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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 Sat, Apr. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Apr. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$13,017,3932%4,1370$3,147$295,156,3903Lionsgate
2American Reunion$7,485,240-19%3,192--$2,345$16,758,0001Universal
3Titanic 3D$6,658,708-6%2,674--$2,490$22,140,0651Paramount
4Wrath of the Titans$5,675,1365%3,5450$1,601$54,960,4632Warner Bros.
5Mirror Mirror$3,955,230-14%3,61815$1,093$34,241,0712Relativity Media
621 Jump Street$3,855,5726%3,009-139$1,281$106,899,8284Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$1,711,710-24%3,003-261$570$197,138,3106Universal
8John Carter$327,42512%1,015-1382$323$67,773,5045Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Apr. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$422,95331%52441$807$4,409,9865CBS Films
2Safe House$228,9506%482-247$475$124,616,0029Universal
3Act of Valor$220,69117%708-531$312$68,641,8667Relativity Media
4Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$186,018-16%651-257$286$99,256,0899Warner Bros. / New Line
5A Thousand Words$181,4595%507-500$358$17,298,8015Paramount
6Jeff Who Lives at Home$172,19728%447-66$385$3,289,0144Paramount Vantage
7Project X (2012)$122,1230%444-459$275$53,978,8316Warner Bros.
8The Vow$116,1883%479-35$243$123,857,6079Sony / Screen Gems
9Casa de mi Padre$103,62829%283-156$366$5,412,7254Lionsgate / Pantelion
10This Means War$93,6601%321-254$292$53,426,2808Fox
11Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance$93,16115%277-103$336$51,066,5918Sony / Columbia
12Friends With Kids$89,87913%207-101$434$6,672,5035Roadside Attractions
13The Artist$75,49330%222-93$340$43,800,02020Weinstein Company
14Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$64,26318%204-117$315$34,624,1977Lionsgate
15The Iron Lady$54,38932%236-48$230$29,617,65215Weinstein Company
16Chronicle$47,43110%162-36$293$63,921,17010Fox
17Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$47,176-17%195-27$242$132,619,95017Fox
18Silent House (2012)$45,0128%214-111$210$12,526,8635Open Road
19The Woman in Black$43,0387%159-20$271$54,089,01510CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$29,0241%102-48$285$209,352,51817Paramount
21Hugo$23,875-7%101-73$236$73,801,19920Paramount
22Gone$21,553-2%12160$178$11,640,2577Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Apr. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$37,897-12%400$947$17,869,70453Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$26,567-1%61$4,428$213,9422Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$21,870-9%99-37$221$75,395,43716Fox
4The Descendants$19,61416%78-40$251$82,513,08621Fox Searchlight
5Being Flynn$15,46571%33-7$469$519,7876Focus
6Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$14,3890%4515$320$43,311,8199Fox
7The Grey$11,28831%67-137$168$51,526,95011Open Road
8Coriolanus$10,87041%171$639$627,78912Weinstein Company
9Red Tails$10,64010%55-46$193$49,754,56212Fox
10Undefeated$10,23929%15-1$683$455,0208Weinstein Company
11W.E.$7,50534%210$357$514,90010Weinstein Company
12One For the Money$6,51211%49-53$133$26,401,16911Lionsgate
13Albert Nobbs$5,23729%301$175$2,959,80711Roadside Attractions