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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 Thu, Oct. 4 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Oct. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Looper$1,609,6424%2,992--$538$28,100,6511Sony / TriStar
2Hotel Transylvania$1,603,6084%3,349--$479$49,658,5321Sony / Columbia
3End of Watch$623,938-4%2,78050$224$28,845,9462Open Road
4Trouble with the Curve$558,0027%3,2120$174$25,839,8232Warner Bros.
5House at the End of the Street$384,7885%3,0830$125$23,833,1442Relativity Media
6Resident Evil: Retribution$260,133-2%2,381-635$109$39,850,7303Sony / Screen Gems
7Dredd 3D$253,0232%2,55751$99$12,050,4142Lionsgate
8Finding Nemo 3D$242,8728%2,639-265$92$37,414,4613Disney
9Won't Back Down$192,7372%2,515--$77$3,467,5131Fox
10Lawless$96,4315%1,503-1111$64$36,674,7995Weinstein Company
11The Possession$85,6750%1,618-980$53$47,767,8835Lionsgate
12The Odd Life of Timothy Green$60,65114%1,187-565$51$49,929,1397Disney
13ParaNorman$44,5644%1,209-408$37$54,118,6157Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Oct. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pitch Perfect$462,30018%335--$1,380$6,846,2081Universal
2The Master$229,74527%85668$268$10,475,3293Weinstein Company
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$97,98123%10298$961$1,782,3392Lionsgate / Summit
4The Dark Knight Rises$82,04112%655-293$125$444,695,20511Warner Bros.
5Arbitrage$69,10513%25612$270$5,412,2563Roadside Attractions
6The Bourne Legacy$57,6808%824-607$70$111,930,6758Universal
7The Campaign$47,1887%630-620$75$86,089,5358Warner Bros.
8The Expendables 2$44,33612%815-1005$54$84,202,7347Lionsgate
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$23,62515%387-33$61$159,173,03012Fox
10Ted (2012)$20,2506%225-68$90$218,197,30014Universal
11The Intouchables$17,01239%121-35$141$12,533,09319Weinstein Company
12The Words$15,60533%278-969$56$11,494,8384CBS Films
13Barfi!$14,398-11%127-3$113$2,528,9243UTV Communications
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$10,40315%332-42$31$48,075,5249Fox
15Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$9,41812%203-37$46$216,132,29217Paramount / DreamWorks
16Hit and Run$5,141-8%132-159$39$13,735,5236Open Road
17Step Up Revolution$4,2341%110-72$38$35,074,67710Lionsgate / Summit
18The Cold Light of Day$3,2983%104-51$32$3,763,5834Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Oct. 4 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$16,9547%520$326$8,862,53424Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Moonrise Kingdom$9,34425%82-38$114$45,327,26119Focus
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$8,85843%69-63$128$11,060,38314Fox Searchlight
4For A Good Time, Call...$6,6719%84-21$79$1,230,6885Focus
5Heroine$4,8742%97-17$50$583,0472UTV Communications
610 Years$4,443-3%6320$71$195,9083Anchor Bay Films
7The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,939-22%32-15$123$46,332,89522Fox Searchlight
8Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark: The IMAX Experience$3,78255%40-45$95$3,125,6134Paramount
9The Watch$3,7485%46-31$81$34,302,30110Fox
10Born to Be Wild 3D$3,285-48%330$100$20,946,30678Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Apparition$3,035-4%6530$47$4,914,1726Warner Bros.
12Ruby Sparks$1,91175%17-26$112$2,504,75410Fox Searchlight
13Thaandavam$1,860-45%45--$41$145,7081UTV Communications
14Safety Not Guaranteed$1,46351%34-6$43$3,986,35917FilmDistrict
15Cosmopolis$59622%5-4$119$763,4767Entertainment One Films
16Toys in the Attic$46037%60$77$61,1764Hannover House
17Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$23334%70$33$3,375,3758ARC Entertainment