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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 Mon, Jan. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$1,542,171-63%3,018--$511$21,195,0921Paramount
2The Green Hornet$1,093,442-73%3,5840$305$64,112,2502Sony / Columbia
3The King's Speech$635,465-64%1,680137$378$57,949,3469Weinstein Company
4The Dilemma$573,885-65%2,9433$195$33,320,1102Universal
5True Grit (2010)$543,758-60%3,4645$157$138,507,2775Paramount
6Black Swan$490,969-63%2,40779$204$83,741,3448Fox Searchlight
7The Fighter$320,186-58%2,275-139$141$73,000,9267Paramount
8TRON: Legacy$253,766-71%2,018-421$126$163,460,3776Disney
9Little Fockers$253,215-70%2,979-415$85$141,364,9205Universal
10Yogi Bear$201,003-82%2,510-192$80$88,850,6016Warner Bros.
11Season of the Witch$187,659-66%2,307-520$81$22,376,9903Relativity Media
12Tangled$183,604-79%1,860-188$99$186,540,0299Disney
13Country Strong$148,857-67%1,44117$103$16,993,9095Sony / Screen Gems
14The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$81,787-77%1,135-569$72$100,702,1537Fox
15Gulliver's Travels (2010)$66,058-78%1,100-566$60$40,087,6715Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Way Back$109,316-57%678--$161$1,328,1831Newmarket Films
2Blue Valentine (2010)$87,948-60%24212$363$4,547,9704Weinstein Company
3Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$70,012-68%725-216$97$291,410,78010Warner Bros.
4The Tourist$65,364-62%875-545$75$65,959,3957Sony / Columbia
5The Company Men$50,696-63%106--$478$741,6301Weinstein Company
6Megamind$35,076-77%320-21$110$146,375,79912Paramount / DreamWorks
7The Social Network$33,566-62%38563$87$95,442,03917Sony / Columbia
8Due Date$21,468-60%275-66$78$100,469,96612Warner Bros.
9Unstoppable (2010)$18,101-62%278-25$65$80,749,45311Fox
10Rabbit Hole$17,923-61%1011$177$1,285,9646Lionsgate
11The Heart Specialist$14,793-64%293-129$50$937,4302Freestyle
12Love and Other Drugs$10,536-56%146-20$72$32,167,3569Fox
13Red (2010)$9,418-55%153-53$62$90,248,34015Summit
14Faster (2010)$6,063-65%10629$57$23,087,7899CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Somewhere (2010)$19,579-63%8330$236$1,326,4755Focus
2Hubble 3D$15,926-49%0-48--$20,855,08045Warner Bros. / IMAX
3127 Hours$12,588-56%69-7$182$11,309,39312Fox Searchlight
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$11,717-85%78--$150$377,3141UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$7,899-58%75-20$105$1,799,4628Roadside Attractions
6Fair Game (2010)$4,071-46%72-7$57$9,380,77712Summit
7Life As We Know It$3,496-68%86-46$41$53,362,46016Warner Bros.
8No One Killed Jessica$1,140-84%28-17$41$429,8313UTV Communications
9Biutiful$1,028-69%4--$257$93,1204Roadside Attractions
10The Warrior's Way$827-58%29-48$29$5,657,6148Relativity Media
11Winter's Bone$580-30%6-1$97$6,271,67033Roadside Attractions
12Summer Wars$426-77%6-3$71$63,7195GKIDS