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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 Tue, Nov. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Wreck-It Ralph$4,750,81360%3,752--$1,266$56,750,6571Disney
2Flight$2,228,12714%1,884--$1,183$29,078,7581Paramount
3Argo$851,47418%2,774-81$307$77,431,2274Warner Bros.
4The Man With the Iron Fists$727,79013%1,868--$390$9,283,2301Universal
5Cloud Atlas$518,57614%2,0135$258$19,365,2332Warner Bros.
6Taken 2$509,93016%2,639-356$193$126,536,5745Fox
7Hotel Transylvania$460,56785%2,922-354$158$138,187,3156Sony / Columbia
8Here Comes the Boom$369,31653%2,314-177$160$36,110,6124Sony / Columbia
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$364,35518%2,9330$124$14,553,4012Open Road
10Paranormal Activity 4$320,1322%3,006-406$106$50,163,5643Paramount
11Pitch Perfect$284,63518%1,502-497$190$56,158,6586Universal
12Fun Size$231,63843%3,0162$77$7,847,7302Paramount
13Sinister$214,341-5%1,882-465$114$44,717,2944Lionsgate / Summit
14Alex Cross$188,78825%1,648-893$115$23,426,2703Lionsgate / Summit
15Chasing Mavericks$136,48925%2,03028$67$4,604,4462Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Looper$120,92022%696-493$174$63,882,1326Sony / TriStar
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$118,4819%622-114$190$13,286,5127Lionsgate / Summit
3Seven Psychopaths$78,97314%459-544$172$13,559,9034CBS Films
4Frankenweenie$73,79232%857-881$86$33,469,7525Disney
5Trouble with the Curve$23,23656%286-134$81$35,001,3097Warner Bros.
6The Dark Knight Rises$23,009-18%2910$79$447,572,21616Warner Bros.
7ParaNorman$22,81644%246-34$93$55,270,02712Focus
8End of Watch$17,20513%158-132$109$38,885,6207Open Road
9The Master$15,876-5%138-63$115$15,543,9808Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$13,73068%116-9$118$7,559,1788Roadside Attractions
11The Campaign$11,30212%188-34$60$86,765,89613Warner Bros.
12Ice Age: Continental Drift$11,11142%157-35$71$160,439,78117Fox
13The Expendables 2$10,22412%173-5$59$84,874,66312Lionsgate
14The Bourne Legacy$10,0059%153-38$65$113,184,82013Universal
15The Possession$8,060-2%15573$52$48,998,42110Lionsgate
16House at the End of the Street$5,256-5%128-174$41$31,192,0657Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$39,608-2%6949$574$1,023,1063Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$12,64928%520$243$9,554,87729Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$7,704-26%9--$856$93,4311Entertainment One / RKO
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7,413144%95-21$78$48,747,49414Fox
5Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$6,78644%60--$113$106,8641UTV Communications
6Born to Be Wild 3D$5,6275%300$188$21,216,19483Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$3,37810%70-77$48$3,292,8424Atlas Distribution
8The Intouchables$3,1335%28-20$112$12,943,60724Weinstein Company
9The Bay$2,5698%23--$112$24,6871Roadside Attractions
10Won't Back Down$2,01329%41-24$49$5,288,7816Fox
11Lawless$1,47216%35-61$42$37,368,50710Weinstein Company
12This Must Be the Place$1,304-5%2--$652$10,4301Weinstein Company
13War of the Buttons (2012)$536-28%6-2$89$46,8834Weinstein Company
14Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$351-34%40$88$70,5065Roadside Attractions
15Vamps$67458%1--$67$6271Anchor Bay Films