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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. 28 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$998,4255%3,22257$310$97,727,1053Universal
2Snitch (2013)$771,322-2%2,511--$307$16,710,3391Lionsgate / Summit
3Safe Haven$709,8026%3,2230$220$50,793,4832Relativity Media
4A Good Day to Die Hard$700,405-3%3,5552$197$55,124,0412Fox
5Silver Linings Playbook$581,9853%2,012-190$289$109,579,63915Weinstein Company
6Escape From Planet Earth$413,086-1%3,35365$123$36,487,0502Weinstein Company
7Dark Skies$361,152-6%2,313--$156$9,896,6871Weinstein / Dimension
8Side Effects (2013)$297,9700%2,070-535$144$26,324,3093Open Road
9Warm Bodies$277,2034%2,644-253$105$59,359,6744Lionsgate / Summit
10Beautiful Creatures (2013)$246,1672%2,9500$83$17,606,4342Warner Bros.
11Zero Dark Thirty$173,038-1%1,197-330$145$92,274,08210Sony / Columbia
12Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$137,186-3%1,425-678$96$53,537,9175Paramount
13Mama$69,780-8%1,163-485$60$70,532,9506Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Life of Pi$251,285-3%572-75$439$114,643,01614Fox
2Argo$202,038-5%802-101$252$130,556,38520Warner Bros.
3Quartet$148,3206%35623$417$9,399,7907Weinstein Company
4Lincoln$124,62714%875-132$142$179,086,05616Disney / DreamWorks
5Django Unchained$120,0592%659-358$182$159,292,0079Weinstein Company
6Les Miserables (2012)$92,44514%462-214$200$147,059,6109Universal
7The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$49,18520%388-217$127$301,134,99211Warner Bros. / New Line
8Wreck-It Ralph$39,37617%402-104$98$186,816,70617Disney
9Bless Me, Ultima$31,4812%263--$120$1,078,9161Arenas Entertainment
10The Impossible$27,1274%273-149$99$18,162,82710Lionsgate / Summit
11Rise of The Guardians$21,0059%305-33$69$102,096,55014Paramount / DreamWorks
12Parental Guidance$20,4038%381-222$54$75,852,4619Fox
13Kai Po Che$20,085-17%110--$183$618,3281UTV Motion Pictures
14A Haunted House$19,9569%302-38$66$39,940,5457Open Road
15Gangster Squad$16,4223%202-8$81$45,661,1657Warner Bros.
16The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$15,6101%223-31$70$292,184,92815Lionsgate / Summit
17The Guilt Trip$14,6029%18698$79$37,017,67910Paramount
18Parker$12,3173%212-493$58$17,417,8875FilmDistrict
19Jack Reacher$6,93316%100-75$69$79,492,41310Paramount
20The Last Stand$6,08413%11460$53$12,050,2996Lionsgate
21Bullet to the Head$4,15412%105-365$40$9,413,4714Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 28 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$7,98720%520$154$11,415,82945Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hyde Park on Hudson$7,869-17%65-21$121$6,164,97512Focus
3This is 40$6,24053%96-71$65$67,544,50510Universal
4Broken City$5,84210%98-35$60$19,607,4236Fox
5Stand Up Guys$4,741-11%41-78$116$3,283,6844Lionsgate / Roadside
6Anna Karenina (2012)$3,90611%28-23$140$12,816,36715Focus
7Born to Be Wild 3D$2,978-52%300$99$22,061,42899Warner Bros. / IMAX
8Hitchcock$2,282-25%162$143$5,974,15014Fox Searchlight
9Texas Chainsaw 3D$1,9135%44-52$43$34,341,9458Lionsgate
10A Late Quartet$1,244147%7-6$178$1,547,69917Entertainment One / RKO
11Movie 43$1,20450%21-14$57$8,803,9795Relativity Media
12The Sessions$1,154-53%160$72$5,978,98319Fox Searchlight
13ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$81562%9-13$91$221,0413UTV Motion Pictures
14Camp (2013)$345-13%1--$345$9,3151Freestyle Releasing
15Race 2$22116%5-6$44$1,579,9405UTV Motion Pictures