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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, Feb. 2 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$982,0781%3,0224$325$42,368,9532Paramount
2The King's Speech$852,306-7%2,557877$333$74,871,96310Weinstein Company
3The Rite$772,196-10%2,985--$259$17,360,0651Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Mechanic$765,286-14%2,703--$283$13,947,6641CBS Films
5The Green Hornet$674,170-1%3,524-60$191$80,474,8253Sony / Columbia
6True Grit (2010)$497,0018%3,120-344$159$149,736,4916Paramount
7Black Swan$428,434-4%2,315-92$185$92,029,4669Fox Searchlight
8The Dilemma$378,0100%2,905-38$130$41,913,9203Universal
9The Fighter$332,9473%1,914-361$174$79,234,5358Paramount
10Tangled$185,83434%1,589-271$117$190,049,76810Disney
11TRON: Legacy$175,59118%1,505-513$117$167,214,8767Disney
12Yogi Bear$173,27937%2,133-377$81$92,949,9227Warner Bros.
13Little Fockers$153,82515%2,051-928$75$145,148,8806Universal
14Country Strong$97,841-5%1,287-154$76$19,091,7206Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$64,9054%1,110-1197$58$23,894,3904Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$199,768-9%916847$218$14,128,86213Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$102,367-2%415173$247$6,370,7955Weinstein Company
3The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$57,65223%732-403$79$101,971,3368Fox
4The Way Back$54,740-5%595-83$92$2,334,9432Newmarket Films
5The Company Men$52,61811%211105$249$1,695,9392Weinstein Company
6From Prada to Nada$51,000-5%256--$199$1,284,0931Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$48,08948%653-447$74$41,086,7936Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$40,5906%465-260$87$292,343,71111Warner Bros.
9The Social Network$33,865-3%367-18$92$96,120,02618Sony / Columbia
10Megamind$30,29017%300-20$101$147,045,66813Paramount / DreamWorks
11Rabbit Hole$15,5192%12423$125$1,581,2287Lionsgate
12Unstoppable (2010)$14,6303%250-28$59$81,056,31112Fox
13Love and Other Drugs$8,8105%117-29$75$32,295,16110Fox
14Red (2010)$5,8945%119-34$50$90,373,41416Summit
15Faster (2010)$5,3023%1148$47$23,186,72310CBS Films
16The Heart Specialist$3,87032%119-174$33$1,073,5313Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 2 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$41,0342%6258$662$742,7865Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$15,5929%43--$363$21,090,25546Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$11,6359%60-23$194$1,531,8616Focus
4I Love You Phillip Morris$4,192-4%48-27$87$1,894,1439Roadside Attractions
5Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$4,100-4%76-2$54$533,8682UTV Communications
6Fair Game (2010)$2,57918%40-32$64$9,418,91413Summit
7Winter's Bone$2,505-6%2719$93$6,316,34034Roadside Attractions
8The Warrior's Way$8270%290$29$5,657,6149Relativity Media
9Summer Wars$4687%3-3$156$73,5006GKIDS
10No One Killed Jessica$237-9%8-20$30$440,4484UTV Communications