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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 Mon, Oct. 29 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Oct. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$845,025-71%2,855-392$296$61,355,3723Warner Bros.
2Cloud Atlas$715,491-71%2,008--$356$10,327,7381Warner Bros.
3Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$520,011-69%2,933--$177$8,543,0471Open Road
4Paranormal Activity 4$490,322-73%3,4120$144$42,957,8732Paramount
5Taken 2$473,556-72%2,995-494$158$117,579,1334Fox
6Hotel Transylvania$459,539-83%3,276-108$140$130,839,8945Sony / Columbia
7Sinister$345,975-69%2,347-195$147$39,787,0293Lionsgate / Summit
8Alex Cross$328,250-71%2,5412$129$19,780,4272Lionsgate / Summit
9Here Comes the Boom$287,522-78%2,491-523$115$30,608,0183Sony / Columbia
10Pitch Perfect$229,885-75%1,999-661$115$51,530,1435Universal
11Fun Size$185,416-83%3,014--$62$4,286,4331Paramount
12Chasing Mavericks$178,312-69%2,002--$89$2,446,5861Fox
13Looper$178,312-67%1,189-1034$150$61,692,1455Sony / TriStar
14Frankenweenie$137,772-83%1,738-624$79$31,936,5294Disney
15Seven Psychopaths$128,978-66%1,003-477$129$12,088,8363CBS Films

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Oct. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$92,811-74%736-9$126$11,349,9836Lionsgate / Summit
2End of Watch$32,507-66%290-461$112$38,588,5016Open Road
3The Dark Knight Rises$24,106-64%291-54$83$447,182,46015Warner Bros.
4Trouble with the Curve$20,193-71%420-505$48$34,680,4206Warner Bros.
5The Master$18,559-71%201-211$92$15,227,2117Weinstein Company
6ParaNorman$16,132-79%280112$58$54,949,16411Focus
7The Campaign$13,890-64%222148$63$86,595,80612Warner Bros.
8The Bourne Legacy$11,460-61%191-41$60$113,013,30012Universal
9The Expendables 2$11,282-66%17886$63$84,716,68611Lionsgate
10Arbitrage$11,038-72%125-44$88$7,352,3107Roadside Attractions
11House at the End of the Street$9,687-68%302-444$32$31,064,9446Relativity Media
12Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$8,734-68%147-798$59$3,215,0873Atlas Distribution
13Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,756-82%192-30$40$160,263,48816Fox
14Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,755-81%116-33$32$48,662,41713Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Oct. 29 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,432-56%520$201$9,418,45228Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$10,194-80%2016$510$387,1902Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$5,104-49%300$170$21,154,74882Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Intouchables$3,510-67%48-12$73$12,888,54123Weinstein Company
5Lawless$3,318-55%96-88$35$37,341,3679Weinstein Company
6Dredd 3D$3,209-53%72-88$45$13,404,8926Lionsgate
7Won't Back Down$2,212-40%65-103$34$5,266,3055Fox
8The Possession$1,426-76%82-51$17$48,881,4239Lionsgate
9Moonrise Kingdom$993-58%15-14$66$45,508,85823Focus
10War of the Buttons (2012)$542-63%8-27$68$39,2033Weinstein Company
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$363-61%4--$91$56,7294Roadside Attractions
12Gayby$66-83%10$66$11,1363The Film Collaborative