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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 Wed, Feb. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Feb. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$1,059,135-26%3,009--$352$24,105,5491Lionsgate / Summit
2Silver Linings Playbook$793,177-13%2,809168$282$82,331,47412Weinstein Company
3Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$770,416-26%3,3753$228$37,352,5342Paramount
4Zero Dark Thirty$463,248-14%2,871-58$161$79,111,1247Sony / Columbia
5Bullet to the Head$363,267-30%2,404--$151$5,866,9151Warner Bros.
6Mama$361,530-21%2,78199$130$59,346,7103Universal
7Parker$336,557-28%2,23814$150$13,675,2112FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$297,725-19%1,777-230$168$151,922,8556Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$244,552-11%1,756-153$139$171,504,04213Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$221,760-17%1,848-362$120$142,197,1306Universal
11Gangster Squad$197,421-22%1,625-965$121$43,744,7764Warner Bros.
12Movie 43$156,433-24%2,0230$77$8,240,7442Relativity Media
13The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$155,033-20%1,300-375$119$296,696,9708Warner Bros. / New Line
14Broken City$146,568-20%1,786-836$82$18,612,9693Fox
15A Haunted House$109,841-15%1,501-501$73$38,119,3404Open Road
16Parental Guidance$89,890-14%1,480-256$61$73,179,7666Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Feb. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$212,106-17%935300$227$121,022,40617Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$162,989-19%902-39$181$106,613,38811Fox
3Stand Up Guys$153,338-22%659--$233$1,991,7001Lionsgate / Roadside
4Quartet$152,337-10%20239$754$3,924,6374Weinstein Company
5The Impossible$117,718-24%765-17$154$15,592,8927Lionsgate / Summit
6This is 40$31,705-19%373-134$85$67,031,0207Universal
7Jack Reacher$30,432-15%450-438$68$78,850,2637Paramount
8Wreck-It Ralph$29,5722%66072$45$183,314,81214Disney
9The Last Stand$24,265-22%689-2224$35$11,785,7173Lionsgate
10Hyde Park on Hudson$23,226-8%1440$161$5,672,0629Focus
11The Guilt Trip$18,362-9%291-61$63$36,570,4407Paramount
12Race 2$15,979-46%139-14$115$1,431,2102UTV Motion Pictures
13Flight$12,358-9%200-63$62$93,678,29414Paramount
14Rise of The Guardians$11,601-16%3072$38$105,982,75011Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$11,203-11%189-27$59$291,317,19612Lionsgate / Summit
16Red Dawn (2012)$6,780-13%153-52$44$44,689,39211FilmDistrict
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$6,157-20%148113$42$13,046,9619FilmDistrict
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$3,182-22%121-164$26$34,080,7575Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Feb. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$11,694-7%90-8$130$12,605,26712Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$6,7442%520$130$11,099,33242Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Master$5,7938%28-9$207$16,218,31721Weinstein Company
4The Sessions$4,21764%29-33$145$5,919,40816Fox Searchlight
5Born to Be Wild 3D$3,8146%300$127$21,877,65596Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$3,237-29%50-46$65$12,460,6607Paramount
7Taken 2$3,1171%83-41$38$139,822,53818Fox
8Hitchcock$3,08715%44-46$70$5,900,20511Fox Searchlight
9A Late Quartet$1,206-40%122$101$1,503,07214Entertainment One / RKO
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,0750%37-19$29$17,741,81520Lionsgate / Summit
11Pitch Perfect$815-20%41-50$20$64,993,45819Universal
12LUV$714-26%8-13$89$154,1423Indomina Media
13Girls Against Boys$3641%2--$182$7,2681Anchor Bay Films