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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. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Jan. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mama$1,098,5056%2,647--$415$35,787,4401Universal
2Zero Dark Thirty$1,001,6405%2,9469$340$60,103,8475Sony / Columbia
3Silver Linings Playbook$918,0299%2,5231713$364$59,464,62710Weinstein Company
4Gangster Squad$648,181-2%3,1030$209$35,446,8672Warner Bros.
5Django Unchained$607,8552%2,516-496$242$141,289,8264Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$567,3807%2,579-348$220$133,325,1504Universal
7Broken City$528,662-3%2,620--$202$11,269,9891Fox
8Lincoln$441,0295%2,174147$203$163,187,83411Disney / DreamWorks
9The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$408,2300%2,323-689$176$289,938,4706Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Last Stand$363,748-8%2,913--$125$8,533,9451Lionsgate
11A Haunted House$324,113-3%2,1600$150$32,195,9812Open Road
12Life of Pi$246,8977%1,256499$197$100,840,3609Fox
13Parental Guidance$208,6906%2,337-620$89$68,342,8134Fox
14Jack Reacher$154,6054%1,707-1000$91$77,353,0935Paramount
15This is 40$135,5205%1,232-1088$110$65,603,7905Universal
16Texas Chainsaw 3D$67,123-9%1,474-1185$46$33,857,7073Lionsgate
17Wreck-It Ralph$52,6250%1,312836$40$181,752,76112Disney

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Jan. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Impossible$203,17110%88678$229$11,361,7555Lionsgate / Summit
2Argo$171,4163%756135$227$115,756,42715Warner Bros.
3Skyfall$72,86310%507-316$144$301,252,88711Sony / Columbia
4The Guilt Trip$50,37610%642-964$78$35,971,4545Paramount
5Hyde Park on Hudson$43,27010%194-52$223$5,054,3697Focus
6Monsters, Inc. 3D$37,069-3%565-562$66$32,103,0295Disney
7Flight$31,49213%300150$105$93,237,74112Paramount
8The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$24,3419%306-236$80$290,854,95510Lionsgate / Summit
9Rise of The Guardians$22,1503%474-431$47$99,841,5299Paramount / DreamWorks
10Anna Karenina (2012)$21,80626%117-27$186$12,323,18910Focus
11Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$20,3164%265-165$77$12,282,9165Paramount
12Red Dawn (2012)$17,63320%24924$71$44,387,2869FilmDistrict
13Promised Land (2012)$14,12816%134-1513$105$7,597,8984Focus
14Hitchcock$7,558-19%122-5$62$5,813,8609Fox Searchlight
15Taken 2$7,30111%156-34$47$139,695,33116Fox
16Pitch Perfect$3,75020%125-29$30$64,924,09317Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Jan. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Quartet$38,3148%3230$1,197$540,8292Weinstein Company
2To the Arctic 3D$10,25056%520$197$10,916,00640Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Sessions$5,9537%628$96$5,818,54414Fox Searchlight
4LUV$5,379-6%45--$120$119,1421Indomina Media
5The Perks of Being A Wallflower$4,99223%73-27$68$17,684,05618Lionsgate / Summit
6Cloud Atlas$3,71322%58-104$64$27,108,27213Warner Bros.
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,65554%300$122$21,797,95594Warner Bros. / IMAX
8A Late Quartet$3,61817%14-3$258$1,457,38012Entertainment One / RKO
9The Master$2,952-9%14-2$211$16,057,74519Weinstein Company
10Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,30040%58-49$40$12,944,0827FilmDistrict
11The Rabbi's Cat$1,4703%7--$210$23,3927GKIDS
12Not Fade Away$1,41539%56-121$25$610,7925Paramount Vantage
13Officer Down$887%1--$88$1,4631Anchor Bay Films