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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. 27 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Dec. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$10,135,524-11%4,10055$2,472$189,700,8142Warner Bros. / New Line
2Les Miserables (2012)$9,168,120-25%2,808--$3,265$39,438,4250Universal
3Django Unchained$8,302,761-17%3,010--$2,758$33,320,2650Weinstein Company
4Parental Guidance$4,143,356-4%3,359--$1,234$14,788,6920Fox
5Jack Reacher$3,559,171-7%3,352--$1,062$30,553,1581Paramount
6This is 40$3,146,040-5%2,913--$1,080$23,930,2901Universal
7Lincoln$2,112,825-2%1,966-319$1,075$124,529,7977Disney / DreamWorks
8Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,932,21417%2,6180$738$12,126,4641Disney
9The Guilt Trip$1,695,9282%2,4310$698$14,410,3561Paramount
10Rise of The Guardians$1,591,17911%2,055-1332$774$85,247,1305Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$1,294,340-3%1,637-1080$791$285,027,3787Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$1,044,261-6%1,111-1097$940$80,870,1845Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$656,02312%1,183-1859$555$283,679,7766Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Dec. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$968,1027%745374$1,299$23,250,7226Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$656,4731%840--$782$5,026,6611Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$570,54322%913-950$625$173,650,1198Disney
4Argo$241,3753%345-322$700$107,422,11111Warner Bros.
5Hotel Transylvania$148,30126%301--$493$144,646,89713Sony / Columbia
6Anna Karenina (2012)$141,0133%237-151$595$10,180,0766Focus
7Flight$103,3323%400-1423$258$91,434,7578Paramount
8Hitchcock$96,5847%351-198$275$4,606,9345Fox Searchlight
9Here Comes the Boom$94,48517%269--$351$43,200,43011Sony / Columbia
10Red Dawn (2012)$86,117-2%402-1145$214$43,002,5165FilmDistrict
11Taken 2$60,30413%240-60$251$138,654,36712Fox
12Pitch Perfect$42,7509%190-101$225$64,245,28313Universal
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$29,0491%268-2070$108$12,562,6303FilmDistrict
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$25,26016%1261$200$17,218,84114Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$20,8454%1720$121$40,662,60314Open Road
16The Collection$2,5667%112-509$23$6,828,5484LD Entertainment

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Dec. 27 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$96,75111%50$19,350$1,052,5711Sony / Columbia
2Hyde Park on Hudson$96,5399%7943$1,222$1,308,3023Focus
3The Impossible$36,4657%15--$2,431$300,3471Lionsgate / Summit
4To the Arctic 3D$26,84522%520$516$10,368,88836Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Sessions$17,23127%75-76$230$5,440,78810Fox Searchlight
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,51055%64-20$211$161,088,57624Fox
7A Late Quartet$12,684-4%39-7$325$1,212,1478Entertainment One / RKO
8Born to Be Wild 3D$11,22730%300$374$21,575,53990Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Sinister$10,14111%82-102$124$48,016,78411Lionsgate / Summit
10Looper$9,7178%93-82$104$66,428,19313Sony / TriStar
11Alex Cross$8,61230%76-99$113$25,826,97010Lionsgate / Summit
12Killing Them Softly$8,330-7%68-1359$123$14,787,4334Weinstein Company
13Cloud Atlas$8,153-7%45-53$181$26,754,9869Warner Bros.
14The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$6,3804%151$425$650,9195Warner Bros.
15Paranormal Activity 4$5,1021%50-107$102$53,864,06910Paramount
16Not Fade Away$4,53139%3--$1,510$41,0121Paramount Vantage
17Talaash$4,1231%25-88$165$2,835,9754Reliance Entertainment
18The Intouchables$2,9988%7-18$428$13,109,94431Weinstein Company
19ParaNorman$2,75729%23-38$120$55,985,67719Focus
20The Master$2,342-7%13-1$180$15,943,21815Weinstein Company
21Arbitrage$1,00229%5-5$200$7,902,57315Roadside Attractions