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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 Mon, Dec. 19 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$4,926,128-52%3,703--$1,330$44,563,2071Warner Bros.
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,712,721-59%3,723--$729$25,957,4651Fox
3New Year's Eve$1,118,249-40%3,5050$319$25,834,4162Warner Bros. / New Line
4The Sitter$706,209-48%2,7522$257$18,636,1962Fox
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$651,427-46%2,958-646$220$266,979,4015Lionsgate / Summit
6Arthur Christmas$641,568-44%2,929-343$219$39,143,1994Sony / Columbia
7Hugo$626,378-46%2,532-76$247$39,782,0874Paramount
8The Muppets$588,340-48%2,808-520$210$71,582,9114Disney
9Happy Feet Two$205,324-44%1,780-1060$115$59,115,1975Warner Bros.
10Jack and Jill$173,856-47%1,910-877$91$70,680,4856Sony / Columbia
11Immortals$139,186-47%1,216-1083$114$82,028,5626Relativity Media
12Tower Heist$124,925-42%1,315-754$95$75,913,6657Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,021,005-49%425--$4,755$15,406,2091Paramount
2Young Adult$417,506-55%986978$423$4,260,5892Paramount
3The Descendants$398,316-54%8782$454$29,044,2255Fox Searchlight
4Puss in Boots (2011)$89,264-42%757-1086$118$142,864,6668Paramount / DreamWorks
5My Week with Marilyn$87,206-51%2440$357$6,174,3364Weinstein Company
6J. Edgar$57,327-45%703-852$82$35,776,2246Warner Bros.
7Dolphin Tale$39,477-32%281-61$140$71,370,33713Warner Bros.
8A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$32,782-37%202-268$162$34,445,8617Warner Bros. / New Line
9In Time$27,751-43%273-81$102$36,760,4458Fox
10Footloose (2011)$22,325-38%25352$88$51,315,10110Paramount
11Paranormal Activity 3$15,899-46%206-96$77$103,799,3779Paramount
12Courageous$14,346-66%101-90$142$33,528,57412Sony / TriStar
13Margin Call$13,033-47%121-27$108$5,127,7209Roadside Attractions
14Like Crazy$12,424-30%100-62$124$3,305,3828Paramount Vantage
1550/50$9,513-14%111-35$86$34,973,48012Summit
16The Three Musketeers (2011)$8,735-40%123-45$71$20,324,0599Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 19 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$56,035-61%1612$3,502$935,5832Focus
2Shame$48,695-50%5130$955$1,279,9903Fox Searchlight
3The Artist$41,297-56%171$2,429$1,368,8174Weinstein Company
4The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$22,256-24%250$890$482,3044Warner Bros.
5Born to Be Wild 3D$11,666-42%490$238$14,798,61137Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Way$10,830--93-27$116$3,999,39311Producers Distribution Agency
7Moneyball$10,732-44%98-110$110$74,328,09513Sony / Columbia
8The Ides of March$7,518-41%72-115$104$40,575,34211Sony / Columbia
9Drive (2011)$6,673-49%56-14$119$34,733,02614FilmDistrict
10Martha Marcy May Marlene$4,195-48%39-33$108$2,874,4729Fox Searchlight
11The Rum Diary$2,735-26%30-33$91$13,102,7778FilmDistrict
12Pastorela$1,501-63%19-25$79$158,2853Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Cook County$551-73%5--$110$8,1301Hanover House
14Answers to Nothing$20-23%1-6$20$22,0493Roadside Attractions