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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, Feb. 7 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Warm Bodies$1,019,533-4%3,009--$339$25,125,0821Lionsgate / Summit
2Silver Linings Playbook$762,765-4%2,809168$272$83,094,23912Weinstein Company
3Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$730,319-5%3,3753$216$38,082,8532Paramount
4Zero Dark Thirty$449,466-3%2,871-58$157$79,560,5907Sony / Columbia
5Mama$375,4354%2,78199$135$59,722,1453Universal
6Bullet to the Head$324,107-11%2,404--$135$6,191,0221Warner Bros.
7Parker$305,442-9%2,23814$136$13,980,6532FilmDistrict
8Django Unchained$290,277-3%1,777-230$163$152,213,1326Weinstein Company
9Lincoln$243,4270%1,756-153$139$171,747,46913Disney / DreamWorks
10Les Miserables (2012)$231,0254%1,848-362$125$142,428,1556Universal
11Gangster Squad$189,064-4%1,625-965$116$43,933,8404Warner Bros.
12The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$168,0828%1,300-375$129$296,865,0528Warner Bros. / New Line
13Movie 43$140,719-10%2,0230$70$8,381,4632Relativity Media
14Broken City$130,495-11%1,786-836$73$18,743,4643Fox
15A Haunted House$101,053-8%1,501-501$67$38,220,3934Open Road
16Parental Guidance$92,7243%1,480-256$63$73,272,4906Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Argo$211,2070%935300$226$121,233,61317Warner Bros.
2Life of Pi$171,1175%902-39$190$106,784,50511Fox
3Quartet$134,850-11%20239$668$4,059,4874Weinstein Company
4Stand Up Guys$128,064-16%659--$194$2,119,7641Lionsgate / Roadside
5The Impossible$117,8520%765-17$154$15,710,7447Lionsgate / Summit
6Wreck-It Ralph$33,90315%66072$51$183,348,71514Disney
7Jack Reacher$30,9782%450-438$69$78,881,2417Paramount
8This is 40$29,995-5%373-134$80$67,061,0157Universal
9The Last Stand$25,6916%689-2224$37$11,811,4083Lionsgate
10Hyde Park on Hudson$23,3701%1440$162$5,695,4329Focus
11The Guilt Trip$17,097-7%291-61$59$36,587,5377Paramount
12Rise of The Guardians$13,34915%3072$43$100,611,62411Paramount / DreamWorks
13Flight$12,4771%200-63$62$93,690,77114Paramount
14The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$12,27210%189-27$65$291,329,46812Lionsgate / Summit
15Race 2$11,723-27%139-14$84$1,442,9332UTV Motion Pictures
16Red Dawn (2012)$7,0254%153-52$46$44,696,41711FilmDistrict
17Playing For Keeps (2012)$6,5597%148113$44$13,053,5209FilmDistrict
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$3,2923%121-164$27$34,084,0495Lionsgate

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 7 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Anna Karenina (2012)$12,4166%90-8$138$12,617,68312Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$8,54427%520$164$11,107,87642Warner Bros. / IMAX
3The Master$5,084-12%28-9$182$16,223,40121Weinstein Company
4Hitchcock$4,05431%44-46$92$5,904,25911Fox Searchlight
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,03425%50-46$81$12,464,6947Paramount
6Taken 2$3,2595%83-41$39$139,825,79718Fox
7Born to Be Wild 3D$3,122-18%300$104$21,880,77796Warner Bros. / IMAX
8The Sessions$2,708-36%29-33$93$5,922,11616Fox Searchlight
9A Late Quartet$2,14478%122$179$1,505,21614Entertainment One / RKO
10The Perks of Being A Wallflower$1,1335%37-19$31$17,742,94820Lionsgate / Summit
11Pitch Perfect$1,01525%41-50$25$64,994,47319Universal
12LUV$605-15%8-13$76$154,7473Indomina Media
13Girls Against Boys$261-28%2--$131$7,5291Anchor Bay Films