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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. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Oct. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$5,289,42335%2,855-392$1,853$57,641,5273Warner Bros.
2Hotel Transylvania$4,226,61866%3,276-108$1,290$127,701,8045Sony / Columbia
3Cloud Atlas$3,708,7699%2,008--$1,847$7,110,9801Warner Bros.
4Paranormal Activity 4$3,559,41314%3,4120$1,043$40,647,7312Paramount
5Taken 2$3,427,19933%2,995-494$1,144$115,392,4524Fox
6Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$2,782,023-22%2,933--$949$6,352,0341Open Road
7Alex Cross$2,319,77938%2,5412$913$18,322,0822Lionsgate / Summit
8Here Comes the Boom$2,300,71544%2,491-523$924$29,003,9303Sony / Columbia
9Sinister$2,131,15923%2,347-195$908$38,315,7863Lionsgate / Summit
10Fun Size$1,705,35128%3,014--$566$3,041,1391Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$1,689,15525%1,999-661$845$50,390,7135Universal
12Frankenweenie$1,044,35672%1,738-624$601$30,994,3324Disney
13Looper$892,54434%1,189-1034$751$60,971,2375Sony / TriStar
14Chasing Mavericks$858,6524%2,002--$429$1,685,7021Fox
15Seven Psychopaths$620,11925%1,003-477$618$11,576,7823CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Oct. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$602,87523%736-9$819$10,900,1816Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$134,77332%290-461$465$38,460,3856Open Road
3Trouble with the Curve$130,55624%420-505$311$34,591,3586Warner Bros.
4The Master$118,50956%201-211$590$15,144,6457Weinstein Company
5The Dark Knight Rises$117,25648%291-54$403$447,090,75915Warner Bros.
6ParaNorman$106,49982%280112$380$54,854,55411Focus
7Arbitrage$80,80370%125-44$646$7,301,6577Roadside Attractions
8House at the End of the Street$80,47726%302-444$266$31,025,1866Relativity Media
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$63,45386%192-30$330$160,212,50816Fox
10The Bourne Legacy$59,12537%191-41$310$112,972,23512Universal
11The Campaign$51,67328%222148$233$86,543,47712Warner Bros.
12Resident Evil: Retribution$51,37442%19840$259$42,085,3007Sony / Screen Gems
13The Expendables 2$48,33155%17886$272$84,671,97711Lionsgate
14Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$36,77431%147-798$250$3,178,8383Atlas Distribution
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$28,87183%116-33$249$48,638,71213Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Oct. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$99,25949%2016$4,963$325,3652Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$31,22821%520$601$9,384,12728Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Intouchables$17,12486%48-12$357$12,874,38223Weinstein Company
4The Possession$15,44528%82-51$188$48,873,9659Lionsgate
5Simon and the Oaks$13,97772%147$998$68,2013The Film Arcade
6Born to Be Wild 3D$12,366-9%300$412$21,139,67082Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Lawless$11,94424%96-88$124$37,330,6499Weinstein Company
8Dredd 3D$8,71242%72-88$121$13,394,8816Lionsgate
9Won't Back Down$6,14141%65-103$94$5,260,3835Fox
10The Other Dream Team$4,27316%141$305$115,9625The Film Arcade
11Moonrise Kingdom$4,21743%15-14$281$45,505,47923Focus
12War of the Buttons (2012)$2,14218%8-27$268$37,2153Weinstein Company
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,500-21%4--$375$55,4324Roadside Attractions
14Gayby$76449%10$764$10,6773The Film Collaborative
15Husbands In Goa$600--1-1$600$10,1356UTV Communications
16Barfi!$158--1-9$158$2,804,8047UTV Communications