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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, Jan. 11 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Jan. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$9,034,2023148%2,9372877$3,076$14,515,0094Sony / Columbia
2A Haunted House$6,792,123--2,160--$3,145$6,792,1231Open Road
3Gangster Squad$6,714,883--3,103--$2,164$6,714,8831Warner Bros.
4Django Unchained$3,442,64284%3,0122$1,143$117,776,7643Weinstein Company
5Les Miserables (2012)$2,853,825105%2,92723$975$111,932,5453Universal
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,349,056104%3,012-743$780$271,393,2435Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$1,850,373156%2,027126$913$148,115,43310Disney / DreamWorks
8Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,833,210160%2,6595$689$27,434,9502Lionsgate
9Parental Guidance$1,689,134252%2,957-411$571$56,239,4383Fox
10Jack Reacher$1,544,923123%2,707-581$571$69,353,2534Paramount
11This is 40$1,438,385123%2,320-611$620$58,507,3404Universal
12The Guilt Trip$597,45182%1,606-706$372$33,160,3484Paramount
13Promised Land (2012)$402,96948%1,647-29$245$6,007,6703Focus
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$288,79047%1,127-976$256$29,158,2764Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Jan. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,496,241163%81065$1,847$37,801,9469Weinstein Company
2The Impossible$747,366232%808236$925$5,061,4554Lionsgate / Summit
3Life of Pi$670,363123%757-208$886$92,766,5158Fox
4Skyfall$462,24390%823-484$562$298,255,45610Sony / Columbia
5Argo$344,512277%621319$555$110,749,49614Warner Bros.
6The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$175,50086%542-283$324$289,705,0789Lionsgate / Summit
7Hyde Park on Hudson$172,26386%24624$700$3,762,0676Focus
8Rise of The Guardians$161,60094%905-602$179$97,846,6938Paramount / DreamWorks
9Wreck-It Ralph$112,356148%476-233$236$178,834,12911Disney
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$98,865-5%430-387$230$11,409,7834Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$74,614--252-15$296$146,357,68816Sony / Columbia
12Anna Karenina (2012)$63,56735%144-19$441$11,781,7299Focus
13Here Comes the Boom$58,490--228-15$257$44,237,63714Sony / Columbia
14Flight$44,36653%150-100$296$92,638,02711Paramount
15Taken 2$42,511142%190-23$224$139,396,07615Fox
16Red Dawn (2012)$34,734198%225-27$154$43,962,5408FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$30,030180%154-11$195$64,727,97316Universal
18Hitchcock$26,72041%1279$210$5,586,2168Fox Searchlight
19The Perks of Being A Wallflower$21,783128%1002$218$17,536,55217Lionsgate / Summit
20Cloud Atlas$21,61763%1627$133$26,975,66212Warner Bros.
21End of Watch$18,111141%111-29$163$40,939,56717Open Road
22Playing For Keeps (2012)$10,643122%107-32$99$12,882,2886FilmDistrict
23Not Fade Away$10,482-64%177-388$59$544,2694Paramount Vantage

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Jan. 11 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$16,70767%5413$309$5,680,34513Fox Searchlight
2Quartet$11,816--2--$5,908$11,8161Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$11,16257%520$215$10,700,43839Warner Bros. / IMAX
4A Late Quartet$9,92168%17-6$584$1,388,04611Entertainment One / RKO
5Killing Them Softly$6,36986%31-20$205$14,926,4107Weinstein Company
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$5,026194%48-5$105$161,216,42527Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,8795%300$129$21,708,74893Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Master$3,66978%164$229$15,990,39518Weinstein Company
9The Intouchables$1,801-40%121$150$13,173,59334Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$386143%40$97$7,917,28018Roadside Attractions