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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, Feb. 4 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Feb. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$1,252,897-61%3,009--$416$21,606,8641Lionsgate / Summit
2Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$865,158-53%3,3753$256$35,541,2262Paramount
3Silver Linings Playbook$628,123-46%2,809168$224$80,630,73912Weinstein Company
4Zero Dark Thirty$435,365-35%2,871-58$152$78,109,3437Sony / Columbia
5Bullet to the Head$433,269-46%2,404--$180$4,981,4701Warner Bros.
6Mama$403,245-57%2,78199$145$58,526,3153Universal
7Parker$342,717-42%2,23814$153$12,870,0142FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$313,208-30%1,777-230$176$151,256,1666Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$206,642-49%1,756-153$118$170,983,38413Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$203,280-56%1,848-362$110$141,707,4106Universal
11Gangster Squad$203,090-21%1,625-965$125$43,295,2374Warner Bros.
12Movie 43$177,185-24%2,0230$88$7,877,3082Relativity Media
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$155,053-61%1,300-375$119$296,348,7378Warner Bros. / New Line
14Broken City$147,636-25%1,786-836$83$18,283,0473Fox
15A Haunted House$124,255-47%1,501-501$83$37,880,2744Open Road
16Parental Guidance$84,762-71%1,480-256$57$72,985,3526Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Feb. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$184,132-42%935300$197$120,556,27117Warner Bros.
2Stand Up Guys$155,478-36%659--$236$1,641,8681Lionsgate / Roadside
3Life of Pi$143,709-63%902-39$159$106,250,07211Fox
4Quartet$120,876-59%20239$598$3,603,5764Weinstein Company
5The Impossible$107,153-54%765-17$140$15,321,2487Lionsgate / Summit
6Wreck-It Ralph$32,400-79%66072$49$183,256,21614Disney
7This is 40$31,705-37%373-134$85$66,960,3107Universal
8Jack Reacher$29,761-25%450-438$66$78,784,2017Paramount
9The Last Stand$25,935-52%689-2224$38$11,730,3893Lionsgate
10Hyde Park on Hudson$18,776-53%1440$130$5,623,5479Focus
11The Guilt Trip$14,283-56%291-61$49$36,532,0017Paramount
12Race 2$13,611-78%139-14$98$1,385,4262UTV Motion Pictures
13Rise of The Guardians$12,448-83%3072$41$100,572,85711Paramount / DreamWorks
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$11,647-55%189-27$62$291,293,42512Lionsgate / Summit
15Flight$11,455-39%200-63$57$93,652,38014Paramount
16Red Dawn (2012)$7,263-47%153-52$47$44,674,78911FilmDistrict
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$5,953-49%148113$40$13,033,0969FilmDistrict
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$2,854-50%121-164$24$34,073,4925Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Feb. 4 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$12,794-38%90-8$142$12,581,04412Focus
2The Master$4,861-47%28-9$174$16,207,17821Weinstein Company
3To the Arctic 3D$4,566-70%520$88$11,085,95642Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$3,162-69%50-46$63$12,452,8697Paramount
5Taken 2$2,976-45%83-41$36$139,816,33318Fox
6Born to Be Wild 3D$2,855-51%300$95$21,870,24296Warner Bros. / IMAX
7The Sessions$2,735-44%29-33$94$5,912,62016Fox Searchlight
8A Late Quartet$2,019-54%122$168$1,499,84614Entertainment One / RKO
9Hitchcock$1,994-49%44-46$45$5,894,42611Fox Searchlight
10Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$1,600--2--$800$94,32018Roadside Attractions
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,092-51%37-19$30$17,739,66220Lionsgate / Summit
12LUV$94349%8-13$118$152,4693Indomina Media
13Pitch Perfect$820-67%41-50$20$64,991,61819Universal
14Girls Against Boys$431-52%2--$216$6,5421Anchor Bay Films