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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, Mar. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,485,750-84%3,729--$935$73,702,8201Universal
2Project X (2012)$2,119,213-60%3,055--$694$23,170,5761Warner Bros.
3Act of Valor$1,029,041-72%3,05314$337$46,140,9652Relativity Media
4Safe House$598,690-70%2,553-499$235$108,954,1154Universal
5Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$480,004-74%2,1320$225$26,271,6972Lionsgate
6The Vow$435,213-69%2,826-212$154$112,058,7094Sony / Screen Gems
7This Means War$386,058-70%2,342-847$165$41,786,0203Fox
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$377,117-81%3,060-290$123$85,610,9904Warner Bros. / New Line
9Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$311,720-76%2,487-687$125$45,138,0963Sony / Columbia
10Wanderlust$309,325-68%2,0020$155$12,793,9802Universal
11The Artist$302,585-70%1,756790$172$37,116,57415Weinstein Company
12Gone$195,033-70%2,1860$89$9,144,8722Summit
13Chronicle$131,963-73%1,054-743$125$60,978,6605Fox
14The Secret World of Arrietty$95,880-80%1,431-91$67$16,848,9043Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$87,253-73%694-195$126$80,479,79616Fox Searchlight
2Hugo$86,005-76%406-95$212$71,386,20015Paramount
3The Iron Lady$74,761-70%511-11$146$27,081,67410Weinstein Company
4The Woman in Black$74,187-70%812-915$91$52,315,5775CBS Films
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$70,401-80%731-887$96$42,289,1804Fox
6The Grey$25,236-62%308-609$82$50,757,7466Open Road
7Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$21,231-66%266-67$80$186,292,58212Warner Bros.
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$20,994-79%3143$67$130,825,27512Fox
9Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$18,437-72%126-38$146$23,683,85213Focus
10Big Miracle$18,105-77%359-269$50$19,380,2455Universal
11Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$17,653-71%30323$58$31,534,05711Warner Bros.
12We Bought a Zoo$16,842-74%266-14$63$74,423,62411Fox
13The Adventures of Tintin$16,788-69%215-57$78$77,183,94511Paramount
14Red Tails$14,224-71%249-240$57$49,037,9407Fox
15Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$13,789-63%107-71$129$208,033,40212Paramount
16My Week with Marilyn$13,565-63%120-282$113$14,354,11615Weinstein Company
17Contraband$11,100-64%148-49$75$66,373,1658Universal
18Joyful Noise$8,502-73%202-75$42$30,777,6418Warner Bros.
19One For the Money$4,957-69%117-112$42$26,065,7116Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$18,539-39%400$463$16,811,54648Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Undefeated$6,382-72%138$491$170,4403Weinstein Company
3Albert Nobbs$6,312-69%68-32$93$2,729,3866Roadside Attractions
4W.E.$5,280-62%194$278$332,7885Weinstein Company
5Happy Feet Two$3,595-78%850$42$63,995,92316Warner Bros.
6Being Flynn$3,460-70%4--$865$47,4501Focus
7Coriolanus$3,169-71%146$226$413,4357Weinstein Company
8Shame$2,824-70%22-3$128$3,859,34014Fox Searchlight
9Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$1,744-82%26-22$67$156,9912UTV Communications
10Pariah (2011)$1,136-58%130$87$731,49810Focus
11Haywire$983-51%32-5$31$18,853,9347Relativity Media
12Paan Singh Tomar$896-87%10--$90$21,4641UTV Communications
13In the Land of Blood and Honey$552-72%84$69$301,85711FilmDistrict
14Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$424-86%25-10$17$1,150,5544UTV Communications
15The Devil Inside$342-77%17-8$20$53,202,0579Paramount