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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 Wed, Feb. 15 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$2,924,771-75%2,958--$989$59,013,1061Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$2,510,795-59%3,119--$805$51,712,0351Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$967,351-60%3,470--$279$31,972,2761Warner Bros. / New Line
4Chronicle$690,233-47%2,9081$237$42,734,7792Fox
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$655,454-41%2,655--$247$25,155,9491Fox
6The Woman in Black$539,906-67%2,8561$189$37,994,4582CBS Films
7The Grey$405,022-54%2,801-406$145$44,471,9383Open Road
8The Descendants$271,553-54%1,581-457$172$71,793,26813Fox Searchlight
9Underworld Awakening$248,381-58%1,657-979$150$60,005,1224Sony / Screen Gems
10Big Miracle$213,300-53%2,1334$100$14,176,8702Universal
11Red Tails$212,521-46%1,580-767$135$45,886,4804Fox
12One For the Money$196,208-52%2,056-681$95$24,462,9593Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$118,142-48%1,375-1130$86$29,866,6868Warner Bros.
14Man on a Ledge$108,435-56%1,423-1575$76$17,925,9263Lionsgate
15Contraband$108,095-58%1,081-966$100$65,112,5155Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$220,895-49%808-197$273$24,867,11512Weinstein Company
2Hugo$127,890-46%702-328$182$64,943,57012Paramount
3The Iron Lady$121,570-37%512-509$237$23,227,7107Weinstein Company
4Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$54,622-57%469-608$116$206,750,3089Paramount
5Beauty and the Beast 3D$52,395-50%678-1041$77$46,677,5315Disney
6Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$45,952-36%232-70$198$22,153,56210Focus
7War Horse$42,545-42%502-661$85$78,358,1288Disney / DreamWorks
8Joyful Noise$37,503-54%686-664$55$30,043,9585Warner Bros.
9Albert Nobbs$31,616-21%151-94$209$2,131,2753Roadside Attractions
10Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$28,471-65%111--$256$772,9361UTV Communications
11Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$28,033-54%265-592$106$184,688,2389Warner Bros.
12Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$25,142-45%502-316$50$129,158,4119Fox
13The Adventures of Tintin$22,806-53%257-229$89$75,969,6638Paramount
14My Week with Marilyn$21,599-34%125-46$173$13,419,56012Weinstein Company
15Haywire$21,484-45%263-988$82$18,659,6084Relativity Media
16We Bought a Zoo$19,481-54%420-334$46$73,330,0118Fox
17Puss in Boots (2011)$12,042-50%209-44$58$148,794,78616Paramount / DreamWorks
18Happy Feet Two$10,696-44%202-53$53$63,717,30313Warner Bros.
19The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$10,285-50%230-66$45$281,200,99313Lionsgate / Summit
20New Year's Eve$5,940-52%155-67$38$54,517,80510Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 15 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,00418%44-1$432$16,202,74545Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$11,686-18%52-12$225$3,642,09611Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$7,126-27%1713$419$147,1242Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$6,275-41%99-27$63$30,434,94910Fox
5The Devil Inside$3,412-50%95-208$36$53,163,2166Paramount
6Coriolanus$3,203-21%11-3$291$278,6384Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$2,61312%35-23$75$16,263,68610Paramount
8Pariah (2011)$1,997-35%13-6$154$664,6197Focus
9Immortals$1,960-33%33-29$59$83,495,22714Relativity Media
10J. Edgar$1,615-30%42-93$38$37,298,79314Warner Bros.
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,449-8%103$145$276,3178FilmDistrict
12The Darkest Hour$744-45%18-21$41$21,220,1758Summit
13Vettai$245-78%2-2$123$199,7145UTV Communications
14Margin Call$12056%2--$60$5,353,92717Roadside Attractions