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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. 19 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Oct. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Paranormal Activity 4$15,110,106--3,412--$4,429$15,110,1061Paramount
2Argo$5,066,115193%3,24715$1,560$31,632,6042Warner Bros.
3Taken 2$4,284,894184%3,489-217$1,228$96,856,3633Fox
4Alex Cross$4,030,024--2,539--$1,587$4,030,0241Lionsgate / Summit
5Hotel Transylvania$3,615,658270%3,3849$1,068$109,136,6134Sony / Columbia
6Sinister$2,992,221167%2,54215$1,177$25,912,3892Lionsgate / Summit
7Here Comes the Boom$2,584,147255%3,0140$857$17,308,4752Sony / Columbia
8Pitch Perfect$2,287,595210%2,660-127$860$41,047,9434Universal
9Looper$1,285,907140%2,223-382$578$54,926,0394Sony / TriStar
10Frankenweenie$1,161,701139%2,362-643$492$25,071,1223Disney
11Seven Psychopaths$1,002,053146%1,4800$677$6,890,0452CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Oct. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$712,329207%74519$956$7,682,9545Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$239,06652%751-800$318$37,307,8285Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$236,57147%925-887$256$33,591,7895Warner Bros.
4Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$196,56064%945-67$208$2,442,6322Atlas Distribution
5House at the End of the Street$160,40986%746-1120$215$30,474,9735Relativity Media
6The Master$150,84394%412-270$366$14,368,3796Weinstein Company
7The Dark Knight Rises$105,86497%345-120$307$446,510,42214Warner Bros.
8Arbitrage$74,905143%169-25$443$6,849,0316Roadside Attractions
9The Bourne Legacy$54,520268%232-13$235$112,696,18511Universal
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$49,438154%222-15$223$159,929,63615Fox
11Dredd 3D$30,028118%1605$188$13,249,1975Lionsgate
12Resident Evil: Retribution$28,573--158-191$181$41,881,5966Sony / Screen Gems
13ParaNorman$26,938213%168-8$160$54,586,71810Focus
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$26,854142%149-27$180$48,498,80012Fox
15Lawless$26,140356%184-103$142$37,204,1478Weinstein Company
16Ted (2012)$21,78587%109-36$200$218,580,72017Universal
17Hope Springs (2012)$19,770--131-84$151$63,493,73211Sony / Columbia
18The Possession$18,38365%133-236$138$48,793,7128Lionsgate
19Premium Rush$15,514--119-44$130$20,238,4319Sony / Columbia
20Won't Back Down$12,736-36%168-345$76$5,196,6174Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Oct. 19 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$34,284--4--$8,571$34,2841Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$30,45666%520$586$9,213,58327Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$12,79485%601$213$12,790,34722Weinstein Company
4The Expendables 2$12,744109%92-54$139$84,540,94610Lionsgate
5The Campaign$11,323113%74-27$153$86,414,55311Warner Bros.
6Born to Be Wild 3D$10,99114%300$366$21,069,07581Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Other Dream Team$7,370--131$567$87,1184The Film Arcade
8Moonrise Kingdom$6,33131%29-27$218$45,476,13222Focus
9Simon and the Oaks$6,185--76$884$20,4572The Film Arcade
10Beasts of the Southern Wild$5,33352%28-8$190$11,174,57017Fox Searchlight
11War of the Buttons (2012)$4,751689%3530$136$11,7772Weinstein Company
12Barfi!$2,1998%10-24$220$2,791,2616UTV Communications
13Thaandavam$825132%2-1$413$208,9924UTV Communications
14Gayby$668--1--$668$6,9702The Film Collaborative