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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, Jan. 10 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Django Unchained$1,871,443-1%3,0100$622$114,334,1222Weinstein Company
2Les Miserables (2012)$1,393,9208%2,90490$480$109,078,7202Universal
3The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,152,410-2%3,755-345$307$269,044,1874Warner Bros. / New Line
4Lincoln$722,17344%1,901-65$380$146,265,0609Disney / DreamWorks
5Texas Chainsaw 3D$704,139-16%2,654--$265$25,601,7401Lionsgate
6Jack Reacher$691,923-6%3,288-64$210$67,808,3303Paramount
7This is 40$644,820-6%2,93117$220$57,068,9553Universal
8Parental Guidance$480,0960%3,3681$143$54,550,3042Fox
9The Guilt Trip$327,707-6%2,312-119$142$32,562,8973Paramount
10Promised Land (2012)$271,906-9%1,6761651$162$5,604,7012Focus
11Skyfall$243,4491%1,307-330$186$297,793,2139Sony / Columbia
12Monsters, Inc. 3D$195,9367%2,103-515$93$28,869,4863Disney
13Rise of The Guardians$83,312-1%1,507-548$55$97,685,0937Paramount / DreamWorks

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$567,93557%7450$762$36,305,7058Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$300,01731%965-213$311$92,096,1527Fox
3The Impossible$225,3185%572557$394$4,314,0893Lionsgate / Summit
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$104,0314%817-23$127$11,310,9183Paramount
5The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$94,5982%825-366$115$289,529,5788Lionsgate / Summit
6Hyde Park on Hudson$92,458-6%222138$416$3,589,8045Focus
7Argo$91,49825%302-43$303$110,404,98413Warner Bros.
8Anna Karenina (2012)$47,2414%163-55$290$11,718,1628Focus
9Wreck-It Ralph$45,3243%709-204$64$178,721,77310Disney
10Flight$29,03110%250-150$116$92,593,66110Paramount
11Not Fade Away$28,959-1%565546$51$533,7873Paramount Vantage
12Hitchcock$18,9199%118-231$160$5,559,4967Fox Searchlight
13Taken 2$17,5536%213-19$82$139,353,56514Fox
14Cloud Atlas$13,26414%155110$86$26,954,04511Warner Bros.
15Red Dawn (2012)$11,6384%252-173$46$43,927,8067FilmDistrict
16Pitch Perfect$10,7158%165-18$65$64,697,94315Universal
17End of Watch$7,5013%140-22$54$40,921,45616Open Road
18Playing For Keeps (2012)$4,802-4%139-129$35$12,871,6455FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 10 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$278,1362%6055$4,636$5,480,8073Sony / Columbia
2The Sessions$9,98538%41-39$244$5,663,63812Fox Searchlight
3The Perks of Being A Wallflower$9,55022%98-27$97$17,514,76916Lionsgate / Summit
4To the Arctic 3D$7,129-6%520$137$10,689,27638Warner Bros. / IMAX
5A Late Quartet$5,91212%23-14$257$1,378,12510Entertainment One / RKO
6Born to Be Wild 3D$3,6881%300$123$21,704,86992Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Killing Them Softly$3,429-16%51-17$67$14,920,0416Weinstein Company
8The Intouchables$2,985-15%110$271$13,171,79233Weinstein Company
9The Master$2,05946%12-1$172$15,986,72617Weinstein Company
10Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,71216%53-9$32$161,211,39926Fox
11Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$36778%1--$367$87,57714Roadside Attractions
12Talaash$164-74%8-8$21$2,872,0646Reliance Entertainment
13Arbitrage$159-27%4-3$40$7,916,89417Roadside Attractions