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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. 28 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Dec. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$10,619,3345%4,1000$2,590$200,320,1483Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$9,695,41617%3,010--$3,221$43,015,6811Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$9,314,3452%2,814--$3,310$48,752,7701Universal
4Parental Guidance$5,061,70722%3,367--$1,503$19,850,3991Fox
5Jack Reacher$4,519,18527%3,3520$1,348$35,072,3432Paramount
6This is 40$4,108,74031%2,9141$1,410$28,039,0302Universal
7Lincoln$2,388,54213%1,966-327$1,215$126,918,3398Disney / DreamWorks
8Monsters, Inc. 3D$2,286,88018%2,6180$874$14,413,3442Disney
9The Guilt Trip$2,164,11928%2,4310$890$16,574,4752Paramount
10Rise of The Guardians$1,793,73113%2,055-976$873$87,040,8616Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$1,475,42714%1,637-728$901$286,473,5138Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$1,183,02513%1,178-572$1,004$82,053,2096Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$776,32718%1,191-809$652$284,456,1037Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Dec. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,284,29733%745374$1,724$24,535,0197Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$740,93713%8400$882$5,767,5982Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$664,10216%913-531$727$174,314,2219Disney
4Argo$302,00225%345-105$875$107,724,11312Warner Bros.
5Hotel Transylvania$185,11925%3010$615$144,832,01614Sony / Columbia
6Anna Karenina (2012)$157,85012%218-113$724$10,337,9267Focus
7Flight$135,67031%400-342$339$91,570,4279Paramount
8Red Dawn (2012)$129,18650%425-586$304$43,131,7026FilmDistrict
9Hitchcock$114,56519%349-186$328$4,721,4996Fox Searchlight
10Here Comes the Boom$111,35618%252-39$442$43,311,78612Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$78,46430%232-43$338$138,732,83113Fox
12Pitch Perfect$53,98526%183-31$295$64,299,26814Universal
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$44,04852%268-583$164$12,606,6784FilmDistrict
14End of Watch$29,36041%162-10$181$40,691,96315Open Road
15The Perks of Being A Wallflower$29,21316%125-16$234$17,248,05415Lionsgate / Summit

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Dec. 28 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$124,16429%84-2$1,478$1,432,4664Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$94,081-3%50$18,816$1,146,6522Sony / Columbia
3Promised Land (2012)$53,453--25--$2,138$53,4531Focus
4The Impossible$51,82142%150$3,455$352,1682Lionsgate / Summit
5To the Arctic 3D$45,33769%520$872$10,414,22537Warner Bros. / IMAX
6The Sessions$20,88421%80-18$261$5,461,67211Fox Searchlight
7Born to Be Wild 3D$19,27272%300$642$21,594,81191Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Not Fade Away$15,634245%1916$823$56,6462Paramount Vantage
9A Late Quartet$15,33021%37-2$414$1,227,4769Entertainment One / RKO
10Killing Them Softly$14,70677%68-81$216$14,802,1395Weinstein Company
11Ice Age: Continental Drift$14,0924%62-10$227$161,102,66825Fox
12Sinister$12,95628%82-11$158$48,029,74012Lionsgate / Summit
13Looper$12,39228%84-16$148$66,440,58514Sony / TriStar
14Alex Cross$11,81537%77-17$153$25,838,78511Lionsgate / Summit
15The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$6,7406%150$449$657,6596Warner Bros.
16Cloud Atlas$6,639-19%45-5$148$26,761,62510Warner Bros.
17Paranormal Activity 4$6,19121%500$124$53,870,26011Paramount
18The Collection$4,80987%17-95$283$6,833,3575LD Entertainment
19The Intouchables$4,43348%114$403$13,114,37732Weinstein Company
20Talaash$4,2343%16-9$265$2,840,2095Reliance Entertainment
21The Master$4,08374%130$314$15,947,30116Weinstein Company
22ParaNorman$2,715-2%22-2$123$55,988,39220Focus
23Arbitrage$1,38738%72$198$7,903,96016Roadside Attractions