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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. 17 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Zero Dark Thirty$1,830,748-1%2,9372877$623$38,344,7574Sony / Columbia
2Gangster Squad$1,292,013-5%3,103--$416$23,110,0601Warner Bros.
3Django Unchained$1,046,132-3%3,0122$347$130,118,7353Weinstein Company
4Les Miserables (2012)$951,2758%2,92723$325$122,558,0203Universal
5A Haunted House$782,0311%2,160--$362$21,613,1791Open Road
6The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$662,3484%3,012-743$220$280,989,7415Warner Bros. / New Line
7Lincoln$603,8042%2,027126$298$155,136,07910Disney / DreamWorks
8Jack Reacher$372,1923%2,707-581$137$74,177,3334Paramount
9Parental Guidance$345,0328%2,957-411$117$62,025,1543Fox
10This is 40$336,5250%2,320-611$145$62,881,0004Universal
11Texas Chainsaw 3D$270,366-8%2,6595$102$32,192,9382Lionsgate
12The Guilt Trip$160,5909%1,606-706$100$35,092,5844Paramount
13Promised Land (2012)$133,6144%1,647-29$81$7,412,0863Focus
14Monsters, Inc. 3D$93,84611%1,127-976$83$30,940,5154Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$653,6381%81065$807$43,959,2709Weinstein Company
2Life of Pi$238,3881%757-208$315$95,837,3058Fox
3The Impossible$223,69412%808236$277$7,716,5654Lionsgate / Summit
4Argo$206,4680%621319$332$112,521,55414Warner Bros.
5Skyfall$132,3454%823-484$161$299,887,07410Sony / Columbia
6Hyde Park on Hudson$65,4705%24624$266$4,441,5336Focus
7The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$49,7551%542-283$92$290,380,0239Lionsgate / Summit
8Rise of The Guardians$46,7018%905-602$52$98,936,3638Paramount / DreamWorks
9Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$45,6897%430-387$106$11,950,0064Paramount
10Wreck-It Ralph$32,4665%476-233$68$179,507,30411Disney
11Anna Karenina (2012)$30,9554%144-19$215$12,069,8949Focus
12Flight$15,4925%150-100$103$92,804,45511Paramount
13Hitchcock$13,5121%1279$106$5,705,2558Fox Searchlight
14Taken 2$12,138-1%190-23$64$139,548,47615Fox
15Red Dawn (2012)$9,55412%225-27$42$44,072,9388FilmDistrict
16Cloud Atlas$9,2538%1627$57$27,063,85812Warner Bros.
17The Perks of Being A Wallflower$7,0016%1002$70$17,607,93917Lionsgate / Summit
18Pitch Perfect$6,8850%154-11$45$64,827,22816Universal
19Not Fade Away$6,88217%177-388$39$598,8104Paramount Vantage
20End of Watch$5,3427%111-29$48$41,003,37117Open Road
21Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,97731%107-32$37$12,917,7366FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 17 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$8,21425%520$158$10,787,20839Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Sessions$8,03412%5413$149$5,750,42513Fox Searchlight
3Quartet$6,43815%2--$3,219$72,0771Weinstein Company
4A Late Quartet$5,08321%17-6$299$1,425,93011Entertainment One / RKO
5The Master$4,484-16%164$280$16,026,93518Weinstein Company
6Born to Be Wild 3D$3,63373%300$121$21,741,98193Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Killing Them Softly$2,175-15%31-20$70$14,947,7167Weinstein Company
8Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,657-3%48-5$35$161,246,35327Fox
9The Intouchables$1,201-28%121$100$13,185,15334Weinstein Company
10Arbitrage$39867%40$100$7,919,57418Roadside Attractions