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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, Oct. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$18,358,057--3,661--$5,014$18,358,0571Fox
2Hotel Transylvania$6,487,462305%3,3523$1,935$56,145,9942Sony / Columbia
3Pitch Perfect$4,889,050958%2,7702435$1,765$11,735,2582Universal
4Looper$3,507,278118%2,9931$1,172$31,607,9292Sony / TriStar
5Frankenweenie$3,324,779--3,005--$1,106$3,324,7791Disney
6End of Watch$1,162,02386%2,370-410$490$30,007,9693Open Road
7House at the End of the Street$1,156,134200%2,720-363$425$24,989,2783Relativity Media
8Trouble with the Curve$1,147,887106%3,003-209$382$26,987,7103Warner Bros.
9Finding Nemo 3D$377,75056%1,746-893$216$37,792,2114Disney
10Resident Evil: Retribution$315,71721%1,361-1020$232$40,166,4474Sony / Screen Gems
11Won't Back Down$305,90559%2,5172$122$3,773,4182Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Master$498,406117%8648$577$10,973,7354Weinstein Company
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$483,328393%221119$2,187$2,265,6673Lionsgate / Summit
3The Possession$184,520115%821-797$225$47,952,4036Lionsgate
4Dredd 3D$182,667-28%831-1726$220$12,233,0813Lionsgate
5The Dark Knight Rises$179,194118%575-80$312$444,874,39912Warner Bros.
6Arbitrage$152,538121%244-11$625$5,564,7944Roadside Attractions
7The Bourne Legacy$103,63080%482-342$215$112,034,3059Universal
8Lawless$101,9376%611-892$167$36,776,7366Weinstein Company
9The Odd Life of Timothy Green$82,28836%534-653$154$50,011,4278Disney
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$68,736191%300-87$229$159,241,76613Fox
11ParaNorman$68,15553%342-867$199$54,186,7708Focus
12Hope Springs (2012)$62,889--439-252$143$63,176,8439Sony / Columbia
13The Campaign$54,46715%303-327$180$86,144,0029Warner Bros.
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$44,562328%257-75$173$48,120,08610Fox
15The Expendables 2$43,752-1%313-502$140$84,246,4868Lionsgate
16Ted (2012)$43,010112%187-38$230$218,240,31015Universal
17Barfi!$39,138172%110-17$356$2,568,0624UTV Communications
18The Amazing Spider-Man$35,161--145-59$242$261,850,90314Sony / Columbia
19Total Recall (2012)$23,693--167-72$142$58,817,92710Sony / Columbia
20Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$23,225147%155-48$150$216,155,51718Paramount / DreamWorks

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$27,76964%520$534$8,890,30325Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Intouchables$25,01247%84-37$298$12,558,10520Weinstein Company
3Premium Rush$16,863--77-131$219$19,978,8317Sony / Columbia
4Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$16,148--12--$1,346$16,1481Roadside Attractions
5Moonrise Kingdom$15,34864%9210$167$45,342,60920Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$10,80922%51-18$212$11,071,19215Fox Searchlight
7The Watch$9,966166%32-14$311$34,312,26711Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$9,262182%330$281$20,955,56879Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Thaandavam$8,055333%21-24$384$153,7632UTV Communications
10The Other Dream Team$4,804--75$686$29,0342The Film Arcade
11The Apparition$4,48248%38-27$118$4,918,6547Warner Bros.
12For A Good Time, Call...$3,902-42%43-41$91$1,234,5906Focus
13Hit and Run$3,557-31%51-81$70$13,739,0807Open Road
14The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$3,084-22%18-14$171$46,335,97923Fox Searchlight
15Safety Not Guaranteed$2,86996%24-10$120$3,989,22818FilmDistrict
16Heroine$2,444-50%18-79$136$585,4913UTV Communications
1710 Years$1,713-61%21-42$82$197,6234Anchor Bay Films
18Toys in the Attic$68850%4-2$172$61,8645Hannover House
19Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$31736%6-1$53$3,375,6929ARC Entertainment