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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. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hall Pass$4,633,070--2,950--$1,571$4,633,0701Warner Bros. / New Line
2Unknown (2011)$3,856,195156%3,0430$1,267$34,261,3632Warner Bros.
3Just Go With It$3,251,662155%3,544-4$918$71,506,4843Sony / Columbia
4I Am Number Four$3,171,189161%3,1562$1,005$29,879,0032Disney / DreamWorks
5Gnomeo and Juliet$3,156,594127%3,03723$1,039$64,090,7003Disney
6Justin Bieber: Never Say Never$2,659,234285%2,810-308$946$56,235,7253Paramount
7Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son$2,028,036203%2,8210$719$23,052,2792Fox
8The King's Speech$1,877,685165%2,385299$787$108,768,95614Weinstein Company
9Drive Angry$1,629,735--2,290--$712$1,629,7351Summit
10The Roommate$623,758146%1,726-434$361$34,501,3764Sony / Screen Gems
11True Grit (2010)$510,768150%1,222-243$418$165,696,11810Paramount
12No Strings Attached$469,03976%1,366-600$343$67,778,4286Paramount
13The Eagle$447,23953%1,568-728$285$17,201,8863Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Fighter$402,342141%668-91$602$89,195,70212Paramount
2Black Swan$352,057138%617-39$571$102,600,63113Fox Searchlight
3Cedar Rapids$195,144210%13634$1,435$1,880,4103Fox Searchlight
4The Green Hornet$174,13741%667-598$261$96,147,5637Sony / Columbia
5The Rite$137,09067%545-503$252$31,968,2685Warner Bros. / New Line
6Biutiful$129,177124%18225$710$3,452,4959Roadside Attractions
7Sanctum$98,010-21%392-985$250$22,809,5404Universal
8The Mechanic$87,738-1%404-548$217$28,443,4185CBS Films
9127 Hours$83,51893%220-20$380$17,697,59917Fox Searchlight
10Little Fockers$62,550212%261-24$240$147,808,01010Universal
11The Company Men$62,377141%185-57$337$3,727,5826Weinstein Company
12Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1$62,25587%303-18$205$294,148,44815Warner Bros.
13The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader$61,116133%248-16$246$103,603,89212Fox
14Blue Valentine (2010)$59,56253%167-68$357$9,073,7879Weinstein Company
15Yogi Bear$46,309-10%366-359$127$97,655,82811Warner Bros.
16The Tourist$44,162--194-30$228$67,385,87012Sony / Columbia
17The Dilemma$43,740231%243-50$180$48,334,3707Universal
18Gulliver's Travels (2010)$39,577147%204-31$194$42,322,77510Fox
19Season of the Witch$27,538699%17139$161$24,572,6578Relativity Media
20The Social Network$23,534144%269156$87$96,831,47522Sony / Columbia
21Winter's Bone$5,744234%135115$43$6,436,70738Roadside Attractions

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hubble 3D$45,42117%500$908$21,956,75250Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Rabbit Hole$15,698105%835$189$2,025,77111Lionsgate
37 Khoon Maaf$15,259185%683$224$223,5782UTV Communications
4From Prada to Nada$13,80295%81-47$170$2,862,7275Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Unstoppable (2010)$10,275104%66-39$156$81,503,06916Fox
6Somewhere (2010)$8,262134%27-2$306$1,750,77110Focus
7Brotherhood (2010)$4,281510%21$2,141$13,7962Phase 4 Films
8Vidal Sassoon: The Movie$2,107-1%31$702$44,7903Phase 4 Films
9I Love You Phillip Morris$1,908607%156$127$1,949,54913Roadside Attractions
10Public Speaking$1,866--1--$1,866$6,6061Rialto
11Diary of a Country Priest (2011 re-issue)$1,820--1--$1,820$1,8201Rialto
12Immigration Tango$206-89%2-28$103$22,9312Roadside Attractions