70$82,480,9964Paramount
11Secretariat$165,432-7%2,019-595$82$55,241,7736Disney
12The Social Network$126,783-10%1,088-772$117$88,186,0467Sony / Columbia
13Hereafter$113,003-13%1,691-514$67$31,792,7325Warner Bros.
14Life As We Know It$84,093-16%1,239-486$68$51,011,2736Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$89,908-5%175129$514$2,183,5872Summit
2Conviction$59,493-20%493-179$121$6,206,4635Fox Searchlight
3The Town$39,197-4%375-266$105$90,739,2479Warner Bros.
4Waiting for 'Superman'$36,08930%204-38$177$5,979,7968Paramount Vantage
5Inception$20,908-1%262-29$80$291,893,65518Warner Bros.
6Despicable Me$19,110-22%273-34$70$248,879,56519Universal
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$16,266-13%249-104$65$52,196,7918Fox
8Nowhere Boy$7,8540%111-64$71$1,352,9096Weinstein Company
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,640-19%240-290$28$54,383,6478Warner Bros.
10Let Me In$6,093-9%14348$43$12,086,6767Relativity / Overture
11Devil$4,215-12%120-164$35$33,596,9959Universal
12Alpha and Omega$3,972-20%123-165$32$24,602,9689Lionsgate
13Case 39$3,4532%106-51$33$13,258,6597Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 17 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$44,724-8%2218$2,033$944,0522Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$31,35213%56-4$560$18,159,81735Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$8,885-15%87-22$102$1,668,4616Relativity / Overture
4Under the Sea 3D$7,92328%140$566$24,814,92892Warner Bros. / IMAX
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$4,9787%67-134$74$6,323,7266Focus
6Cool It$3,444-20%41--$84$37,9861Roadside Attractions
7Never Let Me Go$3,1226%32-19$98$2,339,5959Fox Searchlight
8Catfish$2,3850%25-30$95$3,208,8489Universal / Rogue
9Jack Goes Boating$1,20410%34-610$35$515,2079Relativity / Overture
10The Tillman Story$97824%21-3$47$785,37213Weinstein Company
11Wild Target$899-3%50$180$57,7533Freestyle
12N-Secure$83428%20-85$42$2,595,0405Freestyle
13Avatar$4984%6-3$83$760,506,18148Fox
14The Concert$272-20%3-1$91$657,98617Weinstein Company
15Winter's Bone$244-74%100$24$6,224,16623Roadside Attractions
16Piranha 3D$57-23%82$7$25,003,09313Weinstein Company