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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 Fri, Dec. 7 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$3,122,096163%3,401-62$918$253,742,1765Sony / Columbia
2The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$2,833,704148%3,646-362$777$262,368,4684Lionsgate / Summit
3Lincoln$2,556,299126%2,014-4$1,269$90,776,9335Disney / DreamWorks
4Rise of The Guardians$2,297,742276%3,639-33$631$53,671,3163Paramount / DreamWorks
5Life of Pi$2,254,049139%2,94618$765$54,871,5783Fox
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,127,859--2,837--$750$2,127,8591FilmDistrict
7Red Dawn (2012)$1,299,328217%2,754-27$472$34,304,1433FilmDistrict
8Wreck-It Ralph$1,128,030242%2,746-341$411$160,671,5966Disney
9Flight$907,950136%2,431-172$373$83,980,1866Paramount
10Killing Them Softly$884,28697%2,4240$365$9,908,0232Weinstein Company
11The Collection$482,651147%1,4030$344$4,450,3242LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$223,7117355%1,2491225$179$39,461,85412Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$643,368147%3710$1,734$12,436,1084Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$435,32492%42238$1,032$5,493,5074Focus
3Argo$417,328140%944-99$442$102,094,9979Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$197,566439%181131$1,092$1,146,6923Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$133,953161%162-12$827$2,084,3132Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$117,513216%430-66$273$137,430,59010Fox
7Pitch Perfect$100,655235%387-16$260$63,312,29811Universal
8The Sessions$61,48965%197-29$312$4,790,8588Fox Searchlight
9Cloud Atlas$47,725115%191-3$250$26,325,8817Warner Bros.
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$43,396103%175-14$248$16,763,29112Lionsgate / Summit
11Here Comes the Boom$42,040--234-100$180$42,454,8999Sony / Columbia
12Looper$41,262--232-48$178$66,051,92911Sony / TriStar
13Alex Cross$32,716686%214100$153$25,536,0488Lionsgate / Summit
14Hotel Transylvania$24,684--196-52$126$143,748,49011Sony / Columbia
15The Man With the Iron Fists$24,435102%1817$135$15,460,5206Universal
16Seven Psychopaths$22,69549%141-21$161$14,855,5119CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 7 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$28,592142%171$1,682$229,3503Warner Bros.
2Hyde Park on Hudson$23,371--4--$5,843$23,3711Focus
3A Late Quartet$16,92930%63-11$269$939,2816Entertainment One / RKO
4To the Arctic 3D$13,87545%520$267$10,101,20834Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Sinister$11,192155%77-11$145$47,798,4829Lionsgate / Summit
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,777184%90-12$109$160,906,64622Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$9,24755%300$308$21,461,11388Warner Bros. / IMAX
8ParaNorman$8,593184%81-23$106$55,895,03917Focus
9Chasing Mavericks$8,589121%67-12$128$5,856,1947Fox
10Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$7,47688%76-48$98$17,488,0627Open Road
11The Dark Knight Rises$7,109134%62-18$115$448,113,42021Warner Bros.
12Hecho en Mexico$7,04795%2614$271$100,5182Lionsgate / Pantelion
13Fun Size$6,768129%80-36$85$9,380,5037Paramount
14House at the End of the Street$6,726105%68-40$99$31,571,41812Relativity Media
15Trouble with the Curve$6,68285%71-29$94$35,741,69012Warner Bros.
16Paranormal Activity 4$6,267169%48-22$131$53,733,7778Paramount
17Arbitrage$5,02095%25-10$201$7,866,88113Roadside Attractions
18Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$3,497349%47-5$74$48,970,44519Fox
19The Master$3,23651%230$141$15,886,90613Weinstein Company
20This Must Be the Place$1,06519%5-2$213$132,8646Weinstein Company
21The Rabbi's Cat$1,058--1--$1,058$1,0581GKIDS
22The Intouchables$844-3%12-7$70$13,047,00929Weinstein Company
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$53--2--$27$83,74010Roadside Attractions