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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. 16 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$1,847,754-24%2,9372877$629$36,514,0094Sony / Columbia
2Gangster Squad$1,355,261-28%3,103--$437$21,818,0471Warner Bros.
3Django Unchained$1,076,062-23%3,0122$357$129,072,6033Weinstein Company
4Les Miserables (2012)$878,555-22%2,92723$300$121,606,7453Universal
5A Haunted House$777,002-20%2,160--$360$20,831,1481Open Road
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$638,323-22%3,012-743$212$280,327,3935Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$590,361-18%2,027126$291$154,532,27510Disney / DreamWorks
8Jack Reacher$359,981-22%2,707-581$133$73,805,1414Paramount
9This is 40$336,385-22%2,320-611$145$62,544,4754Universal
10Parental Guidance$320,959-24%2,957-411$109$61,680,1223Fox
11Texas Chainsaw 3D$295,371-26%2,6595$111$31,922,5722Lionsgate
12The Guilt Trip$147,116-21%1,606-706$92$34,931,9944Paramount
13Promised Land (2012)$127,953-17%1,647-29$78$7,278,4723Focus
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$84,714-10%1,127-976$75$30,846,6694Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$648,608-14%81065$801$43,305,6329Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$236,065-28%757-208$312$95,598,9178Fox
3Argo$207,495-13%621319$334$112,315,08614Warner Bros.
4The Impossible$199,620-20%808236$247$7,492,8714Lionsgate / Summit
5Skyfall$126,801-22%823-484$154$299,754,72910Sony / Columbia
6Hyde Park on Hudson$62,618-5%24624$255$4,376,0636Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$49,094-11%542-283$91$290,330,2689Lionsgate / Summit
8Rise of The Guardians$43,066-10%905-602$48$98,889,6628Paramount / DreamWorks
9Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$42,850-17%430-387$100$11,904,3174Paramount
10Wreck-It Ralph$31,065-3%476-233$65$179,474,83811Disney
11Anna Karenina (2012)$29,894-11%144-19$208$12,038,9399Focus
12Flight$14,715-20%150-100$98$92,788,96311Paramount
13Hitchcock$13,436-6%1279$106$5,691,7438Fox Searchlight
14Taken 2$12,273-3%190-23$65$139,536,33815Fox
15Cloud Atlas$8,568-12%1627$53$27,054,60512Warner Bros.
16Red Dawn (2012)$8,560-14%225-27$38$44,063,3848FilmDistrict
17Pitch Perfect$6,8950%154-11$45$64,820,34316Universal
18The Perks of Being A Wallflower$6,6144%1002$66$17,600,93817Lionsgate / Summit
19Not Fade Away$5,879-8%177-388$33$591,9284Paramount Vantage
20End of Watch$4,9932%111-29$45$40,998,02917Open Road
21Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,047-23%107-32$28$12,913,7596FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 16 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Sessions$7,148-2%5413$132$5,742,39113Fox Searchlight
2To the Arctic 3D$6,588-2%520$127$10,778,99439Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Quartet$5,597-13%2--$2,799$65,6391Weinstein Company
4The Master$5,3345%164$333$16,022,45118Weinstein Company
5A Late Quartet$4,20716%17-6$247$1,420,84711Entertainment One / RKO
6Killing Them Softly$2,5712%31-20$83$14,945,5417Weinstein Company
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,105-53%300$70$21,738,34893Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,70511%48-5$36$161,244,69627Fox
9The Intouchables$1,67119%121$139$13,183,95234Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$238-41%40$60$7,919,17618Roadside Attractions