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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, Dec. 7 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,279,21912%4,1250$310$246,936,7013Warner Bros.
2Tangled$1,255,15520%3,6030$348$98,875,6212Disney
3Burlesque$712,50336%3,0370$235$28,221,2582Sony / Screen Gems
4Love and Other Drugs$601,44837%2,4583$245$23,616,5482Fox
5Unstoppable (2010)$500,97930%3,152-31$159$69,648,4904Fox
6Faster (2010)$400,26122%2,47016$162$18,946,7162CBS Films
7Due Date$386,42222%2,450-105$158$91,585,9915Warner Bros.
8The Next Three Days$287,81538%2,236-328$129$18,798,5603Lionsgate
9Megamind$286,10917%3,173-238$90$137,142,6335Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Warrior's Way$259,9491%1,622--$160$3,565,7611Relativity Media
11Morning Glory (2010)$197,20241%2,263-178$87$29,348,5044Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$169,75619%433140$392$6,923,7325Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$96,11028%43640$220$7,477,8805Summit
3Red (2010)$76,42013%779-135$98$87,314,9268Summit
4Skyline$40,17517%578-611$70$21,029,9654Universal / Rogue
5The Social Network$37,06717%260-31$143$91,038,96910Sony / Columbia
6For Colored Girls$34,0935%485-120$70$37,318,4725Lionsgate
7The Town$23,11733%3180$73$91,776,01112Warner Bros.
8Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$17,83618%322192$55$54,844,15811Warner Bros.
9Jackass 3D$15,38717%180-3$85$116,761,5638Paramount
10Despicable Me$15,26010%28014$55$250,033,16022Universal
11Conviction$10,85943%10721$101$6,682,2748Fox Searchlight
12Life As We Know It$7,95831%208-41$38$52,136,4249Warner Bros.
13Paranormal Activity 2$7,8045%200-79$39$84,272,7527Paramount
14Inception$7,42420%117-27$63$292,397,52721Warner Bros.
15The Nutcracker in 3D$5,64334%11570$49$169,3592Freestyle Releasing
16Hereafter$5,54838%114-88$49$32,447,6098Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 7 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$209,9740%18--$11,665$1,864,4911Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$28,8357%62$4,806$863,8302Weinstein Company
3Hubble 3D$24,41817%570$428$18,990,61038Warner Bros. / IMAX
4I Love You Phillip Morris$11,82729%7--$1,690$133,6981Roadside Attractions
5Waiting for 'Superman'$10,003146%8516$118$6,335,50211Paramount Vantage
6The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$7,927-27%15--$528$198,3015Warner Bros.
7Guzaarish$4,86187%58-38$84$996,9863UTV
8Under the Sea 3D$3,628-41%130$279$24,999,44895Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$3,09192%59-31$52$52,442,56311Fox
10Stone$2,73881%22-1$124$1,765,6879Relativity / Overture
11Nowhere Boy$2,402-51%23-17$104$1,452,6459Weinstein Company
12Wild Target$1,089-16%137$84$94,1256Freestyle
13The Tillman Story$425-59%141$30$801,45216Weinstein Company
14Cool It$3104%1514$21$60,5084Roadside Attractions
15Let Me In$15574%11-20$14$12,134,66410Relativity / Overture
16Jack Goes Boating$96-14%90$11$533,49812Relativity / Overture
17Winter's Bone$57-81%20$29$6,229,27326Roadside Attractions