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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, Feb. 3 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1No Strings Attached$1,018,9184%3,0224$337$43,387,8712Paramount
2The King's Speech$943,22811%2,557877$369$75,815,19110Weinstein Company
3The Mechanic$762,6020%2,703--$282$14,710,2661CBS Films
4The Rite$752,158-3%2,985--$252$18,112,2231Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Green Hornet$647,568-4%3,524-60$184$81,122,3933Sony / Columbia
6True Grit (2010)$525,9116%3,120-344$169$150,262,4026Paramount
7Black Swan$458,3917%2,315-92$198$92,487,8579Fox Searchlight
8The Dilemma$377,5500%2,905-38$130$42,291,4703Universal
9The Fighter$328,030-1%1,914-361$171$79,562,5658Paramount
10TRON: Legacy$179,3712%1,505-513$119$167,394,2477Disney
11Tangled$172,907-7%1,589-271$109$190,222,67510Disney
12Yogi Bear$168,025-3%2,133-377$79$93,117,9477Warner Bros.
13Little Fockers$153,4250%2,051-928$75$145,302,3056Universal
14Country Strong$108,41511%1,287-154$84$19,200,1356Sony / Screen Gems
15Season of the Witch$63,539-2%1,110-1197$57$23,957,9294Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$201,5871%916847$220$14,330,44913Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$111,6109%415173$269$6,482,4055Weinstein Company
3From Prada to Nada$64,47826%256--$252$1,348,5711Lionsgate / Pantelion
4The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$59,6593%732-403$82$102,030,9958Fox
5The Way Back$55,9302%595-83$94$2,390,8732Newmarket Films
6The Company Men$54,0273%211105$256$1,749,9662Weinstein Company
7Gulliver's Travels (2010)$51,3217%653-447$79$41,138,1146Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$44,1259%465-260$95$292,387,83611Warner Bros.
9Megamind$33,43610%300-20$111$147,079,10413Paramount / DreamWorks
10The Social Network$33,318-2%367-18$91$96,153,34418Sony / Columbia
11Rabbit Hole$19,79028%12423$160$1,601,0187Lionsgate
12Unstoppable (2010)$16,99316%250-28$68$81,073,30412Fox
13Love and Other Drugs$8,300-6%117-29$71$32,303,46110Fox
14Red (2010)$6,74814%119-34$57$90,380,16216Summit
15Faster (2010)$5,5394%1148$49$23,192,26210CBS Films
16The Heart Specialist$4,43915%119-174$37$1,077,9703Freestyle

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 3 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Biutiful$41,7092%6258$673$784,4955Roadside Attractions
2Hubble 3D$20,37431%43--$474$21,110,62946Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Somewhere (2010)$12,2926%60-23$205$1,544,1536Focus
4I Love You Phillip Morris$4,92317%48-27$103$1,899,0669Roadside Attractions
5Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$4,3055%76-2$57$538,1732UTV Communications
6Winter's Bone$2,452-2%2719$91$6,318,79234Roadside Attractions
7Fair Game (2010)$2,384-8%40-32$60$9,421,29813Summit
8The Warrior's Way$8270%290$29$5,657,6149Relativity Media
9Summer Wars$63937%3-3$213$74,1396GKIDS
10No One Killed Jessica$77-68%8-20$10$440,5254UTV Communications