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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. 30 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$2,278,481-3%4,1250$552$223,673,7722Warner Bros.
2Tangled$1,697,522-4%3,603--$471$72,174,9891Disney
3Burlesque$1,031,77218%3,037--$340$19,208,2321Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$856,42122%2,455--$349$15,459,2161Fox
5Faster (2010)$675,44212%2,454--$275$13,279,6831CBS Films
6Unstoppable (2010)$665,62313%3,183-26$209$61,696,8473Fox
7Due Date$503,3475%2,555-674$197$85,841,8054Warner Bros.
8The Next Three Days$399,73523%2,5640$156$15,115,6772Lionsgate
9Megamind$382,415-7%3,411-368$112$131,014,2254Paramount / DreamWorks
10Morning Glory (2010)$292,48627%2,441-103$120$26,862,7333Paramount
11Skyline$77,805-7%1,189-1694$65$20,376,8253Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$156,90718%293185$536$4,710,3874Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$107,15316%39610$271$6,157,9454Summit
3Red (2010)$78,7595%914-1120$86$86,271,0257Summit
4For Colored Girls$63,459-12%605-611$105$36,699,9644Lionsgate
5Secretariat$38,4163%501-509$77$57,622,8088Disney
6The Social Network$37,1375%291-280$128$90,496,3819Sony / Columbia
7The Town$28,65019%318153$90$91,482,44411Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me$15,830-1%266-2$60$249,756,47521Universal
9Jackass 3D$15,60510%183-504$85$116,593,5617Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$13,0950%279-822$47$84,131,8846Paramount
11Life As We Know It$10,36417%249-309$42$51,999,2418Warner Bros.
12Saw 3D$10,05410%145-661$69$45,690,0615Lionsgate
13Inception$10,02924%144-54$70$292,295,87220Warner Bros.
14Alpha and Omega$7,7339%228-24$34$25,092,82211Lionsgate
15Hereafter$7,65935%202-201$38$32,374,6787Warner Bros.
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4,581-7%130-8$35$54,589,00010Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 30 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$31,016-10%4--$7,754$420,8821Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$28,64620%570$503$18,774,85537Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Guzaarish$14,16036%96-12$148$915,2232UTV
4Conviction$6,726-12%86-104$78$6,585,3547Fox Searchlight
5Waiting for 'Superman'$4,617-59%69-49$67$6,268,79810Paramount Vantage
6Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$4,08230%90-95$45$52,408,39010Fox
7Under the Sea 3D$3,013-32%130$232$24,946,25594Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Nowhere Boy$2,773147%40-20$69$1,426,1718Weinstein Company
9The Nutcracker in 3D$2,548-17%45--$57$93,1481Freestyle Releasing
10Stone$2,05246%23-32$89$1,745,5198Relativity / Overture
11Wild Target$909-12%6-1$152$78,3645Freestyle
12Jack Goes Boating$89794%9-9$100$530,20411Relativity / Overture
13Catfish$81020%9-4$90$3,235,85811Universal / Rogue
14Let Me In$57117%31-54$18$12,130,5429Relativity / Overture
15The Tillman Story$433127%132$33$793,54915Weinstein Company
16Cool It$155109%1--$155$58,1793Roadside Attractions
17Winter's Bone$1208%2--$60$6,226,59625Roadside Attractions