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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 Mon, Jan. 21 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Jan. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$3,745,505-50%2,647--$1,415$32,147,8151Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$2,802,769-30%2,9469$951$56,945,1385Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$1,987,543-34%2,5231713$788$56,699,64910Weinstein Company
4Les Miserables (2012)$1,521,610-30%2,579-348$590$131,571,6254Universal
5Gangster Squad$1,487,638-36%3,1030$479$33,238,2382Warner Bros.
6Django Unchained$1,460,313-31%2,516-496$580$139,334,8484Weinstein Company
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$1,446,369-24%2,323-689$623$288,613,0516Warner Bros. / New Line
8Parental Guidance$1,380,4188%2,337-620$591$67,657,9904Fox
9A Haunted House$1,302,007-42%2,1600$603$31,085,2072Open Road
10Lincoln$1,202,965-20%2,174147$553$161,814,30711Disney / DreamWorks
11Broken City$1,190,551-35%2,620--$454$9,459,4591Fox
12The Last Stand$931,894-45%2,913--$320$7,213,3271Lionsgate
13Life of Pi$855,561-19%1,256499$681$100,044,4919Fox
14Wreck-It Ralph$748,13659%1,312836$570$181,557,91412Disney
15Jack Reacher$447,958-23%1,707-1000$262$76,863,2385Paramount
16This is 40$264,880-47%1,232-1088$215$65,178,6855Universal
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$159,984-52%1,474-1185$109$33,622,8713Lionsgate

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Jan. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$535,944-27%88678$605$10,728,7475Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$454,086-27%756135$601$115,238,58715Warner Bros.
3Monsters, Inc. 3D$282,5755%565-562$500$31,975,6355Disney
4Rise of The Guardians$265,04134%474-431$559$99,762,1469Paramount / DreamWorks
5Skyfall$174,654-30%507-316$344$301,030,96911Sony / Columbia
6Hotel Transylvania$132,41312%237--$559$147,211,39417Sony / Columbia
7The Guilt Trip$119,552-31%642-964$186$35,817,3305Paramount
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$69,217-32%306-236$226$290,783,01210Lionsgate / Summit
9Hyde Park on Hudson$68,995-39%194-52$356$4,930,2217Focus
10Here Comes the Boom$66,69014%209--$319$44,712,69215Sony / Columbia
11Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$57,274-28%265-165$216$12,222,2385Paramount
12Flight$55,091-31%300150$184$93,146,14812Paramount
13Red Dawn (2012)$49,278-23%24924$198$44,337,2689FilmDistrict
14Rust and Bone$40,578--168--$242$1,501,8859Sony Pictures Classics
15Anna Karenina (2012)$28,530-44%117-27$244$12,262,64410Focus
16Frankenweenie$25,664--100--$257$35,172,45316Disney
17Promised Land (2012)$22,580-25%134-1513$169$7,556,7084Focus
18Taken 2$20,212-29%156-34$130$139,674,08316Fox
19Pitch Perfect$16,250-24%125-29$130$64,912,84317Universal
20Hitchcock$14,219-27%122-5$117$5,788,2099Fox Searchlight

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Jan. 21 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Amour$72,491--36--$2,014$1,217,7725Sony Pictures Classics
2Quartet$41,858-56%3230$1,308$418,1982Weinstein Company
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$32,864--71--$463$11,487,86930Fox Searchlight
4To the Arctic 3D$27,3714%520$526$10,888,20240Warner Bros. / IMAX
5LUV$19,009-11%45--$422$102,2031Indomina Media
6Born to Be Wild 3D$13,3190%300$444$21,787,67994Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Perks of Being A Wallflower$11,759-27%73-27$161$17,671,12818Lionsgate / Summit
8The Sessions$8,486-32%628$137$5,802,27114Fox Searchlight
9Ice Age: Continental Drift$7,452--40-8$186$161,276,53928Fox
10Cloud Atlas$4,884-48%58-104$84$27,098,58013Warner Bros.
11Searching For Sugar Man$4,737--27--$175$3,140,48326Sony Pictures Classics
12The Master$3,860-13%14-2$276$16,048,22119Weinstein Company
13A Late Quartet$3,489-38%14-3$249$1,448,28712Entertainment One / RKO
14Playing For Keeps (2012)$3,017-22%58-49$52$12,938,5267FilmDistrict
15The Rabbi's Cat$2,010-35%7--$287$19,3237GKIDS
16West of Memphis$1,610--9--$179$57,4164Sony Pictures Classics
17Not Fade Away$1,580-38%56-121$28$607,3275Paramount Vantage
18The Waiting Room$1,300--3--$433$180,63817International Film Circuit
19Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel$941--7--$134$985,14518IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
20Robot & Frank$610--10--$61$3,325,03823IDP/Samuel Goldwyn
21North Sea Texas$257--1--$257$25,85012Strand Releasing
22Officer Down$123-29%1--$123$1,1841Anchor Bay Films
23California Solo$40--1--$40$15,3688Strand Releasing