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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 Sat, Jan. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$12,655,50714%3,584--$3,531$23,751,9321Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$6,776,30510%2,940--$2,305$12,950,5301Universal
3True Grit (2010)$4,605,41442%3,459335$1,331$123,071,8404Paramount
4The King's Speech$3,860,92458%1,543785$2,502$41,827,5318Weinstein Company
5Black Swan$3,272,84336%2,328744$1,406$70,541,0587Fox Searchlight
6Little Fockers$3,037,63049%3,394-281$895$132,159,6404Universal
7Yogi Bear$2,454,793140%2,702-586$909$80,228,7055Warner Bros.
8TRON: Legacy$2,410,88773%2,439-574$988$155,040,8795Disney
9The Fighter$2,127,02243%2,414-114$881$64,263,4106Paramount
10Season of the Witch$1,873,87646%2,82711$663$16,655,7872Relativity Media
11Tangled$1,769,264112%2,048-335$864$179,904,7058Disney
12Country Strong$1,484,46635%1,4240$1,042$12,192,0874Sony / Screen Gems
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$998,14387%1,704-1110$586$97,275,7126Fox
14Gulliver's Travels (2010)$912,69199%1,666-1298$548$36,900,8764Fox
15The Tourist$699,84339%1,420-1022$493$63,780,6126Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$580,24567%941-566$617$289,330,9559Warner Bros.
2Blue Valentine (2010)$572,76745%230190$2,490$2,427,7253Weinstein Company
3Megamind$294,541101%341-34$864$145,196,08111Paramount / DreamWorks
4The Heart Specialist$195,14928%422--$462$347,0821Freestyle
5How Do You Know$162,40528%615-1287$264$29,829,4735Sony / Columbia
6The Social Network$152,82654%322-281$475$94,594,32716Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$123,73035%34197$363$99,959,01011Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$118,49152%10066$1,185$878,1145Lionsgate
9Burlesque$104,79448%29567$355$38,544,2408Sony / Screen Gems
10Unstoppable (2010)$99,07942%303-95$327$80,317,88610Fox
11Love and Other Drugs$62,56637%166-46$377$31,923,8158Fox
12Red (2010)$57,33037%206-55$278$90,024,41014Summit
13Life As We Know It$36,27045%132-56$275$53,246,15815Warner Bros.
14Despicable Me$27,385122%137-41$200$251,453,69528Universal
15Morning Glory (2010)$22,44631%127-51$177$30,967,34110Paramount
16For Colored Girls$11,40288%11190$103$37,705,08011Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$108,59363%5336$2,049$907,2064Focus
2127 Hours$68,23855%76-12$898$11,022,91711Fox Searchlight
3Hubble 3D$56,88454%480$1,185$20,562,80144Warner Bros. / IMAX
4I Love You Phillip Morris$54,30761%95-5$572$1,615,9987Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$40,82870%45-3$907$337,9712UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$18,83532%79-24$238$9,308,90711Summit
7Faster (2010)$15,60351%77-2$203$22,986,0858CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$9,43769%7745$123$5,627,8137Relativity Media
9Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$6,376156%41-54$156$55,663,50317Warner Bros.
10Paranormal Activity 2$5,45053%40-50$136$84,743,19013Paramount
11Jackass 3D$4,82328%22-48$219$117,217,24014Paramount
12Every Day$3,5261%3--$1,175$7,0261Image Entertainment
13Summer Wars$2,64729%9-5$294$51,1984GKIDS
14Winter's Bone$2,11664%71$302$6,260,43532Roadside Attractions
15Tees Maar Khan$38-66%4-34$10$1,076,1234UTV Communications