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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. 23 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$10,264,35317%4,125--$2,488$144,067,1851Warner Bros.
2Megamind$2,087,00838%3,779-170$552$112,914,6273Paramount / DreamWorks
3Unstoppable (2010)$1,550,32337%3,2092$483$44,550,9262Fox
4Due Date$1,254,28437%3,229-136$388$74,602,8913Warner Bros.
5The Next Three Days$791,10228%2,564--$309$7,950,8361Lionsgate
6Morning Glory (2010)$679,62242%2,54426$267$20,982,9682Paramount
7Skyline$446,86524%2,8833$155$18,580,0002Universal / Rogue
8Red (2010)$360,33440%2,034-844$177$84,207,8306Summit
9For Colored Girls$214,50713%1,216-911$176$34,844,3873Lionsgate
10Secretariat$148,48234%1,010-1009$147$56,637,7567Disney
11Paranormal Activity 2$120,56127%1,101-1302$110$83,798,7235Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Fair Game (2010)$150,18125%386211$389$3,994,8263Summit
2The Social Network$130,54635%571-517$229$89,471,8448Sony / Columbia
3127 Hours$125,60421%10886$1,163$2,131,9013Fox Searchlight
4Jackass 3D$120,04736%687-920$175$116,303,0706Paramount
5Saw 3D$114,76632%806-1170$142$45,488,8304Lionsgate
6Life As We Know It$77,28642%558-681$139$51,762,8657Warner Bros.
7Guzaarish$50,33666%108--$466$568,7741UTV
8Despicable Me$46,96540%268-5$175$249,249,84020Universal
9Hereafter$35,34818%403-1288$88$32,250,8346Warner Bros.
10Alpha and Omega$32,58438%252129$129$24,859,30710Lionsgate
11The Town$26,94523%165-210$163$91,031,12410Warner Bros.
12Waiting for 'Superman'$25,33043%118-86$215$6,173,4929Paramount Vantage
13Conviction$24,27242%190-303$128$6,479,1226Fox Searchlight
14Inception$23,09924%198-64$117$292,109,78419Warner Bros.
15Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$13,73647%185-64$74$52,339,1649Fox
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$9,4899%138-102$69$54,488,3109Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 23 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$63,56666%571$1,115$18,457,09336Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Under the Sea 3D$13,73351%13-1$1,056$24,879,45493Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Stone$5,47233%55-32$99$1,721,4217Relativity / Overture
4Nowhere Boy$4,01154%60-51$67$1,401,0777Weinstein Company
5It's Kind of a Funny Story$3,72318%46-21$81$6,356,9367Focus
6Let Me In$3,15321%85-58$37$12,120,5878Relativity / Overture
7Catfish$1,43022%13-12$110$3,223,75310Universal / Rogue
8Wild Target$787-10%72$112$66,3574Freestyle
9Jack Goes Boating$5939%18-16$33$523,06010Relativity / Overture
10The Tillman Story$37822%11-10$34$789,54114Weinstein Company