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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 Thu, Dec. 6 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$1,186,424-2%3,463-63$343$250,620,0804Sony / Columbia
2The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$1,142,0490%4,008-62$285$259,534,7643Lionsgate / Summit
3Lincoln$1,131,915-2%2,0180$561$88,220,6344Disney / DreamWorks
4Life of Pi$941,3970%2,9281$322$52,617,5292Fox
5Rise of The Guardians$611,4235%3,67219$167$51,373,5742Paramount / DreamWorks
6Killing Them Softly$448,727-11%2,424--$185$9,023,7371Weinstein Company
7Red Dawn (2012)$410,4442%2,78156$148$33,004,8152FilmDistrict
8Flight$384,492-1%2,603-35$148$83,072,2365Paramount
9Wreck-It Ralph$329,6794%3,087-172$107$159,543,5665Disney
10The Collection$195,056-3%1,403--$139$3,967,6731LD Entertainment
11Argo$174,0562%1,043-212$167$101,677,6698Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$260,2883%3714$702$11,792,7403Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$226,185-5%384318$589$5,058,1833Focus
3Talaash$51,241-27%174--$294$1,950,3601Reliance Entertainment
4The Sessions$37,230-1%226-289$165$4,729,3697Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$37,2190%496-267$75$137,313,0779Fox
6Pitch Perfect$30,02514%403-89$75$63,211,64310Universal
7Cloud Atlas$22,226-11%194-64$115$26,278,1566Warner Bros.
8The Perks of Being A Wallflower$21,4148%189-53$113$16,719,89511Lionsgate / Summit
9Seven Psychopaths$15,2689%16280$94$14,832,8168CBS Films
10The Man With the Iron Fists$12,0956%174-31$70$15,436,0855Universal
11Alex Cross$4,162-6%114-30$37$25,503,3327Lionsgate / Summit
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,976-4%124-66$32$17,484,7296Open Road
13Trouble with the Curve$3,6218%100-40$36$35,735,00811Warner Bros.
14Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,44014%102-7$34$160,896,86921Fox
15House at the End of the Street$3,2791%108-30$30$31,564,69211Relativity Media
16ParaNorman$3,028-14%104-30$29$55,886,44616Focus
17Fun Size$2,95215%116-28$25$9,373,7356Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 6 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hitchcock$36,647-5%5033$733$949,1262Fox Searchlight
2A Late Quartet$13,02922%74-14$176$922,3525Entertainment One / RKO
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$11,80496%161$738$200,9882Warner Bros.
4To the Arctic 3D$9,58814%520$184$10,087,33333Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Born to Be Wild 3D$5,95520%300$199$21,451,86687Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Sinister$4,3864%88-39$50$47,787,2908Lionsgate / Summit
7Chasing Mavericks$3,883-5%7919$49$5,847,6056Fox
8Hecho en Mexico$3,610-1%12--$301$93,4711Lionsgate / Pantelion
9The Dark Knight Rises$3,0430%80-28$38$448,106,31120Warner Bros.
10End of Watch$3,00111%24-10$125$39,238,14311Open Road
11Arbitrage$2,578-1%35-13$74$7,861,86112Roadside Attractions
12Paranormal Activity 4$2,327-3%70-38$33$53,727,5107Paramount
13The Master$2,146-15%23-2$93$15,883,67012Weinstein Company
14Silent Night$1,24616%11--$113$14,5681Anchor Bay Films
15This Must Be the Place$894-6%7-1$128$131,7995Weinstein Company
16The Intouchables$874-14%19-7$46$13,046,16528Weinstein Company
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$778-29%52-7$15$48,966,94818Fox