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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. 10 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The King's Speech$805,56218%2,58427$312$86,444,97111Weinstein Company
2No Strings Attached$712,7417%3,05028$234$54,220,7873Paramount
3Sanctum$627,075-2%2,787--$225$12,373,3701Universal
4The Roommate$605,8687%2,534--$239$17,652,9011Sony / Screen Gems
5The Mechanic$522,4253%2,7041$193$22,215,7322CBS Films
6The Rite$446,1194%2,9850$149$25,605,9372Warner Bros. / New Line
7True Grit (2010)$439,17713%2,902-218$151$156,569,6857Paramount
8The Green Hornet$408,5948%3,033-491$135$88,732,0524Sony / Columbia
9Black Swan$335,1039%1,977-338$170$97,214,66510Fox Searchlight
10The Fighter$273,5068%1,662-252$165$83,466,5449Paramount
11The Dilemma$267,60511%2,545-360$105$46,604,6804Universal
12Yogi Bear$126,0339%1,807-326$70$95,848,2418Warner Bros.
13TRON: Legacy$115,82912%1,040-465$111$169,199,3568Disney
14Tangled$114,13615%1,369-220$83$192,490,84711Disney
15Little Fockers$88,3359%1,355-696$65$146,887,9807Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1127 Hours$154,1019%899-17$171$16,286,80214Fox Searchlight
2Blue Valentine (2010)$91,1056%45035$202$7,626,1026Weinstein Company
3Country Strong$68,38722%948-339$72$20,051,5737Sony / Screen Gems
4Biutiful$61,840-5%179117$345$1,683,0966Roadside Attractions
5The Company Men$53,060-6%23120$230$2,514,0453Weinstein Company
6From Prada to Nada$39,599-1%2615$152$2,276,9492Lionsgate / Pantelion
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$36,47016%365-100$100$292,890,25612Warner Bros.
8The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$35,95622%514-218$70$102,693,5469Fox
9Season of the Witch$27,4874%492-618$56$24,350,7755Relativity Media
10Gulliver's Travels (2010)$24,7489%495-158$50$41,701,2427Fox
11Megamind$23,2162%290-10$80$147,554,89214Paramount / DreamWorks
12The Social Network$22,05212%294-73$75$96,484,33319Sony / Columbia
13Rabbit Hole$18,96615%1317$145$1,789,7198Lionsgate
14The Way Back$18,56011%145-450$128$2,601,8033Newmarket Films
15Unstoppable (2010)$12,12011%202-48$60$81,246,51813Fox
16Fair Game (2010)$7,180-3%149109$48$9,503,26814Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 10 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$25,01529%485$521$21,303,59947Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Somewhere (2010)$7,5505%46-14$164$1,632,6627Focus
3Winter's Bone$4,623-6%358$132$6,375,74935Roadside Attractions
4Faster (2010)$3,57213%87-27$41$23,240,02011CBS Films
5Love and Other Drugs$3,098-16%46-71$67$32,343,81411Fox
6I Love You Phillip Morris$2,561-2%39-9$66$1,926,83010Roadside Attractions
7The Heart Specialist$1,420-16%56-63$25$1,103,0374Freestyle
8Waiting for Forever$1,20610%3--$402$13,6011Freestyle