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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. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Jan. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$2,428,06630%3,0100$807$110,580,6512Weinstein Company
2Les Miserables (2012)$1,626,24029%2,90490$560$106,392,5202Universal
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,571,27620%3,755-345$418$266,717,2814Warner Bros. / New Line
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,168,6812%2,654--$440$24,059,9041Lionsgate
5Jack Reacher$971,83036%3,288-64$296$66,382,7853Paramount
6This is 40$849,99035%2,93117$290$55,735,3503Universal
7Parental Guidance$666,25614%3,3681$198$53,589,0372Fox
8Lincoln$539,85331%1,901-65$284$145,040,2619Disney / DreamWorks
9The Guilt Trip$440,78531%2,312-119$191$31,887,9193Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$362,93632%1,6761651$217$5,034,1562Focus
11Skyfall$284,47329%1,307-330$218$297,309,4839Sony / Columbia
12Monsters, Inc. 3D$239,236-11%2,103-515$114$28,490,4993Disney
13Rise of The Guardians$110,385-39%1,507-548$73$97,517,9707Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Jan. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$411,35542%7450$552$35,376,8708Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$302,26134%965-213$313$91,567,7887Fox
3The Impossible$246,63014%572557$431$3,875,0693Lionsgate / Summit
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$119,51410%817-23$146$11,106,5493Paramount
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$106,6044%825-366$129$289,342,0668Lionsgate / Summit
6Hyde Park on Hudson$105,32325%222138$474$3,399,4065Focus
7Argo$79,34647%302-43$263$110,240,31213Warner Bros.
8Wreck-It Ralph$51,812-34%709-204$73$178,632,45710Disney
9Anna Karenina (2012)$51,76345%163-55$318$11,625,3448Focus
10Not Fade Away$33,25731%565546$59$475,6173Paramount Vantage
11Flight$28,97738%250-150$116$92,538,33910Paramount
12Hitchcock$18,89423%118-231$160$5,523,1577Fox Searchlight
13Taken 2$17,8967%213-19$84$139,319,43214Fox
14Cloud Atlas$14,17621%155110$91$26,929,10611Warner Bros.
15Red Dawn (2012)$13,698-3%252-173$54$43,904,9317FilmDistrict
16Pitch Perfect$10,7450%165-18$65$64,677,32815Universal
17End of Watch$7,227-5%140-22$52$40,906,65416Open Road
18Playing For Keeps (2012)$5,57219%139-129$40$12,861,8585FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Jan. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$280,75916%6055$4,679$4,928,9563Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$9,101-2%98-27$93$17,497,37516Lionsgate / Summit
3The Sessions$7,3474%41-39$179$5,646,40912Fox Searchlight
4To the Arctic 3D$7,2552%520$140$10,674,60338Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$6,751101%23-14$294$1,366,94310Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$4,42442%51-17$87$14,912,5216Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,8558%300$95$21,697,52692Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Intouchables$2,59946%110$236$13,165,28033Weinstein Company
9The Master$2,07458%12-1$173$15,983,25717Weinstein Company
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,643-34%53-9$31$161,208,20626Fox
11Talaash$62499%8-8$78$2,871,2816Reliance Entertainment
12Arbitrage$345-1%4-3$86$7,916,51717Roadside Attractions
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$11752%1--$117$87,00414Roadside Attractions