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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, Feb. 16 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Vow$2,913,7310%2,958--$985$61,926,8371Sony / Screen Gems
2Safe House$2,557,5802%3,119--$820$54,269,6151Universal
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,144,06618%3,470--$330$33,116,3421Warner Bros. / New Line
4Chronicle$744,6478%2,9081$256$43,479,4262Fox
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$717,2869%2,655--$270$25,873,2351Fox
6The Woman in Black$616,16014%2,8561$216$38,610,6182CBS Films
7The Grey$421,1214%2,801-406$150$44,893,0593Open Road
8The Descendants$289,5027%1,581-457$183$72,082,77013Fox Searchlight
9Big Miracle$266,62525%2,1334$125$14,443,4952Universal
10Underworld Awakening$238,679-4%1,657-979$144$60,243,8014Sony / Screen Gems
11Red Tails$230,0568%1,580-767$146$46,116,5364Fox
12One For the Money$213,2509%2,056-681$104$24,676,2093Lionsgate
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$136,29115%1,375-1130$99$30,002,9778Warner Bros.
14Man on a Ledge$120,02211%1,423-1575$84$18,045,9483Lionsgate
15Contraband$113,5055%1,081-966$105$65,226,0205Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$231,8445%808-197$287$25,098,95912Weinstein Company
2Hugo$142,55411%702-328$203$65,086,12412Paramount
3The Iron Lady$132,0769%512-509$258$23,359,7867Weinstein Company
4Beauty and the Beast 3D$67,29528%678-1041$99$46,744,8265Disney
5Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$63,11516%469-608$135$206,813,4239Paramount
6War Horse$49,83817%502-661$99$78,407,9668Disney / DreamWorks
7Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$49,2857%232-70$212$22,202,84710Focus
8Joyful Noise$44,00117%686-664$64$30,087,9595Warner Bros.
9Albert Nobbs$33,2895%151-94$220$2,164,5643Roadside Attractions
10The Adventures of Tintin$31,65339%257-229$123$76,001,3168Paramount
11Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$30,08420%502-316$60$129,188,4959Fox
12Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$29,1164%265-592$110$184,717,3549Warner Bros.
13We Bought a Zoo$26,61037%420-334$63$73,356,6218Fox
14My Week with Marilyn$25,55718%125-46$204$13,445,11712Weinstein Company
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$22,597-21%111--$204$795,5331UTV Communications
16Haywire$22,1363%263-988$84$18,681,7444Relativity Media
17Puss in Boots (2011)$16,19034%209-44$77$148,810,97616Paramount / DreamWorks
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$12,35220%230-66$54$281,213,34513Lionsgate / Summit
19Happy Feet Two$11,92111%202-53$59$63,729,22413Warner Bros.
20New Year's Eve$7,47826%155-67$48$54,525,28310Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 16 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$20,82010%44-1$473$16,223,56545Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Shame$11,524-1%52-12$222$3,653,62011Fox Searchlight
3W.E.$6,806-4%1713$400$153,9302Weinstein Company
4The Sitter$6,3772%99-27$64$30,441,32610Fox
5Coriolanus$4,11228%11-3$374$282,7504Weinstein Company
6The Devil Inside$3,227-5%95-208$34$53,166,4436Paramount
7Pariah (2011)$2,64632%13-6$204$667,2657Focus
8Young Adult$2,525-3%35-23$72$16,266,21110Paramount
9Immortals$2,20913%33-29$67$83,497,43614Relativity Media
10J. Edgar$1,6794%42-93$40$37,300,47214Warner Bros.
11In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,5527%103$155$277,8698FilmDistrict
12The Darkest Hour$83012%18-21$46$21,221,0058Summit
13Vettai$34942%2-2$175$200,0635UTV Communications
14Margin Call$112-7%2--$56$5,354,03917Roadside Attractions