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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 Wed, Mar. 21 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Mar. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
121 Jump Street$3,010,041-25%3,121--$964$46,957,0721Sony / Columbia
2Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,357,125-16%3,76923$360$162,816,6353Universal
3John Carter$932,199-24%3,7490$249$56,471,3932Disney
4Project X (2012)$372,236-26%2,922-133$127$49,464,0473Warner Bros.
5Act of Valor$342,925-13%2,765-186$124$63,547,7124Relativity Media
6A Thousand Words$236,343-23%1,8955$125$12,769,8472Paramount
7Safe House$230,355-17%1,920-224$120$120,958,4906Universal
8Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$184,133-19%1,935-590$95$95,588,4966Warner Bros. / New Line
9The Vow$182,137-21%2,175-303$84$121,748,7016Sony / Screen Gems
10This Means War$180,093-15%1,660-289$108$51,107,1415Fox
11Silent House (2012)$169,332-22%2,1240$80$11,166,9882Open Road
12The Artist$107,166-18%1,155-350$93$42,453,22917Weinstein Company
13Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$83,815-17%1,016-500$82$33,013,5934Lionsgate
14Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$68,640-15%1,024-780$67$49,961,0925Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Mar. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Casa de mi Padre$127,472-16%382--$334$2,728,4301Lionsgate / Pantelion
2Friends With Kids$127,251-17%640271$199$4,579,7322Roadside Attractions
3Jeff Who Lives at Home$80,623-18%254--$317$1,117,8301Paramount Vantage
4The Iron Lady$55,834-17%4569$122$28,789,84912Weinstein Company
5Wanderlust$52,505-28%698-522$75$16,922,2704Universal
6Hugo$44,882-23%38370$117$73,143,11417Paramount
7Chronicle$41,747-7%432-163$97$63,288,0507Fox
8The Descendants$32,665-19%347-170$94$82,099,70718Fox Searchlight
9Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$30,228-12%286-1$106$131,741,52114Fox
10Seeking Justice$27,558-12%231--$119$335,2871Anchor Bay Films
11Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$23,126-18%2290$101$208,857,09214Paramount
12Gone$20,148-28%476-668$42$11,430,0624Summit
13The Woman in Black$18,577-14%305-128$61$53,533,5167CBS Films
14We Bought a Zoo$17,601-8%188-40$94$74,962,07513Fox
15The Grey$16,930-14%21968$77$51,223,0268Open Road
16Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$13,910-2%156-102$89$43,156,0176Fox
17Big Miracle$11,785-9%236-2$50$19,828,9907Universal
18Red Tails$10,883-15%152-26$72$49,513,4629Fox
19The Adventures of Tintin$8,27815%123-30$67$77,585,00013Paramount
20Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$7,986-11%125-83$64$186,702,88914Warner Bros.
21One For the Money$7,485-13%11248$67$26,218,8968Lionsgate
22Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$4,6412%105-97$44$31,811,74713Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Mar. 21 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$35,810-26%6244$578$889,0482CBS Films
2Born to Be Wild 3D$20,809-26%400$520$17,325,48450Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Being Flynn$15,349-20%8876$174$314,2683Focus
4Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$10,896-14%86-23$127$24,137,35815Focus
5Undefeated$5,201-2%218$248$346,7435Weinstein Company
6Albert Nobbs$4,581-1%483$95$2,859,5628Roadside Attractions
7W.E.$3,9736%20-4$199$439,9277Weinstein Company
8The Devil Inside$3,941-8%7767$51$53,257,46511Paramount
9Coriolanus$3,836-18%212$183$543,3839Weinstein Company
10Joyful Noise$2,826-17%65-38$43$30,928,80710Warner Bros.
11My Week with Marilyn$2,679-30%50-70$54$14,564,63617Weinstein Company
12Haywire$1,785-14%69-13$26$18,940,1709Relativity Media