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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, Jan. 1 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$9,454,72137%4,1000$2,306$238,001,3253Warner Bros. / New Line
2Django Unchained$9,227,88679%3,0100$3,066$77,833,4971Weinstein Company
3Les Miserables (2012)$7,611,87022%2,8146$2,705$80,579,1101Universal
4Parental Guidance$4,663,0740%3,3678$1,385$38,656,4241Fox
5Jack Reacher$4,265,05126%3,3520$1,272$51,815,6932Paramount
6This is 40$3,657,07045%2,9141$1,255$42,609,0302Universal
7Lincoln$2,463,3236%1,9660$1,253$136,652,4208Disney / DreamWorks
8The Guilt Trip$2,063,86614%2,4310$849$24,834,7872Paramount
9Monsters, Inc. 3D$1,944,35135%2,6180$743$21,958,3312Disney
10Rise of The Guardians$1,553,96830%2,0550$756$92,891,6276Paramount / DreamWorks
11Skyfall$1,395,8504%1,6370$853$292,300,1218Sony / Columbia
12Life of Pi$1,311,28733%1,17867$1,113$86,951,1036Fox
13The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$604,98058%1,1918$508$287,027,8737Lionsgate / Summit

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,353,59820%7450$1,817$29,812,5847Weinstein Company
2Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$817,88323%8400$974$8,908,7242Paramount
3Wreck-It Ralph$616,96127%9130$676$176,606,9809Disney
4Argo$322,3649%3450$934$109,043,28412Warner Bros.
5Hotel Transylvania$168,82252%3010$561$145,490,51214Sony / Columbia
6Anna Karenina (2012)$162,68037%218-19$746$10,987,6857Focus
7Flight$133,33227%4000$333$92,111,8839Paramount
8Hitchcock$125,39819%349-2$359$5,216,6056Fox Searchlight
9Red Dawn (2012)$117,06458%42523$275$43,585,1166FilmDistrict
10Here Comes the Boom$104,19654%252-17$413$43,703,85212Sony / Columbia
11Taken 2$65,39968%232-8$282$139,001,77813Fox
12Pitch Perfect$41,17573%183-7$225$64,468,54314Universal
13Playing For Keeps (2012)$38,62328%2680$144$12,756,5404FilmDistrict
14The Perks of Being A Wallflower$28,06573%125-1$225$17,356,12215Lionsgate / Summit
15End of Watch$25,384110%162-10$157$40,792,11815Open Road

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 1 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$160,9456%845$1,916$2,050,8424Focus
2Zero Dark Thirty$116,33958%50$23,268$1,559,0712Sony / Columbia
3The Impossible$69,98953%150$4,666$598,7922Lionsgate / Summit
4Promised Land (2012)$67,95830%25--$2,718$294,3181Focus
5The Sessions$21,64748%805$271$5,550,95711Fox Searchlight
6Not Fade Away$19,03015%1916$1,002$131,3542Paramount Vantage
7To the Arctic 3D$16,553-26%520$318$10,535,17837Warner Bros. / IMAX
8A Late Quartet$14,3304%37-2$387$1,295,2939Entertainment One / RKO
9Killing Them Softly$13,325122%680$196$14,849,9555Weinstein Company
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$13,25639%62-2$214$161,152,85525Fox
11Looper$11,16366%84-9$133$66,486,20514Sony / TriStar
12Sinister$10,651131%820$130$48,072,20712Lionsgate / Summit
13Born to Be Wild 3D$10,27314%300$342$21,642,86491Warner Bros. / IMAX
14Alex Cross$9,64673%771$125$25,879,13411Lionsgate / Summit
15Cloud Atlas$7,36190%450$164$26,793,03410Warner Bros.
16The Intouchables$6,82930%114$621$13,139,03232Weinstein Company
17Talaash$6,003110%16-9$375$2,860,0125Reliance Entertainment
18Paranormal Activity 4$5,206140%500$104$53,892,20011Paramount
19The Master$4,33249%130$333$15,963,89916Weinstein Company
20ParaNorman$2,938105%22-1$134$55,998,92620Focus
21The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$1,9472%150$130$669,2896Warner Bros.
22Arbitrage$1,922118%72$275$7,911,53516Roadside Attractions