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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, Nov. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Nov. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$30,504,0771287%3,505--$8,703$32,704,0771Sony / Columbia
2Wreck-It Ralph$7,876,082282%3,7520$2,099$68,510,6912Disney
3Flight$4,243,936131%2,047163$2,073$36,914,2352Paramount
4Argo$1,827,422131%2,763-11$661$80,793,3805Warner Bros.
5Taken 2$1,179,280203%2,487-152$474$128,466,4516Fox
6Pitch Perfect$785,915289%1,391-111$565$57,312,5587Universal
7The Man With the Iron Fists$758,16065%1,8724$405$10,986,4852Universal
8Cloud Atlas$712,82477%2,02310$352$20,899,5303Warner Bros.
9Here Comes the Boom$698,634225%2,044-270$342$37,209,7295Sony / Columbia
10Paranormal Activity 4$630,115163%2,348-658$268$51,250,6944Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$519,774159%2,566-356$203$139,073,7567Sony / Columbia
12Sinister$478,492167%1,554-328$308$45,532,7305Lionsgate / Summit
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$369,69335%1,902-1031$194$15,452,9623Open Road
14Alex Cross$248,95280%1,090-558$228$23,940,0214Lionsgate / Summit
15Fun Size$201,67087%1,301-1715$155$8,244,7833Paramount

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Nov. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Perks of Being A Wallflower$333,087201%607-15$549$13,814,9338Lionsgate / Summit
2Looper$168,13565%491-205$342$64,255,3687Sony / TriStar
3The Sessions$139,267208%12859$1,088$1,248,9394Fox Searchlight
4Chasing Mavericks$125,52619%459-1571$273$4,930,7883Fox
5Seven Psychopaths$110,61661%356-103$311$13,804,2735CBS Films
6Trouble with the Curve$78,529337%421135$187$35,114,7798Warner Bros.
7The Dark Knight Rises$42,042121%243-48$173$447,656,55317Warner Bros.
8ParaNorman$34,059155%198-48$172$55,329,37613Focus
9End of Watch$30,24080%125-33$242$38,948,1048Open Road
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$23,006207%147-10$157$160,476,39118Fox
11The Campaign$17,51376%138-50$127$86,802,67714Warner Bros.
12The Expendables 2$15,95277%134-39$119$84,908,82613Lionsgate
13The Possession$15,830108%121-34$131$49,029,06911Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Nov. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Lincoln$268,131--11--$24,376$268,1311Disney / DreamWorks
2A Late Quartet$43,693312%6253$705$154,0152Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$31,88562%520$613$9,616,52430Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Master$26,73221%88-50$304$15,611,7909Weinstein Company
5Arbitrage$21,92748%87-29$252$7,606,8229Roadside Attractions
6Resident Evil: Retribution$13,152--91-40$145$42,305,3229Sony / Screen Gems
7House at the End of the Street$11,890191%78-50$152$31,212,1748Relativity Media
8Born to Be Wild 3D$10,978301%300$366$21,235,31784Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$10,640302%82-13$130$48,763,15315Fox
10This Must Be the Place$7,955361%119$723$21,3122Weinstein Company
11Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana$7,85198%38-22$207$123,4492UTV Communications
12The Intouchables$6,61676%346$195$12,956,86125Weinstein Company
13Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$4,033-8%43-27$94$3,305,0255Atlas Distribution
14Lawless$2,24331%20-15$112$37,373,92111Weinstein Company
15Won't Back Down$2,19843%38-3$58$5,293,7917Fox
16The Other Dream Team$1,515--50$303$132,0527The Film Arcade
17Step Up to the Plate$1,007--2--$504$39,5799Cinema Guild
18Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$99847%2-2$499$72,4716Roadside Attractions
19Vamps$682809%10$682$1,4532Anchor Bay Films
20The Bay$96-96%1-22$96$29,4672Roadside Attractions