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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 Sun, Mar. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Mar. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$10,133,267-22%3,121--$3,247$36,302,6121Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$6,388,455-33%3,76923$1,695$158,387,7753Universal
3John Carter$3,880,138-32%3,7490$1,035$53,227,2482Disney
4Act of Valor$1,039,251-33%2,765-186$376$62,454,0664Relativity Media
5Project X (2012)$1,014,328-32%2,922-133$347$48,170,0053Warner Bros.
6A Thousand Words$883,894-45%1,8955$466$11,985,7532Paramount
7Safe House$700,795-41%1,920-224$365$120,209,8906Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$662,980-34%1,935-590$343$94,994,0066Warner Bros. / New Line
9Silent House (2012)$517,851-40%2,1240$244$10,605,5442Open Road
10This Means War$460,215-50%1,660-289$277$50,541,5425Fox
11The Vow$457,289-48%2,175-303$210$121,157,3586Sony / Screen Gems
12Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$320,005-51%1,016-500$315$32,731,3294Lionsgate
13The Artist$288,036-36%1,155-350$249$42,108,37417Weinstein Company
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$220,674-41%1,024-780$216$49,742,2765Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Mar. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$723,641-8%382--$1,894$2,287,2391Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$388,086-36%640271$606$4,184,5432Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$242,248-30%254--$954$855,7091Paramount Vantage
4Hugo$146,982-28%38370$384$72,993,75317Paramount
5Wanderlust$136,110-36%698-522$195$16,744,1254Universal
6The Iron Lady$120,906-35%4569$265$28,615,75712Weinstein Company
7Chronicle$119,571-45%432-163$277$63,159,0517Fox
8Seeking Justice$77,982-19%231--$338$249,4651Anchor Bay Films
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$77,121-35%286-1$270$131,648,40114Fox
10The Descendants$74,490-42%347-170$215$81,996,04218Fox Searchlight
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$63,115-39%2290$276$208,782,80514Paramount
12The Woman in Black$53,860-48%305-128$177$53,473,7667CBS Films
13Gone$50,818-56%476-668$107$11,359,6674Summit
14Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$48,151-21%156-102$309$43,114,7136Fox
15The Grey$44,063-31%21968$201$51,170,0628Open Road
16We Bought a Zoo$39,475-35%188-40$210$74,908,77113Fox
17Big Miracle$35,400-33%236-2$150$19,792,4257Universal
18The Adventures of Tintin$23,985-24%123-30$195$77,564,03713Paramount
19Red Tails$22,902-47%152-26$151$49,480,7659Fox
20The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$19,404-38%108-103$180$102,515,79313Sony / Columbia
21Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$18,504-52%125-83$148$186,677,30414Warner Bros.
22One For the Money$17,001-33%11248$152$26,196,0598Lionsgate
23Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$10,673-42%105-97$102$31,798,90313Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Mar. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$128,351-39%6244$2,070$768,9362CBS Films
2Being Flynn$41,278-35%8876$469$266,5283Focus
3Born to Be Wild 3D$32,183-25%400$805$17,261,18350Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$27,777-39%86-23$323$24,104,11315Focus
5Undefeated$15,699-33%218$748$330,8885Weinstein Company
6The Devil Inside$11,924-23%7767$155$53,245,05511Paramount
7Coriolanus$10,279-24%212$489$531,2839Weinstein Company
8Albert Nobbs$10,103-23%483$210$2,846,3288Roadside Attractions
9W.E.$8,619-21%20-4$431$428,9677Weinstein Company
10Joyful Noise$7,461-44%65-38$115$30,920,16710Warner Bros.
11My Week with Marilyn$7,360-33%50-70$147$14,554,94417Weinstein Company
12Haywire$4,172-27%69-13$60$18,934,8589Relativity Media
13Paan Singh Tomar$1,208-41%50$242$39,5673UTV Communications
14Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya$57019%3-7$190$177,4724UTV Communications