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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, Nov. 5 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$2,961,132-79%3,752--$789$51,999,8441Disney
2Flight$1,950,065-68%1,884--$1,035$26,850,6311Paramount
3Argo$719,513-70%2,774-81$259$76,579,7534Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$644,460-65%1,868--$345$8,555,4401Universal
5Cloud Atlas$454,914-69%2,0135$226$18,846,6572Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$439,715-66%2,639-356$167$126,026,6445Fox
7Paranormal Activity 4$313,750-64%3,006-406$104$49,843,4323Paramount
8Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$308,776-62%2,9330$105$14,189,0462Open Road
9Hotel Transylvania$249,345-79%2,922-354$85$137,726,7486Sony / Columbia
10Here Comes the Boom$241,073-72%2,314-177$104$35,741,2964Sony / Columbia
11Pitch Perfect$240,320-64%1,502-497$160$55,874,0236Universal
12Sinister$226,133-60%1,882-465$120$44,502,9534Lionsgate / Summit
13Fun Size$161,513-73%3,0162$54$7,616,0922Paramount
14Alex Cross$151,167-66%1,648-893$92$23,237,4823Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$109,205-66%2,03028$54$4,467,9572Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$108,811-63%622-114$175$13,168,0317Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$99,408-66%696-493$143$63,761,2126Sony / TriStar
3Seven Psychopaths$69,180-63%459-544$151$13,480,9304CBS Films
4Frankenweenie$56,041-75%857-881$65$33,395,9605Disney
5The Dark Knight Rises$28,060-59%2910$96$447,549,20716Warner Bros.
6The Master$16,710-65%138-63$121$15,528,1048Weinstein Company
7ParaNorman$15,871-78%246-34$65$55,247,21112Focus
8End of Watch$15,226-65%158-132$96$38,868,4157Open Road
9Trouble with the Curve$14,895-65%286-134$52$34,978,0737Warner Bros.
10The Campaign$10,091-62%188-34$54$86,754,59413Warner Bros.
11The Bourne Legacy$9,180-59%153-38$60$113,174,81513Universal
12The Expendables 2$9,126-68%173-5$53$84,864,43912Lionsgate
13The Possession$8,234-68%15573$53$48,990,36110Lionsgate
14Arbitrage$8,164-72%116-9$70$7,545,4488Roadside Attractions
15Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,840-80%157-35$50$160,428,67017Fox
16House at the End of the Street$5,532-56%128-174$43$31,186,8097Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Nov. 5 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$40,268-68%6949$584$983,4983Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$10,448-53%9--$1,161$85,7271Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$9,903-58%520$190$9,542,22829Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Born to Be Wild 3D$5,362-45%300$179$21,210,56783Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$4,714-83%60--$79$100,0781UTV Communications
6Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$3,074-68%70-77$44$3,289,4644Atlas Distribution
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,034-86%95-21$32$48,740,08114Fox
8The Intouchables$2,970-66%28-20$106$12,940,47424Weinstein Company
9The Bay$2,371-52%23--$103$22,1181Roadside Attractions
10Won't Back Down$1,561-55%41-24$38$5,286,7686Fox
11This Must Be the Place$1,372-56%2--$686$9,1261Weinstein Company
12Lawless$1,267-54%35-61$36$37,367,03510Weinstein Company
13War of the Buttons (2012)$745-39%6-2$124$46,3474Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$531-70%40$133$70,1555Roadside Attractions
15Vamps$12-94%1--$12$5601Anchor Bay Films