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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 Mon, Dec. 20 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1TRON: Legacy$6,075,208-47%3,451--$1,760$50,101,4191Disney
2Yogi Bear$2,428,465-49%3,515--$691$18,839,7871Warner Bros.
3The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,225,059-40%3,5550$626$44,977,2962Fox
4Tangled$1,988,674-29%3,201-364$621$129,906,9504Disney
5The Fighter$1,619,806-51%2,5032499$647$14,189,2092Paramount
6The Tourist$1,220,945-51%2,7560$443$31,834,4652Sony / Columbia
7How Do You Know$1,061,974-46%2,483--$428$8,546,6701Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$963,017-41%2,860-717$337$266,686,6355Warner Bros.
9Burlesque$296,234-35%1,510-1366$196$35,833,9994Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$272,476-42%1,874-1093$145$77,658,7806Fox
11Due Date$228,403-36%1,157-833$197$97,555,5827Warner Bros.
12Love and Other Drugs$200,598-39%1,093-1147$184$30,401,7394Fox
13Megamind$171,738-27%1,025-1400$168$141,813,2737Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$1,497,124-44%959869$1,561$17,288,8773Fox Searchlight
2127 Hours$109,526-40%307-109$357$9,431,0977Fox Searchlight
3Faster (2010)$63,523-50%660-1446$96$22,564,0214CBS Films
4Red (2010)$59,537-37%439-125$136$88,489,53010Summit
5The Social Network$49,316-43%2281$216$91,890,24212Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$40,775-26%233-22$175$250,534,41524Universal
7Fair Game (2010)$30,335-52%268-168$113$8,680,7237Summit
8The Next Three Days$29,950-38%361-1065$83$20,976,4865Lionsgate
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$24,870-31%210-78$118$55,219,53613Warner Bros.
10Morning Glory (2010)$17,519-48%263-741$67$30,586,5086Paramount
11Paranormal Activity 2$16,630-40%17449$96$84,453,6089Paramount
12The Warrior's Way$15,263-47%217-1405$70$5,519,6513Relativity Media
13Hereafter$11,713-45%232145$50$32,588,55410Warner Bros.
14Skyline$11,070-42%123-154$90$21,382,4956Universal / Rogue
15The Town$9,690-44%144-111$67$92,084,54714Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 20 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$165,189-55%4324$3,842$3,102,1484Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$41,22321%56-1$736$19,392,94640Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$22,108-56%5015$442$543,8073Roadside Attractions
4The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$16,826-42%150$1,122$495,4727Warner Bros.
5The Tempest$9,950--2116$474$131,4762Disney
6Rabbit Hole$8,512-50%5--$1,702$62,2901Lionsgate
7Under the Sea 3D$8,2329%110$748$25,093,16497Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Life As We Know It$7,351-41%75-45$98$52,283,32411Warner Bros.
9Inception$5,609-21%62-46$90$292,517,08223Warner Bros.
10For Colored Girls$5,121-53%79-164$65$37,631,1667Lionsgate
11Jackass 3D$3,955-40%50-58$79$116,879,57610Paramount
12Stone$2,401-46%6445$38$1,798,42511Relativity / Overture
13Waiting for 'Superman'$1,822-33%33-22$55$6,412,07913Paramount Vantage
14Winter's Bone$773-24%41$193$6,238,14428Roadside Attractions