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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, Jan. 6 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1True Grit (2010)$2,031,9625%3,0830$659$95,430,0222Paramount
2Little Fockers$1,546,985-5%3,5540$435$110,200,5152Universal
3TRON: Legacy$1,338,050-3%3,365-86$398$138,122,4183Disney
4Black Swan$1,253,3122%1,55353$807$53,105,4935Fox Searchlight
5The Fighter$1,002,4941%2,53423$396$50,844,4424Paramount
6The Tourist$609,0512%2,7560$221$57,391,3704Sony / Columbia
7The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$557,996-1%2,948-6$189$89,930,7934Fox
8Tangled$486,309-5%2,5820$188$170,668,3986Disney
9Yogi Bear$481,150-11%3,5150$137$68,795,5213Warner Bros.
10How Do You Know$424,3120%2,4830$171$26,956,7883Sony / Columbia
11Gulliver's Travels (2010)$413,613-5%3,08996$134$29,859,5902Fox
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$340,476-6%1,7320$197$285,308,3727Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$868,3934%7000$1,241$26,482,2586Weinstein Company
2Burlesque$56,467-1%3300$171$37,983,5986Sony / Screen Gems
3Unstoppable (2010)$49,3915%45057$110$79,680,4638Fox
4The Social Network$46,293-3%2490$186$93,424,26114Sony / Columbia
5Due Date$42,5524%4040$105$99,397,2289Warner Bros.
6127 Hours$40,3153%1030$391$10,607,6359Fox Searchlight
7Megamind$34,250-8%7640$45$144,399,5129Paramount / DreamWorks
8Red (2010)$31,8815%303-27$105$89,642,94512Summit
9Love and Other Drugs$28,5762%17531$163$31,393,1446Fox
10Life As We Know It$21,424-3%2480$86$52,981,44213Warner Bros.
11Fair Game (2010)$12,27913%109-52$113$9,169,0659Summit
12Despicable Me$10,835-15%1974$55$251,266,26526Universal
13Jackass 3D$9,380-3%1370$68$117,151,27012Paramount
14Morning Glory (2010)$7,6639%1260$61$30,787,9638Paramount
15Faster (2010)$7,5965%119-4$64$22,889,6016CBS Films
16Paranormal Activity 2$6,363-2%1450$44$84,689,02411Paramount
17Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$5,087-15%1580$32$55,582,39415Warner Bros.
18Hereafter$4,87833%1280$38$32,728,81712Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 6 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$35,510-5%40$8,878$440,2451Weinstein Company
2Hubble 3D$27,326-3%470$581$20,269,07542Warner Bros. / IMAX
3I Love You Phillip Morris$21,6671%68-1$319$1,218,2045Roadside Attractions
4Rabbit Hole$18,428-6%340$542$518,0373Lionsgate
5Somewhere (2010)$16,026-7%80$2,003$500,6712Focus
6The Next Three Days$4,5564%81-30$56$21,148,6517Lionsgate
7Country Strong$4,12110%20$2,061$137,2892Sony / Screen Gems
8Under the Sea 3D$3,995-24%120$333$25,299,28599Warner Bros. / IMAX
9The Town$3,0977%620$50$92,186,26216Warner Bros.
10Inception$1,694-6%280$61$292,576,19525Warner Bros.
11The Tempest$1,541-10%6-6$257$237,2544Disney
12The Warrior's Way$1,259-2%384$33$5,575,3245Relativity Media
13For Colored Girls$935-2%28-11$33$37,681,1529Lionsgate
14Winter's Bone$498-35%2-3$249$6,249,62330Roadside Attractions
15Summer Wars$48159%20$241$19,4842GKIDS