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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 Sun, Feb. 24 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Feb. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Snitch (2013)$3,383,094-40%2,511--$1,347$13,167,6071Lionsgate / Summit
2Identity Thief$3,255,455-51%3,22257$1,010$93,619,6153Universal
3Escape From Planet Earth$3,139,061-39%3,35365$936$34,812,6992Weinstein Company
4A Good Day to Die Hard$2,613,433-45%3,5552$735$51,967,8972Fox
5Safe Haven$2,145,432-55%3,2230$666$47,916,3562Relativity Media
6Dark Skies$1,601,374-54%2,313--$692$8,189,1661Weinstein / Dimension
7Silver Linings Playbook$1,302,287-55%2,012-190$647$107,176,01215Weinstein Company
8Warm Bodies$1,112,230-51%2,644-253$421$58,243,4414Lionsgate / Summit
9Beautiful Creatures (2013)$916,573-44%2,9500$311$16,570,5982Warner Bros.
10Side Effects (2013)$736,003-55%2,070-535$356$25,099,5553Open Road
11Zero Dark Thirty$508,595-56%1,197-330$425$91,539,07510Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$484,518-38%1,425-678$340$52,945,0865Paramount
13Mama$266,945-53%1,163-485$230$70,230,5706Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Feb. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$401,147-52%572-75$701$113,525,12614Fox
2Argo$391,144-59%802-101$488$129,653,50220Warner Bros.
3Lincoln$364,264-52%875-132$416$178,603,57116Disney / DreamWorks
4Quartet$256,290-53%35623$720$8,844,9507Weinstein Company
5Django Unchained$232,065-51%659-358$352$158,783,4309Weinstein Company
6Wreck-It Ralph$183,053-42%402-104$455$186,676,41117Disney
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$155,110-42%388-217$400$300,952,37911Warner Bros. / New Line
8Les Miserables (2012)$154,575-51%462-214$335$146,696,6909Universal
9Kai Po Che$134,995-46%110--$1,227$522,7651UTV Motion Pictures
10Bless Me, Ultima$132,547-33%263--$504$947,2291Arenas Entertainment
11Rise of The Guardians$111,913-36%305-33$367$102,017,12314Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$71,707-51%381-222$188$75,772,7339Fox
13The Impossible$66,576-53%273-149$244$18,052,76010Lionsgate / Summit
14A Haunted House$61,004-34%302-38$202$39,863,7207Open Road
15The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$58,647-40%223-31$263$292,123,22115Lionsgate / Summit
16Gangster Squad$37,279-40%202-8$185$45,595,2197Warner Bros.
17The Guilt Trip$34,895-45%18698$188$36,961,59210Paramount
18Parker$34,729-35%212-493$164$17,365,6485FilmDistrict
19Skyfall$29,151-58%184-78$158$304,164,76016Sony / Columbia
20The Last Stand$16,415-32%11460$144$12,026,6706Lionsgate
21Jack Reacher$14,107-58%100-75$141$79,465,89010Paramount
22Bullet to the Head$11,489-33%105-365$109$9,397,5234Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Feb. 24 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Hyde Park on Hudson$15,061-52%65-21$232$6,126,49212Focus
2To the Arctic 3D$15,003-30%520$289$11,387,80745Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Broken City$12,868-42%98-35$131$19,583,5526Fox
4This is 40$10,515-53%96-71$110$67,523,38510Universal
5Stand Up Guys$8,474-50%41-78$207$3,264,1174Lionsgate / Roadside
6Born to Be Wild 3D$7,988-35%300$266$22,045,26599Warner Bros. / IMAX
7Texas Chainsaw 3D$6,646-32%44-52$151$34,334,2568Lionsgate
8ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$4,977-24%9-13$553$218,2573UTV Motion Pictures
9Anna Karenina (2012)$3,648-56%28-23$130$12,802,90715Focus
10Hitchcock$3,605-40%162$225$5,963,60814Fox Searchlight
11The Sessions$2,274-52%160$142$5,972,47819Fox Searchlight
12Movie 43$2,220-62%21-14$106$8,799,3745Relativity Media
13Race 2$1,191-26%5-6$238$1,578,9965UTV Motion Pictures
14A Late Quartet$1,172-49%7-6$167$1,544,77017Entertainment One / RKO
15Camp (2013)$513-27%1--$513$7,7851Freestyle Releasing