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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. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$3,426,660-70%3,74617$915$125,151,5102Universal
2John Carter$2,534,120-68%3,749--$676$32,714,3081Disney
3Project X (2012)$1,188,192-56%3,0550$389$40,905,2902Warner Bros.
4Act of Valor$671,029-64%2,951-102$227$56,763,5033Relativity Media
5A Thousand Words$525,364-66%1,890--$278$6,701,6441Paramount
6Silent House (2012)$488,013-63%2,124--$230$7,149,2471Open Road
7Safe House$451,300-63%2,144-409$210$116,056,6255Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$421,076-60%2,525-535$167$91,063,0755Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Vow$357,593-59%2,478-348$144$117,813,8245Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$346,527-59%1,949-393$178$47,241,9374Fox
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$236,674-67%1,516-616$156$30,683,1273Lionsgate
12Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$193,415-64%1,804-683$107$48,258,6854Sony / Columbia
13The Artist$188,372-64%1,505-251$125$40,423,30516Weinstein Company
14Wanderlust$164,090-59%1,220-782$135$15,681,8553Universal
15Gone$79,567-57%1,144-1042$70$10,806,6373Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Friends With Kids$161,531-68%369--$438$2,180,6141Roadside Attractions
2Chronicle$100,320-58%595-459$169$62,367,7616Fox
3The Descendants$56,184-66%517-177$109$81,510,80817Fox Searchlight
4The Iron Lady$55,606-62%447-64$124$27,987,39711Weinstein Company
5Hugo$54,712-68%313-93$175$72,323,83116Paramount
6The Woman in Black$49,764-55%433-379$115$53,081,0476CBS Films
7The Secret World of Arrietty$46,122-67%501-930$92$17,619,0874Disney
8Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$39,919-51%287-27$139$131,227,44413Fox
9Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$35,254-56%229122$154$208,429,80813Paramount
10Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$28,755-73%258-473$111$42,874,5095Fox
11We Bought a Zoo$22,601-55%228-38$99$74,692,47812Fox
12The Adventures of Tintin$20,571-54%153-62$134$77,405,23812Paramount
13Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$16,052-61%109-17$147$23,938,19614Focus
14Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$15,162-58%208-58$73$186,538,52813Warner Bros.
15Big Miracle$14,280-61%238-121$60$19,609,0456Universal
16The Grey$13,085-64%151-157$87$50,973,1267Open Road
17Red Tails$10,440-65%178-71$59$49,353,6288Fox
18Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,433-64%202-101$52$31,721,52612Warner Bros.
19My Week with Marilyn$8,978-62%1200$75$14,495,28116Weinstein Company
20Contraband$8,925-63%119-29$75$66,498,3509Universal
21Joyful Noise$5,013-69%103-99$49$30,872,7199Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$22,651-31%400$566$17,030,43149Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$18,890-69%18--$1,049$244,7841CBS Films
3Albert Nobbs$6,267-43%45-23$139$2,797,6757Roadside Attractions
4Undefeated$5,581-67%130$429$259,9694Weinstein Company
5Haywire$5,468-53%8250$67$18,903,6478Relativity Media
6Coriolanus$5,323-62%195$280$480,1138Weinstein Company
7Being Flynn$4,087-66%128$341$107,0732Focus
8W.E.$3,902-65%245$163$388,8646Weinstein Company
9Pariah (2011)$2,999-53%196$158$761,09811Focus
10One For the Money$2,967-66%64-53$46$26,122,7357Lionsgate
11Shame$2,523-55%20-2$126$3,898,62415Fox Searchlight
12Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$866-69%10-16$87$172,6423UTV Communications
13Paan Singh Tomar$225-90%5-5$45$34,1382UTV Communications
14The Devil Inside$162-60%10-7$16$53,205,92110Paramount
15Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu$150-60%4-21$38$1,153,5105UTV Communications