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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, Jan. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Beauty and the Beast 3D$4,462,017-18%2,625--$1,700$22,213,9221Disney
2Contraband$4,165,665-42%2,863--$1,455$28,515,4801Universal
3Joyful Noise$2,577,118-23%2,735--$942$13,802,3081Warner Bros.
4Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$2,515,206-32%3,346-209$752$189,448,6125Paramount
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$2,108,7423%2,849-576$740$120,983,8615Fox
6Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$1,851,414-31%3,155-448$587$172,043,7155Warner Bros.
7We Bought a Zoo$1,808,450-3%2,909-261$622$65,857,7654Fox
8The Adventures of Tintin$1,589,7567%2,073-933$767$69,329,9864Paramount
9War Horse$1,427,409-26%2,85673$500$67,522,5004Disney / DreamWorks
10The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$1,371,856-34%2,674-276$513$89,213,6124Sony / Columbia
11The Devil Inside$1,006,422-55%2,551266$395$47,381,7082Paramount
12The Darkest Hour$185,550-43%1,182-981$157$20,714,0234Summit
13New Year's Eve$177,607-43%1,092-772$163$53,870,5886Warner Bros. / New Line

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Iron Lady$1,215,514-25%802797$1,516$7,216,0693Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$823,73023%660-77$1,248$47,928,1829Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$669,881-30%88677$756$15,806,5936Focus
4Hugo$500,11126%545-298$918$54,663,2348Paramount
5The Artist$411,2363%21644$1,904$9,201,1958Weinstein Company
6The Muppets$285,03529%547-689$521$86,694,4318Disney
7Happy Feet Two$193,0978%36580$529$62,091,4409Warner Bros.
8My Week with Marilyn$156,1695%400-184$390$11,501,1558Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$156,164-35%708-350$221$279,795,1639Lionsgate / Summit
10Carnage (2011)$151,162--494--$306$1,448,0615Sony Pictures Classics
11Puss in Boots (2011)$149,5643%316-35$473$147,299,70812Paramount / DreamWorks
12Jack and Jill$109,994-23%298--$369$72,534,31210Sony / Columbia
13A Dangerous Method$100,494--104--$966$2,787,2588Sony Pictures Classics
14The Sitter$98,426-44%449-309$219$29,748,6816Fox
15Young Adult$95,730-28%387-443$247$15,801,7106Paramount
16Tower Heist$49,400-32%260-35$190$77,588,50511Universal
17Real Steel$39,217--187--$210$85,093,41015Disney / DreamWorks
18Immortals$34,528-41%18759$185$83,094,46210Relativity Media
19Moneyball$19,773-8%128--$154$75,440,94417Sony / Columbia
20Courageous$18,057-43%116--$156$34,453,02416Sony / TriStar
21In Time$16,112-34%106-26$152$37,376,10812Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$43,486-8%41-4$1,061$2,670,1177Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$42,48212%450$944$15,525,28141Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pina$37,781--6--$6,297$594,4124IFC Films
4Pariah (2011)$27,121-15%2413$1,130$401,3053Focus
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$26,443-16%60$4,407$661,9884Warner Bros.
6A Separation$25,320--6--$4,220$339,2073Sony Pictures Classics
7Dolphin Tale$19,19936%91-58$211$72,247,77417Warner Bros.
8We Need to Talk About Kevin$13,261--2--$6,631$94,8036Oscilloscope
9Vettai$12,152-60%34--$357$100,0731UTV Communications
10J. Edgar$12,092-28%82-70$147$36,986,61410Warner Bros.
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$10,762-32%1811$598$160,4974FilmDistrict
12Drive (2011)$6,501-28%322$203$34,972,71718FilmDistrict
13The Skin I Live In$5,834--31--$188$3,127,70114Sony Pictures Classics
14The Way$5,519--40--$138$4,331,54115Producers Distribution Agency
15Midnight in Paris$3,960--15--$264$56,428,52635Sony Pictures Classics
16Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$3,954--1--$3,954$35,8262Cinema Guild
17Margin Call$3,753-11%20-10$188$5,330,22013Roadside Attractions
18The Help$3,008--28--$107$169,585,99523Disney / DreamWorks
19The Women on the 6th Floor$2,846--6--$474$518,19315Strand Releasing
20Martha Marcy May Marlene$2,568--15--$171$2,954,53013Fox Searchlight
21Take Shelter$1,745--14--$125$1,707,09316Sony Pictures Classics
22The Guard$1,009--11--$92$5,347,60825Sony Pictures Classics
23Domain$692--1--$692$3,5021Strand Releasing
24Addiction Incorporated$316--1--$316$9,6025Variance Films
25Pianomania$213--1--$213$48,34934First Run Features
26Elite Squad: The Enemy Within$164--2--$82$91,77110Variance Films
27Garbo: The Spy$158--2--$79$26,9969First Run Features
28Loosies$158--1--$158$2,6441IFC Films
29The Man Nobody Knew$115--1--$115$173,57717First Run Features
30Man on a Mission$76--4--$19$3,5061First Run Features