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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, Nov. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$16,689,211116%4,0665$4,105$195,837,6462Lionsgate / Summit
2The Muppets$12,123,246110%3,440--$3,524$24,400,9111Disney
3Happy Feet Two$5,106,761149%3,6115$1,414$35,464,7722Warner Bros.
4Hugo$4,511,79891%1,277--$3,533$8,549,3351Paramount
5Arthur Christmas$4,504,946144%3,376--$1,334$8,737,1461Sony / Columbia
6Jack and Jill$3,808,770102%3,029-409$1,257$50,928,7403Sony / Columbia
7Immortals$3,520,39584%2,677-443$1,315$63,351,4713Relativity Media
8Puss in Boots (2011)$2,966,161130%3,005-410$987$130,885,2175Paramount / DreamWorks
9Tower Heist$2,869,84084%2,474-468$1,160$60,894,0054Universal
10J. Edgar$1,990,212104%1,910-37$1,042$25,852,8833Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$2,703,756156%433404$6,244$6,244,9882Fox Searchlight
2A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$628,95971%875-933$719$30,594,2944Warner Bros. / New Line
3My Week with Marilyn$610,143292%244--$2,501$922,2621Weinstein Company
4In Time$337,12388%457-910$738$34,612,9505Fox
5Like Crazy$164,351153%15041$1,096$2,217,6695Paramount Vantage
6Moneyball$121,255130%187-222$648$72,990,81610Sony / Columbia
7Footloose (2011)$115,15279%384-834$300$50,660,2327Paramount
8Paranormal Activity 3$112,722122%355-1047$318$103,083,1196Paramount
9Margin Call$105,179223%139-34$757$4,179,1866Roadside Attractions
10The Ides of March$100,558122%159-139$632$39,389,1568Sony / Columbia
11The Three Musketeers (2011)$89,402151%22454$399$19,768,5006Summit
12The Smurfs$86,491--248-4$349$142,171,10018Sony / Columbia
13Courageous$81,61883%211-306$387$32,632,2539Sony / TriStar
1450/50$74,610146%21025$355$34,431,7409Summit
15Dolphin Tale$71,438228%216-172$331$70,248,83910Warner Bros.
16Martha Marcy May Marlene$63,885127%113-67$565$2,463,4986Fox Searchlight
17Contagion$60,310109%218-83$277$75,355,56112Warner Bros.
18Abduction$48,178138%163-18$296$27,756,79110Lionsgate
19Rise of the Planet of the Apes$29,709149%103-28$288$176,537,94117Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$75,456--4--$18,864$75,4561Weinstein Company
2Drive (2011)$33,698140%9347$362$34,440,60811FilmDistrict
3Born to Be Wild 3D$31,857263%490$650$14,394,48834Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Anonymous$25,581101%72-107$355$4,257,3885Sony / Columbia
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$21,614--19--$1,138$40,7851Warner Bros.
6The Rum Diary$20,30192%54-98$376$12,923,0735FilmDistrict
7The Big Year$9,892178%53-6$187$7,145,5277Fox
8Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$9,653335%48-22$201$38,499,72115Weinstein Company
9The Mighty Macs$5,371155%11-17$488$1,882,9966Quaker Media
10Sarah's Key$3,74878%27-25$139$7,679,06119Weinstein Company
11Inni$2,2283552%4-2$557$94,6495Cinema Purgatorio
12Machine Gun Preacher$1,307151%9-10$145$534,64010Relativity Media
13Laugh at My Pain$702-26%4-7$176$7,700,50912CodeBlack Entertainment
14Project Nim$170--1--$170$407,15021Roadside Attractions
15Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame$73--2-6$37$489,88513Indomina Media