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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 Tue, Feb. 12 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$2,826,90013%3,141--$900$39,875,0201Universal
2Side Effects (2013)$903,11223%2,605--$347$10,943,2681Open Road
3Warm Bodies$777,7360%3,0090$258$38,036,2882Lionsgate / Summit
4Silver Linings Playbook$604,36519%2,8090$215$90,630,41613Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$572,31114%3,285-90$174$44,912,1833Paramount
6Zero Dark Thirty$348,4406%2,562-309$136$84,243,5428Sony / Columbia
7Mama$294,4705%2,677-104$110$64,527,3654Universal
8Argo$267,47717%1,405470$190$124,104,80518Warner Bros.
9Bullet to the Head$254,37822%2,4040$106$8,732,7832Warner Bros.
10Lincoln$247,57520%1,517-239$163$174,075,37914Disney / DreamWorks
11Parker$237,97028%2,004-234$119$16,272,5773FilmDistrict
12Django Unchained$232,6663%1,502-275$155$154,974,4767Weinstein Company
13Les Miserables (2012)$166,4055%1,447-401$115$144,309,2807Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$128,138-14%1,001-299$128$298,609,9309Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$87,407-5%1,219-261$72$74,523,7467Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$288,22513%300--$961$2,509,0201Paramount
2Life of Pi$180,040-5%92422$195$108,900,38612Fox
3Quartet$124,96315%24442$512$5,233,7845Weinstein Company
4The Impossible$105,45621%739-26$143$16,861,2788Lionsgate / Summit
5Gangster Squad$103,21610%942-683$110$45,005,2505Warner Bros.
6Stand Up Guys$86,09718%67011$129$2,925,4592Lionsgate / Roadside
7Wreck-It Ralph$66,123-26%75797$87$184,570,49915Disney
8A Haunted House$60,1083%913-588$66$39,119,0825Open Road
9Broken City$57,15618%755-1031$76$19,338,7424Fox
10Movie 43$31,2396%777-1246$40$8,721,8153Relativity Media
11Jack Reacher$21,6685%307-143$71$79,159,1578Paramount
12This is 40$18,0708%278-95$65$67,290,3708Universal
13Hyde Park on Hudson$17,85819%130-14$137$5,865,22110Focus
14Rise of The Guardians$12,134-56%275-32$44$100,905,92512Paramount / DreamWorks
15The Guilt Trip$11,54515%225-66$51$36,717,1048Paramount
16The Last Stand$8,93220%239-450$37$11,921,2054Lionsgate
17Texas Chainsaw 3D$8,823-12%18564$48$34,204,6846Lionsgate
18The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$7,586-12%160-29$47$291,445,45013Lionsgate / Summit
19Flight$5,6296%115-85$49$93,760,15515Paramount
20Red Dawn (2012)$3,334-20%105-48$32$44,758,13712FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Feb. 12 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$11,89285%25--$476$113,5521UTV Motion Pictures
2Anna Karenina (2012)$9,46220%911$104$12,696,55613Focus
3Race 2$8,78745%63-76$139$1,539,7073UTV Motion Pictures
4To the Arctic 3D$6,255-23%520$120$11,183,65243Warner Bros. / IMAX
5Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$4,283-12%47-3$91$12,505,0188Paramount
6Lost in Thailand$3,740-12%35--$107$40,2161WAMCR
7Hitchcock$2,895-24%36-8$80$5,930,92412Fox Searchlight
8The Master$2,645-7%291$91$16,252,63922Weinstein Company
9Playing For Keeps (2012)$2,6412%81-67$33$13,086,90710FilmDistrict
10Born to Be Wild 3D$2,366-27%300$79$21,929,96597Warner Bros. / IMAX
11The Sessions$1,503-29%18-11$84$5,937,43517Fox Searchlight
12Taken 2$1,2788%35-48$37$139,843,31519Fox
13Pitch Perfect$900140%15-26$60$64,999,64320Universal
14A Late Quartet$8596%120$72$1,515,69715Entertainment One / RKO
15Brief Reunion$30199%1--$301$6,3434Striped Entertainment
16LUV$184-13%3-5$61$156,6474Indomina Media