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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. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Mar. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$3,607,564-64%3,121--$1,156$39,910,1761Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,451,065-77%3,76923$385$159,838,8403Universal
3John Carter$1,090,084-72%3,7490$291$54,317,3322Disney
4Project X (2012)$417,313-59%2,922-133$143$48,587,3183Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$357,843-66%2,765-186$129$62,811,9094Relativity Media
6Safe House$239,845-66%1,920-224$125$120,449,7356Universal
7A Thousand Words$239,729-73%1,8955$127$12,225,4822Paramount
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$182,106-73%1,935-590$94$95,176,1126Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Vow$177,838-61%2,175-303$82$121,335,1966Sony / Screen Gems
10Silent House (2012)$176,069-66%2,1240$83$10,781,6132Open Road
11This Means War$172,476-63%1,660-289$104$50,714,0185Fox
12The Artist$106,934-63%1,155-350$93$42,215,30817Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$97,067-70%1,016-500$96$32,828,3964Lionsgate
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$68,953-69%1,024-780$67$49,811,2295Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Mar. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$161,092-78%382--$422$2,448,3311Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$114,457-71%640271$179$4,299,0002Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$82,592-66%254--$325$938,3011Paramount Vantage
4Wanderlust$52,350-62%698-522$75$16,796,4754Universal
5The Iron Lady$50,848-58%4569$112$28,666,60512Weinstein Company
6Hugo$46,296-69%38370$121$73,040,04917Paramount
7Chronicle$42,440-65%432-163$98$63,201,4917Fox
8The Descendants$30,668-59%347-170$88$82,026,71018Fox Searchlight
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$28,544-63%286-1$100$131,676,94514Fox
10Seeking Justice$26,646-66%231--$115$276,5581Anchor Bay Films
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$23,079-63%2290$101$208,805,88414Paramount
12Gone$22,083-57%476-668$46$11,381,7504Summit
13The Woman in Black$19,618-64%305-128$64$53,493,3847CBS Films
14We Bought a Zoo$16,614-58%188-40$88$74,925,38513Fox
15The Grey$16,454-63%21968$75$51,186,5168Open Road
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$13,227-73%156-102$85$43,127,9406Fox
17Big Miracle$11,800-67%236-2$50$19,804,2257Universal
18Red Tails$9,055-60%152-26$60$49,489,8209Fox
19Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$8,627-53%125-83$69$186,685,93114Warner Bros.
20One For the Money$6,734-60%11248$60$26,202,7938Lionsgate
21The Adventures of Tintin$5,514-77%123-30$45$77,569,55113Paramount
22Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$3,663-66%105-97$35$31,802,56613Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Mar. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$35,790-72%6244$577$804,7262CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$15,455-52%400$386$17,276,63850Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$13,179-68%8876$150$279,7073Focus
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$9,709-65%86-23$113$24,113,82215Focus
5Undefeated$5,324-66%218$254$336,2125Weinstein Company
6The Devil Inside$4,169-65%7767$54$53,249,22411Paramount
7Albert Nobbs$4,018-60%483$84$2,850,3468Roadside Attractions
8Coriolanus$3,563-65%212$170$534,8469Weinstein Company
9W.E.$3,255-62%20-4$163$432,2227Weinstein Company
10My Week with Marilyn$3,188-57%50-70$64$14,558,13217Weinstein Company
11Joyful Noise$2,410-68%65-38$37$30,922,57710Warner Bros.
12Haywire$1,456-65%69-13$21$18,936,3149Relativity Media