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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. 20 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Nov. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$11,772,33817%4,070--$2,892$162,930,6821Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$5,639,79541%3,5050$1,609$170,595,3442Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$3,155,95928%1,7751764$1,778$28,080,8692Disney / DreamWorks
4Wreck-It Ralph$2,812,98445%3,622-130$777$126,501,9533Disney
5Flight$1,155,27137%2,612565$442$63,522,1963Paramount
6Argo$601,46649%2,210-553$272$93,003,7796Warner Bros.
7Taken 2$324,65043%2,063-424$157$135,202,8987Fox
8Pitch Perfect$274,89058%1,122-269$245$61,533,0138Universal
9Here Comes the Boom$217,88956%1,350-694$161$41,349,2796Sony / Columbia
10Hotel Transylvania$158,94434%1,248-1318$127$143,012,1458Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Nov. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Cloud Atlas$166,92135%920-1103$181$25,214,0544Warner Bros.
2Jab Tak Hai Jaan$138,04480%1600$863$2,156,6421Yash Raj Films
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$132,67860%511-96$260$15,788,0439Lionsgate / Summit
4The Man With the Iron Fists$131,96538%910-962$145$14,909,3953Universal
5The Sessions$118,23322%516388$229$3,029,3335Fox Searchlight
6Sinister$72,65931%789-765$92$47,579,2466Lionsgate / Summit
7Paranormal Activity 4$59,64541%850-1498$70$53,606,6835Paramount
8Alex Cross$38,66530%535-555$72$25,263,1685Lionsgate / Summit
9Looper$36,89972%214-277$172$65,175,3728Sony / TriStar
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$35,09017%456-1446$77$17,192,8584Open Road
11Chasing Mavericks$32,84526%198-261$166$5,677,9544Fox
12Seven Psychopaths$28,00531%171-185$164$14,506,9706CBS Films
13Fun Size$23,50660%388-913$61$9,191,8394Paramount
14A Late Quartet$20,29528%10038$203$566,9793Entertainment One / RKO
15ParaNorman$19,65518%180-18$109$55,670,16714Focus
16Trouble with the Curve$19,16551%272-149$70$35,561,2759Warner Bros.
17House at the End of the Street$16,07513%17597$92$31,384,9279Relativity Media
18The Dark Knight Rises$14,12524%160-83$88$447,936,62018Warner Bros.
19Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,56857%132-15$103$160,714,31019Fox
20The Campaign$3,81414%101-37$38$86,904,34215Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Nov. 20 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$57,14515%16--$3,572$549,6431Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$36,47910%16--$2,280$390,3491Focus
3To the Arctic 3D$17,297-1%520$333$9,849,73831Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$8,87228%72-10$123$48,885,33116Fox
5End of Watch$8,60510%75-50$115$39,142,9189Open Road
6The Master$8,07726%52-36$155$15,803,18010Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$7,6549%300$255$21,332,13085Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Arbitrage$7,01216%80-7$88$7,774,76910Roadside Attractions
9The Expendables 2$5,90021%95-39$62$85,028,19214Lionsgate
10The Intouchables$4,51118%24-10$188$13,011,93226Weinstein Company
11The Possession$4,23017%81-40$52$49,130,15412Lionsgate
12This Must Be the Place$2,553-28%154$170$93,3363Weinstein Company
13Lawless$1,07436%19-1$57$37,390,89912Weinstein Company
14Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,01933%15-28$68$3,327,7376Atlas Distribution