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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 Thu, Dec. 2 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,891,483-2%4,1250$459$227,500,6412Warner Bros.
2Tangled$1,427,5815%3,6030$396$74,961,9211Disney
3Burlesque$825,7450%3,0370$272$20,856,5951Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$728,485-1%2,45589$297$16,922,0771Fox
5Unstoppable (2010)$546,8050%3,183-78$172$62,792,6703Fox
6Faster (2010)$483,574-7%2,4540$197$14,283,1301CBS Films
7Due Date$448,305-2%2,555-178$175$86,748,8524Warner Bros.
8Megamind$333,3092%3,4110$98$131,674,3104Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Next Three Days$302,682-3%2,5640$118$15,731,0092Lionsgate
10Morning Glory (2010)$231,819-1%2,4410$95$27,329,7233Paramount
11Skyline$70,9950%1,189-1694$60$20,519,0403Universal / Rogue

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$142,6812%29314$487$4,992,6244Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$84,530-10%3960$213$6,336,0844Summit
3Red (2010)$77,2568%9140$85$86,419,9727Summit
4For Colored Girls$54,8404%6050$91$36,807,6204Lionsgate
5The Social Network$35,4705%2910$122$90,565,6679Sony / Columbia
6Secretariat$33,154-1%5010$66$57,689,5988Disney
7The Town$24,660-3%3180$78$91,532,60411Warner Bros.
8Despicable Me$15,9609%2660$60$249,787,06521Universal
9Jackass 3D$14,5051%1830$79$116,622,4487Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$12,3852%2790$44$84,156,4596Paramount
11Life As We Know It$10,97719%249-52$44$52,019,4428Warner Bros.
12Saw 3D$10,78816%145-661$74$45,710,1785Lionsgate
13Inception$10,196-2%144-20$71$292,316,47420Warner Bros.
14Alpha and Omega$7,2260%2280$32$25,107,26711Lionsgate
15Hereafter$7,15914%202-111$35$32,388,1177Warner Bros.
16Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$3,871-4%1300$30$54,596,90310Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 2 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$33,15513%4--$8,289$483,4581Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$29,140-4%570$511$18,834,39137Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Guzaarish$6,551-31%96-12$68$931,2622UTV
4Under the Sea 3D$5,894112%130$453$24,963,90794Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Conviction$5,4352%86-2$63$6,596,1327Fox Searchlight
6Waiting for 'Superman'$5,214-25%690$76$6,280,93510Paramount Vantage
7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$3,712-4%90-34$41$52,415,96010Fox
8The Nutcracker in 3D$3,05220%450$68$98,7441Freestyle Releasing
9Nowhere Boy$1,96929%40-20$49$1,429,6628Weinstein Company
10Stone$1,80725%230$79$1,748,7738Relativity / Overture
11Catfish$94575%90$105$3,237,34311Universal / Rogue
12Jack Goes Boating$73740%90$82$531,46811Relativity / Overture
13Wild Target$727-5%6-1$121$79,8585Freestyle
14Let Me In$562-3%310$18$12,131,6859Relativity / Overture
15The Tillman Story$3934%132$30$794,32015Weinstein Company
16Winter's Bone$75-26%2--$38$6,226,77325Roadside Attractions
17Cool It$74-52%1--$74$58,4083Roadside Attractions