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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, Oct. 13 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Taken 2$9,727,08937%3,70645$2,625$81,069,0452Fox
2Argo$8,657,13647%3,232--$2,679$14,548,6581Warner Bros.
3Hotel Transylvania$7,848,77587%3,37523$2,326$96,931,7953Sony / Columbia
4Sinister$6,852,570-8%2,527--$2,712$14,269,0091Lionsgate / Summit
5Here Comes the Boom$5,165,92944%3,014--$1,714$8,762,1461Sony / Columbia
6Pitch Perfect$4,055,08535%2,78717$1,455$33,813,6733Universal
7Frankenweenie$3,093,87672%3,0050$1,030$19,916,4602Disney
8Looper$2,742,29246%2,605-388$1,053$49,768,4153Sony / TriStar
9Seven Psychopaths$1,766,16630%1,480--$1,193$3,122,9471CBS Films
10End of Watch$714,01236%1,551-819$460$35,911,1904Open Road
11Trouble with the Curve$705,84849%1,812-1191$390$32,398,0044Warner Bros.
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$636,963-9%1,012--$629$1,339,0091Atlas Distribution
13House at the End of the Street$633,42046%1,866-854$339$29,754,3694Relativity Media

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$926,21334%726505$1,276$5,602,9834Lionsgate / Summit
2The Master$377,28470%682-182$553$13,695,8425Weinstein Company
3The Dark Knight Rises$230,64054%465-110$496$446,069,26313Warner Bros.
4Finding Nemo 3D$171,375121%480-1266$357$39,977,2425Disney
5Arbitrage$168,96191%194-50$871$6,567,3055Roadside Attractions
6Resident Evil: Retribution$102,69943%349-1012$294$41,686,6555Sony / Screen Gems
7Ice Age: Continental Drift$101,88076%237-63$430$159,749,01514Fox
8The Possession$77,65249%369-452$210$48,700,6797Lionsgate
9The Bourne Legacy$73,48543%245-237$300$112,547,21510Universal
10Won't Back Down$58,05070%513-2004$113$5,052,1313Fox
11Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$55,22183%176-81$314$48,403,93511Fox
12ParaNorman$48,19957%176-166$274$54,499,6059Focus
13Dredd 3D$47,62755%155-676$307$13,128,1314Lionsgate
14Ted (2012)$42,77548%145-42$295$218,487,87516Universal
15Premium Rush$40,41556%16386$248$20,097,6148Sony / Columbia
16Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$39,720102%122-33$326$216,339,52819Paramount / DreamWorks
17Hope Springs (2012)$38,37842%215-224$179$63,413,13410Sony / Columbia
18The Expendables 2$29,08553%146-167$199$84,484,0629Lionsgate
19Lawless$26,43942%287-324$92$37,141,5587Weinstein Company
20The Campaign$20,72660%101-202$205$86,372,27710Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 13 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$32,43425%520$624$9,092,90626Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Amazing Spider-Man$24,09461%73-72$330$262,018,90215Sony / Columbia
3The Intouchables$23,96997%59-25$406$12,731,47321Weinstein Company
4Barfi!$16,49882%34-76$485$2,767,5055UTV Communications
5Moonrise Kingdom$16,20848%56-36$289$45,442,82421Focus
6Beasts of the Southern Wild$10,48585%36-15$291$11,143,15516Fox Searchlight
7The Other Dream Team$10,038-7%125$837$63,3383The Film Arcade
8Born to Be Wild 3D$9,74212%30-3$325$21,020,74080Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Thaandavam$4,316128%3-18$1,439$204,0103UTV Communications
10Special Forces$4,00028%5--$800$7,1201Entertainment One Films
11Simon and the Oaks$3,95939%1--$3,959$6,8161The Film Arcade
12Safety Not Guaranteed$2,72428%18-6$151$4,006,44419FilmDistrict
13War of the Buttons (2012)$2,07398%5--$415$3,1191Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,819166%6-6$303$46,4312Roadside Attractions
15Husbands In Goa$575--2--$288$8,1504UTV Communications
16Toys in the Attic$29617%2-2$148$64,6436Hannover House