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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. 20 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Green Hornet$1,601,7125%3,584--$447$45,341,2431Sony / Columbia
2The Dilemma$955,4250%2,940--$325$23,637,3351Universal
3The King's Speech$861,654-1%1,543785$558$49,458,9718Weinstein Company
4Black Swan$752,5471%2,328744$323$77,380,6317Fox Searchlight
5True Grit (2010)$728,7640%3,459335$211$130,633,4274Paramount
6The Fighter$470,206-1%2,414-114$195$68,516,2366Paramount
7Little Fockers$372,9955%3,394-281$110$136,791,6154Universal
8TRON: Legacy$340,3208%2,439-574$140$159,559,4905Disney
9Season of the Witch$302,229-2%2,82711$107$19,892,0322Relativity Media
10Country Strong$244,720-1%1,4240$172$14,762,3644Sony / Screen Gems
11Yogi Bear$188,0689%2,702-586$70$84,830,2035Warner Bros.
12Tangled$187,8167%2,048-335$92$183,274,4998Disney
13The Tourist$143,8271%1,420-1022$101$65,012,9176Sony / Columbia
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$131,49512%1,704-1110$77$99,266,4306Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$80,10612%1,666-1298$48$38,862,6014Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$130,579-6%230190$568$3,582,2073Weinstein Company
2Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$93,4132%941-566$99$290,442,4979Warner Bros.
3The Social Network$42,146-5%322-281$131$94,964,38716Sony / Columbia
4Megamind$34,08811%341-34$100$145,769,67911Paramount / DreamWorks
5The Heart Specialist$30,376-13%422--$72$671,1281Freestyle
6How Do You Know$30,1218%615-1287$49$30,098,1495Sony / Columbia
7Due Date$29,3378%34197$86$100,210,68411Warner Bros.
8Rabbit Hole$24,656-5%10066$247$1,090,4505Lionsgate
9Unstoppable (2010)$19,1260%303-95$63$80,504,38210Fox
10Love and Other Drugs$17,013-15%166-46$102$32,056,9678Fox
11Red (2010)$12,26810%206-55$60$90,134,91714Summit
12Life As We Know It$6,6508%132-56$50$53,309,41315Warner Bros.
13Morning Glory (2010)$6,0127%127-51$47$31,011,73210Paramount
14Despicable Me$4,1451%137-41$30$251,513,98528Universal
15For Colored Girls$2,5796%11190$23$37,729,69811Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 20 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$25,46638%48--$531$20,719,78444Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Somewhere (2010)$22,0631%5336$416$1,103,4954Focus
3127 Hours$18,52811%76-12$244$11,178,24811Fox Searchlight
4I Love You Phillip Morris$11,2911%95-5$119$1,722,7447Roadside Attractions
5Fair Game (2010)$4,9259%79-24$62$9,341,61011Summit
6No One Killed Jessica$4,350-15%45-3$97$400,0242UTV Communications
7Faster (2010)$4,02020%77-2$52$23,020,1698CBS Films
8The Warrior's Way$2,336-6%7745$30$5,648,8187Relativity Media
9Jackass 3D$1,6718%22-48$76$117,229,69214Paramount
10Paranormal Activity 2$825-23%40-50$21$84,752,90713Paramount
11Summer Wars$777-12%9-5$86$57,0384GKIDS
12Winter's Bone$70521%60$118$6,267,07032Roadside Attractions
13Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$564-17%41-54$14$55,675,31317Warner Bros.