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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 Sun, Dec. 12 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$6,033,501-38%3,555--$1,697$24,005,0691Fox
2Tangled$4,220,448-37%3,565-38$1,184$115,395,5603Disney
3The Tourist$3,803,873-43%2,756--$1,380$16,472,4581Sony / Columbia
4Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$2,335,489-38%3,577-548$653$257,672,7214Warner Bros.
5Unstoppable (2010)$809,694-53%2,967-185$273$74,227,9085Fox
6Burlesque$796,806-40%2,876-161$277$32,540,7803Sony / Screen Gems
7Megamind$760,380-37%2,425-748$314$140,218,9626Paramount / DreamWorks
8Love and Other Drugs$712,979-43%2,240-218$318$27,629,9363Fox
9Due Date$618,974-44%1,990-460$311$94,919,6506Warner Bros.
10Faster (2010)$454,450-39%2,106-364$216$21,336,9613CBS Films
11The Warrior's Way$287,294-28%1,6220$177$4,952,3472Relativity Media
12The Next Three Days$240,253-47%1,426-810$168$20,300,9794Lionsgate
13Morning Glory (2010)$116,494-47%1,004-1259$116$30,200,8315Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$276,860-33%416-17$666$8,250,8566Fox Searchlight
2Fair Game (2010)$136,733-48%4360$314$8,207,2976Summit
3Red (2010)$103,915-46%564-215$184$87,896,7259Summit
4The Social Network$74,373-45%227-33$328$91,396,42011Sony / Columbia
5Despicable Me$56,170-39%258-22$218$250,252,28523Universal
6Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$48,297-34%288-34$168$55,032,70612Warner Bros.
7Skyline$41,415-39%277-301$150$21,253,1805Universal / Rogue
8The Town$33,829-42%255-63$133$91,947,01613Warner Bros.
9For Colored Girls$33,576-54%243-242$138$37,533,4216Lionsgate
10Easy A$25,002-43%203-26$123$58,272,73713Sony / Screen Gems
11Life As We Know It$13,974-42%120-88$116$52,209,88410Warner Bros.
12Jackass 3D$11,693-37%108-72$108$116,832,2729Paramount
13Paranormal Activity 2$11,606-39%125-75$93$84,334,0598Paramount
14Inception$11,563-47%108-9$107$292,462,23322Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 12 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$1,011,645-23%9072$11,241$5,584,5422Fox Searchlight
2The King's Speech$186,868-25%1913$9,835$1,524,1233Weinstein Company
3The Fighter$80,038-34%4--$20,010$300,0101Paramount
4I Love You Phillip Morris$47,241-26%3529$1,350$304,2452Roadside Attractions
5The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$26,176-55%150$1,745$333,3046Warner Bros.
6Hubble 3D$23,938-31%570$420$19,152,04039Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Tempest$11,468-29%5--$2,294$42,4361Disney
8Hereafter$8,560-41%87-27$98$32,490,7079Warner Bros.
9Conviction$8,125-49%75-32$108$6,734,0499Fox Searchlight
10Waiting for 'Superman'$7,963-2%55-30$145$6,371,88012Paramount Vantage
11Under the Sea 3D$5,860-40%11-2$533$25,034,93996Warner Bros. / IMAX
12Guzaarish$4,323-29%22-36$197$1,017,3354UTV
13The Nutcracker in 3D$4,036-16%37-78$109$190,5623Freestyle Releasing
14Hemingway's Garden of Eden$3,722-28%14--$266$12,4041Roadside Attractions
15Stone$2,412-34%19-3$127$1,777,27510Relativity / Overture
16Wild Target$2,164-24%10-3$216$117,1907Freestyle
17Frankie & Alice (2010)$1,813-23%1--$1,813$7,7681Freestyle Releasing
18Jack Goes Boating$1,382-32%4233$33$538,80813Relativity / Overture
19Saint Misbehavin’: The Wavy Gravy Movie$828-49%2--$414$22,1012Argot Pictures
20Winter's Bone$322-76%31$107$6,232,42727Roadside Attractions
21Cool It$279-43%10-5$28$61,9675Roadside Attractions