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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, Mar. 1 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Mar. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Act of Valor$1,575,9772%3,039--$519$31,539,3461Relativity Media
2Safe House$793,5204%3,052-69$260$100,964,4903Universal
3Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$683,14612%2,132--$320$18,744,6321Lionsgate
4The Vow$658,10211%3,03880$217$105,612,3493Sony / Screen Gems
5This Means War$585,7138%3,1890$184$35,838,6392Fox
6Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$517,3439%3,1740$163$40,180,7392Sony / Columbia
7Wanderlust$489,9950%2,002--$245$8,640,8151Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$475,0433%3,350-150$142$78,686,4993Warner Bros. / New Line
9Gone$269,7895%2,186--$123$5,947,9771Summit
10Chronicle$229,2376%1,797-759$128$58,915,2664Fox
11The Secret World of Arrietty$186,4213%1,5220$122$15,268,3802Disney
12Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$178,92413%1,618-1037$111$41,118,3333Fox
13The Woman in Black$167,56314%1,727-832$97$51,086,9154CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Mar. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Artist$326,4470%966158$338$33,188,41814Weinstein Company
2Hugo$156,747-1%501-57$313$70,066,57714Paramount
3The Descendants$152,5781%889-354$172$79,100,72615Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$105,5563%522-101$202$26,156,0049Weinstein Company
5The Grey$76,4349%917-1190$83$50,473,5505Open Road
6Big Miracle$43,96017%628-1006$70$19,060,5804Universal
7Red Tails$35,656-25%489-520$73$48,832,8216Fox
8My Week with Marilyn$33,2060%402282$83$14,209,70414Weinstein Company
9Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$32,83512%333-70$99$186,013,79311Warner Bros.
10Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$29,959-3%164-20$183$23,402,22612Focus
11Underworld Awakening$25,66914%260-566$99$62,248,7696Sony / Screen Gems
12Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$22,4588%178-97$126$207,861,46011Paramount
13War Horse$19,8976%213-181$93$79,120,99810Disney / DreamWorks
14The Adventures of Tintin$19,1333%272-31$70$76,980,84210Paramount
15Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$18,3955%311-89$59$130,459,22911Fox
16Joyful Noise$18,26719%277-63$66$30,653,3137Warner Bros.
17Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$18,2324%280-297$65$31,290,36710Warner Bros.
18Contraband$17,82513%197-223$90$66,241,4457Universal
19We Bought a Zoo$17,42817%280-7$62$74,162,95310Fox
20One For the Money$14,80530%229-704$65$26,001,1585Lionsgate
21Albert Nobbs$12,7047%100-19$127$2,659,1485Roadside Attractions
22Puss in Boots (2011)$6,81010%138-25$49$149,260,50418Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Mar. 1 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$19,125-13%40-5$478$16,696,85447Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Man on a Ledge$5,58214%76-325$73$18,620,0005Lionsgate
3Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$5,048-20%48--$105$122,8151UTV Communications
4Shame$5,01710%25-19$201$3,826,82413Fox Searchlight
5W.E.$4,906-2%15-5$327$283,8854Weinstein Company
6Haywire$4,2066%37-42$114$18,843,0616Relativity Media
7Happy Feet Two$3,66419%85-50$43$63,948,71915Warner Bros.
8Undefeated$2,5740%50$515$81,8282Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$2,3636%130$182$719,5619Focus
10Coriolanus$2,0135%8-5$252$373,1046Weinstein Company
11The Darkest Hour$1,850-61%94-19$20$21,443,49410Summit
12Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$1,789-12%35-63$51$1,139,7253UTV Communications
13In the Land of Blood and Honey$68040%4-4$170$295,03110FilmDistrict
14The Devil Inside$545-21%25-9$22$53,196,5508Paramount