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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 Fri, Mar. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$17,526,300--3,729--$4,700$17,526,3001Universal
2Project X (2012)$8,125,879--3,055--$2,660$8,125,8791Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$3,808,742142%3,05314$1,248$35,348,0882Relativity Media
4Safe House$1,927,515143%2,553-499$755$102,892,0054Universal
5The Vow$1,849,986181%2,826-212$655$107,462,3354Sony / Screen Gems
6Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$1,834,761169%2,1320$861$20,579,3932Lionsgate
7This Means War$1,678,176187%2,342-847$717$37,516,8153Fox
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$1,369,423188%3,060-290$448$80,055,9224Warner Bros. / New Line
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$1,117,224116%2,487-687$449$41,297,9633Sony / Columbia
10Wanderlust$1,111,110127%2,0020$555$9,751,9252Universal
11Gone$943,750250%2,1860$432$6,891,7272Summit
12The Artist$938,801188%1,756790$535$34,127,21915Weinstein Company
13Chronicle$523,609128%1,054-743$497$59,438,8755Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$298,67560%1,431-91$209$15,567,0553Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Woman in Black$345,072106%812-915$425$51,431,9875CBS Films
2The Descendants$322,272111%694-195$464$79,422,99816Fox Searchlight
3Hugo$283,82681%406-95$699$70,350,40315Paramount
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$219,54323%731-887$300$41,337,8764Fox
5The Iron Lady$205,05994%511-11$401$26,361,06310Weinstein Company
6Big Miracle$82,57088%359-269$230$19,143,1505Universal
7The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$74,864--256131$292$101,857,40011Sony / Columbia
8The Grey$73,012-4%308-609$237$50,549,5626Open Road
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$72,027292%3143$229$130,531,25612Fox
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$71,429118%266-67$269$186,085,22212Warner Bros.
11Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$62,734109%126-38$498$23,464,96013Focus
12We Bought a Zoo$61,786255%266-14$232$74,224,73911Fox
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$60,393231%30323$199$31,350,76011Warner Bros.
14Red Tails$54,41853%249-240$219$48,887,2397Fox
15Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$44,05896%107-71$412$207,905,51812Paramount
16The Adventures of Tintin$41,572117%215-57$193$77,022,41411Paramount
17Contraband$32,56083%148-49$220$66,274,0058Universal
18My Week with Marilyn$32,285-3%120-282$269$14,241,98915Weinstein Company
19Joyful Noise$31,34772%202-75$155$30,684,6608Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$16,0889%117-112$138$26,017,2466Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$27,75745%400$694$16,724,61148Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$21,735744%138$1,672$103,5633Weinstein Company
3Underworld Awakening$19,033-26%79-181$241$62,267,8027Sony / Screen Gems
4Albert Nobbs$14,59715%68-32$215$2,673,7456Roadside Attractions
5Being Flynn$12,677--4--$3,169$12,6771Focus
6W.E.$10,437113%194$549$294,3225Weinstein Company
7Coriolanus$9,025348%146$645$382,1297Weinstein Company
8Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$8,12561%26-22$313$130,9402UTV Communications
9Happy Feet Two$7,994118%850$94$63,956,71316Warner Bros.
10Shame$7,44648%22-3$338$3,834,27014Fox Searchlight
11Paan Singh Tomar$4,101--10--$410$4,1011UTV Communications
12Haywire$2,866-32%32-5$90$18,845,9277Relativity Media
13Pariah (2011)$2,5367%130$195$722,09710Focus
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$2,07816%25-10$83$1,141,8034UTV Communications
15In the Land of Blood and Honey$1,772161%84$222$296,80311FilmDistrict
16The Devil Inside$1,482172%17-8$87$53,198,0329Paramount