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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 Sun, Nov. 18 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Nov. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$28,456,648-31%4,070--$6,992$141,067,6341Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$11,164,762-37%3,5050$3,185$160,941,6212Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$6,031,959-30%1,7751764$3,398$22,468,2422Disney / DreamWorks
4Wreck-It Ralph$5,550,178-36%3,622-130$1,532$121,750,2273Disney
5Flight$2,336,374-41%2,612565$894$61,523,6913Paramount
6Argo$1,031,459-46%2,210-553$467$91,998,8466Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$508,807-47%2,063-424$247$134,651,0097Fox
8Hotel Transylvania$317,747-23%1,248-1318$255$142,734,5198Sony / Columbia
9Pitch Perfect$308,550-46%1,122-269$275$61,084,2138Universal
10Here Comes the Boom$304,454-43%1,350-694$226$40,991,6716Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Nov. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jab Tak Hai Jaan$385,800-28%160--$2,411$1,941,8051Yash Raj Films
2Cloud Atlas$294,124-26%920-1103$320$24,923,1324Warner Bros.
3The Sessions$237,083-43%516388$459$2,813,9385Fox Searchlight
4The Man With the Iron Fists$218,400-26%910-962$240$14,681,8803Universal
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$152,735-40%511-96$299$15,572,2839Lionsgate / Summit
6Sinister$112,485-43%789-765$143$47,451,2776Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$86,618-49%850-1498$102$53,504,5985Paramount
8Alex Cross$70,107-46%535-555$131$25,194,8405Lionsgate / Summit
9Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$57,984-37%456-1446$127$17,127,7764Open Road
10Chasing Mavericks$51,840-34%198-261$262$5,619,0384Fox
11Looper$50,348-45%214-277$235$65,117,0448Sony / TriStar
12Fun Size$45,223-22%388-913$117$9,153,5984Paramount
13A Late Quartet$44,717-39%10038$447$530,8183Entertainment One / RKO
14Seven Psychopaths$42,045-41%171-185$246$14,457,6316CBS Films
15ParaNorman$39,410-25%180-18$219$55,633,87214Focus
16Trouble with the Curve$29,758-47%272-149$109$35,529,4189Warner Bros.
17House at the End of the Street$29,097-36%17597$166$31,354,6709Relativity Media
18Ice Age: Continental Drift$25,870-38%132-15$196$160,692,10919Fox
19The Dark Knight Rises$25,197-40%160-83$157$447,911,14818Warner Bros.
20The Campaign$7,076-46%101-37$70$86,897,18215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Nov. 18 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$139,715-23%16--$8,732$443,0031Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$103,640-20%16--$6,478$320,6901Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$21,003-28%520$404$9,815,03631Warner Bros. / IMAX
4End of Watch$17,164-18%75-50$229$39,126,4909Open Road
5Arbitrage$16,215-30%80-7$203$7,761,71210Roadside Attractions
6The Master$13,665-42%52-36$263$15,788,70110Weinstein Company
7Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$13,527-31%72-10$188$48,869,51716Fox
8The Expendables 2$11,096-29%95-39$117$85,017,40114Lionsgate
9This Must Be the Place$8,557-27%154$570$87,2243Weinstein Company
10The Possession$8,043-34%81-40$99$49,122,31912Lionsgate
11Born to Be Wild 3D$7,362-52%300$245$21,317,46485Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Intouchables$4,612-3%24-10$192$13,003,61326Weinstein Company
13Lawless$1,699-17%19-1$89$37,389,03412Weinstein Company
14Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,032-43%15-28$69$3,325,9546Atlas Distribution
15Simon and the Oaks$668-33%5--$134$150,1096The Film Arcade