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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, 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.

Big Hero 6 took third 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.

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. 23 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jan. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$1,032,330-32%2,647--$390$34,688,9351Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$954,683-21%2,9469$324$59,102,2075Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$845,014-16%2,5231713$335$58,546,59810Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$664,332-26%3,1030$214$34,798,6862Warner Bros.
5Django Unchained$597,237-20%2,516-496$237$140,681,9714Weinstein Company
6Broken City$543,859-26%2,620--$208$10,741,3271Fox
7Les Miserables (2012)$528,695-20%2,579-348$205$132,757,7704Universal
8Lincoln$421,770-17%2,174147$194$162,746,80511Disney / DreamWorks
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$409,182-19%2,323-689$176$289,530,2406Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Last Stand$396,781-29%2,913--$136$8,170,1971Lionsgate
11A Haunted House$334,556-26%2,1600$155$31,871,8682Open Road
12Life of Pi$230,804-27%1,256499$184$100,593,4639Fox
13Parental Guidance$197,275-29%2,337-620$84$68,134,1234Fox
14Jack Reacher$148,978-20%1,707-1000$87$77,198,4885Paramount
15This is 40$129,360-19%1,232-1088$105$65,468,2705Universal
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$73,620-22%1,474-1185$50$33,790,5843Lionsgate
17Wreck-It Ralph$52,492-42%1,312836$40$181,700,13612Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jan. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$184,559-25%88678$208$11,158,5845Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$167,165-7%756135$221$115,585,01115Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$66,103-20%507-316$130$301,180,02411Sony / Columbia
4The Guilt Trip$45,948-21%642-964$72$35,921,0785Paramount
5Hyde Park on Hudson$39,443-5%194-52$203$5,011,0997Focus
6Monsters, Inc. 3D$38,127-27%565-562$67$32,065,9605Disney
7Flight$27,907-13%300150$93$93,206,24912Paramount
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$22,359-11%306-236$73$290,830,61410Lionsgate / Summit
9Rise of The Guardians$21,573-40%474-431$46$99,819,3799Paramount / DreamWorks
10Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$19,617-5%265-165$74$12,262,6005Paramount
11Anna Karenina (2012)$17,266-20%117-27$148$12,301,38310Focus
12Red Dawn (2012)$14,679-17%24924$59$44,369,6539FilmDistrict
13Promised Land (2012)$12,227-18%134-1513$91$7,583,7704Focus
14Hitchcock$9,2966%122-5$76$5,806,3029Fox Searchlight
15Taken 2$6,599-10%156-34$42$139,688,03016Fox
16Pitch Perfect$3,125-29%125-29$25$64,920,34317Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jan. 23 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$35,570-27%3230$1,112$502,5152Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$6,588-40%520$127$10,905,75640Warner Bros. / IMAX
3LUV$5,708-2%45--$127$113,7631Indomina Media
4The Sessions$5,55316%628$90$5,812,59114Fox Searchlight
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$4,0675%73-27$56$17,679,06418Lionsgate / Summit
6The Master$3,261-2%14-2$233$16,054,79319Weinstein Company
7A Late Quartet$3,08729%14-3$221$1,453,76212Entertainment One / RKO
8Cloud Atlas$3,0484%58-104$53$27,104,55913Warner Bros.
9Born to Be Wild 3D$2,366-44%300$79$21,794,30094Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$1,6391%58-49$28$12,941,7827FilmDistrict
11The Rabbi's Cat$1,42822%7--$204$21,9227GKIDS
12Not Fade Away$1,016-2%56-121$18$609,3775Paramount Vantage
13Officer Down$82-25%1--$82$1,3751Anchor Bay Films