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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 Wed, Nov. 23 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Nov. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$12,437,56413%4,066--$3,059$171,415,7261Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$6,510,912--3,440--$1,893$6,510,9120Disney
3Happy Feet Two$2,907,46421%3,606--$806$28,310,8511Warner Bros.
4Arthur Christmas$2,389,269--3,376--$708$2,389,2690Sony / Columbia
5Jack and Jill$1,922,78727%3,029-409$635$45,229,9552Sony / Columbia
6Immortals$1,813,3237%2,677-435$677$57,915,4232Relativity Media
7Hugo$1,681,250--1,277--$1,317$1,681,2500Paramount
8Puss in Boots (2011)$1,647,56310%3,005-898$548$126,630,9164Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$1,281,83532%2,489-881$515$56,468,5403Universal
10J. Edgar$832,01310%1,94737$427$22,889,2402Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Nov. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$980,177696%390385$2,513$2,486,0711Fox Searchlight
2A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$377,170-28%960-1915$393$29,597,0023Warner Bros. / New Line
3My Week with Marilyn$156,034--123--$1,269$156,0340Weinstein Company
4In Time$148,287-49%470-2121$316$34,096,1874Fox
5Like Crazy$96,14941%15080$641$1,988,3884Paramount Vantage
6Footloose (2011)$61,922-58%384-1831$161$50,480,9136Paramount
7Paranormal Activity 3$55,064-60%355-2421$155$102,919,6675Paramount
8Moneyball$51,171-30%187-626$274$72,816,7649Sony / Columbia
9The Three Musketeers (2011)$44,67229%224-445$199$19,643,4295Summit
10Dolphin Tale$44,510-15%388-317$115$70,155,5919Warner Bros.
11Margin Call$42,991-13%170--$253$4,041,4835Roadside Attractions
12Courageous$41,507-42%211-694$197$32,506,0498Sony / TriStar
13The Ides of March$40,834-32%159-537$257$39,243,3147Sony / Columbia
1450/50$34,72661%210-214$165$34,326,8018Summit
15Contagion$33,15911%301-54$110$75,266,40211Warner Bros.
16The Way$31,562-6%137-34$230$3,134,4377Producers Distribution Agency
17Martha Marcy May Marlene$29,511-37%127-56$232$2,371,4345Fox Searchlight
18Abduction$25,50927%16336$156$27,688,4019Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$16,49018%120-44$137$176,496,31016Fox
20Johnny English Reborn$9,130-15%108-102$85$8,297,6755Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Nov. 23 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$20,627-25%490$421$14,353,84333Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Drive (2011)$14,19564%9318$153$34,392,84210FilmDistrict
3Anonymous$10,941-65%72-410$152$4,219,0624Sony / Columbia
4The Rum Diary$9,683-58%54-893$179$12,892,2224FilmDistrict
5Crazy, Stupid, Love$7,8617%91-39$86$84,344,76717Warner Bros.
6Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$6,855-21%48-24$143$38,487,85114Weinstein Company
7The Mighty Macs$4,73627%28-33$169$1,875,5215Quaker Media
8The Big Year$4,0202%52-31$77$7,132,0776Fox
9Inni$2,912285%5-2$582$92,3604Cinema Purgatorio
10Sarah's Key$2,658-36%27-135$98$7,673,20918Weinstein Company
11Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2$2,003-50%78-7$26$381,009,52519Warner Bros.
12Shark Night 3D$718-66%270$27$18,876,64212Relativity Media
13Laugh at My Pain$590-45%11-2$54$7,698,85311CodeBlack Entertainment
14Machine Gun Preacher$54035%9-3$60$532,8129Relativity Media
15I Don't Know How She Does It$274-82%38-45$7$9,662,12210Weinstein Company
16Our Idiot Brother$266-45%6-6$44$24,815,89513Weinstein Company
17Circumstance$111-7%1-4$111$441,72413Roadside Attractions
18Apollo 18$82-71%5-13$16$17,687,62012Weinstein Company
19The Future$4-92%1-2$4$568,27917Roadside Attractions