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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 Sat, Mar. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Mar. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$31,286,31079%3,729--$8,390$48,812,6101Universal
2Project X (2012)$7,627,045-6%3,055--$2,497$15,752,9241Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$6,081,51360%3,05314$1,992$41,429,6012Relativity Media
4Safe House$3,484,84581%2,553-499$1,365$106,376,8504Universal
5Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$3,400,70585%2,1320$1,595$23,980,0982Lionsgate
6Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$3,240,778137%3,060-290$1,059$83,296,7004Warner Bros. / New Line
7The Vow$2,758,33949%2,826-212$976$110,220,6744Sony / Screen Gems
8This Means War$2,593,03555%2,342-847$1,107$40,109,8503Fox
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$2,230,930100%2,487-687$897$43,528,8933Sony / Columbia
10Wanderlust$1,751,75058%2,0020$875$11,503,6752Universal
11The Artist$1,692,38880%1,756790$964$35,819,60715Weinstein Company
12Gone$1,397,68348%2,1860$639$8,289,4102Summit
13Chronicle$911,98274%1,054-743$865$60,350,8575Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$707,432137%1,431-91$494$16,274,4873Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Mar. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$646,475101%694-195$932$80,069,47316Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$593,273109%406-95$1,461$70,943,67615Paramount
3The Woman in Black$564,56164%812-915$695$51,996,5485CBS Films
4Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$535,129144%731-887$732$41,873,0054Fox
5The Iron Lady$399,88095%511-11$783$26,760,94310Weinstein Company
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$171,425138%3143$546$130,702,68112Fox
7Big Miracle$140,01070%359-269$390$19,283,1605Universal
8Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$134,196114%126-38$1,065$23,599,15613Focus
9The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$131,56376%256131$514$101,988,96311Sony / Columbia
10Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$124,32774%266-67$467$186,209,54912Warner Bros.
11The Grey$119,83764%308-609$389$50,669,3996Open Road
12We Bought a Zoo$117,01689%266-14$440$74,341,75511Fox
13Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$105,18374%30323$347$31,455,94311Warner Bros.
14The Adventures of Tintin$90,424118%215-57$421$77,112,83811Paramount
15Red Tails$87,07460%249-240$350$48,974,3137Fox
16Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$76,67674%107-71$717$207,982,19412Paramount
17My Week with Marilyn$62,17993%120-282$518$14,304,16815Weinstein Company
18Contraband$56,98075%148-49$385$66,330,9858Universal
19Joyful Noise$53,18470%202-75$263$30,737,8448Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$27,28770%117-112$233$26,044,5336Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Mar. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$38,02637%400$951$16,762,63748Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$37,92674%138$2,917$141,4893Weinstein Company
3Underworld Awakening$33,23475%79-181$421$62,301,0367Sony / Screen Gems
4Albert Nobbs$29,05499%68-32$427$2,702,7996Roadside Attractions
5Being Flynn$19,66155%4--$4,915$32,3381Focus
6Happy Feet Two$19,561145%850$230$63,976,27416Warner Bros.
7W.E.$19,15984%194$1,008$313,4815Weinstein Company
8Coriolanus$17,31192%146$1,237$399,4407Weinstein Company
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$14,56979%26-22$560$145,5092UTV Communications
10Shame$12,94474%22-3$588$3,847,21414Fox Searchlight
11Paan Singh Tomar$9,604134%10--$960$13,7051UTV Communications
12Pariah (2011)$5,573120%130$429$727,67010Focus
13Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$5,350157%25-10$214$1,147,1534UTV Communications
14Haywire$5,01075%32-5$157$18,850,9377Relativity Media
15In the Land of Blood and Honey$2,55344%84$319$299,35611FilmDistrict
16The Devil Inside$2,21049%17-8$130$53,200,2429Paramount