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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 Tue, Oct. 2 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Oct. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Looper$2,368,35034%2,992--$792$24,938,5231Sony / TriStar
2Hotel Transylvania$2,193,94722%3,349--$655$46,514,8941Sony / Columbia
3End of Watch$890,32227%2,78050$320$27,572,0732Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$768,14749%3,2120$239$24,758,7452Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$510,07734%3,0830$165$23,083,1272Relativity Media
6Resident Evil: Retribution$350,47724%2,381-635$147$39,324,2723Sony / Screen Gems
7Dredd 3D$346,90637%2,55751$136$11,548,2472Lionsgate
8Won't Back Down$282,30941%2,515--$112$3,085,8041Fox
9Finding Nemo 3D$274,41621%2,639-265$104$36,945,9713Disney
10Lawless$117,26427%1,503-1111$78$36,486,9495Weinstein Company
11The Possession$96,94610%1,618-980$60$47,596,4185Lionsgate
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$55,65414%1,187-565$47$49,815,4587Disney
13ParaNorman$52,51421%1,209-408$43$54,031,0067Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Oct. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$463,97523%335--$1,385$5,991,9581Universal
2The Master$283,86534%85668$332$10,064,2143Weinstein Company
3Arbitrage$102,24358%25612$399$5,281,7803Roadside Attractions
4The Perks of Being A Wallflower$93,44613%10298$916$1,604,8592Lionsgate / Summit
5The Dark Knight Rises$89,14022%655-293$136$444,539,96711Warner Bros.
6The Bourne Legacy$65,92023%824-607$80$111,819,4358Universal
7The Campaign$57,17538%630-620$91$85,998,1148Warner Bros.
8The Expendables 2$53,71635%815-1005$66$84,118,8657Lionsgate
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$26,34622%387-33$68$159,128,82712Fox
10Barfi!$23,79089%127-3$187$2,498,3583UTV Communications
11Ted (2012)$22,50033%225-68$100$218,157,92514Universal
12The Words$21,40591%278-969$77$11,467,5084CBS Films
13The Intouchables$21,18887%121-35$175$12,503,84419Weinstein Company
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$11,1078%332-42$33$48,056,0729Fox
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$10,97554%203-37$54$216,114,43017Paramount / DreamWorks
16Hit and Run$6,14136%132-159$47$13,724,7946Open Road
17The Cold Light of Day$4,75645%104-51$46$3,757,0944Lionsgate / Summit
18Step Up Revolution$4,6067%110-72$42$35,066,23410Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Oct. 2 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$12,1449%520$234$8,829,66224Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moonrise Kingdom$9,62362%82-38$117$45,310,45419Focus
3Heroine$9,055125%97-17$93$573,3732UTV Communications
4Beasts of the Southern Wild$8,47322%69-63$123$11,045,34214Fox Searchlight
5For A Good Time, Call...$6,94818%84-21$83$1,217,8805Focus
6Thaandavam$6,57937%45--$146$140,4391UTV Communications
710 Years$4,96028%6320$79$186,8803Anchor Bay Films
8The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$4,712-10%32-15$147$46,323,92522Fox Searchlight
9The Watch$3,815-1%46-31$83$34,294,96710Fox
10Born to Be Wild 3D$3,6443%330$110$20,936,74778Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Apparition$3,4929%6530$54$4,907,9796Warner Bros.
12Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$2,61357%40-45$65$3,119,3934Paramount
13Safety Not Guaranteed$1,82036%34-6$54$3,983,92617FilmDistrict
14Ruby Sparks$1,651-18%17-26$97$2,501,75310Fox Searchlight
15Toys in the Attic$3148%60$52$60,3814Hannover House
16Cosmopolis$194-70%5-4$39$762,3927Entertainment One Films
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$143-50%70$20$3,374,9688ARC Entertainment
18Husbands In Goa$35-22%4-3$9$7,5352UTV Communications
19Branded$5--1-1$5$353,4734Roadside Attractions