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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, Apr. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Apr. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hunger Games$2,850,685-13%4,1370$689$312,737,9073Lionsgate
2American Reunion$1,643,880-27%3,192--$515$27,690,6051Universal
3Titanic 3D$1,552,003-16%2,6740$580$31,255,9661Paramount
4Mirror Mirror$1,340,697-12%3,61815$371$41,265,1562Relativity Media
5Wrath of the Titans$1,264,125-18%3,5450$357$63,127,2182Warner Bros.
621 Jump Street$974,190-17%3,009-139$324$112,800,1614Sony / Columbia
7Dr. Seuss' The Lorax$795,7952%3,003-72$265$200,786,9556Universal
8John Carter$95,703-7%1,015-792$94$68,303,5335Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Apr. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Salmon Fishing in the Yemen$136,283-2%52441$260$5,048,1075CBS Films
2Journey 2: The Mysterious Island$82,4477%651-257$127$99,663,6179Warner Bros. / New Line
3Act of Valor$58,152-1%708-531$82$68,939,8027Relativity Media
4Jeff Who Lives at Home$53,263-8%447-66$119$3,558,1874Paramount Vantage
5A Thousand Words$48,040-5%507-500$95$17,581,1615Paramount
6Safe House$43,380-14%482-140$90$124,893,1609Universal
7The Vow$41,020-4%479-35$86$124,048,0599Sony / Screen Gems
8Project X (2012)$39,503-15%444-459$89$54,193,7676Warner Bros.
9Casa de mi Padre$28,0710%283-156$99$5,584,1104Lionsgate / Pantelion
10Friends With Kids$27,292-16%207-99$132$6,814,5275Roadside Attractions
11This Means War$25,914-5%321-128$81$53,559,0938Fox
12The Artist$23,521-9%222-93$106$43,922,95120Weinstein Company
13The Iron Lady$22,346-5%236-48$95$29,716,74415Weinstein Company
14Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$21,513-1%195-27$110$132,713,08117Fox
15Chronicle$14,5524%162-27$90$63,996,74210Fox
16Tyler Perry's Good Deeds$12,904-10%204-117$63$34,710,3117Lionsgate
17Hugo$11,366-4%101-73$113$73,854,54220Paramount
18Silent House (2012)$9,522-3%214-111$44$146,9065Open Road
19The Woman in Black$8,3103%159-20$52$54,132,75510CBS Films
20Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$7,9666%102-48$78$209,388,74717Paramount
21Gone$6,801-5%12160$56$11,674,8507Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Apr. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$44,27728%400$1,107$18,004,13153Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Bully (2012)$11,3551%61$1,893$268,4772Weinstein Company
3We Bought a Zoo$10,9581%99-24$111$75,440,50516Fox
4The Descendants$6,425-15%78-40$82$82,544,15121Fox Searchlight
5Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D$5,4782%4525$122$43,337,2319Fox
6The Grey$3,8059%67-137$57$51,544,58011Open Road
7Being Flynn$3,386-13%33-7$103$536,7036Focus
8Red Tails$3,055-1%55-28$56$49,768,82712Fox
9Undefeated$3,00826%15-1$201$467,9388Weinstein Company
10W.E.$2,891-13%210$138$528,13010Weinstein Company
11Albert Nobbs$2,69220%301$90$2,969,54411Roadside Attractions
12Coriolanus$2,402-18%171$141$642,70912Weinstein Company
13One For the Money$1,949-27%49-53$40$26,411,78011Lionsgate