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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 Fri, Feb. 11 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$12,364,386--3,105--$3,982$13,106,9331Paramount
2Just Go With It$9,459,694--3,548--$2,666$9,459,6941Sony / Columbia
3Gnomeo and Juliet$6,162,544--2,994--$2,058$6,162,5441Disney
4The Eagle$2,812,574--2,296--$1,225$2,812,5741Focus
5The Roommate$2,598,005329%2,5340$1,025$20,250,9062Sony / Screen Gems
6The King's Speech$1,846,296129%2,263-321$816$88,291,26712Weinstein Company
7No Strings Attached$1,686,791137%2,756-294$612$55,907,5784Paramount
8Sanctum$1,422,425127%2,7892$510$13,795,7952Universal
9True Grit (2010)$957,461118%2,072-830$462$158,427,1468Paramount
10The Green Hornet$886,968117%2,090-943$424$89,619,0205Sony / Columbia
11The Rite$882,67298%2,207-778$400$26,488,6093Warner Bros. / New Line
12The Mechanic$837,85560%1,886-818$444$23,053,5873CBS Films
13Black Swan$562,22168%1,069-908$526$97,776,88611Fox Searchlight
14The Fighter$540,43498%1,049-613$515$84,006,97810Paramount
15The Dilemma$279,4504%1,242-1303$225$46,884,1305Universal
16Yogi Bear$145,27215%1,111-696$131$95,993,5139Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Blue Valentine (2010)$159,10175%393-57$405$7,785,2037Weinstein Company
2Tangled$158,29739%784-585$202$192,649,14412Disney
3127 Hours$151,350-2%359-540$422$16,438,15215Fox Searchlight
4Biutiful$147,590139%19112$773$1,830,6867Roadside Attractions
5The Company Men$139,627163%27746$504$2,653,6724Weinstein Company
6TRON: Legacy$129,30912%364-676$355$169,328,6659Disney
7Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$110,926204%40944$271$293,001,18213Warner Bros.
8Little Fockers$88,9851%424-931$210$146,976,9658Universal
9From Prada to Nada$76,29693%252-9$303$2,353,2453Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Megamind$69,983201%252-38$278$147,624,87515Paramount / DreamWorks
11The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$67,94689%293-221$232$102,761,49210Fox
12Gulliver's Travels (2010)$50,425104%308-187$164$41,751,6678Fox
13Country Strong$48,473-29%328-620$148$20,100,0468Sony / Screen Gems
14The Social Network$34,81158%178-116$196$96,519,14420Sony / Columbia
15Unstoppable (2010)$29,241141%147-55$199$81,275,75914Fox
16Season of the Witch$24,391-11%176-316$139$24,375,1666Relativity Media
17The Tourist$24,289--100-131$243$66,944,65110Sony / Columbia
18Rabbit Hole$22,67920%112-19$202$1,812,3989Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 11 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cedar Rapids$77,789--15--$5,186$77,7891Fox Searchlight
2Hubble 3D$36,58246%480$762$21,340,18148Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Way Back$9,953-46%37-108$269$2,608,7564Newmarket Films
4Somewhere (2010)$9,61527%32-14$300$1,642,2778Focus
5Fair Game (2010)$7,2291%78-71$93$9,510,49715Summit
6Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$5,250--1--$5,250$5,2501Phase 4 Films
7Winter's Bone$4,528-2%26-8$174$6,380,27736Roadside Attractions
8I Love You Phillip Morris$2,85812%23-16$124$1,929,68811Roadside Attractions
9Waiting for Forever$2,566113%1411$183$16,1672Freestyle
10Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries)$592--5-37$118$575,2424UTV Communications