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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 Fri, Jan. 14 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$11,096,425--3,584--$3,096$11,096,4251Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$6,174,225--2,940--$2,100$6,174,2251Universal
3True Grit (2010)$3,254,531137%3,459335$941$118,466,4264Paramount
4The King's Speech$2,442,748225%1,543785$1,583$37,966,6078Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$2,399,857150%2,328744$1,031$67,268,2157Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$2,035,985141%3,394-281$600$129,122,0104Universal
7The Fighter$1,491,724106%2,414-114$618$62,136,3886Paramount
8TRON: Legacy$1,391,39682%2,439-574$570$152,629,9925Disney
9Season of the Witch$1,284,17196%2,82711$454$14,781,9112Relativity Media
10Country Strong$1,102,487103%1,4240$774$10,707,6214Sony / Screen Gems
11Yogi Bear$1,023,840191%2,702-586$379$77,773,9125Warner Bros.
12Tangled$832,750152%2,048-335$407$178,135,4418Disney
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$534,83368%1,704-1110$314$96,277,5696Fox
14The Tourist$501,82336%1,420-1022$353$63,080,7696Sony / Columbia
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$459,76266%1,666-1298$276$35,988,1854Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$394,473403%230190$1,715$1,854,9583Weinstein Company
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$346,44275%941-566$368$288,750,7109Warner Bros.
3The Heart Specialist$151,933--422--$360$151,9331Freestyle
4Megamind$146,455603%341-34$429$144,901,54011Paramount / DreamWorks
5How Do You Know$126,429-34%615-1287$206$29,667,0685Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$99,40944%322-281$309$94,441,50116Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$91,710297%34197$269$99,835,28011Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$77,808458%10066$778$759,6235Lionsgate
9Burlesque$70,960--29567$241$38,439,4468Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$69,96086%303-95$231$80,218,80710Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$45,81642%166-46$276$31,861,2498Fox
12Red (2010)$41,75673%206-55$203$89,967,08014Summit
13Life As We Know It$25,01471%132-56$190$53,209,88815Warner Bros.
14Morning Glory (2010)$17,14429%127-51$135$30,944,89510Paramount
15Despicable Me$12,33539%137-41$90$251,426,31028Universal
16For Colored Girls$6,0761115%11190$55$37,693,67811Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 14 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$66,796292%5336$1,260$798,6134Focus
2127 Hours$44,09448%76-12$580$10,954,67911Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$36,99339%480$771$20,505,91744Warner Bros. / IMAX
4I Love You Phillip Morris$33,66938%95-5$354$1,561,6917Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$24,055169%45-3$535$297,1432UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$14,31947%79-24$181$9,290,07211Summit
7Faster (2010)$10,337121%77-2$134$22,970,4828CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$5,574191%7745$72$5,618,3767Relativity Media
9Jackass 3D$3,772-21%22-48$171$117,212,41714Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$3,55520%40-50$89$84,737,74013Paramount
11Every Day$3,500--3--$1,167$3,5001Image Entertainment
12Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$2,491-40%41-54$61$55,657,12717Warner Bros.
13Summer Wars$2,056-28%9-5$228$48,5514GKIDS
14Winter's Bone$1,293183%71$185$6,258,31932Roadside Attractions
15Tees Maar Khan$112-78%4-34$28$1,076,0854UTV Communications