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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, Dec. 15 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1New Year's Eve$1,058,0023%3,505--$302$17,405,7541Warner Bros. / New Line
2The Sitter$756,534-4%2,750--$275$13,321,3061Fox
3The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$678,6754%3,604-442$188$262,130,0814Lionsgate / Summit
4Hugo$521,00210%2,608768$200$35,447,8613Paramount
5Arthur Christmas$445,23020%3,272-104$136$34,947,3453Sony / Columbia
6The Muppets$427,2362%3,328-112$128$67,473,6453Disney
7Immortals$272,073-3%2,299-328$118$81,038,0055Relativity Media
8Happy Feet Two$267,1763%2,840-696$94$57,832,5444Warner Bros.
9Jack and Jill$192,00110%2,787-262$69$69,277,7865Sony / Columbia
10Tower Heist$186,210-5%2,069-335$90$74,887,7156Universal
11J. Edgar$135,373-3%1,555-430$87$35,332,4035Warner Bros.
12Puss in Boots (2011)$115,1526%1,843-907$62$142,310,1937Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$600,000--425--$1,412$600,0000Paramount
2The Descendants$431,1146%876302$492$25,377,5524Fox Searchlight
3My Week with Marilyn$95,0955%2440$390$5,495,7453Weinstein Company
4A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$57,593-8%470-240$123$34,238,0156Warner Bros. / New Line
5In Time$36,098-10%354-67$102$36,569,3407Fox
6Like Crazy$23,4617%16210$145$3,235,4457Paramount Vantage
7Courageous$22,83331%191-74$120$33,411,34911Sony / TriStar
8Dolphin Tale$17,7709%342-68$52$71,137,76812Warner Bros.
9Moneyball$17,03112%208-796$82$74,241,82812Sony / Columbia
10The Way$17,0272%120-40$142$3,909,40310Producers Distribution Agency
11Margin Call$16,728-3%149-2$112$5,016,7618Roadside Attractions
12Paranormal Activity 3$16,3548%30247$54$103,691,8628Paramount
13The Ides of March$15,47726%187-829$83$40,522,23510Sony / Columbia
1450/50$10,0398%146-50$69$34,926,59711Summit
15The Three Musketeers (2011)$8,9372%168-40$53$20,265,1148Summit
16Footloose (2011)$6,647-7%201-108$33$51,169,0309Paramount
17Abduction$5,93911%131-20$45$28,087,15512Lionsgate
18Contagion$4,603-7%111-44$41$75,658,09714Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 15 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$40,43413%1610$2,527$1,040,1533Weinstein Company
2Shame$33,983-2%2111$1,618$924,0412Fox Searchlight
3Young Adult$31,110-1%8--$3,889$439,9241Paramount
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$23,185-11%4--$5,796$422,7711Focus
5The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$20,70744%251$828$351,7453Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$18,84857%490$385$14,729,85736Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Martha Marcy May Marlene$7,3170%72-12$102$2,848,6758Fox Searchlight
8Drive (2011)$6,330-8%70-16$90$34,704,40613FilmDistrict
9The Rum Diary$4,6007%630$73$13,087,6137FilmDistrict
10Rise of the Planet of the Apes$3,60812%61-23$59$176,711,82219Fox
11Pastorela$1,982-18%44-11$45$146,1682Lionsgate / Pantelion
12Spy Kids: All The Time in the World$445-37%23-8$19$38,538,18817Weinstein Company
13Project Nim$42673%2--$213$411,18423Roadside Attractions
14Circumstance$200-68%10$200$454,12116Roadside Attractions
15Answers to Nothing$104-38%7-14$15$21,8722Roadside Attractions
16The Future$59293%0----$568,66220Roadside Attractions