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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 Sat, Nov. 24 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Nov. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$17,016,976-3%4,0700$4,181$218,287,6792Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$13,972,202-5%3,52621$3,963$214,291,6993Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$9,816,225-2%2,018243$4,864$56,949,8503Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$9,158,000-1%3,653--$2,507$26,945,1621Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$8,460,607-5%2,927--$2,891$25,451,4601Fox
6Wreck-It Ralph$6,447,053-3%3,259-363$1,978$145,797,5934Disney
7Red Dawn (2012)$5,516,206-8%2,725--$2,024$18,908,6231FilmDistrict
8Flight$3,398,4452%2,63826$1,288$73,013,6434Paramount
9Argo$1,514,922-4%1,255-955$1,207$97,294,0907Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Nov. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,706,4485%367351$4,650$5,153,3952Weinstein Company
2Taken 2$402,3296%763-1300$527$136,308,3318Fox
3Pitch Perfect$307,5006%492-630$625$62,453,8489Universal
4The Sessions$289,01314%515-1$561$3,748,1246Fox Searchlight
5Jab Tak Hai Jaan$223,01931%1644$1,360$2,904,3852Yash Raj Films
6Here Comes the Boom$214,4524%490-860$438$41,950,7917Sony / Columbia
7Cloud Atlas$164,46310%258-662$637$25,681,1955Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$160,0852%242-269$662$16,247,43810Lionsgate / Summit
9Hotel Transylvania$153,81113%464-784$331$143,412,5689Sony / Columbia
10Looper$131,39711%29379$448$65,516,0009Sony / TriStar
11The Man With the Iron Fists$85,0759%205-705$415$15,155,7854Universal
12Alex Cross$49,45117%144-391$343$25,384,1186Lionsgate / Summit
13Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$41,92718%190-266$221$17,352,5925Open Road
14Sinister$40,2109%127-662$317$47,691,1247Lionsgate / Summit
15ParaNorman$38,07812%134-46$284$55,771,72315Focus
16Fun Size$35,65924%144-244$248$9,278,4665Paramount
17House at the End of the Street$34,86724%138-37$253$31,472,98610Relativity Media
18Ice Age: Continental Drift$32,69713%109-23$300$160,801,08420Fox
19Trouble with the Curve$29,8123%140-132$213$35,648,21810Warner Bros.
20The Dark Knight Rises$29,0593%108-52$269$448,021,13819Warner Bros.
21Paranormal Activity 4$23,08713%108-742$214$53,667,3986Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Nov. 24 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$341,59911%6650$5,176$1,287,1872Focus
2Hitchcock$109,707-2%17--$6,453$221,7991Fox Searchlight
3A Late Quartet$51,65414%88-12$587$697,8494Entertainment One / RKO
4Seven Psychopaths$38,59219%82-89$471$14,611,8227CBS Films
5The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$33,27224%15--$2,218$93,8261Warner Bros.
6To the Arctic 3D$30,667-4%520$590$9,942,37532Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Chasing Mavericks$25,840-9%60-138$431$5,756,3485Fox
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$16,19315%59-13$274$48,927,92517Fox
9Arbitrage$14,09442%48-32$294$7,807,31411Roadside Attractions
10End of Watch$12,5288%34-41$368$39,183,53910Open Road
11Born to Be Wild 3D$12,4443%300$415$21,367,37786Warner Bros. / IMAX
12The Master$11,66722%25-27$467$15,834,01811Weinstein Company
13This Must Be the Place$5,90115%8-7$738$111,9334Weinstein Company
14The Intouchables$2,6636%262$102$13,027,54727Weinstein Company
15Lawless$2,0752%11-8$189$37,395,86813Weinstein Company
16Atlas Shrugged: Part 2$1,823-2%3520$52$3,332,7477Atlas Distribution