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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, Feb. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$6,088,827-12%3,50030$1,740$59,050,4512Warner Bros. / New Line
2Safe House$3,901,250-47%3,1212$1,250$81,812,4402Universal
3The Vow$3,575,709-45%2,9580$1,209$88,567,6232Sony / Screen Gems
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$3,355,439-48%3,174--$1,057$25,470,7731Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$2,600,982-47%3,189--$816$21,616,7171Fox
6The Secret World of Arrietty$2,238,4693%1,522--$1,471$8,684,8641Disney
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$1,954,244-28%2,6550$736$35,793,9102Fox
8Chronicle$1,544,678-38%2,556-352$604$52,643,4873Fox
9The Woman in Black$1,114,980-44%2,559-297$436$46,404,7943CBS Films
10Big Miracle$898,6759%1,634-499$550$17,605,6853Universal
11The Grey$575,123-45%2,107-694$273$48,610,2934Open Road
12The Descendants$556,848-43%1,243-338$448$75,572,44214Fox Searchlight
13Red Tails$327,225-29%1,009-571$324$47,885,8545Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hugo$545,555-15%558-144$978$67,287,36313Paramount
2The Artist$541,093-37%8080$670$28,070,41213Weinstein Company
3The Iron Lady$232,770-35%623111$374$24,656,2608Weinstein Company
4Underworld Awakening$213,420-43%826-831$258$61,593,9075Sony / Screen Gems
5Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$189,3928%400-102$473$129,872,61010Fox
6One For the Money$144,573-44%933-1123$155$25,605,7204Lionsgate
7Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$143,528-32%577-798$249$30,774,1239Warner Bros.
8The Adventures of Tintin$138,3452%30346$457$76,529,5159Paramount
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$115,345-32%403138$286$185,386,50110Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$106,176-37%184-48$577$22,801,51411Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$105,482-33%275-194$384$207,404,96110Paramount
12Beauty and the Beast 3D$105,3263%214-464$492$47,104,4446Disney
13Contraband$94,500-46%420-661$225$65,860,2056Universal
14We Bought a Zoo$86,366-10%287-133$301$73,743,0209Fox
15The Muppets$81,230--269--$302$88,148,49013Disney
16Puss in Boots (2011)$75,976-4%163-46$466$149,074,00217Paramount / DreamWorks
17Man on a Ledge$73,699-28%401-1022$184$18,451,1554Lionsgate
182012 Oscar Nominated Short Films$72,362--138--$524$1,059,8472Shorts International
19War Horse$69,152-34%394-108$176$78,775,4509Disney / DreamWorks
20The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$66,176-44%189--$350$101,431,0909Sony / Columbia
21My Week with Marilyn$51,456-29%120-5$429$13,694,41413Weinstein Company
22Joyful Noise$47,611-28%340-346$140$30,355,5056Warner Bros.
23Albert Nobbs$47,514-31%119-32$399$2,407,7454Roadside Attractions
24Happy Feet Two$33,238-5%135-67$246$63,859,63814Warner Bros.
25Jack and Jill$31,413-25%134--$234$74,051,63615Sony / Columbia
26The Darkest Hour$17,255-47%11395$153$21,336,9519Summit
27The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$8,328-49%148-82$56$281,275,99114Lionsgate / Summit
28Agneepath$8,031--132--$61$1,981,6054Eros International

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pina$68,606--78--$880$2,243,1009IFC Films
2A Separation$60,795--54--$1,126$2,086,6328Sony Pictures Classics
3Born to Be Wild 3D$53,004-3%451$1,178$16,426,13446Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Thin Ice$33,917--53--$640$217,4441IDP/ATO Pictures
5Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$31,934-57%98-13$326$1,058,2372UTV Communications
6Rampart$29,574--28--$1,056$239,9912Millennium Entertainment
7A Dangerous Method$27,839--96--$290$5,199,78313Sony Pictures Classics
8In Darkness$19,056--14--$1,361$161,5702Sony Pictures Classics
9Shame$14,908-31%44-8$339$3,735,07512Fox Searchlight
10Haywire$14,649-37%79-184$185$18,766,1095Relativity Media
11W.E.$12,891-32%203$645$219,8373Weinstein Company
12We Need to Talk About Kevin$12,394--16--$775$617,21511Oscilloscope
13Bullhead$9,803--7--$1,400$42,0701Drafthouse Films
14Coriolanus$9,507-35%132$731$331,4725Weinstein Company
15Undefeated$9,082-28%5--$1,816$42,2471Weinstein Company
16Chico & Rita$7,767--5--$1,553$68,1302GKIDS
17Carnage (2011)$7,223--35--$206$2,427,52310Sony Pictures Classics
18The Sitter$5,631--0-99--$30,476,84011Fox
19Young Adult$5,269-44%8752$61$16,300,30211Paramount
20Pariah (2011)$4,693-37%130$361$692,6158Focus
21The Help$3,475--13--$267$169,672,06128Disney / DreamWorks
22Midnight in Paris$2,815--16--$176$56,556,23140Sony Pictures Classics
23New Year's Eve$2,512-22%33-122$76$54,540,52511Warner Bros. / New Line
24The Devil Inside$2,442-45%34-61$72$53,183,2267Paramount
25On the Ice$2,439--0----$20,3401PMK*BNC
26Death of the Virgin$2,034--2--$1,017$18,8602Indican Pictures
27In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,793-22%8-2$224$286,7849FilmDistrict
28The Women on the 6th Floor$1,556--6--$259$605,03820Strand Releasing
29The Turin Horse$1,311--2--$656$19,0742Cinema Guild
30The Flowers of War$988--3--$329$219,8205Wrekin Hill Entertainment
31Declaration of War$900--7--$129$35,0814IFC Films
32Michael (2012)$812--1--$812$5,3581Strand Releasing
33Immortals$758-45%29-4$26$83,503,16115Relativity Media
34Khodorkovsky$727--1--$727$33,78112Kino Lorber
35The Skin I Live In$724--4--$181$3,168,68219Sony Pictures Classics
36Kung Fu Joe$612--1--$612$7,6942Indican Pictures
37The Way$558--5--$112$4,422,69120Producers Distribution Agency
38J. Edgar$499-73%11-31$45$37,304,95015Warner Bros.
39Once Upon a Time in Anatolia$492--2--$246$63,2257Cinema Guild
40Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness$482--2--$241$863,38333International Film Circuit
41Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow$382--1--$382$48,71328Lorber Films
42Circus Columbia$364--1--$364$1,6481Strand Releasing
43Melancholia$357--5--$71$3,023,55315Magnolia Pictures
44Putin's Kiss$333--1--$333$1,8581Kino Lorber
45How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr Foster?$313--4--$78$12,7434First Run Features
46The Innkeepers$266--7--$38$75,1723Magnolia / Magnet
47Kill List$147--4--$37$19,5483IFC Films
48Take Shelter$127--4--$32$1,724,58821Sony Pictures Classics