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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, Dec. 11 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$1,162,08331%3,401-62$342$263,450,5325Sony / Columbia
2Life of Pi$1,002,93546%2,94618$340$62,638,9493Fox
3Lincoln$941,12420%2,014-4$467$98,863,9955Disney / DreamWorks
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$856,92820%3,646-362$235$270,260,1314Lionsgate / Summit
5Rise of The Guardians$631,41031%3,639-33$174$62,887,3463Paramount / DreamWorks
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$578,75239%2,837--$204$6,745,9731FilmDistrict
7Killing Them Softly$403,51332%2,4240$166$12,539,3872Weinstein Company
8Flight$378,30530%2,431-172$156$86,872,8266Paramount
9Red Dawn (2012)$365,05723%2,754-27$133$37,902,2643FilmDistrict
10Wreck-It Ralph$318,99427%2,746-341$116$164,973,9696Disney
11The Collection$145,4447%1,4030$104$5,736,9952LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$110,09618%1,2491225$88$40,192,92212Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$247,46430%3710$667$14,402,1224Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$215,69826%42238$511$6,989,4554Focus
3Argo$164,17727%944-99$174$103,453,0719Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$88,99427%181131$492$1,820,8003Fox Searchlight
5Talaash$42,222118%162-12$261$2,490,4922Reliance Entertainment
6Taken 2$38,54815%430-66$90$137,772,43210Fox
7The Sessions$29,13613%197-29$148$5,003,3488Fox Searchlight
8Pitch Perfect$28,89024%387-16$75$63,569,51811Universal
9Cloud Atlas$26,10521%191-3$137$26,500,6677Warner Bros.
10Looper$18,29419%232--$79$66,179,79011Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,65629%175-14$95$16,887,92712Lionsgate / Summit
12Alex Cross$13,93425%214100$65$25,642,9848Lionsgate / Summit
13The Man With the Iron Fists$13,57525%1817$75$15,546,4956Universal
14Seven Psychopaths$12,15448%141-21$86$14,924,2589CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Dec. 11 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$10,25516%520$197$10,148,15734Warner Bros. / IMAX
2A Late Quartet$10,07216%63-11$160$1,014,4016Entertainment One / RKO
3The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$8,79425%171$517$330,6053Warner Bros.
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,340-9%4--$1,835$96,7611Focus
5Sinister$4,77328%77-11$62$47,832,3489Lionsgate / Summit
6Born to Be Wild 3D$4,65850%300$155$21,483,68588Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$3,00417%76-48$40$17,513,0027Open Road
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$2,995-14%90-12$33$160,959,70622Fox
9Hecho en Mexico$2,90319%2614$112$126,8182Lionsgate / Pantelion
10ParaNorman$2,712-8%81-23$33$55,931,44917Focus
11Chasing Mavericks$2,629-10%67-12$39$5,880,1067Fox
12The Master$2,24382%230$98$15,899,21513Weinstein Company
13The Dark Knight Rises$2,09410%62-18$34$448,134,64021Warner Bros.
14Trouble with the Curve$2,0332%71-29$29$35,758,58212Warner Bros.
15Arbitrage$1,96447%25-10$79$7,880,73813Roadside Attractions
16Fun Size$1,9382%80-36$24$9,406,2527Paramount
17House at the End of the Street$1,716-13%68-40$25$31,592,62112Relativity Media
18Paranormal Activity 4$1,70313%48-22$35$53,748,6298Paramount
19Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$8832353%2--$442$84,79510Roadside Attractions
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$76222%47-5$16$48,986,17819Fox
21This Must Be the Place$7062%5-2$141$137,7406Weinstein Company
22The Rabbi's Cat$58466%1--$584$5,2371GKIDS
23The Intouchables$48350%12-7$40$13,049,88429Weinstein Company