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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 Fri, Mar. 30 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Mar. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$18,652,560128%4,1370$4,509$208,585,3982Lionsgate
2Wrath of the Titans$12,316,264--3,545--$3,474$12,316,2641Warner Bros.
3Mirror Mirror$5,808,426--3,603--$1,612$5,808,4261Relativity Media
421 Jump Street$4,599,676139%3,14827$1,461$82,652,3003Sony / Columbia
5Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$2,072,64098%3,264-413$635$183,620,4405Universal
6John Carter$544,83425%2,397-815$227$64,749,1734Disney
7Act of Valor$291,28335%1,239-980$235$67,034,7776Relativity Media
8A Thousand Words$240,91950%1,007-780$239$15,846,4004Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Mar. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$344,691420%483359$714$2,241,6704CBS Films
2Project X (2012)$268,01340%903-1162$297$52,814,7895Warner Bros.
3Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$215,48276%908-432$237$97,860,6898Warner Bros. / New Line
4Safe House$215,05562%729-601$295$123,316,7858Universal
5Jeff Who Lives at Home$191,664220%513259$374$2,205,7423Paramount Vantage
6Casa de mi Padre$163,13467%439-36$372$4,584,7333Lionsgate / Pantelion
7This Means War$142,22338%575-613$247$52,801,5127Fox
8Friends With Kids$132,48254%308-250$430$5,998,3574Roadside Attractions
9The Vow$104,7883%514-744$204$123,248,0048Sony / Screen Gems
10Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$82,288--380-131$217$50,530,2807Sony / Columbia
11Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$73,43959%321-300$229$34,205,2716Lionsgate
12The Artist$72,79023%315-261$231$43,339,56319Weinstein Company
13Silent House (2012)$56,961-1%325-877$175$12,252,8384Open Road
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$56,72571%222-26$256$132,200,22116Fox
15The Iron Lady$52,17745%284-43$184$29,284,97014Weinstein Company
16The Woman in Black$46,450279%179-1$259$53,839,4269CBS Films
17Chronicle$38,26753%198-94$193$63,663,4679Fox
18Hugo$33,56418%174-109$193$73,592,12419Paramount
19We Bought a Zoo$33,12584%136-19$244$75,204,42315Fox
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$32,80896%150-50$219$209,165,28016Paramount
21Big Miracle$29,750121%170-54$175$20,047,6559Universal
22The Descendants$25,79840%118-81$219$82,374,57420Fox Searchlight
23Wanderlust$22,62038%116-119$195$17,204,0706Universal
24Red Tails$22,13393%101-30$219$49,665,71111Fox
25The Grey$16,92922%2040$83$51,430,70210Open Road
26One For the Money$12,06835%102-49$118$26,345,22910Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Mar. 30 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$32,74511%400$819$17,593,03352Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$30,485--5--$6,097$30,4851Weinstein Company
3Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$12,58767%55-31$229$186,805,48016Warner Bros.
4Gone$12,58595%61-122$206$11,565,2226Summit
5Being Flynn$10,54324%40-33$264$448,3005Focus
6Undefeated$9,786127%16-1$612$402,3347Weinstein Company
7Albert Nobbs$5,48716%29-15$189$2,919,48310Roadside Attractions
8Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,270-31%30-44$176$43,252,6778Fox
9W.E.$5,12197%213$244$476,7649Weinstein Company
10Coriolanus$4,81058%16-3$301$586,21011Weinstein Company
11My Week with Marilyn$1,892-21%12-32$158$14,592,04519Weinstein Company
12Seeking Justice$832-79%8-66$104$407,7803Anchor Bay Films