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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, Nov. 17 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Nov. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Immortals$1,586,052-15%3,112--$510$40,727,9301Relativity Media
2Jack and Jill$838,104-5%3,438--$244$29,027,9061Sony / Columbia
3Puss in Boots (2011)$801,612-1%3,903-60$205$111,587,5623Paramount / DreamWorks
4J. Edgar$738,036-15%1,9101903$386$14,794,6941Warner Bros.
5Tower Heist$655,515-10%3,3703$195$46,433,7752Universal
6A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$453,136-13%2,8750$158$25,432,8462Warner Bros. / New Line
7In Time$247,031-11%2,591-536$95$31,743,8413Fox
8Paranormal Activity 3$174,914-10%2,776-510$63$101,618,6774Paramount
9Footloose (2011)$126,666-5%2,215-596$57$49,305,6805Paramount
10Real Steel$92,846-3%1,758-680$53$82,004,0466Disney / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Nov. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Courageous$95,54719%905-233$106$31,907,9787Sony / TriStar
2The Ides of March$67,744-8%696-695$97$38,639,8716Sony / Columbia
3Moneyball$66,357-9%813-465$82$72,128,9048Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$63,781-22%947-1345$67$12,691,1973FilmDistrict
5Anonymous$55,8631%482-32$116$3,976,3423Sony / Columbia
6Martha Marcy May Marlene$46,414-5%18385$254$1,873,7874Fox Searchlight
750/50$43,0380%424-323$102$34,012,3727Summit
8The Three Musketeers (2011)$41,60215%669-1194$62$19,332,7314Summit
9The Way$33,790-2%171-53$198$2,763,6056Producers Distribution Agency
10Dolphin Tale$33,32119%705-400$47$69,756,1378Warner Bros.
11Contagion$26,987-1%35595$76$74,978,87110Warner Bros.
12Sarah's Key$13,4741%162-156$83$7,629,91617Weinstein Company
13Johnny English Reborn$10,485-1%210-434$50$8,182,1604Universal
14Rise of the Planet of the Apes$8,7192%164-35$53$176,368,59415Fox
15Crazy, Stupid, Love$8,3756%130-42$64$84,276,47616Warner Bros.
16Killer Elite$7,5551%16041$47$25,124,9868Open Road
17The Thing (2011)$5,57011%141-243$40$16,928,6705Universal
18Abduction$4,329-8%127-80$34$27,502,5348Lionsgate
19Dream House$4,3251%172-158$25$21,302,3407Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Nov. 17 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Like Crazy$47,113-2%7054$673$1,245,0063Paramount Vantage
2Margin Call$43,725-5%0-178--$3,492,2374Roadside Attractions
3The Descendants$39,423-1%5--$7,885$79,2000Fox Searchlight
4Born to Be Wild 3D$19,73763%490$403$14,199,88832Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Drive (2011)$7,951-28%75-61$106$34,301,3479FilmDistrict
6The Mighty Macs$5,938-11%61-40$97$1,845,3884Quaker Media
7The Big Year$2,96411%83-130$36$7,093,2835Fox
8Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,907-48%85-140$34$380,974,76218Warner Bros.
9I Don't Know How She Does It$2,8839%8375$35$9,651,0469Weinstein Company
10What's Your Number?$2,32910%63-39$37$13,996,9857Fox
11Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$1,81117%72-26$25$38,428,87613Weinstein Company
12Inni$1,22451%4-3$306$82,3433Cinema Purgatorio
13The Double (2011)$912-13%12-33$76$137,9223Image Entertainment
14Our Idiot Brother$79845%12-23$67$24,812,61912Weinstein Company
15Shark Night 3D$768-3%27-17$28$18,863,96411Relativity Media
16Apollo 18$506-11%18-75$28$17,685,91311Weinstein Company
17Circumstance$35464%50$71$440,97212Roadside Attractions
18Machine Gun Preacher$350-2%120$29$528,0818Relativity Media
19Laugh at My Pain$235-48%13-25$18$7,690,19710CodeBlack Entertainment
20The Son of No One$224-20%4-6$56$30,6802Anchor Bay Films
21Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$80400%1-4$80$487,70011Indomina Media
22The Future$26117%3-2$9$568,18616Roadside Attractions
23Texas Killing Fields$18-63%3-7$6$45,4705Anchor Bay Films