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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. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Unknown (2011)$1,503,4971%3,043--$494$30,405,1681Warner Bros.
2Gnomeo and Juliet$1,388,0546%3,01420$461$60,934,1062Disney
3Just Go With It$1,274,3181%3,5480$359$68,254,8222Sony / Columbia
4I Am Number Four$1,216,3463%3,154--$386$26,707,8141Disney / DreamWorks
5The King's Speech$708,5526%2,086-177$340$106,891,27113Weinstein Company
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$690,0481%3,11813$221$53,576,4912Paramount
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$668,433-2%2,821--$237$21,024,2431Fox
8The Eagle$292,3926%2,2960$127$16,754,6472Focus
9No Strings Attached$266,2123%1,966-790$135$67,309,3895Paramount
10The Roommate$253,3463%2,160-374$117$33,877,6183Sony / Screen Gems
11True Grit (2010)$204,54112%1,465-607$140$165,185,3509Paramount
12Sanctum$123,930-5%1,377-1412$90$22,711,5303Universal
13The Green Hornet$123,4049%1,265-825$98$95,973,4266Sony / Columbia
14The Rite$82,0070%1,048-1159$78$31,831,1784Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$167,2109%759-290$220$88,793,36011Paramount
2Black Swan$147,9675%656-413$226$102,248,57412Fox Searchlight
3The Mechanic$88,4231%952-934$93$28,355,6804CBS Films
4Cedar Rapids$62,965-2%10287$617$1,685,2662Fox Searchlight
5Biutiful$57,7598%157-34$368$3,323,3188Roadside Attractions
6Tangled$51,87313%389-395$133$194,459,78813Disney
7Yogi Bear$51,317-4%725-386$71$97,609,51910Warner Bros.
8127 Hours$43,32512%240-119$181$17,614,08116Fox Searchlight
9TRON: Legacy$39,22712%312-52$126$170,669,48110Disney
10Blue Valentine (2010)$38,9399%235-158$166$9,014,2258Weinstein Company
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$33,3418%321-88$104$294,086,19314Warner Bros.
12Megamind$27,74515%214-38$130$148,415,85316Paramount / DreamWorks
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$26,19412%264-29$99$103,542,77611Fox
14The Company Men$25,9360%242-35$107$3,665,2055Weinstein Company
15Little Fockers$20,0250%285-139$70$147,745,4609Universal
16Gulliver's Travels (2010)$16,0229%235-73$68$42,283,1989Fox
17The Dilemma$13,2200%293-949$45$48,290,6306Universal
18The Social Network$9,6318%113-65$85$96,807,94121Sony / Columbia
19From Prada to Nada$7,06115%128-124$55$2,848,9254Lionsgate / Pantelion
20Unstoppable (2010)$5,03416%105-42$48$81,492,79415Fox
21Season of the Witch$3,4489%132-44$26$24,545,1197Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$38,8609%502$777$21,911,33149Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Rabbit Hole$7,6484%78-34$98$2,010,07310Lionsgate
37 Khoon Maaf$5,356-27%65--$82$208,3191UTV Communications
4Somewhere (2010)$3,526-4%29-3$122$1,742,5099Focus
5Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$2,12340%10$2,123$42,6832Phase 4 Films
6Immigration Tango$1,8914%30--$63$22,7251Roadside Attractions
7Winter's Bone$1,718-6%20-6$86$6,430,96337Roadside Attractions
8Brotherhood (2010)$702125%1--$702$9,5151Phase 4 Films
9I Love You Phillip Morris$27013%9-14$30$1,947,64112Roadside Attractions