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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 Wed, Jan. 9 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$1,882,028-22%3,0100$625$112,462,6792Weinstein Company
2Les Miserables (2012)$1,292,280-21%2,90490$445$107,684,8002Universal
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,174,496-25%3,755-345$313$267,891,7774Warner Bros. / New Line
4Texas Chainsaw 3D$837,697-28%2,654--$316$24,897,6011Lionsgate
5Jack Reacher$733,622-25%3,288-64$223$67,116,4073Paramount
6This is 40$688,785-19%2,93117$235$56,424,1353Universal
7Lincoln$502,626-7%1,901-65$264$145,542,8879Disney / DreamWorks
8Parental Guidance$481,171-28%3,3681$143$54,070,2082Fox
9The Guilt Trip$347,271-21%2,312-119$150$32,235,1903Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$298,640-18%1,6761651$178$5,332,7952Focus
11Skyfall$240,281-16%1,307-330$184$297,549,7649Sony / Columbia
12Monsters, Inc. 3D$183,051-23%2,103-515$87$28,673,5503Disney
13Rise of The Guardians$83,811-24%1,507-548$56$97,601,7817Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$360,900-12%7450$484$35,737,7708Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$228,347-24%965-213$237$91,796,1357Fox
3The Impossible$213,702-13%572557$374$4,088,7713Lionsgate / Summit
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$100,338-16%817-23$123$11,206,8873Paramount
5Hyde Park on Hudson$97,940-7%222138$441$3,497,3465Focus
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$92,914-13%825-366$113$289,434,9808Lionsgate / Summit
7Argo$73,174-8%302-43$242$110,313,48613Warner Bros.
8Anna Karenina (2012)$45,577-12%163-55$280$11,670,9218Focus
9Wreck-It Ralph$43,992-15%709-204$62$178,676,44910Disney
10Not Fade Away$29,211-12%565546$52$504,8283Paramount Vantage
11Flight$26,291-9%250-150$105$92,564,63010Paramount
12Hitchcock$17,420-8%118-231$148$5,540,5777Fox Searchlight
13Taken 2$16,580-7%213-19$78$139,336,01214Fox
14Cloud Atlas$11,675-18%155110$75$26,940,78111Warner Bros.
15Red Dawn (2012)$11,237-18%252-173$45$43,916,1687FilmDistrict
16Pitch Perfect$9,900-8%165-18$60$64,687,22815Universal
17End of Watch$7,3011%140-22$52$40,913,95516Open Road
18Playing For Keeps (2012)$4,985-11%139-129$36$12,866,8435FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 9 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$273,715-3%6055$4,562$5,202,6713Sony / Columbia
2The Perks of Being A Wallflower$7,844-14%98-27$80$17,505,21916Lionsgate / Summit
3To the Arctic 3D$7,5444%520$145$10,682,14738Warner Bros. / IMAX
4The Sessions$7,244-1%41-39$177$5,653,65312Fox Searchlight
5A Late Quartet$5,270-22%23-14$229$1,372,21310Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$4,091-8%51-17$80$14,916,6126Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,65528%300$122$21,701,18192Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Intouchables$3,52736%110$321$13,168,80733Weinstein Company
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,481-10%53-9$28$161,209,68726Fox
10The Master$1,410-32%12-1$118$15,984,66717Weinstein Company
11Talaash$619-1%8-8$77$2,871,9006Reliance Entertainment
12Arbitrage$218-37%4-3$55$7,916,73517Roadside Attractions
13Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$20676%1--$206$87,21014Roadside Attractions