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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 Sun, Jan. 13 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Jan. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$6,050,267-35%2,9372877$2,060$29,919,7434Sony / Columbia
2Gangster Squad$4,140,810-33%3,103--$1,334$17,070,3471Warner Bros.
3A Haunted House$3,771,853-50%2,160--$1,746$18,101,6821Open Road
4Django Unchained$2,956,191-36%3,0122$981$125,374,6073Weinstein Company
5The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$2,628,711-37%3,012-743$873$278,212,6185Warner Bros. / New Line
6Les Miserables (2012)$2,561,125-39%2,92723$875$118,723,1853Universal
7Lincoln$1,720,506-38%2,027126$849$152,600,25310Disney / DreamWorks
8Parental Guidance$1,523,650-47%2,957-411$515$60,639,1423Fox
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,142,950-50%2,6595$430$30,880,9852Lionsgate
10Jack Reacher$1,104,584-49%2,707-581$408$72,628,5854Paramount
11This is 40$962,825-51%2,320-611$415$61,442,1804Universal
12Monsters, Inc. 3D$608,167-26%1,127-976$540$30,586,7914Disney
13The Guilt Trip$431,461-51%1,606-706$269$34,464,0574Paramount
14Promised Land (2012)$314,557-44%1,647-29$191$6,879,6103Focus

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Jan. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$1,339,882-39%81065$1,654$41,324,2329Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$826,275-32%757-208$1,092$94,800,7268Fox
3The Impossible$658,338-42%808236$815$6,845,2064Lionsgate / Summit
4Rise of The Guardians$390,611-24%905-602$432$98,750,4008Paramount / DreamWorks
5Skyfall$360,028-51%823-484$437$299,349,01510Sony / Columbia
6Argo$331,519-43%621319$534$111,660,24314Warner Bros.
7Wreck-It Ralph$222,575-31%476-233$468$179,379,61511Disney
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$174,472-41%542-283$322$290,177,7099Lionsgate / Summit
9Hyde Park on Hudson$156,600-43%24624$637$4,192,3366Focus
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$154,907-25%430-387$360$11,771,9874Paramount
11Hotel Transylvania$110,318-35%252-15$438$146,638,11516Sony / Columbia
12Anna Karenina (2012)$65,568-35%144-19$455$11,948,6999Focus
13Here Comes the Boom$56,363-42%228-15$247$44,391,37314Sony / Columbia
14Taken 2$36,320-46%190-23$191$139,499,96315Fox
15Flight$35,927-47%150-100$240$92,741,71811Paramount
16Red Dawn (2012)$26,321-44%225-27$117$44,035,8398FilmDistrict
17Hitchcock$25,430-40%1279$200$5,653,8278Fox Searchlight
18Pitch Perfect$25,425-45%154-11$165$64,799,60816Universal
19Cloud Atlas$21,006-32%1627$130$27,027,46112Warner Bros.
20End of Watch$19,186-21%111-29$173$40,983,00117Open Road
21The Perks of Being A Wallflower$16,304-43%1002$163$17,581,48117Lionsgate / Summit
22Not Fade Away$11,147-42%177-388$63$574,5084Paramount Vantage
23Playing For Keeps (2012)$7,861-44%107-32$73$12,904,1126FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Jan. 13 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$26,141-18%520$503$10,758,55639Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$16,538-32%5413$306$5,721,19413Fox Searchlight
3Quartet$13,468-38%2--$6,734$47,1221Weinstein Company
4Ice Age: Continental Drift$9,524-32%48-5$198$161,239,97127Fox
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,134-17%300$304$21,728,88493Warner Bros. / IMAX
6A Late Quartet$7,836-39%17-6$461$1,408,64211Entertainment One / RKO
7The Master$7,676-29%164$480$16,008,86718Weinstein Company
8Killing Them Softly$4,635-38%31-20$150$14,938,5707Weinstein Company
9The Intouchables$2,940-11%121$245$13,179,83734Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$413-30%40$103$7,918,28318Roadside Attractions