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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 Wed, Jan. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$1,526,746-31%3,584--$426$43,739,5311Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$955,325-21%2,940--$325$22,681,9101Universal
3The King's Speech$867,100-7%1,543785$562$48,597,3178Weinstein Company
4Black Swan$744,864-14%2,328744$320$76,628,0847Fox Searchlight
5True Grit (2010)$727,067-13%3,459335$210$129,904,6634Paramount
6The Fighter$475,189-13%2,414-114$197$68,046,0306Paramount
7Little Fockers$355,880-19%3,394-281$105$136,418,6204Universal
8TRON: Legacy$314,548-23%2,439-574$129$159,219,1705Disney
9Season of the Witch$307,120-17%2,82711$109$19,589,8032Relativity Media
10Country Strong$247,604-13%1,4240$174$14,517,6444Sony / Screen Gems
11Tangled$175,913-28%2,048-335$86$183,086,6838Disney
12Yogi Bear$173,235-36%2,702-586$64$84,642,1355Warner Bros.
13The Tourist$143,042-12%1,420-1022$101$64,869,0906Sony / Columbia
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$117,295-24%1,704-1110$69$99,134,9356Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$71,766-40%1,666-1298$43$38,782,4954Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$139,433-8%230190$606$3,451,6283Weinstein Company
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$91,623-12%941-566$97$290,349,0849Warner Bros.
3The Social Network$44,240-11%322-281$137$94,922,24116Sony / Columbia
4The Heart Specialist$34,73442%422--$82$640,7521Freestyle
5Megamind$30,822-30%341-34$90$145,735,59111Paramount / DreamWorks
6How Do You Know$27,765-7%615-1287$45$30,068,0285Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$27,058-11%34197$79$100,181,34711Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$26,080-6%10066$261$1,065,7945Lionsgate
9Love and Other Drugs$19,996-4%166-46$120$32,039,9548Fox
10Unstoppable (2010)$19,033-13%303-95$63$80,485,25610Fox
11Red (2010)$11,118-16%206-55$54$90,122,64914Summit
12Life As We Know It$6,158-2%132-56$47$53,302,76315Warner Bros.
13Morning Glory (2010)$5,642-14%127-51$44$31,005,72010Paramount
14Despicable Me$4,085-1%137-41$30$251,509,84028Universal
15For Colored Girls$2,424-12%11190$22$37,727,11911Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$21,912-16%5336$413$1,081,4324Focus
2Hubble 3D$18,514-17%48--$386$20,694,31844Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$16,748-11%76-12$220$11,159,72011Fox Searchlight
4I Love You Phillip Morris$11,169-13%95-5$118$1,711,4537Roadside Attractions
5No One Killed Jessica$5,135-5%45-3$114$395,6742UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$4,499-5%79-24$57$9,336,68511Summit
7Faster (2010)$3,352-20%77-2$44$23,016,1498CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$2,475-3%7745$32$5,646,4827Relativity Media
9Jackass 3D$1,553-29%22-48$71$117,228,02114Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$1,078-4%40-50$27$84,752,08213Paramount
11Summer Wars$88141%9-5$98$56,2614GKIDS
12Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$679-8%41-54$17$55,674,74917Warner Bros.
13Winter's Bone$5847%60$97$6,266,36532Roadside Attractions
14Tees Maar Khan$7890%4-34$20$1,076,4434UTV Communications