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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. 29 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jan. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Rite$6,010,28013%2,985--$2,013$11,306,4811Warner Bros. / New Line
2No Strings Attached$5,758,62732%3,0224$1,906$36,219,9412Paramount
3The Green Hornet$5,290,94383%3,524-60$1,501$75,486,5033Sony / Columbia
4The King's Speech$4,972,14473%2,557877$1,945$68,958,47910Weinstein Company
5The Mechanic$4,693,12130%2,703--$1,736$8,305,7381CBS Films
6True Grit (2010)$3,517,76180%3,120-344$1,127$146,262,2066Paramount
7The Dilemma$2,658,22556%2,905-38$915$39,516,7853Universal
8Black Swan$2,285,44062%2,315-92$987$89,300,5999Fox Searchlight
9The Fighter$1,885,76587%1,914-361$985$77,214,5298Paramount
10Yogi Bear$1,535,950162%2,133-377$720$91,463,9187Warner Bros.
11Little Fockers$1,261,36581%2,051-928$615$144,112,2456Universal
12Tangled$1,213,517141%1,589-271$764$188,766,53610Disney
13TRON: Legacy$1,201,91797%1,505-513$799$166,015,6147Disney
14Country Strong$585,68357%1,287-154$455$18,489,3876Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$359,96075%1,110-1197$324$23,498,1254Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jan. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$901,43750%916847$984$12,874,67513Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$504,33149%415173$1,215$5,720,4795Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$437,70241%256--$1,710$749,0041Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$419,883111%732-403$574$101,548,7528Fox
5Gulliver's Travels (2010)$345,765126%653-447$530$40,745,6686Fox
6The Company Men$313,94685%211105$1,488$1,365,4692Weinstein Company
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$282,448106%465-260$607$292,042,35811Warner Bros.
8Megamind$236,562117%300-20$789$146,813,77013Paramount / DreamWorks
9The Way Back$229,67056%595-83$386$2,027,9232Newmarket Films
10The Social Network$211,04783%367-18$575$95,902,58918Sony / Columbia
11The Tourist$171,09857%428-447$400$66,477,7618Sony / Columbia
12Unstoppable (2010)$96,34166%250-28$385$80,962,83912Fox
13Rabbit Hole$74,42362%12423$600$1,482,2837Lionsgate
14Burlesque$63,28646%238-58$266$39,247,68310Sony / Screen Gems
15The Heart Specialist$45,843112%119-174$385$1,043,0343Freestyle
16Red (2010)$36,83956%119-34$310$90,338,84616Summit
17Faster (2010)$29,97171%1148$263$23,151,76610CBS Films
18Love and Other Drugs$29,11437%117-29$249$32,252,97310Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jan. 29 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$184,19752%5955$3,122$467,4535Roadside Attractions
2Somewhere (2010)$49,17772%60-23$820$1,465,3986Focus
3Hubble 3D$47,62452%43-6$1,108$21,004,17546Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$46,29669%75-3$617$493,1612UTV Communications
5I Love You Phillip Morris$18,80248%49-26$384$1,869,0799Roadside Attractions
6Winter's Bone$15,172193%2721$562$6,298,64534Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$6,81551%40-32$170$9,407,24113Summit
8Summer Wars$2,63935%3-3$880$70,8726GKIDS
9No One Killed Jessica$2,186106%8-20$273$438,5704UTV Communications
10The Warrior's Way$1,84193%28-1$66$5,662,7009Relativity Media