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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 Mon, Dec. 3 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Dec. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,214,476-72%4,008-62$303$255,813,3423Lionsgate / Summit
2Skyfall$1,127,736-72%3,463-63$326$246,712,8194Sony / Columbia
3Lincoln$1,051,638-70%2,0180$521$84,617,8074Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$888,306-74%2,9281$303$49,401,3002Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$565,496-86%3,67219$154$49,401,6012Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killing Them Softly$554,350-65%2,424--$229$7,367,2501Weinstein Company
7Red Dawn (2012)$411,133-73%2,78156$148$31,684,0862FilmDistrict
8Flight$362,013-68%2,603-35$139$81,827,9165Paramount
9Wreck-It Ralph$308,767-84%3,087-172$100$158,493,5805Disney
10The Collection$231,686-69%1,403--$165$3,335,9551LD Entertainment
11Argo$146,485-70%1,043-212$140$101,137,2518Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Dec. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$232,973-71%3714$628$10,973,0853Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$214,222-68%384318$558$4,321,1433Focus
3Talaash$70,830-83%174--$407$17,088,6631Reliance Entertainment
4Taken 2$34,522-67%496-267$70$137,198,0769Fox
5The Sessions$31,416-65%226-289$139$4,613,5977Fox Searchlight
6Pitch Perfect$26,010-68%403-89$65$63,125,25310Universal
7Cloud Atlas$21,882-70%194-64$113$26,203,3376Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$17,808-65%189-53$94$16,658,86811Lionsgate / Summit
9The Man With the Iron Fists$10,520-63%174-31$60$15,397,0405Universal
10Seven Psychopaths$9,671-66%16280$60$14,787,7288CBS Films
11Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$5,284-63%124-66$43$17,471,4336Open Road
12Alex Cross$4,220-68%114-30$37$25,489,4457Lionsgate / Summit
13ParaNorman$3,618-82%104-30$35$55,876,44316Focus
14House at the End of the Street$3,318-70%108-30$31$31,555,10611Relativity Media
15Fun Size$2,839-81%116-28$24$9,365,4806Paramount
16Trouble with the Curve$2,836-60%100-40$28$35,723,89511Warner Bros.
17Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,772-82%102-7$27$160,886,84121Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Dec. 3 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$37,242-69%5033$745$824,8162Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$9,931-66%74-14$134$887,4565Entertainment One / RKO
3To the Arctic 3D$6,522-46%520$125$10,057,84333Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hecho en Mexico$5,410-78%12--$451$81,5331Lionsgate / Pantelion
5Sinister$3,968-59%88-39$45$47,773,8518Lionsgate / Summit
6Chasing Mavericks$3,619-69%7919$46$5,835,7086Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,554-62%300$118$21,435,79887Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Dark Knight Rises$3,212-68%80-28$40$448,097,00820Warner Bros.
9Arbitrage$3,037-58%35-13$87$7,854,08112Roadside Attractions
10End of Watch$2,599-61%24-10$108$39,229,06211Open Road
11The Master$2,519-46%23-2$110$15,875,75212Weinstein Company
12Paranormal Activity 4$2,417-59%70-38$35$53,720,3267Paramount
13Silent Night$1,254-50%11--$114$11,0341Anchor Bay Films
14The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$1,133-93%161$71$177,9822Warner Bros.
15Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$598-92%52-7$12$48,964,15718Fox
16The Intouchables$573-82%19-7$30$13,043,67828Weinstein Company
17This Must Be the Place$552-75%7-1$79$128,9505Weinstein Company