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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, 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.

Big Hero 6 took third 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.

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. 21 2010

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1TRON: Legacy$6,350,7835%3,451--$1,840$56,452,2021Disney
2Yogi Bear$2,948,35421%3,515--$839$21,788,1411Warner Bros.
3The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$2,660,10420%3,5550$748$47,637,4002Fox
4Tangled$2,462,42524%3,201-364$769$132,369,3754Disney
5The Fighter$1,903,04817%2,5032499$760$16,092,2572Paramount
6The Tourist$1,467,03620%2,7560$532$33,301,5012Sony / Columbia
7How Do You Know$1,197,32613%2,483--$482$9,743,9961Sony / Columbia
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$1,122,14917%2,860-717$392$267,808,7845Warner Bros.
9Burlesque$337,79914%1,510-1366$224$36,171,7984Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$330,94621%1,874-1093$177$77,989,7266Fox
11Due Date$248,4799%1,157-833$215$97,804,0617Warner Bros.
12Love and Other Drugs$226,92613%1,093-1147$208$30,628,6654Fox
13Megamind$212,27424%1,025-1400$207$142,025,5477Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Black Swan$1,593,3006%959869$1,661$18,882,1773Fox Searchlight
2127 Hours$119,1679%307-109$388$9,550,2647Fox Searchlight
3Red (2010)$72,06021%439-125$164$88,561,59010Summit
4Faster (2010)$70,50811%660-1446$107$22,634,5294CBS Films
5The Social Network$53,7279%2281$236$91,943,96912Sony / Columbia
6Despicable Me$53,59031%233-22$230$250,588,00524Universal
7Fair Game (2010)$36,00319%268-168$134$8,716,7267Summit
8The Next Three Days$34,86216%361-1065$97$21,011,3485Lionsgate
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$32,82532%210-78$156$55,252,36113Warner Bros.
10Morning Glory (2010)$23,29233%263-741$89$30,609,8006Paramount
11Paranormal Activity 2$17,8697%17449$103$84,471,4779Paramount
12The Warrior's Way$17,11412%217-1405$79$5,536,7653Relativity Media
13Hereafter$14,28922%232145$62$32,602,84310Warner Bros.
14The Town$11,44018%144-111$79$92,095,98714Warner Bros.
15Skyline$11,1250%123-154$90$21,393,6206Universal / Rogue

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 21 2010LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$178,9468%4324$4,162$3,281,0944Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$38,030-8%56-1$679$19,430,97640Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$25,58416%5015$512$569,3913Roadside Attractions
4The Polar Express (2010 re-issue)$21,52228%150$1,435$516,9947Warner Bros.
5The Tempest$12,96630%2116$617$144,4422Disney
6Under the Sea 3D$9,86620%110$897$25,103,03097Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Life As We Know It$8,33313%75-45$111$52,291,65711Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$7,205-15%5--$1,441$69,4951Lionsgate
9For Colored Girls$6,18021%79-164$78$37,637,3467Lionsgate
10Inception$5,419-3%62-46$87$292,522,50123Warner Bros.
11Jackass 3D$4,59216%50-58$92$116,884,16810Paramount
12Stone$2,93422%6445$46$1,801,35911Relativity / Overture
13Waiting for 'Superman'$2,25524%33-22$68$6,414,33413Paramount Vantage
14Winter's Bone$650-16%41$163$6,238,79428Roadside Attractions