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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. 22 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Safe House$1,467,125-26%3,1212$470$85,260,9002Universal
2The Vow$1,266,647-30%2,9580$428$91,655,9942Sony / Screen Gems
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,206,333-31%3,50030$345$61,994,1852Warner Bros. / New Line
4Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,047,550-31%3,174--$330$28,038,7431Sony / Columbia
5This Means War$1,025,112-24%3,189--$321$23,995,4191Fox
6Chronicle$496,448-25%2,556-352$194$53,799,4843Fox
7Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$439,123-23%2,6550$165$36,804,7902Fox
8The Secret World of Arrietty$418,653-31%1,522--$275$9,713,6861Disney
9The Woman in Black$397,440-22%2,559-297$155$47,310,6963CBS Films
10The Grey$235,500-19%2,107-694$112$49,134,7964Open Road
11The Descendants$221,569-17%1,243-338$178$76,062,42314Fox Searchlight
12Big Miracle$179,740-31%1,634-499$110$18,046,8653Universal
13Red Tails$106,044-9%1,009-571$105$48,109,0105Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$244,826-11%8080$303$28,590,06513Weinstein Company
2Hugo$167,162-19%558-144$300$67,659,78913Paramount
3The Iron Lady$113,149-15%623111$182$24,903,3018Weinstein Company
4Underworld Awakening$96,242-17%826-831$117$61,805,9935Sony / Screen Gems
5One For the Money$61,810-16%933-1123$66$25,741,2274Lionsgate
6Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$59,256-3%577-798$103$30,894,5529Warner Bros.
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$47,548-14%403138$118$185,489,56910Warner Bros.
8Contraband$44,085-16%420-661$105$65,956,7856Universal
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$40,108-18%400-102$100$129,961,36610Fox
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$39,421-15%184-48$214$22,887,58511Focus
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$39,227-22%275-194$143$207,494,25010Paramount
12Man on a Ledge$28,565-25%401-1022$71$18,518,0624Lionsgate
13The Adventures of Tintin$28,357-29%30346$94$76,597,6009Paramount
14War Horse$27,893-12%394-108$71$78,834,9949Disney / DreamWorks
15My Week with Marilyn$23,626-9%120-5$197$13,743,94113Weinstein Company
16Beauty and the Beast 3D$23,234-8%214-464$109$47,152,9126Disney
17Albert Nobbs$23,131-11%119-32$194$2,456,8134Roadside Attractions
18We Bought a Zoo$19,851-22%287-133$69$73,788,1729Fox
19Puss in Boots (2011)$13,893-11%163-46$85$149,103,54717Paramount / DreamWorks
20Joyful Noise$13,602-26%340-346$40$30,387,4856Warner Bros.
21The Darkest Hour$7,905-12%11395$70$21,353,8899Summit
22Happy Feet Two$6,958-21%135-67$52$63,875,40314Warner Bros.
23The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$3,252-18%148-82$22$281,283,22014Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 22 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$24,9281%451$554$16,475,76746Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$9,734-32%98-13$99$1,082,2962UTV Communications
3Shame$9,313-7%44-8$212$3,754,36612Fox Searchlight
4Haywire$6,408-20%79-184$81$18,780,4785Relativity Media
5W.E.$5,951-7%203$298$223,1583Weinstein Company
6Coriolanus$3,9769%132$306$339,0955Weinstein Company
7Young Adult$3,720-7%8752$43$16,308,04311Paramount
8Undefeated$3,06321%5--$613$47,8321Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$2,61020%130$201$697,3958Focus
10New Year's Eve$1,3046%33-122$40$54,543,06011Warner Bros. / New Line
11The Devil Inside$1,128-22%34-61$33$53,185,8007Paramount
12In the Land of Blood and Honey$600-30%8-2$75$288,2429FilmDistrict
13J. Edgar$330-7%11-31$30$37,305,63415Warner Bros.
14Immortals$2786%29-4$10$83,503,70115Relativity Media