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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 Sun, Jan. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Underworld Awakening$5,764,659-44%3,078--$1,873$25,306,7251Sony / Screen Gems
2Red Tails$4,197,728-51%2,512--$1,671$18,782,1541Fox
3Beauty and the Beast 3D$2,610,231-35%2,6250$994$33,588,0562Disney
4Contraband$2,525,600-57%2,8707$880$45,937,5252Universal
5Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$2,114,402-56%2,6302624$804$10,737,2395Warner Bros.
6Haywire$1,739,896-54%2,439--$713$8,425,3701Relativity Media
7Joyful Noise$1,423,503-50%2,7350$520$21,745,4192Warner Bros.
8Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$1,150,805-60%2,519-827$457$197,363,4416Paramount
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$960,479-38%2,070-779$464$124,682,2056Fox
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$944,773-59%2,485-670$380$178,321,7266Warner Bros.
11The Iron Lady$916,104-47%1,076274$851$12,585,9584Weinstein Company
12The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$767,350-56%1,907-767$402$94,553,5825Sony / Columbia
13War Horse$730,466-53%2,525-331$289$72,285,1805Disney / DreamWorks
14We Bought a Zoo$702,631-50%2,065-844$340$69,565,0255Fox
15The Adventures of Tintin$672,193-38%1,340-733$502$72,321,0065Paramount
16The Devil Inside$560,757-55%2,207-344$254$51,289,9723Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$606,020-46%662446$915$12,119,7189Weinstein Company
2The Descendants$521,817-56%560-100$932$51,259,65810Fox Searchlight
3Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$376,818-58%731-155$515$18,328,9777Focus
4Hugo$276,810-40%650105$426$55,887,4029Paramount
5Happy Feet Two$127,451-38%331-34$385$62,597,36210Warner Bros.
6Puss in Boots (2011)$100,319-45%292-24$344$147,722,07513Paramount / DreamWorks
7Jack and Jill$90,568-46%283-15$320$72,952,65311Sony / Columbia
8My Week with Marilyn$85,985-43%225-175$382$12,066,4619Weinstein Company
9The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$76,270-49%370-338$206$280,262,45710Lionsgate / Summit
10The Darkest Hour$42,173-53%301-881$140$21,074,6275Summit
11Tower Heist$37,400-59%220-40$170$77,821,29512Universal
12The Sitter$34,259-49%191-258$179$30,021,3117Fox
13Young Adult$32,231-53%150-237$215$16,075,4487Paramount
14Immortals$31,788-45%169-18$188$83,270,59511Relativity Media
15New Year's Eve$29,127-54%265-827$110$54,185,4737Warner Bros. / New Line
16Moneyball$10,575-66%110-18$96$75,524,65818Sony / Columbia

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Shame$67,489-36%9554$710$2,983,1988Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$32,815-23%450$729$15,662,57442Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Pariah (2011)$18,908-33%21-3$900$497,5794Focus
4Coriolanus$16,316-41%9--$1,813$61,1361Weinstein Company
5Courageous$14,907-36%90-26$166$34,522,22117Sony / TriStar
6In Time$12,707-54%97-9$131$37,454,84413Fox
7Vettai$9,926-37%21-13$473$148,9382UTV Communications
8In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,699-34%14-4$550$201,2255FilmDistrict
9J. Edgar$7,509-48%46-36$163$37,036,91511Warner Bros.
10Dolphin Tale$6,958-46%63-28$110$72,279,69018Warner Bros.
11Drive (2011)$6,009-52%331$182$35,010,46419FilmDistrict
12Margin Call$3,17321%14-6$227$5,344,10414Roadside Attractions